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Edward (Ted) G. Betts
Partner

Speaks: English, French

Year of Call: 1997 - Ontario

Primary Office: Toronto

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Ted practices corporate, construction and infrastructure law and is the head of the Infrastructure and Construction Group. He is a certified specialist in construction law with over 20 years in the construction and infrastructure sectors. In particular, he regularly acts as quarterback on large-scale construction and development projects co-ordinating and supervising the timely and cost effective delivery of project documents, regulatory and government approvals, tax structuring, OHS planning, insurance and risk advice and strategic advice from other legal specialists.

Ted acts on all aspects of tendering, negotiating and drafting of construction contracts, structuring, project management, financing and sales. He has developed specialized expertise in negotiating and drafting construction contracts on large-scale construction, P3/infrastructure and development projects. He works in all sectors that involve construction projects, including commercial construction, infrastructure and civil works, power and energy (nuclear, hydro-electric and solar power generating stations), mining and transit/transportation. He has drafted and negotiated all types of contracts and project structures, including construction management, design-build, EPC/EPCM, and consulting agreements.

Ted’s recent construction and infrastructure projects include the rehabilitation of a major cross-border bridge, a US$35 billion nuclear power plant in the Middle East, the campus expansion and property development for a major Canadian university, the Revitalization Project for Toronto Community Housing, and several light rail transit projects.

He also has a broad corporate/commercial practice which consists of all aspects of the purchase and sale of businesses, corporate and project finance, private equity investments and commercial transactions. He advises a number of clients, particularly financial service providers and technology companies, in their corporate development and growth, and their acquisitions and financings, as well as their commercial activities and regulatory matters.

Ted has also written papers and presented seminars on tendering and construction, shareholders agreements and general corporate law. Ted currently sits as the vice-chair of the executive of the Construction Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). He is also the chair of the OBA’s Construction Lien Act Reform Committee.

He is also spearheading Gowling WLG’s efforts to report and advise on Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 and the Ontario government’s efforts to introduce significant reforms and changes to the Construction Lien Act (Ontario).

Ted is president and chair of the Board of Directors of Family Service Toronto, one of the largest and oldest charitable organizations in Toronto. He also coaches community level hockey. In 2013, Ted was recognized by the province of Ontario for his volunteer services, receiving a Volunteer Service Award.


February2017

OECD/INLA International Nuclear Law Essentials Certificate

June2012

CNLO Nuclear Law Course

2012

Osgoode Hall Law School, Certificate in Mining Law

1997

Year of Call, Ontario

1995

University of Windsor, LLB

Featured insights & resources

Bill 142 Royal Assent – Proclamation coming in 2018

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Articles December 14, 2017

Bill 142 and Construction Lien Act amendments

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Articles October 10, 2017

The impact of Construction Lien Act amendments on PPP/AFP infrastructure projects

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Articles August 10, 2017

It’s finally here! Ontario reforms the Construction Lien Act

Multiple Authors

Articles June 9, 2017

Here we go again? Senate introduces Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Articles May 13, 2016

Construction Lien Act review

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Articles April 28, 2016

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2017

February 2017

OECD/INLA International Nuclear Law Essentials Certificate

2012

June 2012

CNLO Nuclear Law Course

2012

2012

Osgoode Hall Law School, Certificate in Mining Law

1997

1997

Year of Call, Ontario

1995

1995

University of Windsor, LLB

1992

1992

Queen's University, MA

1991

1991

Queen's University, BA (Hons.)

Edward (Ted) Betts
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Edward (Ted) Betts

Ted practices corporate, construction and infrastructure law and is the head of the Infrastruc...

Edward (Ted) Betts
Featured insights & resources

Bill 142 Royal Assent – Proclamation coming in 2018

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article December 14, 2017

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Bill 142 Royal Assent – Proclamation coming in 2018

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article December 14, 2017

Bill 142 and Construction Lien Act amendments

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article October 10, 2017

The impact of Construction Lien Act amendments on PPP/AFP infrastructure projects

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article August 10, 2017

It’s finally here! Ontario reforms the Construction Lien Act

Multiple Authors

Article June 9, 2017

Here we go again? Senate introduces Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article May 13, 2016

Construction Lien Act review

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article April 28, 2016

Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act — the good, the bad and the ugly

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article December 1, 2013

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Edward (Ted) Betts

Ted practices corporate, construction and infrastructure law and is the head of the Infrastruc...

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EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS &
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Ted has written numerous papers and presented various seminars on acquisitions, construction and tendering, shareholders agreements, and general corporate law.

His article, "Here we go again? Senate introduces Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act," was published in the Construction Law Letter, Vol. 32, No. 6, July/August 2016 (reproduced with permission of LexisNexis Canada Inc.).

Speaking Engagements

Client Work

Ted’s recent representative matters include acting for:

Corporate Transactions

  • Wells Fargo in the acquisition of BNP Paribas's $13.4 billion energy finance business
  • Stuwalk Energy in the acquisition of the bulk fuel distribution business of Healy Enterprises
  • Helios Energy Inc. in the sale of a 20 MWac solar photovoltaic power plant in Ontario
  • Alberta Treasury Branches in the acquisition of a MasterCard credit card portfolio from National Bank of Canada
  • Bank of America, as Canadian counsel, in the acquisition of the shares of Merrill Lynch
  • Citi Infrastructure Fund in its investment in YVR Airport Services (now Vantage)

Infrastructure, Energy and Construction Projects

  • A large real estate developer in the $800-million development and construction of a multi-tower complex in downtown Toronto with a total of two million square feet of new construction
  • Mortenson Canada in connection with the design, construction and development of Gosfield wind project, a 50.4 MW wind farm in Essex County, Ontario
  • Carillion in connection with the public-private design, build, finance and maintenance of three new mental-health and wellness facilities for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, including over 450,000 sq. ft. of new construction at its 27-acre redevelopment project
  • KGHM International mine and infrastructure operation agreement and lease with Xstrata Nickel

Edward (Ted) Betts
Profile highlights

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Edward (Ted) Betts

Ted practices corporate, construction and infrastructure law and is the head of the Infrastruc...

Edward (Ted) Betts
Featured insights & resources

Bill 142 Royal Assent – Proclamation coming in 2018

Edward (Ted) G. Betts

Article December 14, 2017

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