Understanding the Elliot Lake Mall Collapse

The Etobicoke Chapter was pleased to welcome Mr. Todd Storms, a partner at Templeman Menninga LLP to discuss the Inquiry on the Elliott Lake Mall Collapse.  The presentation began with a discussion of the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario on June 23, 2012. It then focused on the Inquiry itself, topics addressed at the Inquiry and some of the evidence presented at the Inquiry.

The presentation also discussed the findings of the Inquiry and the recommendations made by Mr. Justice Paul R. Belanger as a result of those findings. Storms also spoke on what these recommendations could mean for the Engineering Profession if implemented and best practices for those in the Engineering Profession going forward. The focus of this presentation was on what effects the recommendations coming from the Elliot Lake Inquiry could have on the Engineering Profession should they be implemented.

Storms presented to a full audience of P. Eng and EIT members. During the Q&A, there was a lot of discussion on the findings and a lot of interest on the recently launched PEAK Continuing Professional Development Program.

About the Speaker:
Mr. Todd Storms is a partner at Templeman Menninga LLP and head of the firms Construction and Corporate litigation department. Prior to joining Templeman’s, Mr. Storms practiced at International Law Firms in both Toronto and Ottawa. Mr. Storms has a wide range of litigation experience but focuses primarily on working with construction companies, architects, various trades, engineering firms, corporations and Municipalities with respect to their corporate and litigation needs. Mr. Storms was counsel for both individual engineers and an engineer firm during the RCMP investigation into the Algo Mall Centre collapse and at the Elliot Lake Inquiry.


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