Next Generation Partners

Other transport in Canada

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

The group at DLA Piper is well-versed in providing strategic advice and representation to shippers, terminals, governments, short-line railways and passenger railways. Contract negotiation, railway safety and security, demurrage disputes and noise and disruption complaints are core areas of expertise for the team. The practice is jointly led by Vancouver-based partners Forrest Hume and John Landry KC, who are singled out by one client for their ‘extensive understanding of rail regulations in Canada’. Leading litigator Hume has substantial in-house experience, while Landry regularly appears before the Canada Transportation Agency, acting on rail transportation mandates. Also in Vancouver, associate Taryn Urquhart has focused her practice on advising government entities and private sector clients and on the regulatory requirements applicable to railways.

Responsables de la pratique:

Forrest Hume; John Landry KC

Autres avocats clés:

Taryn Urquhart

Les références

‘Forrest Hume and John Landry have an extensive understanding of the rail regulations in Canada and how they are applicable to their clients’ needs.’

‘Forrest Hume and John Landry are the Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux of the rail transportation industry – they truly are the best at what they do. They are both incredibly impressive individually, but as part of a team they are even more valuable.’

Principaux clients

Pacific Coast Terminals, Viterra Canada, Cascadia Port ‎Management, Fraser Grain Terminal, and Alliance ‎Grain Terminal

Canada Malting

Freight Management Association of Canada ‎

Louis Dreyfus Company Canada

Univar Canada


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Pacific Coast Terminals et al. in a judicial review of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s decision to implement the ‘Gateway Infrastructure Fee’.
  • Acted for the Freight Management Association of Canada in its opposition of a leave application brought by the Canadian National Railway Company regarding a breach of its level of ‎service ‎obligations.
  • Acted for Louis Dreyfus Company Canada in an action for damages against the Canadian National Railway Company following a breach of its level of service obligations.

McCarthy Tétrault

The department at McCarthy Tétrault is known for acting for producers, rail and motor carriers, warehousers and governmental stakeholders in order to minimize transportation delays. With regards to litigation, the group has significant experience representing Canadian motor carrier fleets and inter-city bus operating authorities, appearing before the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, Transport Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Transportation Safety Board. Quebec City-based practice co-head David Blair is noted for his expertise in international transportation, safety standards regulation, carriers’ liability and trade-related issues. Alongside him, Brian Lipson also co-leads from Quebec City. Partner as of June 2022, Lipson handles regulatory compliance, surface and air transportation licensing and warehousing matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Blair; Brian Lipson

Principaux clients

Greyhound Canada Transportation

Lithia Motors

Kruger Energy

Canadian National Railway Company



Autocars Orléans Express

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Via Rail Canada

First Student


Federal Express Canada


Fasken's practice assists clients with a range of land transportation matters, covering transactional, contentious and regulatory mandates. Core areas of expertise include class action, arbitration and mediation, licensing matters, cargo claims and complaints before the Canadian Transportation Agency. Steven RosenhekPeter Pliszka and Rosalind Cooper co-lead from Toronto, while Paul Wilson is based in Vancouver. Rosenhek and Pliszka focus on contentious matters, while Cooper also handles occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation matters. Ian Campbell advises on labour matters stemming from transportation matters. Partner Elizabeth Fashler left the firm in May 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Steven Rosenhek; Rosalind Cooper; Paul Wilson; Peter Pliszka

Autres avocats clés:

Ian Campbell

Principaux clients

Air Canada

Airbus Group

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Boeing Company

Air Transat A.T.

FirstCanada ULC

Piper Aircraft

Airbus Helicopters

Nissan Canada

Hyundai Auto Canada

Kia Canada


Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Government of Canada and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

National and regional railway companies, urban transit authorities, transportation service providers, project developers, contractors, operators and insurers regularly feature on the client roster of the group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Areas of expertise include financing, regulatory planning, compliance, litigation and arbitration. Toronto-based litigator Robin Squires steers the national department and handles class action defence and complex casualty matters. Ex-rail and road team head Robert Shouldice retired in 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robin Squires

Principaux clients

Kintetsu World Express (Canada)



Ottawa, Montreal, Waterloo

Canadian National Railway, BC Rail, Southern Railway of BC, Canadian Pacific Railway, Burlington Northern Railway

Greyhound Canada, Mullen Trucking, Bison Transport

Principaux dossiers

  • Defended Canadian Pacific Railway Company in a class action arising from the 2013 derailment of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train.
  • Assisted Southern Railway of British Columbia with Federal Court judicial review proceedings.
  • Assisted the City of Ottawa and Grope NouvLR (Montreal LRT) in light rail works which include rail transit regulatory matters.


The transport group at Dentons routinely receives a variety of road, rail and public transit mandates. Its road transport expertise covers trucking and bus regulation and dangerous goods matters. In the rail sphere, it is equipped to advise on mixed-use systems and associated regulatory issues. With regards to public transit, the group regularly advises government agencies and private sector developers, operators, lenders and investors on public transit projects. Toronto-based practice head Michael Ledgett covers advisory matters, while Marina E Sampson is noted for her litigation skill.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Ledgett

Autres avocats clés:

Marina E Sampson

Principaux clients

Canadian National Railway Company

Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium

Department of Justice Canada

Ontario Public Transit Association

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully advising Canadian National Railway Company in obtaining multiple injunctions in Ontario and across multiple provinces where unlawful blockades of CN’s railways crippled the country’s rail infrastructure and economy for several weeks.
  • Advising Canadian National Railway Company in a lawsuit brought by Canadian Pacific Railway Company  against Canadian National Railway Company, Procor Limited and Glencore Canada Corporation d/b/a Norfalco Sales.
  • Advising Canadian National Railway Company in a high-profile lawsuit brought by the Province of Ontario.