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

Infrastructure

Representative transactions include representing developers on:

  • Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain the Macdonald Block Complex, which is a complex of four towers in Toronto, Ontario

  • Grand Falls and Gander Long Term Care Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain two facilities that will each provide 60 long-term care beds, one in Gander and one in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Hurontario LRT Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new light rail transit system in Mississauga and Brampton, Ontario

  • Gordie Howe International Bridge – a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new publicly-owned international bridge crossing between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan

  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Modernization – projects to modernize the Niagara, Central, West GTA, GTA and North Gaming Bundles

  • Trillium Line Extension Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain an extension to the City of Ottawa’s existing light rail transit system

  • Confederation Line Extension Project – a project to design, build and finance an extension to the City of Ottawa’s existing light rail transit system

  • Finch West LRT Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new light rail transit line in Toronto, Ontario

  • Southwest Calgary Ring Road Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new portion of the ring road in Calgary, Alberta

  • Edmonton LRT Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new light rail transit line in Edmonton, Alberta

  • Waterloo LRT Project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain a new light rail transit system in Waterloo, Ontario

  • Stanton Territorial Hospital Project - a project to design, build, finance and maintain the new Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

  • Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford Project - a project for an integrated mental health hospital and correctional facility in North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Power

Representative transactions include advising:

  • 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

  • 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; two 19.8 MW wind power projects in Minnesota; and seven hydropower projects in British Columbia (119.5MW)

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

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

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Projects: PPP and Infrastructure)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Project Finance Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Repeatedly recommended in Infrastructure Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2016, 2018, 2019 (Infrastructure and Projects)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2017-2019 (Public Procurement)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Energy: Power)

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