CCDC Contracts - Roast 'Em or Toast 'Em

  • March 16, 2023
  • Dan Fridmar

Early morning on January 19, 2023, the Ontario Bar Association Construction & Infrastructure Law Section hosted a fire-side chat on the topic of Experiences with Canadian Construction Documents Committeeattendees at Roast 'em or Toast 'em event (“CCDC”) Contracts. This event was the first of its kind, offering participants an opportunity to participate remotely or in-person for live discussion and networking. We were fortunate in having over 85 people attend remotely and a more intimate audience attending in person.

The event was chaired by Dan Fridmar with Lori Goldberg, Josh Strub, Chris Moran, and Ethan McCarthy participating as speakers sharing their experience, wisdom, and knowledge pertaining to CCDC Contracts. During the course of the two-hour experiences, the esteemed panelists lead discussions on the main types of CCDC contracts, as well as the appropriateness of using these contracts in specific circumstances, key areas of CCDC contracts that did not properly integrate with the practical realities of projects, the major differences between commonly used CCDC contracts, as well as general and broad discussion.

The panel was fortunate to have an audience which actively participated in asking a variety of questions and clarifications on the panelists’ experiences with specific areas of CCDCs. Rigorous debates were held onPanel Discussion at Roast 'em or Toast 'em event whether CCDC Contracts should be the standard, the starting point for drafters, or whether they should be done away with entirely in favour of bespoke contracts. The participation and feedback received from the event indicates the possibility of future CCDC-related events, especially in the nature of CCDC drafting and negotiating workshops. If you attended the event and did not have a chance to provide your feedback or wish to provide suggestion on future events, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the executive.

If you were unable to attend, the event was recorded and is available for members to view by following this link: 


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