E. Jane Sidnell J.D., B.Tech., Partner

Jane has extensive experience working with projects from inception through completion and assisting with operations. Commencing with project strategy, Jane works with clients planning for development, drafting construction and professional services contracts and managing and resolving disputes, through negotiation, mediation or litigation or arbitration, as required. Jane's goal is to assist her clients in making their businesses work effectively and efficiently.

Jane has appeared in all levels of court in Alberta, the trial division in British Columbia, several regulatory bodies and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Jane has drafted and negotiated all types of engineering and construction‐related agreements for a variety of projects, including land development, hospitality projects, MUSH-sector and significant oil sands projects. She regularly provides advice regarding tendering and procurement issues.

Jane has been counsel in numerous construction, builders' liens, surety, tender and other commercial litigation cases. Jane has acted as counsel in mediations and arbitrations and has been a mediator and an arbitrator in construction and development‐related disputes.

Jane has extensive experience dealing with occupational health and safety issues, including strategies for implementation of prime contractor for safety, preparing occupational health and safety policies, investigating incidents and submitting reports to regulators and dealing with orders and charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Jane was a member, and later co-Chair, of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Contracts Committee for 15 years and worked closely with the Committees which drafted the industrial standard forms of stipulated price, EPC and EPCM contracts.

Jane is a Fellow and former Governor of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, an association of lawyers dedicated to excellence in the practice of Construction Law. She has also been recognized by, and is a Fellow of, the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

Jane is recognized by her peers by being identified as a "Leading Practitioner" in Construction by Lexpert; a "Benchmark Litigation Star" by Benchmark Canada; a "Notable Practitioner" in Construction by Chambers Canada; and a leading practitioner in Who's Who Legal: Canada, among other publications. In April 2016, Jane was featured on the cover of Lexpert Magazine, together with other leading practitioners.

Jane has a background in design and construction. After obtaining her degree in Architectural Science, Jane was a member of a design team in a large architectural firm dealing with construction projects from development to approval stages. She has also worked in the building, construction and development industries for both municipalities and developers, and ran her own design business.

After graduation from law school, Jane was articled to the Honourable Chief Justice W.K. Moore (retired) at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Law Society of Alberta

Fellow and Governor of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers

Former Co-Chair of Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Contracts Committee

Former Chair of the National Construction Law Section Canadian Bar Association

Former Chair of the Construction Law Subsection, Canadian Bar Association Alberta (South)

Former Director of the Calgary Construction Association

"The Collision between Federal and Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Regimes on Energy and Resource Projects", (2013) 51:2 Alta L. Rev. 313

"Tips and Suggestions for the Initial Hours and Days Immediately Following a Serious Occupational Health and Safety Incident", Canadian Employment Safety and Health Guide, Number 382, July 2012

"Consequential Damages: Are Exclusions of Consequential Damages Inconsequential", Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, March 2010

Facility Naming Rights: What Happens When the Hype is Greater than the Reality

Is Your Master Services Agreement a Prevenient Arrangement Under the Alberta Builders' Lien Act?, Focus on Construction | Infrastructure, December 2009

Contributor, Checklist 62 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980), "Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues (Chicago: ABA, 2008)," F.D. Wilshusen, E.A. Berg, T.L. Brookie and C.L.H. Okizaki, eds., published by the American Bar Association

Co-author of Chapter 5 Contract Forms and Project Delivery Systems for International Projects in International Construction Law: "A Guide for Cross-Border Transactions and Legal Disputes," eds. Wendy Kennedy Venoit, Arthur D. Brannan, D. Robert Beaumont, Andrew D. Ness and Douglas Oles, published by the American Bar Association 2009

Recommended by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013, 2014 and 2015 as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Construction Law

Recommended by The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as one of Canada’s pre-eminent lawyers in the area of Construction Law

Named in Who's Who Legal: Construction 2014 and 2015

Member of the Triwood Development Committee, Triwood Community Association

Former member of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Public Library

Former member of the Board of Directors for the South Alberta Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Southern Alberta Region

Contact Information

403 776 0515

Areas of Expertise


Commercial Dispute Resolution

Convention Centres and Hospitality

Year of Call

1993 (Alberta)


University of Calgary, J.D., 1992

Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, B.Tech (Architectural Science), 1988