Denis Chamberland is widely regarded as leader in public procurement, government contracts, (including IT contracting and licensing), construction and public-private partnerships projects (PPP). He has been advising clients in these areas since the late 1990s, including hospitals, municipalities, universities, telecom companies, government departments, project sponsors, major contractors, advisors and consultants, funders and developers. Denis also has extensive expertise in regulatory compliance, anti-corruption and government relations. His vast experience and depth of knowledge enables him to solve issues promptly while strategically identifying impending challenges.
Denis is particularly adept at working on large projects having touch-points with the public sector. He was once the General Counsel to Accenture (Canada), one of the world’s largest information technology management and outsourcing companies where his responsibilities included providing strategic advice and guidance to senior executives on business, public policy and legal matters in relation to large public-sector outsourcing projects.
A great deal of his recent work has focused on health sector projects, some involving Infrastructure Ontario. In particular, recent PPP projects have focused on complex managed services transactions involving high-end medical technology and information technology projects. He has drafted, negotiated and advised on a wide range of project and concession agreements, RFPs and other tender documents, EPC, civil engineering and construction contracts, facilities management agreements, consultancy appointments, guarantees, warranties and other ancillary documentation.
Denis also works with a number of Indigenous communities across Canada on Indigenous procurement projects within the context of economic development initiatives. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including infrastructure, energy transmission, renewable energy generation, and transportation projects.
As a pioneer in public procurement law, he imported and adapted to the Canadian environment leading procurement practices in other jurisdictions, for example, from Europe (ie, Competitive Dialogue) and from the United States (ie, Best and Final Offer). He worked with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, advising on the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive and drafting the template procurement documents (ie, RFP and project agreement) which have now become standard across the Broader Public Sector in Ontario.
Denis has been a member of the Board of Directors of a number of corporations in the healthcare sector in Canada and Europe. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer and director of a private healthcare company that provides managed partnering solutions to hospitals across North America.
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Deferred Prosecution Agreements Now Part of Canada's Anti-Corruption Landscape
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DECEMBER 05 2018
Getting More Innovation In Healthcare Procurement
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MAY 16 2018
How The Fairness In Procurement Act, 2018, is Ontario's Answer To American Protectionism
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FEBRUARY 05 2018
Value-Based Procurement In Healthcare: Why We Really Need The Competitive Dialogue...Urgently!
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NOVEMBER 17 2017
The Rise Of The Trade Agreements: New Obligations, New Opportunities
One of the conditions by the members of the European Union for launching into free trade negotiations with Canada in 2009 was that local government procurement — the so-called subnational level of government — be included within the scope of the negotiations...
NOVEMBER 30 2011
The Legal 500 profiles Denis Chamberland as a leading lawyer in public procurement law.
Denis Chamberland has been recognized in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in public procurement law.
The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms and lawyers in 106 jurisdictions, on the basis of feedback from clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.
McGill University/University of Ottawa, JD
University of Toronto, MA
York University (Glendon College) and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, BA
Over the years Denis has consistently been recognized as a leading public procurement/government contracts lawyer by major law ranking organizations, including Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business; Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Public Procurement Lawyers; Best Lawyers, and The Legal 500.
Former member of Board of Directors of Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.
MES Group Inc., Healthcare Managed Services Corporation
Denis is a prolific author and speaker and is regularly called upon by the media and other stakeholders to comment on current issues.