CEO Courses

PSMJ Seminars

These business management seminars are offered by ACEC and Consulting Engineers of Ontario, in collaboration with PSMJ Resources. Members are invited to attend these valuable training programs at discounted rates.

Upcoming PSMJ Seminars

Principals Bootcamp
​April 25-26, 2017
Toronto, Ontario
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Legal Risk Management for Design Professionals: Strategies for Dealing with Today’s Complex Projects

Date & Time
March 31, 2017 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Online Replay Date
April 24, 2017 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT Register for the Online Replay.
Osgoode Professional Development Centre, 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON
Fee per Delegate
$595 plus HST - CEO members are entitled to 10% discount. Please email Diane Lee at to get your discount code before you register.
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Design professionals are exposed to numerous risks through the course of a project, including negligence claims and other potential liabilities which can result in heavy financial costs and significant reputational damage. This information-packed program will focus on how to manage the legal and business risks that come with practicing as an architect or engineer. Designed and delivered by some of Canada’s leading legal and industry experts, this program will provide you with tools and practical risk management strategies that can be put to immediate use.

You will learn:

  • Out-gunned – strategies for dealing with large owners, opposing lawyers and numerous contracts/agreements in a tight timeframe
  • The design services contract and managing the RFQ/RFP process: how to protect yourself, and when to walk away                
    • Standard form contracts, including RAIC Document Six, OAA 600, OAA 601, ACEC Document 31 and BIM Contract Appendix, IBC 100-2014
    •  Key contractual provisions, including standard of care, indemnities, warranties and liquidated damages
    • Risk management and negotiating strategies when concluding contracts
  • Understanding what your insurance covers … and what it doesn’t
    • Insurable vs. non-insurable risk – where is the line?
    • How and when to engage with the insurer
    • Non-insurable business risks – identifying and managing them
  • Managing common areas of liability exposure, including sub-consultant risk, BIM risks and the altered risk profile in Design-Build, P3s and AFPs
  • Dealing with the owner’s custom contract changes – common scenarios and examples
  • Opportunistic deficiency and delay claims – identifying and managing a set up claim

This Osgoode professional development course is endored by CEO. This program may be eligible for continuing education learning hours in your jurisdiction. To inquire about eligibility, please contact