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Heintzman and Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts, 5th Edition
By: Thomas G. Heintzman, O.C., Q.C., FCIArb , Bryan G. West, B.A. (UofC), J.D. (Queens) , Immanuel Goldsmith, Q.C.
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Add strength to your construction contracts with expertise you can trust

Heintzman and Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts provides a systematic analysis of the law of contracts as it applies to building contracts in Canada. The work includes all relevant court decisions dealing with the formation, material provisions, breach and remedies for breach of construction contracts. Separate chapters deal with construction lien legislation, subcontractors, architects and engineers, bonds and arbitration. Heintzman and Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts is a resource with a tradition of excellence and has been cited in more than 183 judicial decisions, including the two leading Supreme Court of Canada decisions on the law of tendering. This work is also the only resource featuring the annotated Canadian Construction Documents Committee Stipulated Price Contract (CCDC 2).
About the Author

Thomas G. Heintzman, O.C. Q.C., has practiced in Toronto as a litigator, mediator and arbitrator for over 45 years. He acted as counsel in trials and appeals and arbitrations in Ontario, Newfoundland, Manitoba, British Columbia and New Brunswick and made numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Heintzman was President of the Canadian Bar Association from 1994 to 1995, and the President of the Ontario Bar Association from 1989 to 1990. Mr. Heintzman was a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada for 8 years (2003-2011).

In 1980, Mr. Heintzman was appointed Queen's Counsel, and in 1998 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2008, Mr. Heintzman received the Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. In 2017 he was awarded a Doctorate of Law (Honoris Causa) by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Award for Distinguished Service by the Canadian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mr. Heintzman is a past adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (Trial Advocacy), the University of Toronto Law School (Computers and the Law; Contested Corporate Transactions) and Western Law School (Advanced Contract Issues).

Mr. Heintzman was educated at Harvard University (1962, BA cum laude in economics), the University of London (1967, LLB) and Osgoode Hall Law School (1966, LLB). He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1968 and is a past member of the bars of Alberta and Newfoundland.


Bryan G. West is a partner with McCarthy Tétrault LPP in Calgary, Alberta. He practices in corporate/commercial litigation with a focus on construction, major project development, procurement, commercial tenancy, and real property disputes. Bryan regularly acts as counsel to some of Canada’s largest institutional owners, contractors and engineering firms, in all manner of complex industrial and commercial construction, project development, real property, oil & gas and commercial tenancy disputes.

Bryan is an author and contributing author of multiple books, including:

  • Builders' Liens in Alberta: Procedure, Law and the Annotated Act
  • Heintzman and Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts 5th Edition

Bryan regularly writes and lectures on construction, project development, real property, oil & gas and commercial landlord tenant issues before clients, industry groups and other lawyers in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, including at the University of Calgary and for the Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law program.

Bryan was born and raised in Banff, Alberta and received his B.A. from the University of Calgary in 2007, where, among other accomplishments, he served three terms on the University Board of Governors, received the Order of the University of Calgary in 2006 and the Alberta Centennial medal for outstanding contributions to society in 2007. Bryan received his JD from Queen’s University in 2010 and was called to the Alberta bar in 2011.


Immanuel Goldsmith, Q.C., was senior counsel at McCarthy Tétrault and appeared regularly before the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada for forty years before he passed away on July 5, 2003. Mr. Goldsmith authored several works on intellectual property and construction law as well as Goldsmith's Damages for Personal Injury and Death.