Summary

BLG professionals offer a full range of legal services to businesses and governments throughout Canada. BLG’s Procurement Group provides clients sound practical solutions to legal and strategic issues arising in public procurement and government contracting matters.

BLG lawyers have represented businesses and governments in all aspects of the procurement and contracting stages. Our lawyers have assisted with the development, design and implementation of some of Canada’s largest and most complex infrastructure procurement processes. BLG procurement lawyers have assisted businesses with multi-billion dollar bids for public procurement opportunities.

In assisting its clients, BLG lawyers ensure their business and government client’s interests are protected throughout, including in litigation arising from the procurement. Our team of expert procurement lawyers have represented clients at all levels of courts and tribunals in Canada, including at the Supreme Court of Canada. One of BLG’s procurement lawyers was General Counsel to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal – Canada’s federal bid challenge authority.


 

 

 

Ian Houston on Procurement in Practice

Ian Houston, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) and Regional Chair of the Construction and Engineering Group, discusses the latest developments in procurement law.

Publications

  • “Key Considerations in the Procurement of Hospital Design Services,” Canadian Healthcare Manager, November, 2012.
  • “Canada- United States Agreement on Government Procurement: A Canadian Perspective,” The Procurement Lawyer, American Bar Association, vol. 45, no. 4, Summer 2010.
  • “The Canadian Public Procurement Regime,” International Public Procurement: A Guide to Best Practices, Globe Law and Publishing, 2010.
  • “Canadian International Trade Tribunal Adjudicates Procurement Disputes,” The Lawyers Weekly, 2005.
  • “Canadian Government Procurement Law,” International Trade and Investment Law in Canada, Thomson Carswell, 2003.

Rankings & Recognition

The Procurement Group or its members have been recognized:

  • As the World's Leading Public Procurement Law Firm by the 2016 Who's Who Legal Awards.
  • In the 2016 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1)
  • As a Top-Tier firm in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Canada.
  • As a Top-Tier firm in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Most lawyers recognized for Construction Law in the 2015 edition of The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
  • The only Canadian law firm ranked Band 1 for Construction in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • Industry leaders say, "BLG is the pre-eminent surety and construction law firm in Canada. Its surety and construction law group has a depth of knowledge and experience in this area which is unsurpassed."

Representative Work

  • Assisted businesses involved in procurement processes and throughout the term of their government contracts.
  • Provided counsel to governments and government agencies at the federal, provincial and local level on complex procurement projects, including some of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects.
  • Advised governments and government agencies during negotiation of free trade agreements including, the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Trade Agreement and Agreement on Internal Trade
  • Advised healthcare institutions, education institutions (including post-secondary) in relation to all manner of procurement law issues including drafting procurement documents, managing procurement processes and resolving procurement disputes.
  • Advised the members and staff of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal in bid challenge cases.
  • Counsel on numerous procurement challenges at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Superior Courts of Justice and Canadian International Trade Tribunal:
    • Northrop Grumman Overseas Services Corp. v. Canada (Attorney General), [2009] 3 S.C.R. 309
    • Ottawa-Carleton Dialysis Services v. Minister of Health (1996), 93 O.A.C. 82 (Div. Ct)
    • MIL Systems, a division of Davie Industries Inc. v. Canada (Minister of Public Works and Government Services), [2000] F.C.J. No. 79, 253 N.R. 295
    • Siemens Westinghouse Inc. v. Canada (Minister of Public Works and Government Services), [2002] 1 F.C. 292 (C.A.)
    • IBM Canada Ltd. v. Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd., [2002] F.C.J. No. 1008
    • Seprotech Systems Inc. v. Peacock Inc., [2003] F.C.J. No. 205, 300 N.R. 277
    • Canada (Attorney General) v. Canadian North Inc., [2007] F.C.J. No. 333, 360 N.R. 350
    • Irving Shipbuilding Inc. v. Canada, [2010] 2 F.C.R. 488 (C.A.)
    • Glenview Iron v. Smith Falls (Corporation), 2012 ONSC 5378
    • MIL Systems (a Division of Davie Industries Inc.) (Re), [2000] C.I.T.T. No. 22
    • Siemens Westinghouse Inc. (Re), [2001] C.I.T.T. No. 26
    • Lexmark Canada Inc. (Re), [2001] C.I.T.T. No. 27
    • Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd. (Re), [2001] C.I.T.T. No. 20
    • FLIR Systems Ltd. (Re), [2002] C.I.T.T. No. 51
    • In Business Systems Inc. (Re), [2002] C.I.T.T. No. 102
    • ZENON Environmental Inc. (Re), [2002] C.I.T.T. No. 87
    • ZENON Environmental Inc. (Re), [2003] C.I.T.T. No. 48
    • IT/net Ottawa Inc. (Re), [2003] C.I.T.T. No. 101
    • Marcomm Inc. (Re), [2004] C.I.T.T. No. 13
    • Fleetway Inc. (Re), [2004] C.I.T.T. No. 51
    • Veritaaq Technology House Inc. (Re), [2005] C.I.T.T. No. 19
    • CDI Education Corp. (Re), [2005] C.I.T.T. No. 69
    • Northern Lights Aerobatic Team, Inc. (Re), [2005] C.I.T.T. No. 72
    • Vita-Tech Laboratories Ltd. (Re), [2006] C.I.T.T. No. 6
    • C2 Logistics Inc. (Re), [2006] C.I.T.T. No. 11
    • Deloitte & Touche LLP (Re), [2006] C.I.T.T. No. 45
    • Canadian North Inc. (Re), [2007] C.I.T.T. No. 6
    • Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (Re), [2008] C.I.T.T. No. 72
    • Northrop Grumman Overseas Services Corporation v. Department of Public Works and Government Services, [2009] C.I.T.T. No. 87
    • BRC Business Enterprises Ltd. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government Services), [2010] C.I.T.T. No. 122
    • BRC Business Enterprises Ltd. v. Canada (Department of Public Works and Government Services), [2011] C.I.T.T. No. 132
    • Offshore Systems Ltd. v. Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada, PR-2012-022