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Helmut Johannsen

  • Associate Counsel
  • Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • 1200 - 925 West Georgia St.
  • Vancouver, BC, V6C 3L2 Canada
  • Email: hjohannsen@singleton.com
  • Phone: (604) 673-7431
  • Cell: (604) 764-0022
  • Company Phone: (604) 682-7474
  • Fax: (604) 682-1283

Education

  • Undergraduate: B.A.Sc. University of British Columbia; 1975
  • Law School: University of British Columbia; 1980

Career History

Singleton Urquhart LLP; 2016-

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (fka Russell & DuMoulin); 1980 – 2016

Civil Engineer

Professional Activities

Fellow, Past Governor and Past President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers

Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers

Fellow, International Academy of Construction Lawyers

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Professional Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

Member, International Bar Association, Vice Co-Chair of International Construction Projects Committee (2016-2018) and past chair of Project Execution Subcommittee (2014-2016)

International Associate, American Bar Association (member, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and International Construction Division)

Registered Professional Engineer, BC Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists (1977-present)

Member, BC Construction Roundtable

Member, Tunnelling Association of Canada

Member (past chair), Construction Law Section of Canadian Bar Association

Member, ADR Institute of Canada (Chartered Arbitrator, 1988-present)

Director, ADR Institute of BC (formerly B.C. Arbitration & Mediation Institute)

Member, Builders Lien Act Reform Project Committee, British Columbia Law Institute

 

Professional Affiliations

ABA Forum on Construction Law,Canadian College of Construction Lawyers,Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,International Bar Association

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

·       Co-author, with Nicholas Shkordoff and Tom Barlow, of Canada Chapter of “The Public Private Partnership Law Review”, ed. 1, 2014.

·       “Contractor/Subcontractor Default Insurance”, Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers 2012.

·       “Design-Build Project Delivery Challenges for Dams”, by Helmut Johannsen and John Nunn (Klohn Crippen Consultants Ltd.), September 2002, published with conference proceedings for the Canadian Dam Association Annual Conference, September 2002

·       Past columnist, “Points of Law”, monthly column on issues of interest to the construction industry published for 9 years in the Journal of Commerce

·       8th Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts, Conference Co-Chair and also speaker on Pre-Procurement and Pre-Contract Award Due Diligence, The Canadian Institute, January 20-21, 2016 (Vancouver, Canada).

·       Bankability Issues in Construction Contracts and Arbitration of Disputes, Project Management Conference, Government of Northwest Territories, November 23-24, 2015 (Yellowknife, NWT).

·       Design-Build (EPC) Contracts, Construction Contracts: Beyond Standard Terms, Pacific Business & Law Institute, November 18, 2015 (Vancouver, Canada).

·       Construction Claims: Extras & Change of Scope, part of The Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law Program, November 11, 2015 and also on November 26, 2014 (Toronto, Canada)

·       The Alphabet Soup of Project Delivery Methods, chair and speaker, 3 hour panel discussion, International Projects Committee, 2015 International Bar Association Annual Conference, October 27, 2015 (Vienna, Austria)

·       Design Build: Dream Project or Never Ending Nightmare?, Chair and speaker, panel discussion on key design-build/EPC issues, International Construction Projects Committee Working Weekend Meeting, May 16, 2015 (Cancun, Mexico).

·       7th Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts, Conference Co-Chair, also speaker on Drafting Clear Contracts – Being Alive to Anticipated Issues and Drafting for Them Efficiently, The Canadian Institute, November 25, 2014 (Edmonton, Canada)

·       Financial Security in Construction Contracts and Bankability Issues (of Infrastructure Contracts), Chair and speaker, 3 hour panel discussion, International Projects Committee, 2014 International Bar Association Annual Conference, October 23, 2014 (Tokyo, Japan).

·       Planning Subsurface Risk Allocation in EPC Contracts, American College of Construction Lawyers & Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Program Segment at the Construction Law International Conference, Society of Construction Law, September 18, 2014 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

·       Practice Trumps Theory, speaker in panel discussion, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Annual Conference, May 29-June 1, 2014 (Vancouver, Canada).

·       Tribunal Appointed Experts: A Controversial Debate, International Academy of Construction Lawyers Annual Conference, April 4-6, 2014 (Miami, United States).

·       Practical Tips for Drafting RFP’s for Design/Build (EPC) Projects/Services and also  Design/Build (EPC) Project Delivery in Practice – Some Practical Issues, each a one hour presentation at the Project Management Conference, Govt. of Northwest Territories, December 3-5, 2013 (Yellowknife, Canada).

·       Managing Risk in Construction Contracts, The Canadian Institute, November 26-27, 2013 (Edmonton).  Conference Co-Chair and speaker on panel discussion Change Order Terms: Solutions to Manage the Challenges Faced by The Key Stakeholders.  (Edmonton, Canada).

·       What is Disruption (in Construction) and how is it Quantified and Proven? Meeting of the International Construction Projects Committee, International Bar Association, May 17, 2013 (Oslo, Norway)

·       Allocating & Mitigating  Subsurface Risks on Complex Projects– A Practical Approach, American College of Construction Lawyers and Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Seminar, September 23, 2012 (London, UK).

·       Great Debate: Be it Resolved a Guaranteed Maximum Price Contract is an Illusion, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Conference, June 2, 2012 (San Francisco, United States)

·       Allocating Subsurface Risks on Complex Projects – Practical Measures to Mitigate Subsurface Risks and Disputes on EPC and P3 Contracts, American College of Construction Lawyers and Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Program Segment at the Society of Construction Law International Conference, May 6, 2012 (Melbourne, Australia).

·       Bolstering Risk Management Practices to Prepare for the New Proposed Enforcement Mechanisms under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, The Canadian Institute Public Procurement Conference, February 21, 2012 (Vancouver, BC)

·       Design-Build (EPC) Contracts for Project Delivery, and also Construction Risk Mitigation Through Project Planning Prior to Tender, each a one hour presentation at the Project Management Conference, Govt. of Northwest Territories, November 28-30, 2011 (Yellowknife, Canada).

·       As Tears Go By: The Impact of Fundamental Changes on Long-Term Contracts – Impact of Change in Law, International Bar Association Annual Conference, International Construction Project Committee, October 31, 2011 (Dubai, UAE)

·       Comparison of Contract Default Insurance and Performance Bonds, International Construction Project Committee Working Weekend, International Bar Association, May 4, 2011 (Paris, France)

·       Challenging Contract Clauses, as both Panel Co-Chair and presenter, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Conference, May 2011 (Ottawa, Ont.).

·       Achieving Efficiency and Fair Bidding Amidst Public Procurement Standardization, The Canadian Institute, February 2 & 3, 2011 (Vancouver, BC.)

·       Co-Chair, Public Procurement Conference, The Canadian Institute, February 2 & 3, 2011 (Vancouver, BC.).

·       Numerous presentations prior to 2011, including: Effectively Managing Bidding and Tendering Risks When Negotiating Construction Contracts; Developing Contracts at the Pre-Tender Stage; Design-Build Overview for Industrial Projects; Contracts that Work – Recent Developments in EPC Contracts; Structuring Negotiations;  Contractual Risk Transfer;  Drafting Terms and Practice Points – Construction Contracts and Specifications;  Top Ten Errors in Construction Contracts;  Insurance and Risk Management for Construction Projects; Acronyms and Contract Drafting;  Surety Law;  and Introduction to Construction Insurance.

Court Admissions

British Columbia Bar, 1981-present

Yukon Bar, 2017-present



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