Borden Ladner Gervais LLP remains a leader in the practice space, advising domestic and international owners/sponsors, governmental authorities, suppliers, service providers, contractor/developer consortiums, lenders and equity investors over the course of the entire lifecycle of major construction projects. With a client base spanning such sectors as transportation, health services, social infrastructure and energy, the firm assists with matters ranging from early-stage project and procurement planning and structuring, project governance, public funding and private financing to regulatory approval matters, closing matters and litigation, mediation and arbitration. Patricia Morrison KC leads the team in Calgary and provides expertise on large-scale infrastructure, industrial and commercial projects, in addition to high-value disputes involving tenders, construction contracts and liens. Jeffrey Vallis KC, also in Calgary, brings experience in domestic and international arbitrations. Richard Shaban in Toronto draws on 30 years of handling transactional work and the resolution of issues during procurement and project delivery. In Montreal, Simon Grégoire specializes in complex construction litigation and infrastructure and energy construction disputes. Other key figures include Gabriel Lefebvre, who brings strength to engineers' liability claims in Montreal, Rodney Smith in Calgary and veteran arbitrator Hugh Meighen in Toronto.
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Patricia Morrison KC
Other key lawyers:
Simon Gregoire; Richard Shaban; Jeffrey Vallis KC; Michael Skene; Gabriel Lefebrve; Rodney Smith; Hugh Meighen
Aviva Insurance and Argo Surety
Couillard Construction Limitée
Ziedler Partnership Architects
Zurich Insurance Company
Construction and infrastructure boutique Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP remains a leader in the practice space, utilizing the bench strength of an experienced team of litigators, solicitors and engineers in Vancouver and Toronto to provide a comprehensive range of services for clients involved in major infrastructure, industrial and commercial projects. The firm’s full offering covers the negotiation and drafting of agreements, risk management, advice on procurement matters, assistance with construction insurance and surety bonding, alternative dispute resolution and representation in high-stakes construction disputes. Firm co-founder and counsel John Singleton KC, who operates out of the Vancouver and Toronto offices, brings extensive experience in P3 and infrastructure matters, having advised on over 90 projects over the past 10 years. In addition to advising both the Ontario and federal Canadian governments on the development of legislation, co-managing partner and leading construction litigator and arbitrator Bruce Reynolds in Toronto provides expertise on matters involving liens, surety bond claims, construction and insurance claims, as well as architects’ and engineers’ errors and omissions issues. Having worked with Reynolds in assisting the Ontario government with the modernization of the Construction Act, Sharon Vogel advises on large-scale transportation, energy, mining, manufacturing and institutional projects. Dispute resolution expert Stuart Hankinson KC in Vancouver acts for a broad client base of owners, developers, contractors, design-builders and insurers. The team was bolstered by the February 2023 arrival of partner Seema Lal from Clyde & Co LLP.
John Singleton KC; Bruce Reynolds; Sharon Vogel; Stuart Hankinson KC; Seema Lal; Stephen Berezowskyj
Other key lawyers:
Jesse Gardner; James Little
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
CWA Engineers/Lloyds Underwriters
Fibreco Export Inc.
Stantec Consultants Ltd.
City of Ottawa
Ventana Construction Corporation
- Retained by CWA Engineers in relation to the collapse of a tripper conveyor support tower in July 2019, located at the Vista Mine coal handling facility in Hinton, Alberta.
- Retained by the City of Brampton in relation to various disputes which arose in relation to the construction of the Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library.
