Denis Chamberland is well-known in Canada in public procurement and public-private partnerships projects (PPP). He has been advising clients in these areas since the late 1990s, including municipalities, health systems, universities, telecom companies, government departments, project sponsors, major contractors, advisors and consultants, funders and developers.
His practice covers PPP/AFP, with most of his recent work focusing on health sector projects in Ontario, 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 in the healthcare sector.
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.
He is widely regarded as a leader and pioneer in the area of public procurement law in Canada, having 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 documents across the Broader Public Sector in Ontario.
He is passionate about the value that innovative approaches to procurement can generate for the public sector and strives to help clients by applying creative but pragmatic solutions-oriented approaches that produce unexpected positive outcomes for clients.
Over the years Denis has consistently been recognized by leading law ranking organizations, including Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Public Procurement category; Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Public Procurement Lawyers; Best Lawyers and as a leading procurement lawyer by The Legal 500. He has published over 300 articles on public procurement, PPPs, outsourcing and healthcare managed services projects, in such publications as Canadian Healthcare Manager, Canadian Healthcare Technology, International Lawyer, Ivey Business Journal, and Municipal World. He is the author of the book entitled ‘Procurement: A Practical Guide for Canada's Elected Municipal Leaders’, and was the founding editor of a global handbook on public procurement at one of the largest international law firms. His new book on China Procurement will be published this year in English and Mandarin.
Denis enjoys spending time with his children, hiking in the woods, playing tennis and travelling, especially exploring some of France’s off the beaten track villages with their small shops, markets, pavement cafés, and their local life.
MAY 16 2018
How The Fairness In Procurement Act, 2018, is Ontario's Answer To American Protectionism
As if hospital staff aren't busy enough. The enactment in Ontario of the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018 (the "Act") on March 8, 2018 will almost certainly ensure that some staff have more to do, especially when regulations are passed that trigger potentially important consequences for both the hospital and the supplier responding to bidding opportunities...
FEBRUARY 05 2018
Value-Based Procurement In Healthcare: Why We Really Need The Competitive Dialogue...Urgently!
It's become a truism that value-based care requires hospitals and other health providers to adopt a different, more proactive mindset towards the treatment of patients...
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.