The speakers will discuss the important contractual aspects for the Project Manager : what should be monitored and when to ask for help.

They will review the aspects, inter alia : governance, the stakeholders, ethics, risk management, liability, etc. Everything that the Project Manager should know to be adequately protected and to get the appropriate tools: How to read contracts, What to monitor and When to ask for help.


Annie Bernard's practice focuses on a broad range of complex matters, including construction and class action litigation. She represents clients in almost every sector of the construction industry ranging from owners to general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on issues involving financing, construction defects, project management, professional liability and breach of contract.

She has also developed expertise in issues relating to invitations to tender, legal hypothecs for construction, as well as the conditions under which permits of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec are issued. In the course of her practice, Annie also prepares and revises contractual documentation, such as the CCDC contract forms, and dealing with bond and co-ownership issues.

She has also been involved in the defence of several class action cases for several clients. Currently, Annie is involved in a class action lawsuit stemming from the Canadian ice storm of 1998.
Martin F. Sheehan is a partner of the Commercial Litigation section. He represents businesses and their insurers in the areas of commercial, professional and product liability.

Mr. Sheehan's peers, as polled by The Best Lawyers in Canada directory, named him among the best litigators in Canada in product liability law. He works regularly with manufacturers, importers and distributors of industrial and consumer products defending them against individual and class actions following the manufacture or sale of allegedly defective products. He counsels company executives and helps them manage product recalls in cooperation with their public and investor-relations departments. He works with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and clinical research organizations on all aspects of drug marketing. He practices in the field of aviation law, protecting airlines and aircraft manufacturers sued for personal injury or property damage. He also defends a wide array of professionals (architects, engineers, accountants, bailiffs, brokers, lawyers, pharmacists, psychologists and real estate agents) against professional liability claims. He pleads before Québec courts of all jurisdictions, and is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution methods.

Martin is also interested in litigation related to project management in particular for the construction and technology industries. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Montreal chapter of the Project Management Institute and he has given numerous conferences on the legal aspects and best practices of project management. He has been a prominent actor in many lawsuits, commercial arbitrations and mediations resulting from costs or schedule overruns, premature contract terminations, or disputes surrounding the scope of the contract in important construction and technology projects.

He advises clients on adopting technology and email use policies and setting up of e-commerce Web sites. He is the co-author of a consolidation of all Canadian e-commerce legislation and related documents published bi-annually by Lexis Nexis.