Marianne Smith
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3156

Marianne has over 10 years of experience as a commercial lawyer. A significant portion of Marianne's practice encompasses public procurement, infrastructure and public-private partnerships. She advises clients on the development, preparation and ongoing administration of public tenders and procurement processes, and the development and negotiation of commercial agreements for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of infrastructure.

In her procurement practice, Marianne acts for domestic and international clients in a wide range of sectors, including transit and transportation, water, and wastewater, health-care services, information technology, gaming, energy and mining. She also regularly acts for both procuring entities and bidders with respect to conducting a successful procurement process, fairness issues, mitigating procurement risk and avoiding compliance issues. In particular, Marianne has expertise in the procurement of mega infrastructure development projects and alternative finance and procurement projects across multiple jurisdictions, including municipal, provincial, federal and international and has been at the forefront of recent municipal PPP projects.

Marianne has participated in several corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and partnership and shareholder matters. She also assists clients with their corporate development, financing and business operations.


Representative matters include acting on behalf of and advising:

Infrastructure/P3 Projects

  • Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT design, build, finance and maintain project

  • City of Winnipeg on the design, build, finance and maintain project for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass

  • City of Hamilton on the design, build, finance, operate and maintain for the Biosolids Management Project

  • Infrastructure Ontario on projects including:

    • Design, build and financing of sports venues for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, Hamilton Stadium, York University Athletics Stadium and Milton Velodrome, Pan Am Aquatics Centre, Pan Am Field House and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

    • Design, build, finance and maintain projects for the Sheppard Maintenance and Storage Facility; the Southwest Detention Centre; the Toronto South Detention Centre; and the New Data Centre

    • Build finance project for the Credit Valley Hospital Priority Areas Redevelopment Project; the Hawkesbury & District Hospital Project; and the Public Health Laboratory at MaRS Centre Project.

  • City of Saskatoon on the design, build, finance, operate and maintain project for the Phase One Civics Operation Centre Project

  • City of Saskatoon on the design, build, finance and maintain project for the North Commuter Parkway and the Traffic Bridge Project

  • City of Calgary on a design, build, construction, operate and maintain P3 project for an organics processing facility (food and de-watered biosolids)

  • City of Calgary on the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant D Expansion Project

  • City of Moncton on the Moncton Downtown Centre project (a new multi-use sports and entertainment centre)

  • City of Sudbury on the design, build, finance and maintain project for a new biosolids facility and related upgrading of existing City water and wastewater facilities

  • Ontario's nuclear new-build project

  • Federal Government on the design, build, finance and maintenance of an office building redevelopment

Procurement and Corporate/Commercial Matters

  • An Ontario broader public sector entity with respect to the development of a procurement policy and related procedures , template procurement documents and template contract documents

  • Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres with respect to the procurement of outsourced clinical services and medical equipment and supplies, and providing contract template advice

  • An Ontario crown agency with respect to the development of template procurement and contract documents

M&A Transactions and Reorganizations

  • Nestlé S.A. on its US$3.7-billion acquisition of Kraft Foods' North American frozen pizza business

  • An automotive supplier on the sale of two divisions of its Canadian operations

  • A Canadian distributor of retail products in the sale of its shares

  • An automotive supplier on the reorganization of its Canadian operations


Marianne is recognized in:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Infrastructure & Projects and Public Procurement)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Projects - PPP & Infrastructure)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Projects - PPP, Infrastructure)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Government Contracts)

Marianne is also a past recipient of the Blakes Volunteer of Distinction Award In recognition of her commitment to volunteer and pro bono activities.

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Blakes Bulletin on Infrastructure, November 2, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Construction, Construction Dispute Resolution, and Procurement, April 27, 2016.
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