Jean Patrick Dallaire

Partner
Key practice areas
Construction and Infrastructure Law, Procurement and Public Contracts
Québec Bar 2003

Jean Patrick Dallaire is responsible for the Construction and Infrastructure group, composed of members of the firm’s various areas and spheres of activity, as well as professionals having worked in the legal departments of prestigious industry players, and contributes daily to the advancement of projects of all sizes.

He acts as a strategic advisor, risk analyst, negotiator, drafter and trainer in matters relating to project governance, legal management, construction documents and claims, regardless of the project award, performance and compensation methods used.

He has pleaded before all levels of the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and is also active in the prevention and resolution of construction disputes.

He has authored numerous publications, conferences and accredited workshops, namely on industry best practices, both in contractual matters and litigation.

Jean Patrick and his group are recognized for coordinating their activities with their clients’ various teams (management, technical, procurement, legal, etc.). They also have a vast network of independent professionals established in other jurisdictions selected on a case-by-case basis according to the specific needs of each project (jurisdiction, type of issue, time horizon, financial goals, etc.).

Strategic advice – Construction and Infrastructure

  • Acts as partner in charge of projects ranging in value from several million to several billion dollars, on behalf of public and private project owners or other principal stakeholders, in connection with projects involving energy, public transit, electrification, industrial, commercial and multi-residential buildings, civil engineering and public infrastructure (water treatment, ozonation, roads, bridges, etc.).
  • Public/electric transport: strategic counsel and development of contractual documents for the project manager in various projects to electrify its public transport infrastructures.
  • Municipal projects: strategic counsel and preparation of contractual documents for a city in the context of simultaneous projects on its territory – civil and architectural engineering.
  • Preparation of public tender and other contractual documents for the construction of an ozone disinfection unit for the City of Montréal’s treated wastewater (J.-R.-Marcotte station): ozone production, oxygen production, cooling system, ozone destruction, ozone contact in inlet wells, continuous ozonation monitoring unit – general contracting, pre-procurement, design-build-operation-maintenance.
  • Preparation of Canadian contractual documents for an international aerospace company – general contracting, construction management, design-build.
  • Preparation of joint venture and other contractual documents for various Canadian projects (British Columbia, Ontario and Québec).
  • Implementation of best contractual practices and development of contractual templates for a Canadian public agency – design-build.
  • Risk analysis, negotiation and drafting of contractual templates for various gas network expansion projects in a Canadian province – construction management/integrated project realization.
  • Risk analysis and negotiation for the Toronto Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project (Crosslinx) – design-build/integrated project realization.
  • Risk analysis and negotiation for the Toronto Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT) project (Metrolinx) – integrated project realization.
  • Risk analysis and negotiation for the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership project (Airbus, Bombardier, Government of Québec) in Mirabel – design-build.
  • Development of contractual templates for the implementation of biocarbon production plants in several Canadian provinces – construction management.
  • Negotiation and contractual drafting for the Quartier DIX30 project – construction management.
  • Negotiation and contractual drafting for the Symphonia POP project – construction management.
  • Development of contractual templates and legal management of construction sites in the context of receivership of service areas – stipulated/cost plus basis.
  • Negotiation and contractual drafting as part of a CLSC expansion project – construction management.
  • Obtaining an exemption for ZECs from the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry.

Litigation

Supreme Court of Canada

  • Cinar Corporation v. Robinson, [2013] 3 S.C.R. 1168: copyright dispute.
  • Québec (Revenu) v. Caisse populaire Desjardins de Montmagny, [2009] 3 S.C.R. 286: dispute involving the recognition of the role of the Crown as an ordinary creditor in respect of the taxes collectible on the accounts receivable of a bankrupt.
  • Caisse populaire Desjardins de l’Est de Drummond v. Canada, [2009] 2 S.C.R. 94: dispute concerning the right of set-off in a bankruptcy situation.

