Mark Johnson
Partner | Toronto, Ottawa
Toronto: 416-863-3318
Ottawa: 613-788-2231

Mark’s practice focuses primarily on major power, infrastructure and public-private partnership projects, and related joint ventures, investments, acquisitions and dispositions. He has led significant transactions in a variety of industry sectors and asset classes, including social and defence infrastructure, transportation, nuclear, renewables, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Mark has extensive experience acting for domestic and international clients on a full range of commercial matters, including procurement processes, offtake agreements, engineering, procurement and construction agreements, major equipment supply agreements, and operations and maintenance agreements.

Mark has also worked as in-house counsel on long-term secondments with a Canadian resource company and an international infrastructure developer. Prior to joining Blakes, Mark was law clerk to The Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Representative transactions include acting on behalf of and advising:

Power

  • BluEarth Renewables with respect to the acquisition, construction, financing and/or operation and maintenance of six solar power plants in Ontario (102.5 MW); ten solar power plants in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota (33 MW), two wind power projects in Ontario (91.32 MW); a 29.2 MW wind power project in Alberta; seven hydropower projects in British Columbia (119.5MW); and two 19.8 MW wind power projects in Minnesota

  • Capstone Infrastructure with respect to a major refurbishment of the steam turbine and boiler at the 25 MW Whitecourt Biomass Facility near Whitecourt, Alberta

  • Capstone Infrastructure in relation to the acquisition of Renewable Energy Developers to create a combined 465 MW of installed capacity and contracted development opportunities representing net 79 MW of capacity

  • Ontario Power Generation in relation to all aspects of the C$12.8-billion mid-life refurbishment of the 3,512 MW Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada

  • A proponent in their bid to manage the operation of nuclear laboratories under a government-owned, contractor-operated model

Infrastructure

  • The successful proponent or contracting authority on a number of projects which have reached financial close, including the Gordie Howe International Bridge, Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, Stanton Regional Hospital, Waterloo Light Rail Project, Center for Addiction and Mental Health Redevelopment and New Data Centre

  • Shortlisted bidders on several major Canadian projects, including: Ottawa Trillium Line LRT, Ottawa Confederation Line LRT, Finch West LRT, Calgary Southwest Ring Road, Edmonton LRT; Swift Current Long Term Health Care Centre; Ottawa Light Rail, Maritime Radio Communications System; Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games Athletes' Village (DBF); Quinte Consolidated Courthouse; Defence Construction Canada - Long-Term Accommodation; Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre; St. Joesph's Healthcare Hamilton; and Bridgepoint Health

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Mark is recognized for his expertise in infrastructure and projects in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Infrastructure and Projects, Public Procurement)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Energy: Power, Public Procurement)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Infrastructure and Projects, Public Procurement)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Infrastructure and Projects)

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Infrastructure, November 2, 2016
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