The cross-Canada team of global firm Dentons provides a comprehensive service, advising on major construction and infrastructure projects in both the private and public sectors. With an active client base spanning such areas as energy, utilities, transport, real estate, healthcare and government, the practice assists with procurement, contract drafting and negotiation, contract administration, in addition to litigation involving construction and engineering contractual disputes, design issues, professional liability, construction bonds and tendering processes. The team is led in Vancouver by Jana Mansour, a specialist in the procurement of transportation and energy projects for domestic and multinational clients, and Karen Martin KC, a seasoned litigator and arbitrator. At the Edmonton office, Dennis Picco KC brings over 30 years of experience to litigation and dispute resolution matters in the construction and energy sectors. Simon Elzen-Hoskyn (also in Edmonton) and Chelsea Wilson in Vancouver were promoted to partner in February and June of 2023. Partner Morgan Burris in Vancouver joined from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in May 2023. Jonathan Hillson in Edmonton departed in June 2023.
Jana Mansour; Karen Martin KC
Other key lawyers:
Dennis Picco KC; John Haythorne; Pierre Grenier; Karen Groulx; Lampros Stougiannos; Alexis Barr-Gusa
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
JGC Fluor BC LNG Joint-Venture
Régie Régionale de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Nunavik (RRSSSN)
Attorney General of Canada
City of Richmond
Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay
Montréal Port Authority
- Acting as counsel for Acciona, a multinational wastewater treatment plant contractor, against a municipal owner, the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD).
- Advising JGC Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture in its role as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the construction of a multi-billion dollar LNG export terminal in Kitimat, BC.
- Acting for plaintiff Enbridge in a claim against a pipeline construction consortium, which struck one of Enbridge’s pipelines while constructing an expansion.
Toronto-based firm Goodmans LLP brings strength to construction matters across the nation, advising major real estate developers, construction companies, contractors, government agencies and corporates in such sectors as energy, manufacturing and building materials. The team is led by experienced litigator, mediator and arbitrator Howard Wise, who represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors and lenders in high-stakes construction disputes, including construction liens and contract and negligence claims, as well as providing support with design build agreements and EPC contracts. In addition to construction law, construction contracts and commercial disputes, Joseph Cosentino also specializes in insolvency litigation. Associate Jill Snelgrove brings key support in appearances before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and in mediation proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Joseph Cosentino; Brad Halfin; Tamryn Jacobson; Jill Snelgrove
‘Goodmans’ construction team is top-notch, with a deep bench of experienced attorneys.’
‘Howard Wise is a highly experienced construction attorney who always has a firm grasp of the case’s complex issues. Brad Halfin is also a highly skilled construction attorney.’
‘Goodmans’ cast of attorneys are top-flight and care about the end result.’
Walsh Construction Company Canada
SmartCentres Construction Management
Williams Companies, Inc.
Noram Building Systems, Inc.
Reliance Construction Group
Eiffage Canada Inc.
Amico Infrastructures Inc.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)
North America Construction Ltd.
Greenland Lakeside Development Company Ltd.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP harnesses deep bench strength to advise on the entire lifecycle of energy (including renewable and alternative fuels), transportation and social infrastructure construction projects across Ontario, Western Canada and Quebec, from financing and development to the resolution of construction disputes. Operating out of Toronto and Montréal, Richard Wong heads the team, bringing over 25 years of experience assisting owners, engineers, contractors and subcontractors with contractual, procurement and project development issues on Canadian and international capital projects. Rocco Sebastiano specializes in infrastructure development and procurement, along with Elliot Smith, who also assists with construction contracts, operating and maintenance agreements and long-term utility supply agreements. Other key figures include Joel Heard, who advises on risk identification, project structuring and teaming arrangements; seasoned litigator Roger Gillott; and associate Ethan McCarthy. Lia Bruschetta was promoted to partner in March 2023. Unless noted, all lawyers mentioned work in Toronto.
Other key lawyers:
Rocco Sebastiano Elliot Smith; Joel Heard; Roger Gillott; Ethan McCarthy
Runnymede Healthcare Centre
Brookfield Properties Development LP
Fairview Limited Partnership
Bruce Power LP
Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
McCain Foods Limited
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
City of Toronto/CreateTO
City of Toronto – FIFA World Cup 2026
Vale Canada Limited
Marmon Industrial Holdings
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Solicitor General
Sofina Foods Inc.
