Expert Witness Seminar and Overview of Guidelines

Date Recorded: December 12, 2017

An expert is one who by reason of education or special experience has knowledge respecting a subject matter about which persons having no particular training are incapable of forming an accurate opinion of making a correct deduction.

As a professional engineer or geoscientist, at some point in your career you may be asked to write an expert report or testify as an expert at a trial. Are you fully aware of what will be expected from you? Instructed by Beth Allard, expert litigator in Engineering and Construction issues, this online learning course will discuss the factors to consider before agreeing to deliver expert witness testimony, as well as examine the benefits and risks of doing so. Key concepts such as independence, impartiality, conflict of interest, and confidentiality will be discussed.

Speakers

Beth Allard, LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Beth is experienced in counsel for various commercial disputes involving complex contractual, tortious, and regulatory legal issues, providing both litigation advice and negotiating successful and strategic resolutions. She regularly advises and assists clients on matters relating to tendering, procurement, project delivery and management, liens and dispute resolution. Beth’s practice also covers a range of liability defense work for design professionals, financial professionals, directors and officers, health-care professionals, and various associations. She also counsels regulatory bodies with respect to core regulatory obligations, internal governance, relationships with stakeholders and agreements with external providers.

Beth has lectured and written extensively on various legal topics, including being an adjunct professor in civil procedure at the UBC law school. Beth is the author of “Contribution and Apportionment” in CLEBC’s British Columbia Business Disputes, and is a regular contributor to CLEBC’s Builders Lien Practice Manual.

Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC

Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC, is the Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development at Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He is responsible for developing and directing proactive quality assurance programs covering member's practices. Three key components of these programs are Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Program, Practice Review Program and the development of professional practice guidelines and quality management guidelines. Twelve of these professional practice guidelines have involved contracts with 10 different government agencies/ministries, with some receiving national and international recognition. Peter also oversees staff support to over a dozen committees, task forces, boards, and divisions dealing with professional practice issues and directs Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s response to various government legislation impacting the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in BC.

Members can claim “2.75” professional development hours after viewing this session.

 

Price: $159.00


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