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Since 2023, SCLNA has provided the Young Professionals the opportunity to engage with the SCLNA Conference Committee and to assist with planning of the technical sessions.  This year, over twenty Young Professionals applied for Panel Manager positions and after careful consideration, the Conference Committee selected eight individuals as our 2024 Montreal Conference Panel Magners.   Each Panel Manger has worked closely with two panels for over six months and acted as Committee’s liaisons to the panels.  Panel Managers will be introducing their respective panels on the day of the presentation.  Be sure to say hello to our Panel Managers during the conference!



Apoorva Patel

Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP
New York, USA

Apoorva Patel is a counsel at Alston & Bird and is based in New York. He has a decade of experience in international arbitration, including high-stakes commercial and investment treaty disputes involving the construction and engineering sector as well as worldwide court proceedings concerning the enforcement or challenge of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards. Apoorva is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a frequent author and speaker on topics of international arbitration law and practice. He also has served in leadership roles in several global and national organizations focused on cross-border dispute resolution.


Brigitte Perera

Construction Consultant, Exponent
Boston, Massachusetts

Brigitte Perera is a Construction Consultant at Exponent with eight years of experience in the construction industry, specializing in building and utility projects. Ms. Perera advises clients on all aspects of the construction project lifecycle, including risk management and dispute resolution. She has supervised projects achieving substantial completion for contracts totaling over $1bn in New England, providing first-hand expertise in productivity loss/disruption, damage analysis, and claims avoidance. Finally, Ms. Perera is assessing and mitigating project, financial, and legal risks in the utility industry that may impede the construction lifecycle.


Nawfal Merzouk

Associate Director, Diales
Toronto, Canada

Nawfal Merzouk has 9 years of experience in the construction industry in providing professional consultancy and invaluable support to testifying experts within the realm of dispute resolution. With a specialization in construction-related matters, his expertise lies in expert analysis and witness support, preparing comprehensive analysis and expert reports related to issues such as delays, quantum, and labor & equipment productivity. Mr. Merzouk’s expert services have been proficiently offered in three languages: English, French, and Spanish.


Mollie Deyong

Associate, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
Vancouver, Canada

Mollie Deyong is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. Mollie has a steadfast interest in infrastructure projects and has specialized in construction and infrastructure since the outset of her legal career. Mollie is experienced in drafting and negotiating standard form and bespoke contracts of varying degrees of complexity, including design-build contracts, construction (design-bid-build) contracts, construction management contracts, supply contracts, and professional services contracts. She is a construction industry lawyer with experience in large-scale infrastructure disputes, negotiation, mediation, multi-party litigation, arbitration, procurement matters and resolving legal issues that arise on construction projects in both Ontario and British Columbia, and practices extensively in both jurisdictions. She has experience working with large infrastructure owners, mid-size project owners and developers, contractors, suppliers, consultants and design professionals. On the side, Mollie likes to ski, hike with her dog, try to play piano and attempt amateur landscaping at her home in Halfmoon Bay on the coast of British Columbia.


Supriya Panwar

Consultant, Capital Project Management Inc.
Toronto, Canada

Ms. Panwar brings extensive experience to the civil engineering & construction industry, specializing in project management, construction claims analysis, and CPM scheduling. She provides analysis and preparation of delay, disruption, inefficiency claims, and disputes, reviews damages, and performs project cost analysis. Ms. Panwar also assists with deposition preparation, negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Her project experience includes government facilities, commercial developments, hotels, educational facilities, heavy civil, oil & gas refineries, and industrial projects.


Majed Karam

Senior Associate, Ankura
Toronto, Canada

Majed is a construction professional with experience in the delay and quantum analyses of construction projects. He has provided dispute and advisory services on numerous contentious residential; energy; transportation infrastructure; and institutional green and brown field projects. His projects have been spread across Canada, Quebec, Europe, and the Middle East.


Morgan Crist

Field Manager Intern
Cleveland, Ohio

The construction and law industry has piqued my curiosity ever since I was little. I loved being in the dirt and learning about what my dad was doing when I was younger and always had that thought in my head to commit to the industry. With my love of working with my hands, I started reaching out for opportunities during high school to get hands on experience. I ended up getting employed and quickly learning the ins and outs of the industry. No matter what task was at hand I completed it to the best of my ability and enjoyed every second of my work so far, whether that be a slow boring day or a very fast paced stressful day. I’m well versed with the ins and outs of both shop, mainly inventory and management ideas, and heavy equipment yards, materials and heavy machinery. I’m currently furthering my education at Kent State University and look forward to challenging myself further and getting more on the job experience in the near future.


Geoffroy Bertrand

Associate Director, HKA
Montreal, Canada

Geoffroy Bertrand is an Associate Director at HKA and is based in Montreal. He is a professional engineer with more than eight years of experience in the construction industry. He has prepared and defended construction claims and expert reports related to delays, loss of labor productivity (disruption), and quantification of damages. He has acted as expert and as assistant to the named expert for disputed values of up CAD$370 million and for projects with values of up to CAD$1.2 billion. Finally, he is fluent in both French and English.

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