- Advising Runnymede Healthcare Centre on all legal and commercial aspects of the development of a Long-Term Care (LTC) home in Toronto, including contract management issues and delay claims in relation to the project.
- Advising Brookfield Properties Development LP on the Yonge and Bloor Redevelopment Contract, which is a proposed $300m project at an intersection/transit hub in Toronto.
- Advising on all commercial construction aspects of the Fairview Lands Residential Construction Project being developed as a joint venture with CLV Group in Burlington, Ontario.
The construction dispute specialists at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP bring expertise to representing domestic and multinational developers, owners, contractors, engineers, architects, suppliers, lenders and insurers, involved in complex, high-value litigation and arbitration. The firm displays particular strength in the energy, transport, government, real estate and infrastructure sectors. The practice is led by David Tupper in Toronto, whose experience includes appearing before the courts of Alberta (at all levels) and in the Federal Court of Appeal. Other key figures include seasoned arbitrators Laura Cundari in Vancouver and Matthew Liben in Montréal, and Alyssa Duke in Calgary, who focuses on multi-party commercial disputes involving such matters as contractor delays, failure to properly maintain facilities, deficient work and construction product liability issues.
Other key lawyers:
Laura Cundari; Matthew Liben; Alyssa Duke; Joe McArthur
City of Calgary
Elad Canada Inc.
The City of Edmonton
Kinder Morgan/Pembina Pipelines
- Advised the City of Calgary on the development of a light rail transit line, assisting internal counsel with delivery methodology options, procurement strategies and the drafting of procurement and construction contracts.
- Representing Air Liquide, a producer of EPA Protocol Gas, in a C$550m lawsuit brought by Canadian Natural Resources, an oil and natural gas company.
- Representing the City of Edmonton in an arbitration case against IBI Group Architects for alleged design and construction deficiencies with respect to the Edmonton Police Services Campus building.
Gowling WLG leverages the global bench strength of locations in 19 cities across nine countries and three continents, to advise on the entire lifecycle of major constructions, including multi-phased, multi-purpose real estate development projects (such as office, retail, commercial and residential complexes). In addition, the group’s full service extends to procurement processes, the negotiation of contract and labour agreements, project financing and insurance, environmental issues, health and safety, workers’ compensation and construction litigations, mediation and arbitration. The firm’s client portfolio spans such sectors as education, insurance, government, energy and aerospace. Ted Betts heads the practice, bringing over 20 years of experience to construction and infrastructure matters. Other key figures include seasoned litigator Sahil Shoor and associate Tristan Neill, who works at the firm's office in the Waterloo region. Matthew Bernardo and Aaron Hunter joined as partners from in-house roles in January and February 2023. Unless noted, all lawyers mentioned work in Toronto.
Other key lawyers:
Brian Kapusianyk KC; Christopher Stanek; Mark Crane; Sahil Shoor; Jordan Crone; Magda Hanebach: Tristan Neill
‘The Gowling practice has a broad footprint of knowledge, experience and coverage in Canada. The varied client base and projects provides for a unique perspective on the market and current trends. Coupled with their legal expertise, this provides an extremely valuable resource for all matters of dispute and litigation support in the construction and infrastructure space.’
‘Sahil Shoor is an experienced practitioner. He is hands-on in managing his client’s needs and risks, providing real world solutions tailored to the specific challenges in the current market.’
‘They have a diverse and strong team of lawyers that the group can pull support from to address multiple issues within the same project.’
‘Very pragmatic and results-driven.’
‘The Gowling team is very detail-oriented, organized and well-spoken. They carefully review and consider the materials provided to ensure all angles are covered.’
First Capital Realty
Ledcor Group Inc.
RioCan Real Estate Management
Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)
Town of Milton
- Assisting with the development of IMAGOLD’s Côté Gold Project in northeastern Ontario, advising on design, construction, commissioning and transition to operations for the mine, including contracting matters, change order matters and dispute resolution.
