Speaking Engagements

VICA – Vancouver Island Construction Association, 7 Key Differences When Building for Local Government, June 27, 2023

The construction site may look the same, but when a project owner is local government, the legal landscape is quite different. In addition to wearing multiple hats as owner, land use regulator, and building inspector, a local government is also subject to specific obligations regarding fairness, transparency, and decision-making. When a dispute arises, special rules regarding builders liens and limitation periods can also come into play.

This session will cover seven unique aspects of local government building projects and their impact on legal rights and remedies for contractors and subcontractors.

Michael Moll Marcela Ouatu Presenters

LGMA Annual Conference 2023, June 13-15, 2023

The “How” in Affordable Housing 

Pam Jefcoat Michael Moll Presenters

LGMA Annual Conference 2023, June 13-15, 2023

Anatomy of a Municipal Corporation 

Sonia Sahota David Giroday Presenters

CLEBC Course – Real Estate Development Update 2023, June 8, 2023

Expropriation Update

An expropriation primer discussing the broader implications for development post-Annapolis Group Inc. v. Halifax Regional Municipality, 2022 SCC 36, and what this means for expropriation cases.

Michael Moll Presenter

GFOABC Annual Conference, May 31, 2023

Adjustments to Taxes – Collectors’ Forum Session

Michael Moll Presenter

LIBOA Annual Conference, May 30-June 2, 2023

Trees, Unlike Dogs, are all Bark and No Bite

The focus of this presentation is urban trees. In their presentation, Michael Moll and Don Howieson will go over the value of trees in a metropolitan setting and review various tree bylaw provisions designed to protect urban trees. They will also illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of these provisions with reference to decisions made by the courts. Michael and Don will also discuss how tree bylaw investigations may be improved, including with reference to restrictive covenants and development permit areas.

Michael Moll Presenter

MIABC Risk Management Conference, April 4-6, 2023

Liability Claims for Ineffective Enforcement – What’s Scary and What’s a Scare Tactic?

Challenging situations create uncertain risks. Complaints to local governments about an unsafe building, a nuisance property, or bad behaviour in a public place often come with a claim that the local government will be liable to pay damages for failing to rectify the situation. It can be difficult for local government staff and elected officials to separate liability risks from the rhetoric. Michael and David will discuss the interplay between regulatory authority and liability exposure in various common scenarios.

Michael Moll David Giroday Presenters

VICA – Vancouver Island Construction Association, Construction 101, February 16, 2023

Construction 101 Course

Michael Moll Guest Speaker

2021 LGMA Annual Conference (Virtual), June 16-17, 2021

Hot Construction Topics in 2021


2021 BCWWA Virtual Conference – June 1st – 2nd, 2021

Climate Change: Global Issue, Local Concern – Regulatory Liability Risk Preparedness