Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Marianne Smith is a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Marianne has over 15 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, civil infrastructure, roads and bridges, 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 many municipal PPP projects.
Marianne is actively involved as a volunteer and board member with a variety of organizations that seek to provide support and assistance to those in need. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Friends of Ruby (previously Egale Youth Services), which provides comprehensive and progressive support to LGBTQI2S youth well-being through housing and social services. Marianne is the former chair of the board of Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto, and from 2007 to 2012 she was a member of the board of directors of The Word on the Street Toronto. Marianne is a member of the Blakes Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a founding member of [email protected]