- Acting as primary counsel for Victor Insurance covering claims made against engineers, architects and other professionals in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- Acted as the counsel to McMaster University in all stages of the development of the McMaster Innovation Park, a 60-acre health sciences innovation and business incubator ecosystem.
With a strong national presence and offices abroad in London and New York, McCarthy Tétrault provides a comprehensive service in the construction space, advising a broad client base ranging from developers and lenders to contractors and architects on major projects domestically, and across Latin America, the US, the UK, Europe and the Middle East. With expertise across the energy, transport, retail, mining, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors, the practice assists with regulatory compliance, risk management, transactional matters and construction dispute resolution, in addition to occupational health and safety issues. Scott Chalmers in Toronto heads the national practice and advises on major international infrastructure projects. Julie Parla, a seasoned litigator and arbitrator, manages the firm’s national construction disputes practice. Bryan West, who leads the Alberta construction and project disputes groups, also provides experience in commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Anca Neacsu, who heads the Quebec construction group, specializes in the energy and mining sectors. Aidan Cameron, an expert in multi-party contractual litigation, leads the British Columbia construction and project disputes groups.
Scott Chalmers; Bryan West; Julie Parla; Anca Neacsu; Aidan Cameron
VINCI Infrastructure Canada Limited
bcIMC Realty Corporation
Noventa Energy Partners
Enwave Energy Corporation
North American Lithium
ONxpress Transportation Partners
- Providing day-to-day services to the Canadian arm of Vinci Construction, in the development of the $744m Springbank Reservoir.
- Providing day-to-day services to bcIMC Realty Corporation, QuadReal and BentallGreenOak, in the development of the Post Vancouver office building.
- Advising on all aspects of the procurement and delivery of the Scarborough Subway Extension, a 7.8 km extension of TTC’s Line 2 Bloor-Danforth Subway.
Norton Rose Fulbright utilizes global bench strength to advise developers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architectural and engineering firms, mortgagees and other lenders, on major construction projects. With offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Quebec, the practice's robust portfolio spans such industries as telecoms, transport, insurance and energy. The team assists clients throughout the entire project lifecycle, from front end procurement strategy advice, project structuring, development strategies and the negotiation and preparation of contracts to post-contract operational risk management and representation in disputes. Claudia Déry, who brings expertise to public-private partnership projects, co-leads the practice in Montréal, along with Daniel Leduc in Ottawa, a veteran litigator who handles complex labour matters. Other key figures include project procurement specialist Jenya Hammond, senior associate Jason Buttuls (who joined from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in March 2023) and associate Ryan Griffith in Vancouver.
Claudia Déry; Dan Leduc
Other key lawyers:
Matt Mulligan; Keith Bustard; Kelly Moffet-Burima; Horia Bundaru; Ian Gosselin; Jenya Hammond; Jason Butters; Ryan Griffith
‘Excellent collaborator, very rapid to reply. Very structured and efficient.’
‘The technical understanding of the problem in hand is very important and Ian Gosselin will make sure he understands the issue first.’
‘Reliable, brilliant lawyers that think outside the box. Business and solution-oriented and capable to navigate complex and sensitive corporate environments.’
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Alberta Electric System Operator
Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Sewage & Drainage District)
Capital Regional District (Greater Victoria)
City of Ottawa
Prince Rupert Port Authority
Fraser Health Authority
Intact Insurance Company and Ledor Assurances
Comox Valley Regional District
WSP Canada Inc.
Santé Montréal Collectif CJV
Lulu Island Energy Company/City of Richmond
- Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, a fund management and investment firm specializing in renewable energy infrastructure, on the purchase and subsequent development of the 465MW Travers solar power project in Southern Alberta.
- Assisting Rio Tinto Alcan in a C$105m action with its contractor arising out of the construction of a 16 km tunnelling project connected to its Kemano hydroelectric power plant.
