Rising Stars

Public procurement in Canada

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

The group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is instructed by both public and private sector-clients for its expertise in complex procurement processes, which spans from conception to award. It also handles the development and implementation of enterprise-wide procurement policies. At the helm of the Toronto-based practice, Marianne Smith is well-versed in advising clients on the development and preparation of public tenders and procurement processes. Key younger partners include Alyssa Shivji, who regularly assists procuring entities and bidders with the procurement process, and has particular experience relating to projects involving transportation, civil, wastewater and mining infrastructure; and Stephanie Console, who focuses on the development, preparation and ongoing administration of public tenders. Meaghan Parry and Karishma Prasanna are the key names to note at the associate level. Partner Judy Wilson passed away in March 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marianne Smith

Autres avocats clés:

Alyssa Shivji; Stephanie Console; Meaghan Parry; Karishma Prasanna

Principaux clients

City of Calgary

City of Toronto

VIA Rail Canada

City of Mississauga

City of Winnipeg

Marine Atlantic

Ontario Securities Commission

University of Toronto

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted the City of Calgary with the development of a light rail transit line in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Assisted the City of Toronto with the rehabilitation of the F.G. Gardiner Expressway.
  • Assisted VIA Rail with its Corridor Fleet Replacement Project, a project aimed at procuring a new bi-directional fleet of 32 trainsets to replace VIA Rail’s fleet operating in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

Cassidy Levy Kent LLP

The group at Cassidy Levy Kent LLP is well-versed in litigation, often representing government agencies, Crown corporations and private corporations in the defence and construction sectors. The team has significant experience representing clients before many levels of court, including the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Practice co-head Gerry Stobo has a strong track record advising clients on public procurement challenges before the Canadian Trade Tribunal. Alongside him, Marc McLaren-Caux is also noted for his litigation expertise and for his experience advising companies on contractual disputes and pre-contractual issues involving both federal and provincial governments.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marc McLaren-Caux; Gerry Stobo

Les références

‘The team’s personal approach stands out; not only are they experts in their field, but they are friendly and a pleasure to speak to.’

Principaux clients

EllisDon Corporation

Heddle Marine Service

Government of Alberta

General Dynamics Mission System – Canada

Horizon Maritime Services

Rampart International

Falcon Environmental


P1 Consulting

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Heddle Marine Service at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal in defence of a major Canadian Coast Guard contract award to refurbish and repower the CCGS Terry Fox.
  • Represented the Government of Alberta in arbitration involving the awarding of a major public contract.
  • Represented EllisDon Corporation at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal in a challenge to a major construction contract award.


Fasken's practice covers the gamut of procurement matters and is routinely sought out for its expertise on high-profile public procurement projects and transactions across Canada. The team is also noted for its experience overseeing cross-border procurement matters involving the United States. Department head Peter Mantas regularly acts as lead litigation procurement counsel in significant public procurements. Partner Marcia Mills provides the federal government and private and public sector clients with legal advice throughout the procurement cycle. Both split their time between Ottawa and Toronto.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Mantas

Autres avocats clés:

Marcia Mills

Principaux clients

Bronson Consulting Group

United Kingdom Department of International Trade

Thales DIS Canada

Infrastructure Ontario/ Metrolinx – Ontario Line Subway Project

Government of Canada and Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Bronson Consulting Group in a procurement dispute with the Government of Canada.
  • Advised Infrastructure Ontari and Metrolinx on the planning, preparation, procurement and construction processes for the 16km subway project.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Working under the umbrella of the firm’s infrastructure department, the procurement team at Norton Rose Fulbright handles bid preparation, including security clearance issues, and assists with the development of procurement templates and policies for both governmental and private sector clients. The group is equipped to take care of each stage of projects, from procurement strategy counsel and the negotiation and preparation of contracts through to project delivery and post-contract advice. The practice is co-led by Vancouver-based infrastructure practice head Jay LeMoine and specialist litigator Jenna Anne de Jong, who works from the Ottawa office. Senior partner and ex-practice head Martin Masse is an additional key contact.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jay LeMoine; Jenna Anne de Jong

Autres avocats clés:

Martin Masse

Les références

‘The team has strong breadth and depth of experience and expertise. It has assisted us with developing non-traditional contract models in response to our complex project needs and a challenging contractor market. A relative advantage to some other firms is the ability to draw in lawyers from its offices in other countries where other contractual approaches have been tried and they have been brought in seamlessly to support the team.’

