Working together to keep water in its place

This is an abbreviated version of an article that was published in the Fall 2018 edition of Pushing the Envelope Canada, which is printed twice per year by Matrix Group Publishing Inc. for the Ontario Building Envelope Council. Portions of the original article have been reprinted with permission and may not be reproduced without prior […]
Thought Leadership Fire / Water Damage Risk Management / Mitigation

Architects’ Claims Stories: Real and Unreal

Every insurance claim tells a story of human behaviour. There’s the factual side: what happened and why? And there’s the outcome: the physical, economic, emotional, social, relationship or professional consequences.  Pro-Demnity has played a central role in Ontario architects’ claims for 35 years, helping architects when they’ve experienced allegations of error or negligence. The situations […]
News & Announcements Podcast Risk Management / Mitigation

Sorry. Not Sorry.

The Apology Act is intended to make it possible for professionals, including architects, to apologize for errors, without necessarily Incurring liability. The word “necessarily” is important here, since there are critical exceptions. Danielle Muise discusses the Act as it applies to Ontario architects.
Thought Leadership Apology Act / Apologies Client or Sub-contractor Relationship Management Risk Management / Mitigation

Eight Insurance Risk Trends to Watch

Bruce Palmer, President and CEO shares eight important trends that will affect insurance risks and claims.
Thought Leadership Risk Management / Mitigation Risks

Top 10 risk-related reads of 2021

The following Top 10 Reads of 2021 reflect the interests and needs of Ontario’s Architects to improve their knowledge and understanding of risks associated with architectural practice.
News & Announcements Risk Management / Mitigation

Navigating Risk:
What Practice Leaders Do

A fresh look at the facets of risk in architectural practice and how simple, methodical approaches help leaders (re-)evaluate risk. Risks inherently exist throughout the life of an architectural design project, rearing up intermittently throughout the beginning, middle and end, continuing years after and beyond the finished design or constructed architectural masterpiece.  Design innovation is […]
Thought Leadership Risk Management / Mitigation Risks

Firmness, Calamity and Delight

The Straight Line Newsletter — Issue #16 In this issue, we discuss three important architectural books* that dig deep into the core of architectural practice: the everyday concerns, risks and rewards. What links these books to Pro-Demnity is their focus on risk. Each book has a distinct perspective on the subject (as do we), and […]
Newsletter Documentation / Contracts Risk Management / Mitigation

25 Things Within An Architect’s Control

Did you know there are at least 25 things that an architect can do to manage or mitigate practice and project risks? We first shared our list of “25 Things” at the 2021 OAA Virtual Conference. Read on and download this useful resource to start implementing or integrating any one (or all!) of these ideas in your practice.
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Six Ways to Reduce Risk

In architectural practice, risk takes many forms. It’s comforting to know that your Pro-Demnity policy protects you against the risks of error or unintentional neglect. The policy spells out the many things that are covered, as well those that aren’t. Bear in mind that a number of things aren’t specifically mentioned, simply because they aren’t responsibilities imposed by common law. This is to say that, “A professional liability insurance policy is not an all-risk contract. It is rather a safety net, providing protective cover within specified limits.”
Thought Leadership Risk Management / Mitigation