Québec Court of Appeal

  • Piché Dynamitage v. 9180-6646 Québec Inc. et als, C.A. 2016: dispute over the validity of legal construction hypothecs.
  • Consortium M.R. Canada Ltée v. CH/CHSLD de Matane, C.A. 2009: dispute concerning the acknowledgement of a withholding right notwithstanding the existence of a performance bond.
  • Construction BSL v. Ste-Agathe, C.A. 2009: dispute over impact costs related to the contractor’s right to delivery of the jobsite within a reasonably sufficient time to allow it to comply with the initial construction timetable.
  • Cinar Corporation v. Robinson, C.A. 2011: copyright dispute.
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Construction Law, 2021-2024
  • Lexpert Rising Star: Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – Construction Law, 2022-2024
  • Regular consultant, speaker and trainer for different associations (Québec General Contractors Corporation (CEGQ), Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Québec (ARCGTQ), Open Forum Ouvert, Québec Urban Transit Association (ATUQ), Québec Association of Architects in Private Practice (AAPPQ))
  • Québec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ), Member of the Infrastructure and Construction Committee, since 2024
  • Québec General Contractors Corporation (CEGQ), Member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, 2018-2020
  • Co-speaker: Planification, adjudication et réalisation de projets : comment optimiser la réussite avant la phase de la construction [Project planning, awarding and implementation: How to maximize success before the construction phase], Langlois Knowledge, webinar, March 12, 2024.
  • Co-speaker: Planification, adjudication et réalisation de projets : la collaboration au service du transport en commun [Project planning, awarding and implementation: Collaboration to promote public transportation], Colloque annuel de l’Association du transport urbain du Québec, Lévis, October 12, 2023.
  • Co-speaker: Traçabilité des sols contaminés excavés : quelles sont vos obligations? [Traceability of excavated contaminated soil: What are your obligations?], 79e congrès de l’Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Québec, Québec City, January 18, 2023.
  • Co-speaker: Documents contractuels de construction et d’infrastructures modernes : ceci n’est pas un litige [Construction and modern infrastructure contract documents: This is not a dispute], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, Charlevoix, February 16, 2023.
  • Guest co-speaker: Divers modes de réalisation de projets d’infrastructures [Various methods of carrying out infrastructures projects], Journée stratégique sur les enjeux dans la construction, organized by Open Forum Ouvert, Montréal, November 7, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: La portée des plafonds monétaires de responsabilité en droit québécois [The scope of the liability caps in Québec construction law], Langlois Knowledge, webinar, June 21, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: La version 2021 du contrat de sous-traitance à forfait ACC 1 [2021 version of the CCA 1 Stipulated Price Subcontract], Langlois Knowledge, webinar, April 26, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: La portée des plafonds monétaires de responsabilité en droit québécois [The scope of the liability caps in Québec construction law], Journée stratégique Construction avec un donneur d’ouvrage public et parapublic au Québec, organized by Open Forum Ouvert, Montréal, March 30, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: Revue de la jurisprudence de l’année en matière de construction (en cours de construction ou à l’octroi) [Annual Review of Jurisprudence in Construction Law], 21e journée d’étude sur les réclamations sur contrats, organized by Université Laval, webinar, February 16, 2022.
  • Speaker: Les incidences des changements climatiques en matière d’assurance dans le secteur la construction [The implications of climate change for insurance in the construction sector], Journée stratégique sur les enjeux dans la construction, organized by Open Forum Ouvert, October 26, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Travaux effectués à la demande du locataire : droit à l’hypothèque légale et moyens alternatifs de garantie du paiement de la main d’œuvre, des services et des matériaux [Work carried out at the request of the tenant: right to legal hypothec and alternative means of guaranteeing payment for labour, services and materials], Journées stratégiques sur les baux commerciaux, organized by Open Forum Ouvert, Montréal, May 26, 2021.
  • Speaker: Les différents modes de réalisation et de rémunération des ouvrages au Canada [The different methods of producing and paying for works in Canada], Business Booster Forum, organized by CCI France international, webinar, March 11, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: 19th Workshop on contract claims, Formation continue de la Faculté des sciences et de génie de l’Université Laval, Montréal, February 5, 2020, and Québec City, February 25, 2020.
  • Co-speaker: Demystifying Contractor Compensation Methods, Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, Gatineau, February 20, 2020.
  • Co-speaker: Best practices in civil litigation involving expert witnesses, organized by the Young Bar of Montréal in collaboration with the Forum des jeunes professionnels de l’Association des firmes de génie-conseil – Québec, Montréal, February 20, 2020.
  • Speaker: Les modes de réalisation d’un projet de construction [Methods of carrying out a construction project], 76e congrès de l’Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Québec, Québec City, January 2020.
