Helmut K. Johannsen P.Eng., C.Arb, FCIArb

Helmut Johannsen
Job Title Associate Counsel
Phone (604) 673-7431
Fax (604) 682-1283
Assistant Surinder Mahil smahil@singleton.com

Helmut Johannsen's transactional and dispute resolution practice focus includes all aspects of law related to construction, engineering and procurement. His extensive transactional practice includes developing procurement processes and the drafting, tendering, negotiating, award and interpretation of all types of equipment, supply, construction, architectural and engineering contracts, as well as related construction insurance and bonding. He has prepared numerous procurement processes, documents and contracts for major infrastructure and energy projects, including powerplants, rapid transit, LNG and gas pipeline projects, as well as prepared standardized procurement and contract documents for clients. His considerable dispute resolution practice includes negotiation, litigation, arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes. He has acted as counsel on complex civil litigation cases and arbitrations involving construction, engineering, procurement and technical matters. He is a Chartered Arbitrator (ADR Institute of Canada) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and acted as sole arbitrator, arbitration tribunal member, and chair of arbitration tribunals on a number of construction and engineering disputes. He is currently one of two Vice-Chairs of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association.

In addition to being a lawyer and arbitrator, Helmut previously worked as and still remains a Registered Professional Engineer with a background in geotechnical, structural and municipal engineering. This complementary knowledge and experience in engineering and construction, including ability to read and understand drawings and technical specifications, and his experience in dispute resolution, allows Helmut to act effectively as an arbitrator or adjudicator, and to provide clients with strategic advice not only in early resolution of disputes but also, prior to award of contracts, to assist clients in identifying and mitigating risks and minimizing disputes during performance of the contracts.


  • B.A.Sc. (Civil Eng), University of British Columbia: 1975
  • LLB, University of British Columbia: 1980
  • Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada: 1988
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar: 1981

Professional Activities

  • Fellow and Past President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Construction Lawyers
  • Professional Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
  • Member, International Bar Association, vice-chair (2016-2018) of International Construction Projects Committee, and past chair of Project Execution Subcommittee
  • Director and member of Executive, ADR Institute of BC (B.C. Arbitration & Mediation Institute)
  • Member, ADR Institute of Canada (Chartered Arbitrator, 1988-present)
  • International Associate, American Bar Association (member, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and International Construction Division)
  • Registered Professional Engineer, BC Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists (1977-present)
  • Member, BC Construction Roundtable
  • Member, Tunnelling Association of Canada
  • Member (past chair), Construction Law Section of Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Builders Lien Act Reform Project Committee, British Columbia Law Institute