Simon Grégoire

Simon Grégoire FCIArb


Executive Summary

Simon Grégoire is a partner in BLG's Construction Law Group and is also Regional Leader of our International Litigation and Arbitration Group. Simon advises industry players both "upstream", for example, concerning governance and integrity programs, and "downstream". Specializing as he does in complex litigation, Simon has handled a large number of important cases, before both courts and arbitration tribunals. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has acted as both a pleader and an arbitrator. He has pleaded a number of landmark cases in the field of construction law in recent years. He has also published numerous articles and given many presentations in Canada, the United States and other countries in the Americas and Europe, on subjects related to the fields of litigation and construction, and he serves regularly as a trainer in workshops for younger lawyers on the art and techniques of trial advocacy.

Representative Work

  • Achieving (for contractors, owners, engineers and equipment manufacturers) negotiated and favourable settlements of a number of major claims in the fields of civil engineering (site preparation, highways, bridges, hydroelectric works), industrial projects (mines, petrochemical plants, sawmills), building projects (hospitals, stadiums, office buildings, etc.), and engineering services.
  • Inter-Cité Construction Ltée v. Procureur Général du Québec (MTQ): obtained a judgment, awarding over a million dollars of compensation to a contractor that had not been awarded a contract owing to a reservation clause, in order to cover the costs incurred by the contractor for the resources assigned to the project in vain (management staff and machinery) during the period preceding the sending of the notice of cancellation of the project.
  • Construction du St-Laurent v. Aluminerie Alouette: obtaining for the contractor responsible for the site preparation work a judgment awarding compensation to cover its additional costs resulting from changes to the contract and to soil conditions different from those anticipated.
  • Kiewit v. Hydro-Québec: obtaining for the contractor responsible for the concrete work on a hydro-electric power station, a judgment awarding compensation for additional costs resulting from design problems, delays incurred in the delivery of the working areas, delays in obtaining answers to technical questions raised by the design problems and delays resulting from union pressure tactics and an unreasonable application of the rules governing the quality control.
  • Dawcolectric v. Hydro-Québec: obtaining for the contractor responsible for carrying out of the mechanical and electrical repairs to an operating hydro-electric power station a judgment awarding compensation to cover its additional costs resulting from design problems, delays in the delivery of working areas and in obtaining answers to technical questions raised by the design problems, and delays resulting from an unreasonable application of the safety measures and interferences with the contractor's working methods.
  • Obtaining several arbitral awards allowing claims for additional compensation of contractors involved in major construction projects (gas pipelines, a terephthalic acid plant, etc.).
  • Lepage v. Groupe Aecon Ltée: obtaining a judgment dismissing a claim for additional remuneration of several millions of dollars asserted by former employees of a contractor.
  • Ministre de l'environnement v. 9007-5193 Québec Inc.: obtaining a court order against the Minister of the Environment directing him to issue an authorization certificate to permit the continued operation of a landfill site.
  • Planification-organisation-publications systèmes (POPS) Ltée et Elizabeth Posada v. 9054-8181 Québec Inc., Philippe Chapuis et Benoît Bazoge: obtaining the dismissal of an action for breach of copyright by university professors;
  • Fédération canadienne d'escrime v. Pound: obtaining the dismissal of a motion filed by the Canadian Fencing Association to quash an arbitral award rendered by the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

Publications & Presentations

  • "Réflexions au sujet de décisions récentes en droit de la construction : trois principes à retenir en matière de quantification et de preuve des dommages," Canadian Bar Association, October 2016.  
  • "Le droit de la construction au Canada," École des Ponts, Paris, July 2016.
  • "Appels d'offres et clauses de réserve : fin de la récréation," Construction Law Symposium, BLG, April 2016.
  • "L'impact des affaires Kiewit et Dawco sur vos chantiers," Journées de l'Université Laval, February 2016.
  • "L'impact des affaires Kiewit et Dawco sur vos chantiers," Construction Law Symposium, BLG, April 16, 2015.
  • "The Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Commission Charbonneau)," San Francisco, May 2014.
  • "US, UK and Canada’s anti-bribery laws in Latin America: Are you crazy? How do those foreign regulations apply to me?" IBA/ICC Conference: The fight against Corruption in Latin America: Implications for Lawyers, Mexico, May 2014.
  • "Gestion des risques dans l’industrie de la construction," BLG Financial Services Seminar, November 20, 2013.
  • "Recent Legislative Measures of the Quebec Government to Eliminate Collusion and Corruption in the Construction Industry," Annual Conference of the International Bar Association, Boston, October 2013.
  • "Time Bar Provisions in Construction Contracts Under Quebec and French Law: An Overview," 5th Biennial Construction Projects from Conception to Completion Conference, Brussels, September 2013.
  • "L'arbitrage: huit stratégies essentielles pour réduire les coûts et les délais," BLG U, March 20, 2013
  • "Le devoir de coopération durant l'exécution du contrat et ses applications en droit de la construction," Young Bar Association of Montreal, February 20, 2013.
  • "Les réclamations pour coûts d'impact reliés aux retards et à l'accélération des travaux en droit québécois de la construction: développements récents… et à venir," in Développements récents en droit de la construction, Yvon Blais, 2012.
  • "Amiable Composition: Have You Provided Your Amiable Compositeur with the Necessary Tools?," The Canadian Journal of arbitration and mediation, Autumn 2009.
  • "Court of Appeal Examines Powers of Arbitrator as Amiable Compositeur," International Law Office, August 2008.
  • "The Crossroads of Arbitrator Bias:  Which Path to Choose?," Transnational Dispute Management (TDM), July 2008.
  • "La publicité fausse ou trompeuse en vertu de la Loi sur la concurrence," Greater Montreal Real Estate Board, September 2007.
  • "Assurer une gestion efficace des changements dans le cadre d'un contrat de construction," The Canadian Institute, November 2006.
  • "L'admissibilité en preuve et la valeur probante des documents technologiques," The Canadian Institute, November 2006.
  • "Gestion d'un procès de longue durée: route vers la gloire ou descente aux enfers?," Canadian Bar Association, Québec Division, March 2006.
  • "Les Dix commandements : Abécédaire des principes juridiques pour les gestionnaires de projet, surintendants et contremaîtres intéressés à minimiser les risques de conflits avec les différents intervenants," continuing professional training session for the benefit of BLG's clients, March 2006.
  • "Les écueils juridiques d'une réclamation pour frais d'impact," Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, January 2004.
  • "La gestion efficace des réclamations afin d'éviter le recours aux tribunaux," The Canadian Institute, November 2003.
  • "Unforeseen soil conditions and notice provisions," Canadian Construction Association, 85th Annual Conference, January 2003.
  • "Les réclamations pour vices de sol: des sables mouvants?," Guy & Gilbert's Conference Day, October 1996.
  • "L'Hypothèque légale et le nouveau Code civil: feu le privilège de construction," Guy & Gilbert's Conference Day, May 1993.
  • DWORKIN, Ronald, in the collection "Profiles in Legal Theory," 1988-92, Edinburgh University Press, 1992, 320 p. Research Assistant: S. Guest.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2018, 2017 and 2016 editions of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Québec" and a "Litigation Star: Arbitration, Construction, Commercial".
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Construction).
  • Recognized in the 2018 and 2013 editions of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in all recent editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2016 (and since 2013) editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Construction).
  • Recognized in all recent editions of Who's Who Legal: Construction.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.