Yvan Houle is a partner in our Construction and Engineering Group, as well as our Aboriginal Law Group. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in construction law by the foremost legal rankings publications.
Yvan's contract drafting and dispute resolution experience covers a wide array of various 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. Yvan also has significant experience in advising clients on procurement issues and tendering, and he represents them before courts when disputes arise in such matters. He is also active in both Nunavik and Nunavut, where his Aboriginal and construction law expertise have allowed him to assist various Inuit and governmental organizations.
•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 Quebec and Ontario.
•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.
•Periodically advises and represents manufacturers with respect to their contractual and legal obligations, both in Quebec and Ontario.
•Involved with BLG's Team Northand advises various active Inuit organizations in Nunavik and Nunavut.
Publications & Presentations
•Nunavut and Nunavik, BIT's 2nd Annual World Congress of Ocean - 2013, September 2013.
•Les principes juridiques des reclamations en relation avec les retards pouvant survenir sur un chantier, CCH Publications Ltd.: Conference on construction law, Montreal and Quebec City, May 2013.
•“Statutory liability: Quebec'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-prive (IPPP), June 27, 2012.
•“Hey, I thought we had a deal! The unilateral resiliation of a construction contract in Quebec Law,” 1 J.C.C.C.L. 41, May 2012.
•“Gestion des litiges dans le domaine de la construction - Les clauses penales : les elements essentiels dans leur redaction pour eviter les ambiguites et assurer leur applicabilite,” Canadian Institute, April 25, 2012.
•“Les clauses de reserve en matiere d'appel d'offres : leur etendue et leurs limites,” Editions Yvon Blais, April 16, 2012.
•Chair, “Quebec Innovation in Infrastructure Finance Forum,” Project Finance, Montreal, June 2011.
•“The owner's discretion pursuant to a privilege clause in Quebec,” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Ottawa, June 2011.
•“Les clauses de reserve en matiere d'appel d'offres : leur etendue et leurs limites,” Barreau du Quebec, Continuing Education, May 20, 2011.
•Chair, National Training Days in Construction Law of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec City, Quebec, October 23, 2010.
•“Les appels d'offres et les clauses d'exoneration de responsabilite : Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. Colombie-Britannique (Transport et Voirie),” Canadian Bar Association, September 2010.
•“L'opposabilite de la clause d'election de for et la responsabilite 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.
•“Hypotheque legale de la construction: specificites, risques et strategies,” Canadian Institute, November 25, 2004.
•“Les reclamations pour couts additionnels ont-elles frappe un mur?,” presentation to Canadian Bar Association, October 19, 2004.
•“Coverage when you really need it, current issues in construction,” presentation to Canadian Construction Association - Construction Section - March 25, 2004.
•“La responsabilite des professionnels : obligations, deontologie, etendue et limites,” Construction Superconference - Canadian Institute, November 26, 2003.
•“Les appels d'offres : tendances et considerations pratiques,” Infonex Conference 2003, October 2, 2003.
•“Le recours delictuel: une nouvelle avenue pour les intervenants de la construction,” presentation to the Quebec Bar, published in Developpements recents en droit de la construction 2003, April 11, 2003.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized as a leading infrastrucutre lawyer in the 2013 LexpertSpecial Edition on Infrastructure.
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
•Recognized in the 2014 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Construction).
•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”.
•Mentioned in the 2013 edition of The Legal Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
•Mentioned in the 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal LexpertDirectory (Construction Law).
•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.