- Defending Intact Insurance Company in a suit filed before the Superior Court of the judicial district of Baie-Comeau by Rénald Côté for over $14m in additional and impact costs incurred during the performance of a construction contract, and over $9m in moral damages.
Bennett Jones LLP employs a strong national presence to advise major project owners (private and public) on matters ranging from high-stakes litigation and arbitration, project governance and risk mitigation to front end engineering and standard form procurement. The team is headed in Calgary by contract negotiation expert Jason Roth, who brings strength to assisting with domestic and international infrastructure, agriculture, mining, LNG, renewables, refineries and pipeline projects. Other key figures include seasoned litigator, mediator and arbitrator Brian Reid in Calgary and major infrastructure project specialist Geoffrey Stenger, who operates in both Calgary and Toronto. Partner John Craig KC departed in December 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Brian Reid: Geoffrey Stenger
Ovintiv Canada ULC
Sherritt International Corporation
InfraRed Capital Partners LLC
Argonaut Gold Inc.
- Acting for the Deerfoot Barlow Solar Limited Partnership, in which Canadian Infrastructure Bank will be providing term financing to construct 2 solar parks: 37 MW Deerfoot and 27 MW Barlow, inside the City of Calgary municipal limits.
- Advising Sherritt International Corporation, a Canadian resource company, on EPC matters related to the expansion of a nickel refinery in Alberta.
- Representing Ovintiv as counsel in the drafting and negotiation of multiple agreements in connection with their Pipestone Expansion Project with Keyera Partnership.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP draws on the expertise of teams in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary to advise a client roster of owners, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and suppliers, on major projects across the transport, education, mining and government sectors. Matthew Alter leads the team, bringing strength to project delivery methods and procurement processes. Mark St. Cyr guides clients through risk management and complex construction litigation. Associate Stephanie Garraway assists clients with document review, preparation and negotiation. All lawyers mentioned work in the Toronto office.
Other key lawyers:
Mark St. Cyr; Stephanie Garraway
Corporation of the City of Mississauga
Michael Garron Hospital
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
University of Toronto
Soletanche Bachy Canada Ltd. and Soletanche Bachy International Inc
Clyde & Co LLP
Employing the bench strength of a global network of 200 lawyers across six continents, the projects and construction team at Clyde & Co LLP provides a comprehensive service to advise on transport, energy, infrastructure and commercial development projects over the course of their entire lifecycles. The practice also represents insurers and engineering firms involved in complex, multi-jurisdictional construction disputes. The team is headed by global senior partner and experienced litigator Carolena Gordon, who defends construction firms and their insurers, and partner and Canadian board chair Jo-Anne Demers, in Montréal; George Karayannides, a seasoned infrastructure lawyer and arbitrator in Toronto; managing partner Alex Moulton in Calgary, who brings over 20 years of experience litigating at all levels of court in Alberta and the Northwest Territories; and Don Smith, a specialist in disputes involving tendering, procurement and builders’ liens, in Vancouver. In April 2023, partner Charles Foucreault joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. In May 2023, Christopher Bakker and Gabriel Archambault were promoted to partner.
Carolena Gordon; Jo-Anne Demers; George Karayannides; Alexis Moulton; Don Smith
Other key lawyers:
Robert Emblem; Jamie Spotswood; Tommie Anne Côté
Équipe Laurence, experts conseils, S.E.N.C.
Groupe Conseil Génipur Inc.
Trac Developments Inc.
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
- Advised an engineering firm in a C$12.3m claim raising contractual and technical issues following the construction of a new hospital centre.
- Advised a general contractor in multiple claims, totalling C$9m, following a flooding that occurred during construction work done by the City of Montreal on its water supply system.
- Advised a developer in a C$10m claim with respect to discharging liens, and as defence counsel in actions brought against it by contractors following a condominium construction project in Toronto.
