Yvan Houle  


Executive Summary

Yvan Houle is a partner in our Construction Group and the regional leader of our Indigenous Law Group. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in construction law by the foremost legal rankings publications.

Yvan offers clients working in the construction and infrastructure fields his vast experience in procurement and tendering, negotiating, contract drafting and dispute resolution in a wide array of project delivery models, including public-private partnerships, design-building-finance-maintenance (DBFM) contracts, engineering-procurement-construction-maintenance (EPCM) contracts, and traditional design-bid-and-build contracts.

Mr. Houle is very active in these fields, as is evidenced by his major involvement in the Canadian Construction Association and the Institut pour le partenariat public et privé. As President of the national Construction and Infrastructure Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Yvan works closely with other practitioners in these areas of law across the country.

He is also active in both Nunavik and Nunavut, where his Indigenous and construction law expertise have allowed him to assist various Inuit and governmental organizations.

Representative Work

  • Advises one the parties acting as independent certifier in connection with the Turcot Project.
  • Headed the team involved with negotiating, preparing and finalizing the AMT's recent transactions for the construction of the Lachine and Pointe Saint-Charles Maintenance Centres.
  • Headed the team that advised the designer-builder hired by the consortium responsible for implementing the Autoroute 30 Project.
  • Represents and advises a Quebec university in matters of procurement and construction.
  • Advises various stakeholders, including private and public property owners, architects and engineers, contractors, insurers and bonding companies, as well as sub-contractors and suppliers, in all facets of their business relationships and represents them before courts and arbitral tribunals in Québec, Ontario and Nunavut.
  • Negotiates and drafts documents relating to calls for tenders, construction and procurement contracts, as well as related agreements for construction, energy, infrastructure and industrial projects.
  • Advises and represents manufacturers in product liability litigation, both in Québec and Ontario.
  • Involved with BLG's Team North® and advises various active Inuit organizations in Nunavik.

Publications & Presentations

  • "Contractor's Performance Review Under Québec's Public Procurement Regime," (2015) 1 J.C.C.L.33.
  • "The duty of good faith and the implications of the Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti (NNI Policy) on construction project procurement in Nunavut," Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit, Nunavut: "Construction Law", April 2015.
  • Author of the Quebec sections of the Canada Chapter of Getting the Deal Through annual publication for construction law.
  • "Nunavut and Nunavik," BIT's 2nd Annual World Congress of Ocean - 2013, September 2013.
  • "Les principes juridiques des réclamations en relation avec les retards pouvant survenir sur un chantier," CCH Publications Ltd.: Conference on construction law,  Montréal and Québec City, May 2013.
  • "Statutory liability: Québec's new world order," Canadian Bar Association, CLE 2012: Looking to the future of Construction, St. John's, Newfoundland, September 2012.
  • "Inuit du Nunavik: protagonistes du Plan Nord," Conference of the Institut pour le partenariat public-privé (IPPP), June 27, 2012.
  • "Hey, I thought we had a deal! – The unilateral resiliation of a construction contract in Québec Law," 1 J.C.C.C.L. 41, May 2012.
  • "Gestion des litiges dans le domaine de la construction – Les clauses pénales : les éléments essentiels dans leur rédaction pour éviter les ambiguïtés et assurer leur applicabilité," The Canadian Institute, April 25, 2012.
  • "Les clauses de réserve en matière d'appel d'offres : leur étendue et leurs limites," Éditions Yvon Blais, April 16, 2012.
  • "The owner`s discretion pursuant to a privilege clause in Québec," Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Ottawa, June 4th, 2011.
  • "Les clauses de réserve en matière d'appel d'offres : leur étendue et leurs limites," Barreau du Québec, Continuing Education, May 20, 2011.
  • "Les appels d'offres et les clauses d'exonération de responsabilité : Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia (Transportation and Highways)," Canadian Bar Association, September 2010.
  • "L'opposabilité de la clause d'élection de for et la responsabilité du manufacturier," BLG U, Continuing Education, June 3, 2010.
  • "Construction Insolvency – Where do you go when the Financial Well runs dry?," Canadian Construction Association, March 8, 2005.
  • "Hypothèque légale de la construction: spécificités, risques et stratégies," Construction Superconference, The Canadian Institute, November 25, 2004.
  • "Les réclamations pour coûts additionnels ont-elles frappé un mur?," presentation to the Canadian Bar Association, October 19, 2004.
  • "Coverage when you really need it, current issues in construction," presentation to the Canadian Construction Association – Construction Section - March 25, 2004.
  • "La responsabilité des professionnels : obligations, déontologie, étendue et limites," Construction Superconference – The Canadian Institute, November 26, 2003.
  • "Les appels d'offres : tendances et considérations pratiques," Infonex Conference 2003, October 2, 2003.
  • "Le recours délictuel: une nouvelle avenue pour les intervenants de la construction," presentation to the Québec Bar, published in Développements récents en droit de la construction 2003, April 11, 2003.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as "Construction Lawyer of the Year – Montréal" in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (General Business Law [Northern Canada and Arctic]).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2006) of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Construction Law). Also recognized in the 2019 (and since 2018) edition (Charities/Non-Profit Law, Public Procurement Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Construction).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Construction.
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Aboriginal Law and Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 and 2013 editions of Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition – Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, where he is described as "innovative", and a "well-recognised presence in the market".
  • Recognized in the 2019, 2017 and 2013 editions of Legal Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).