Canada: Government Contracts 2018

This year we recognise 44 practitioners for their outstanding work in the government contracts space, handling issues such as procurement, contract bidding and P3 projects.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Judy L Wilson Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
2. Paul M Lalonde Dentons Canada LLP, Toronto
3. Phuong T V Ngo Gowling WLG, Toronto
4. Douglas Sanders Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Borden Ladner Gervais achieves an impressive five listings in this chapter.
Douglas Sanders uses both his legal and engineering knowledge to provide clients with highly specialised advice, leading interviewees to commend his “excellent reputation in the government contracts space”.
Mark Fecenko is described by a peer as “an outstanding practitioner and someone I have a lot of respect for”, a testament to his experience and expertise in the government contracts space.
David Sherriff-Scott is highlighted by peers for his outstanding litigation work in the procurement space where he has represented clients in various levels of the Canadian courts and international tribunals.
Sean Gosnell has extensive experience in real estate and land development relating to government contracts with peers highlighting his strong expertise and understanding of the field.
Richard Shaban is highly experienced within the construction industry and is recognised as a standout practitioner in public-private infrastructure projects.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is another strong player in the market, with four practitioners recognised here.
Nicholas Williams is a highly respected practitioner who excels in public-private partnerships, infrastructure development and M&A matters. He impresses peers with his knowledge and experience in the field.
Robert Bauer is well known among peers for his top-notch practice that focuses on high-profile project development, an area in which he stands out as an expert.
Gregory Southam receives praise for his work in high-value P3 projects and infrastructure deals across a range of industries, including real estate.
Carol Pennycook has over three decades of experience in the area, during which she has advised on various high-level P3 deals in North America. She is highlighted by sources as a standout practitioner in transactional matters.

Conlin Bedard receives three listings in this chapter.
Paul Conlin frequently advises clients on domestic government contracting, including matters such as bid preparation, compliance and contract audits.
Ben Mills is an expert in public procurement work on both the contentious and non-contentious side. He provides clients with in-depth advice as well as representing them in high-profile cases.
Benjamin Bedard is an experienced practitioner who advises clients of all sizes on issues relating to government contracts, winning praise for his knowledge of the field.

McCarthy Tétrault sees three practitioners recognised here.
Martha Harrison has a highly developed public procurement practice, with a particular focus on the regulatory regimes that govern the government contract space. Sources note that she is “someone who really warrants recognition”.
Gordon Willcocks has a dedicated infrastructure practice where he provides first-rate advice to clients on public-private partnerships, procurement matters and project development.
Godyne Sibay is recognised for her experience in procurement and project development matters, where she advises clients on high-profile and high-value deals across Canada.

Judy Wilson of Blake Cassels & Graydon draws high praise from interviewees who consider her “an amazing practitioner” and “an excellent lawyer who is incredibly active” in the government contracts space.

Paul Lalonde at Dentons is “a fantastic lawyer” who has extensive experience in advising clients on public procurement matters and representing them in disputes at all levels in the Canadian courts.

Phuong Ngo at Gowling WLG is a procurement specialist, impressing sources with her dedicated practice and her outstanding work in advising bidders and owners on procurement matters. One peer notes she is an “absolutely awesome practitioner”.

Mark Bain at Torys is noted by sources to be “excellent in the area and a highly prominent practitioner”. He is known for his work advising clients on P3 and alternative financing and procurement deals.

Helmut Johannsen at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel is a highly talented and experienced practitioner in the government contracts field, recognised for his impressive work on bidding and procurement matters.

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