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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 4E3

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Senior Partner


Rick is a Senior Partner in BLG’s Construction Group and he is widely considered one of Canada’s leading infrastructure, surety and construction lawyers. Rick brings practical legal and industry-specific expertise to each client engagement.

Rick is recognized for his unrivalled P3 experience in the healthcare sector, having been extensively involved in healthcare infrastructure projects across Ontario.

He specializes in construction, surety and procurement law including: construction contracts and project delivery methods, public infrastructure procurement and contracts, construction insurance and surety bonds.

Rick has been actively involved in a large number of construction and infrastructure projects – successfully leading transaction teams and closing a number of public-private partnership deals, as well as crafting complex project agreements.

Rick also has extensive experience in domestic and international dispute resolution having resolved countless project disputes including appearances at every level of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Rick is recognized by the foremost legal rankings publications including Chambers Canada for Construction (Band 1) and Who’s Who Legal: Government Contracts and Construction.




Rick is a founding Fellow and a past president of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and a member of the International Bar Association American Bar Association (Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, and Forum on the Construction Industry), Canadian Counsel for P3s and Board of the Surety Association of Canada. He is a co-chair of the Osgoode Hall Certificate Program in P3 and a former member of the Finance Committee of the Canadian Construction Association.


LLB, University of Windsor, 1983.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Construction

(Hall of Fame)

Richard Shaban – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP delivers first-rate expertise on a wealth of project types, from transport and health service ventures through to social infrastructures and energy schemes. Patricia Morrison KC leads the practice from the Calgary office and thrives on commercial, industrial and infrastructure project disputes in addition to front-end matters such as deliver models, tenders and contract negotiations; she operates alongside Jeffrey Vallis KC, an expert on the contentious front who caters to owners, lenders, contractors and subcontracts on a broad range of blockbuster disputes. Toronto-based Richard Shaban serves as a transactional, project delivery and procurement expert, who has forged an enviable reputation within the healthcare space meanwhile, over in Montreal, Simon Grégoire is a star name for disputes relating to infrastructure and energy projects. Further core strengths of the practice include project governance models, public funding and private financing structures, land acquisition, project agreements and project administration matters, among many others.

Canada > Infrastructure projects

With a presence in key provinces across Canada, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s extensive geographical spread is supported by a broad sector focus. The infrastructure practice combines partners specializing in procurement, construction and litigation and is active across all core infrastructure sectors, including energy, transportation and social infrastructure. Vancouver-based Robert Shouldice heads the infrastructure team and advises on project planning, structuring and implementation. Other key contacts include Douglas Sanders and Richard Shaban, who co-lead the procurement group out of Vancouver and Toronto respectively, and Calgary-based construction lead Patricia Morrison KC. Vancouver’s Sarah Bird is a talented up-and-coming partner.