Glenn Ackerley

Partner*

Toronto
416.947.5008

Glenn Ackerley

* Partner through a professional corporation

Glenn Ackerley is the Chair of the Construction Practice Group at WeirFoulds. His practice is focused on construction law, construction liens and construction litigation.

Glenn fills the role of a “project lawyer”, providing ongoing advice from the start through to completion of a project. He represents clients from across the construction industry – including public and private owners, developers, contractors, subtrades, suppliers, and consultants – in a variety of construction-related matters.

He is regularly consulted about negotiating and preparing construction and consultant contracts, procurement and tendering issues, and risk avoidance strategies. When disputes arise, Glenn acts for clients from both the ICI and residential sectors in construction lien and trust claims, bond claims, and construction delay and deficiency claims.

Glenn is active in the industry, participating on boards, committees and working groups to support and improve the industry. Glenn sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Construction Association, and is a Past Chairman of the Board of the Toronto Construction Association. He sat on the Executive of the Construction Section of the Ontario Bar Association for many years, and most recently has been a member of the Expert Panel’s Advisory Group on changes to Ontario’s Construction Lien Act.

He developed and taught the Construction Law course at the Department of Architectural Science of Ryerson University for many years. The course covered a whole range of issues, including contract and negligence law, tendering, construction liens, damages and dispute resolution. He has written several published articles and given presentations on legal topics to both industry and legal groups, including seminars at the Ontario General Contractors Association’s Symposiums and the Admission Course of the Ontario Association of Architects.

Appreciating the important role played by alternative dispute resolution, Glenn has trained and gained experience in both mediation and arbitration, acting as counsel, mediator and arbitrator.

Govan Brown & Associates Ltd. v. Equinox 199 Bay Street Co. (2014), 33 C.L.R. (4th) 78 (O.N.S.C.)

1634584 Ontario Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General) (2014), 22 B.L.R. (5th) 118 (O.N.C.A.)

1634584 Ontario Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General) (2013), 22 B.L.R. (5th) 102 (O.N.S.C.)

Aecon Buildings v. Brampton (City) (2010), 328 D.L.R. (4th) 488 (O.N.C.A.)

North America Construction (1993) Ltd. v. York (Municipality) (2009), 84 C.L.R. (3d) 89 (O.N.S.C.)

Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd. v. Brampton (City) (2009), 83 C.L.R. (3d) 144 (O.N.S.C.)

Celebrity Flooring Systems Ltd. v. One Shaftesbury Community Assn. (2006), 55 C.L.R. (3d) 184 (O.N.S.C.)

Builder’s Supplies Ltd II v. 1489683 Ontario Ltd (2005), 43 C.L.R. (3d) 74 (O.N.S.C.)

Buttcon Limited, et al. v. Toronto Electric Commissioners (2003), 65 O.R. (3d) 601 (S.C.J.)

Aquicon Construction Co. v. Vaughan (City) (2003), 29 C.L.R. (3d) 164 (O.N.S.C.)

Celebrity Flooring Systems Ltd. v. One Shaftesbury Community Assn. (2003), 25 C.L.R. (3) 279 (O.N.S.C.)

Toronto Dominion Bank v. Kopman (2000), 46 O.R. (3d) 773 (O.N.C.J.)

North York (City) Official Plan Amendments 269, 277 and 280 (No. 2) (Re) (1988), 22 O.M.B.R. 63

  • Recognized as in the Chambers Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in Construction
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in Construction Law
  • Recognized in the 2018 Lexpert® Special Edition – Infrastructure
  • Recognized in 2018 Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada
  • Recognized in the 2018 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as Toronto “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in Construction Law
  • Recognized in the 2017 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Recognized in Chambers Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Construction
  • Recognized in the 2016 Lexpert® Special Edition – Infrastructure
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in Construction Law in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada
  • Recognized as Toronto “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Law in the 2016 edition of Best® Lawyers in Canada
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in Construction Law in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in the 2015 Lexpert®/American Lawyer 500 Guide
  • Recognized as a leading construction lawyer in Expert Guides’ 2015 Construction and Real Estate Real Expert Guide
  • Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in 2015 Lexpert® Special Edition – Infrastructure
  • Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Recognized as a leading construction law practitioner in Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Identified in the International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers
  • Identified in the Chambers Global guide for public procurement for Canada
  • Member, Board of Directors – Canadian Construction Association
  • Immediate Past Chairman of the Board – Toronto Construction Association
  • Arbitrator, Builder Arbitration Forum, Tarion Warranty Corporation
  • Member, Council of Ontario Construction Associations – Construction Lien Act Subcommittee
  • Instructor, Admission Course, Ontario Association of Architects
  • Past Member, Construction Advisory Council (Ontario)
  • Past Instructor, Construction Law, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
  • Past Instructor, Construction Law Course, Ontario Road Builders Association/Ontario Sewer and Water Main Construction Association
  • Past Instructor, Construction Institute, Toronto Construction Association / George Brown College
Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (1989)
Education
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1987
  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1984
Affiliations
  • Member of the Construction Section, ADR Institute of Ontario
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Past Member at Large of the Executive of the Construction Law Section – Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of the Ontario General Contractors Association/Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Task Force
  • Former Member, Building Committee, Darling (formerly Rose Cherry's) Home for Kids

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Bidding & Tendering, Claims & Dispute Resolution", York University, Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law, Toronto, ON, October 2018
Speaker, "The Changing Landscape of Canadian Construction Law", Construction Lawyers Society of America, International Conference & Induction of Fellows, Banff, AB, September 2018
Skilled Instructor, "Construction Law: Arbitration and Adjudication Advocacy", The Advocates' Society, Toronto, ON, April 2017, 2018
Speaker, "The New Construction Act (Bill 142) Forum", WeirFoulds LLP and the Construction Corporate Counsel Forum, Toronto, ON, December 9, 2017
Speaker, "P3 Litigation: Tackling and Resolving Disputes", OBA Construction Law Program, Toronto, ON, December 7, 2017
Speaker, "Construction Law Update: The New Construction Act", Construct Canada, Toronto, ON, November 29, 2017
Moderator, "Subcontractor Lawyer Questions", Construction Corporate Counsel Forum, November 9, 2017
Speaker, "PACE", Grand Valley Construction Association, Kitchener, ON, June 7, 2017
Speaker, "Motion to Stay Lien Proceedings", Construction Law: Lien and Arbitration Advocacy, The Advocates' Society, Toronto, ON, April 21, 2017
Speaker, "The Role of Underground Utilities in Construction Contracts", 2nd Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts & Projects conference, Toronto, ON, January 24-25, 2017

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