Construction projects are expensive, complicated and lend themselves to conflict. That was the opinion of a panel of legal and industry experts at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) held in Whistler, B.C. on May 6. Tyler Galbraith of Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP led the CLF panel discussion on the topic of dispute resolution with Jason Glue of Graham Construction and Jonathan Lashin of Houle Electric. “The objective should be for the project to win,” Galbraith said, but the numerous entities involved and technical complexity of major construction projects makes them susceptible to disputes. Getting ahead of disputes is the best way to avoid them, Galbraith said, but sometimes one of the parties in a dispute tries to gain advantage over the other, rather than attempt to solve the root problem. “If you can come to a compromise with respect to any problem, it’s going to get you where you need to go faster. If you’re involved in a lawsuit, it’s a slow, expensive process being solved by somebody else, who doesn’t necessarily know your problem, understand your business or industry, doesn’t have the background, and might not have your best interests at heart,” Galbraith said.