  • Speaker: L’analyse des risques en construction [Risk analysis in construction], Protection FER, 2020.
  • Speaker: Panorama des différents modes de réalisation [Overview of various project execution methods], Forum Marchés publics et Architecture, Association des architectes en pratique privée du Québec, March 29, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: Le cautionnement [Sureties], Langlois Knowledge, March 7, 2019.
  • Speaker: Contrats normalisés et avis écrits : évitez de perdre vos droits et recours en raison d’un défaut technique [Standardized contracts and written notices: How to avoid losing your rights and recourses because of a technical default] and Panorama des différents modes de réalisation [Overview of various project execution methods], Langlois Knowledge, February 28, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: De l’imprévu à la réclamation : aspect pratiques [From an unforeseen occurrence to the claim: Practical aspects], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, Québec City, February 20-22, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: L’obligation de divulguer l’existence d’un cautionnement à ses bénéficiaires : une révolution au Québec? [The duty to disclose the existence of a bond to its beneficiaries: A revolution in Québec?], Droit de la construction : décisions marquantes de 2018, Langlois Knowledge, Montréal, February 7, 2019.
  • Speaker: Matin-conférence en droit de la construction – Travaux préparatoires et hypothèque légale de la construction : ce qu’il faut savoir! [Morning Symposium on Construction Law – Preparatory Work and Legal Construction Hypothecs: What You Need to Know!], Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, April 13, 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Travaux préparatoires et hypothèque légale de la construction : ce qu’il faut savoir [Preparatory work and legal construction hypothecs: What you need to know], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, February 21-23, 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Matin-conférence en droit de la construction : l’hypothèque légale de la construction [Morning Symposium on Construction Law – Legal Construction Hypothecs], Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, September 29, 2017.
  • Co-speaker: 5@7 Construction, Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, July 4, 2017.
  • Co-speaker: Matin-conférences en droit de la construction : la résiliation d’un contrat d’entreprise ou de service [Morning Symposium on Construction Law – Termination of a business or service contract], Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, May 19, 2016.
  • Co-speaker: Matin-conférences en droit de la construction : l’ABC des contrats normalisés canadiens [Morning Symposium on Construction Law – The ABCs of Canadian standardized contracts], Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, April 7, 2016.
  • Speaker: Contrats normalisés et avis écrits : évitez de perdre vos recours en raison d’un défaut technique [Standardized contracts and notices in writing: Avoid forfeiting your rights due to a technical fault], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, February 26-28, 2016.
  • Co-speaker: Contrats normalisés et avis écrits : évitez de perdre vos recours en raison d’un défaut technique [Futures and written notices: Avoid losing your right to appeal because of a technical defect], Congrès annuel de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, Mont-Tremblant, February 26, 2016.
  • Speaker: Contrats de construction : ce qu’il faut savoir; Hypothèque légale de la construction; Que doit faire l’entrepreneur face à la faillite d’un sous-traitant; Contrats d’entreprise et avis écrits : conservez vos droits et recours et Contrats de sous-traitance et bons de commande [Construction contracts: What you need to know; Legal construction hypothec; What a contractor can do when a subcontractor goes bankrupt; Business contracts and written notices: Maintain your rights and right to appeal; and Subcontracts and purchase orders], Journée de formation pour entrepreneurs généraux in Saguenay, Jonquière, December 10, 2015.
  • Co-speaker: Matin-conférences en droit de la construction : les travaux de construction et les garanties légales [Morning Symposium on Construction Law – Legal warranties and construction work], Langlois Knowledge, Montréal, December 7, 2015, and Québec City, December 11, 2015.
  • Co-speaker: Matin-conférences en droit de la construction : la faillite d’un sous-traitant [Morning Symposium on Construction Law – Subcontractors’ bankruptcies], Langlois Knowledge, Montréal, October 15, 2015, and Québec City, October 23, 2015.
  • Co-speaker: Matin-conférences en droit de la construction : l’hypothèque légale de la construction [Morning Symposium on Construction Law – Construction legal hypothecs], Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, September 25, 2015, and Montréal, September 28, 2015.
  • Co-speaker: 5@7 Construction, Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, June 11, 2015.
  • Speaker: Les services préconstruction [Pre-construction services], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, February 18-20, 2015.
  • Co-speaker: L’ABC des contrats du Comité Canadien des Documents de Construction [The ABCs of contracts from the Canadian Construction Documents Committee], 2nd edition of the event Construire un avenir rempli d’espoir, Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, November 25, 2014.
  • Co-speaker: L’évaluation de rendement de l’entrepreneur par les organismes publics : une nouvelle chasse aux sorcières? [Evaluation of contractor performance by public bodies: A new witch hunt?], Conférence en droit de la construction, Langlois Knowledge, Montréal, September 24, 2014.
