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A ‘leader in the field’, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP continues to land plum roles in many of the market’s highest-profile and sophisticated matters. Toronto-based Judy Wilson is considered by many to be ‘without peer in the procurement space’ and is highly sought after for her broad experience acting for private and public sector participants. Among Wilson’s recent matters, she was appointed by a special committee of the board of directors of Infrastructure Ontario to investigate conflict of interest allegations against a former employee; the case expanded to become a comprehensive review of Infrastructure Ontario’s alternative financing and procurement processes. Also in Toronto, Marianne Smith has a strong reputation for procurement and infrastructure matters and advised the City of Hamilton on the DBFOM contract for a new biosolids management facility. Smith also acted with Vancouver-based senior counsel Richard Shrieves to advise the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on the Roberts Banks Terminal 2 DBFM project. Toronto’s Mark Johnson is also a key contact.

Very professional and extremely responsive to client needs’, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s procurement practice is a ‘strong team with the skills required to navigate complex waters’. Construction expert Richard Shaban, based in Toronto, ‘not only understands the legal issues but also grasps the industry complexities’. Shaban acted on a slew of headline mandates over the past year, including advising the co-sponsors (Infrastructure Ontario and William Osler Health System) on the Peel Memorial Hospital redevelopment project and acting for Manitoba Hydro on the C$6.5bn development of the Keeyask Hydroelectric Project. In Vancouver, Robert Shouldice advised the City of Edmonton on the procurement and implementation of the C$1.8bn Edmonton Valley Line Stage 1 light rail project. Toronto-based IT head Mark Fecenko is also a key name for procurement matters and advised the Hospital for Sick Children on the implementation of a new hospital information system. In 2017, defence and security specialist Vincent DeRose left to set up Tereposky & DeRose LLP.

Cassidy Levy Kent LLP’s procurement group continues to strengthen its market profile following the 2017 hire of eminent sector specialist Gerry Stobo from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Among his recent work, Stobo successfully represented Oshkosh Defense Canada before the CITT in a complaint concerning the C$800m procurement of medium support military vehicles. The firm also advised an intervener in a CITT procurement complaint, successfully resisting a challenge to a contract it was awarded.

One of the best procurement teams practising in Canada today’, Ottawa boutique Conlin Bedard LLP has risen to become a force in the area since its establishment in 2012. Areas of expertise include tender strategy, bid compliance, contract negotiation and procurement litigation, and clients include both private and public entities. Paul Conlin is an ‘expert in the area’ and is advising an American supplier on a significant government procurement. The ‘effective and knowledgeable’ Ben Mills is also recommended and advised Morpho Canada on a procurement challenge.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s practice leverages its top-tier PPP and infrastructure expertise to specialise on procurement matters related to those areas. In Vancouver, Elizabeth Mayer is the key contact, and Mitchell Mostyn is recommended in Toronto. Together, they acted on several significant projects over the past year, including advising the Toronto Transit Commission on procuring a contractor to design and build a new bus garage and maintenance facility in Toronto, and advising the City of Calgary on the procurement of a new C$200m public bus storage and maintenance facility under a PPP model.

Dentons’ procurement practice is well versed in advising public and private parties on government contracts, with strong capability in both procurement strategy and litigation. Toronto-based Paul Lalonde is widely regarded as a leader in the area and is recommended for complex and contentious matters. Vancouver-based John Haythorne is also a key name and is advising Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on the procurement of the Centerm Expansion Project.

Gowling WLG is well known for its strong experience in contentious matters but also regularly advises on bid strategy. Ottawa-based department lead Phuong Ngo is lauded for her litigation expertise and takes on a steady stream of such work. Ottawa-based public law specialist Graham Ragan is also recommended and advised Cybera on a review of its procurement policies and processes.

The ability of Norton Rose Fulbright to ‘strongly familiarize itself with the client’s industry and organization’ is a big draw for sources who also highlight the team’s ‘expert knowledge and strategic approach’. The firm’s recent combination with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP gives it significant firepower in Vancouver, where recent highlights include William McFetridge advising Seaspan on its contract to construct non-combat vessels worth an estimated C$8bn over 25 years. Ottawa’s Richard Wagner is ‘first class’, and Calgary-based David Eeles is ‘very diligent and thorough’.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s broad government contracts practice regularly advises public and private sector clients on tendering, outsourcing, compliance matters and procurement disputes. Toronto-based Rocco Sebastiano is the key contact and is highly regarded for energy, construction and infrastructure related issues; he is advising Bruce Power on all aspects of the procurement of its C$13bn Major Component Replacement program. Other highlights included technology specialist Michael Fekete, also based in Toronto, advising Information Technology Association of Canada on procurement-related issues.

Responsive, experienced and insightful’, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP commands respect for its ‘measured advice’ and ‘great value for money’. Ottawa¬¬-based Peter Mantas is the name to note and advised Bronson Consulting Group on bringing a procurement complaint before the Federal Court and the CITT. Clifford Sosnow, who splits his time between Ottawa and Toronto, is also recommended.

Among McCarthy Tétrault’s recent matters, Vancouver-based David Crane advised the province of British Columbia on its procurement of application management services. Toronto-based counsel Gordon Willcocks heads a team that also counts Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx and York University as clients.

WeirFoulds LLP routinely advises public and private sector clients on contract tenders, requests for proposals and contentious procurement matters. Bradley McLellan is recommended for his experience in major transport projects.

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