Principaux clients

Seaspan ULC


CDPQ Infra

Infrastructure Ontario



Province of BC

Alberta Electric System Operator


City of Edmonton

Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Sewage & Drainage District)

Capital Regional District (Greater Victoria)

City of Ottawa

Infrastructure British Columbia

Prince Rupert Port Authority

Fraser Health Authority



Vancouver Island Health Authority

Lower Mainland Health Authorities

Toronto Hydro

Partnerships BC


Principaux dossiers

  • Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in two procurement challenges before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
  • Advised the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the Ministry of the Attorney General, and Infrastructure British Columbia in relation to the Belleville Terminal Redevelopment Project.
  • Advised the Province of British Columbia on a C$3.1bn rapid transit rail project in Metro Vancouver, involving a 16.5 km extension of the existing Expo SkyTrain Line.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The 49-strong group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has experience representing both government authorities – including Crown corporations and municipalities – and private sector developers, in a wide spectrum of public procurements. Vancouver-based partner Douglas Sanders co-heads the practice and majors on PPPs and the drafting of construction contracts. Alongside him, counsel Richard Shaban of the Toronto office assists hospitals, public authorities and developers with construction projects. Mark Fecenko completes the leadership trio.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Shaban; Doug Sanders; Mark Fecenko

Principaux clients

BC Hydro

City of Ottawa

Eldorado Gold

Oakridge Geo Thermal

Ontario Hospitals Association


Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals

Trigon Pacific Terminals



The expertise of the Dentons group encompasses public procurement at all levels of government, including federal, provincial, municipal and Crown corporations. The practice’s sectoral experience includes technology, energy, construction and defence. Practice head Paul Lalonde leads from Toronto and specializes in government procurement, international trade and arbitration. Partner Sean Stephenson is noted for his knowledge of government contracting law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Lalonde

Autres avocats clés:

Sean Stephenson

Principaux clients

Amazon Web Services

Waterfront Toronto

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Montréal’s University Health Services Centres CHUM, MUHC, Sainte-Justine UHC


VF Worldwide Holdings

West-Can Seal Coating

FTI Professional Grade

Tiree Facility Solutions

IBI Group

ECA Robotics

Fox News Network

Department of Justice Canada


ECA Robotics

Campbell Drug Stores

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Amazon Web Services in challenging the implementation of a federal Request for a Supply Arrangement for Government Contract Centre Services valued at $150m at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
  • Represented Tiree Facility Solutions as the successful bidder in the procurement challenge at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal brought by Tiree’s competitor in relation to a project management project for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

McCarthy Tétrault

The department at McCarthy Tétrault handles the range of all procurement matters, demonstrating particular strength in the structuring of procurements, defending clients procurements from legal challenges and preparing contracts. Toronto-based practice co-head Tristan Musgrave covers real estate matters and the resolution of procurement disputes, while David Crane has niche expertise in technology procurement. Disputes partner Julie Parla is an additional key contact.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tristan Musgrave; David Crane; Debra Finlay

Autres avocats clés:

Julie Parla

Principaux clients

Canada Infrastructure Bank

Ministry of the Solicitor General Ontario

Waterfront Toronto

Atlantic Towing

Niagara Health System

Irving Shipbuilding


The Province of BC

Infrastructure Ontario

Trillium Health Partners

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

The group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is routinely instructed by clients in the energy, transportation and social infrastructure segments seeking assistance with public procurement matters. The team’s members collaborate seamlessly with peers in the firm’s infrastructure, construction, technology and energy departments. The practice is coordinated by Toronto-based Christopher Bennett, who specializes in project finance and structured finance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Bennett

Principaux clients

EllisDon Capital

Infrastructure Ontario

Meridiam Infrastructure North America

Fiera Infrastructure

Connect 6ix Consortium

Amico Design Build

Sacyr Canada

Hochtief PPP Solutions North America



SUEZ Canada Holdings

TC Energy – Grey County Pumped Storage Project

Bruce Power

NextBridge Infrastructure

Emera/Nova Scotia Power

Algonquin Power & Utilities

Trans Mountain Pipeline