  • Co-speaker: Droit de la construction : Gestion dynamique des problématiques; de l’appel d’offres à la fin des travaux [Construction law: Dynamic management of issues; from the call for tenders to the end of the work], Grande rencontre Contech, Montréal, September 24, 2014.
  • Speaker at the second edition of the fund-raising activity Un Avenir rempli d’espoir, to benefit the Centre Deschênes-Fabia for the treatment of breast diseases, jointly with Les Constructions Béland & Lapointe, 2014.
  • Co-speaker: L’évaluation de rendement de l’entrepreneur par les organismes publics : une nouvelle chasse aux sorcières? [Evaluation of contractor performance by public bodies: A new witch hunt?], Grande rencontre Contech en partenariat avec LKD, September 24, 2014.
  • Co-speaker: L’évaluation de rendement de l’entrepreneur par les organismes publics : une nouvelle chasse aux sorcières? [Evaluation of contractor performance by public bodies: A new witch hunt?], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, February 26-28, 2014.
  • Speaker: La réclamation de l’entrepreneur fondée sur le manquement à l’obligation de renseignement – L’affaire Tro-Chaînes inc. c. Procureur Général du Québec (Ministère des Transports du Québec), 2013 QCCS 1356 [Contractor’s claim based on breach of the duty to inform – Tro-Chaînes inc. v. Procureur Général du Québec (Ministère des Transports du Québec), 2013 QCCS 1356], 13e journée d’étude sur les réclamations sur contrats, organized by Université Laval and the law firm Fleury Léger, Québec City, February 4-19, 2014.
  • Speaker at numerous in-house training seminars on standard sorm construction subcontracting contracts ACC1-2008 and additional clauses required, 2013-2014.
  • Speaker at numerous in-house training seminars on CCDC Standard Form Construction Management Contracts 5A and 5B, 2013-2014.
  • Speaker: L’hypothèque légale de la construction [Construction hypothecs] and Quoi faire en cas de réclamation d’un syndic à la faillite d’un sous-traitant/fournisseur [What to do when the trustee files a claim in the bankruptcy of a subcontractor/supplier], as part of presentations given at a benefit to fund the research and activities of the Centre des maladies du sein Deschênes Fabia jointly with Les Constructions Béland & Lapointe inc., September 24, 2013.
  • Co-speaker: Conseils pratiques tirés de cas vécus pour éviter ou minimiser vos litiges [Practical advice for avoiding or minimizing litigation, based on actual cases], congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, February 20, 2013.
  • Speaker: Politique pour contrer le harcèlement au travail [Workplace anti‑harassment policy], October 24, 2012.
  • Speaker: Développements récents en matière d’hypothèque légale de la construction et du cautionnement [Recent developments in construction hypothecs and suretyships], presentation given at a luncheon, June 14, 2012.
  • Co-speaker: Stratégies et techniques de plaidoirie en Cour d’appel [Strategies and techniques for arguing cases in the Court of Appeal], February 24, 2012.
  • Speaker: L'hypothèque légale de la construction et les problématiques découlant d'une faillite d'un sous-traitant [Legal construction hypothecs and problems arising from the bankruptcy of a subcontractor], to Kingston Byers inc., a general contractor, 2012.
  • Speaker: L'hypothèque légale de la construction [Legal construction hypothecs], in collaboration with Les Entreprises Pol'R inc., to approximately 20 contractors in the Montréal area, 2012.
  • Co-speaker: Les procédures abusives : de quoi parle-t-on et quelles peuvent en être les conséquences [Abusive proceedings: What are they and what are the possible consequences?], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, 2012.
  • Co-speaker: Que doit faire l'Entrepreneur général en cas de réclamation d'un syndic à la faillite d'un sous-traitant [What should a general contractor do if the trustee makes a claim following the bankruptcy of a subcontractor?], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, 2011.
  • Co-speaker: Leadership : qui sommes-nous, où allons-nous et comment allons-nous y aller [Leadership: Who we are, where are we going, and how do we get there?], Forum sur Montréal et la finance internationale, in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in France and the France-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Paris, 2010.
  • Speaker: Le pire des règlements vaut-il vraiment le meilleur des procès [Do the worst regulations really merit the best trials?], Chambre de commerce de Montmagny, 2009.
  • Speaker: Comment gérer les causes de retard [How to manage the causes of late delivery], one-day conference co-sponsored by Langlois Kronström Desjardins and AXA, 2009.
  • Speaker: Livraison du chantier par le donneur d’ouvrage: prêt pas prêt j’y vais! [Site completion by contractors: ready or not, here I come!], Congrès de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, 2009.
  • Speaker: Le nouveau Code du BSDQ [The New QBDS Code], one-day Langlois Kronström Desjardins construction conference, 2008.
  • Speaker: Ce qu'il faut savoir sur le BSDQ [What one should know about the BSDQ], Morning seminar on construction law, Langlois Kronström Desjardins, 2005.
  • Speaker: Réponses à vos questions en droit de la construction [Answers to your questions on construction law], Journée-conférence de la Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, Alma, 2005.

Willem C. Vis, Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace University School of Law, New York, 2001

Student Law Clerk with the judiciary Québec Superior Court, 2001

LL.B., Civil Law, Université Laval, 2001

Royal Military College, Kingston, 1998