Fasken pairs the bench strength of its 7 national locations and offices in Johannesburg and London, with the experience of its team, to advise a broad client base of owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers involved in high-value construction disputes, including lien, bond and insurance claims. In addition, the firm assists with material and equipment supply contracts, infrastructure developments and public-private partnerships, across the retail, mining, infrastructure, energy, manufacturing and real estate sectors. Key figures include veteran litigators David Curtis and Brook Greenberg KC in Vancouver; Annie Bernard in Montreal, who specializes in financing, construction defects and professional liability; and Arif Chowdhury in Calgary, who handles complex international arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
David Curtis; Brook Greenberg KC; Annie Bernard; Arif Chowdhury; Jessica Campbell; Fergus McDonnell
Teck Coal Limited
Mount Polley Mining Corporation
BC Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
ITC Construction Group (Cemrock)
ITC Construction Group (Pagnotta)
Groupe Sélection Inc. et.al
TC Energy (Coastal GasLink Pipeline project)
Broadway Subway Project Corporation
Gap (Canada) Inc.
- Acted for Teck Coal Limited in a construction dispute over a large-scale industrial project with claims and counterclaims totalling approximately C$110m.
- Acted for Mount Polley Mining Corporation in the arbitration of claims brought by MDG Contracting Services Inc. and counterclaims brought by MPMC pursuant to a dredging contract.
- Acting as external legal counsel to Broadway Subway Project Corporation in respect of the project’s construction, a 5.7 km extension of the Millennium Line, from VCC-Clark Station to Broadway and Arbutus.
Glaholt Bowles LLP
The team at Toronto boutique firm Glaholt Bowles LLP advises subcontractors, general contractors, owners, design professionals and manufacturers on a diverse spectrum of matters at every stage of commercial, residential and industrial construction projects, ranging from risk management, dispute resolution and design claims to public and private procurement processes and building contracts. The team is led by managing partner Keith Bannon, who acts in construction disputes and arbitrations, along with partner Brendan Bowles.
Other key lawyers:
Brendan Bowles; Michael Valo; Lena Wang
Alstom Transport Canada Inc.
Morrison Hershfield Limited
- Represented Alstom Transport Canada Inc. during a public inquiry to investigate breakdowns and derailments of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit system.
- Represented Morrison Hershfield Limited in an arbitration to resolve disputes arising from services performed by Morrison Hershfield Limited on the VivaNEXT Yonge Street Bus Rapidway Design-Build Project.
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP employs a multi-disciplinary approach to advising multinational construction and engineering firms over the course of the lifecycle of projects throughout North America. The team provides comprehensive support to a client base spanning the real estate, energy, renewables, infrastructure and mining sectors. Assisting construction project lenders, owners, investors, contractors, insurers, guarantors, consultants and government bodies, the practice’s full service extends to tender processes, regulatory compliance, construction contract structuring and negotiation, as well as labour and employment and tax matters. The team is co-led by Neil Shapiro in Toronto, a specialist in procurement and dispute management, experienced litigator Michael Mestinsek in Calgary and Jamie Templeton in Vancouver, who brings strength to project finance and matters involving the renewables sector. Former co-head Erik Richer La Flèche retired in December 2022. Dominique Rolland, who was previously an associate at the firm, re-joined as a partner in Montréal in January 2023.
Neil Shapiro; Michael Mestinsek; Jamie Templeton
Other key lawyers:
EllisDon Group of Companies
Axium Infrastructure Inc.
Mariani Metals Fabricators Ltd.
Veolia Water Technologies Inc.
Catapult Environmental Inc.
First Nations Limited Partnership
- Acted for ConocoPhillips Canada in its C$30m litigation with Thompson Bros. Construction surrounding the failure of two large road culverts constructed by Thompson Brothers for CPC on its Surmount oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
- Acted as principal external counsel for ITC, in connection with a major cross-border electricity transmission project.
- Acting for the City of Calgary on all transactions with impacted property owners relating to the Green Line Beltline and Downtown Sub-Surface Integrated Stations Project.