Chris Macaulay

Chris Macaulay is an associate in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising in the Advocacy Group. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration across a wide array of industries. Chris has successfully handled disputes relating to construction and infrastructure, professional liability (including the defence of regulated health care professionals, private security officers, and corporate directors), product liability, and jurisdictional issues.  

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Chris acted as in-house counsel to one of Canada’s largest construction companies, where he provided strategic legal advice to executive and management teams in relation to infrastructure, healthcare, commercial and residential projects across North America.  Chris also practiced commercial and insurance litigation at boutique civil litigation firms, gaining experience before all levels of Court in Ontario and numerous tribunals.

Chris’ combination of in-house and private practice experience provides him with a well-rounded insight into his clients’ needs. He prides himself on taking a “big picture” approach to his mandates, and believes that effective advocacy is concise advocacy.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2023

    • Community
      April 2023
      Board Member, CMHA Ottawa
  • 2019

    • Community
      May 2019
      Volunteer, Pro Bono Ontario
  • 2017

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2016

    • Education
      University of Detroit Mercy Faculty of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Education
      University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Juris Doctor
  • 2013

    • Education
      Queen’s University, Bachelor of Arts Honours (Philosophy)


Representative Work

  • Arbitration under P3 Construction Contract: Won two concurrent arbitrations against a provincial healthcare entity in relation to disputes arising from the construction of a long-term care facility; recovered approximately $1.5M in contractual penalties and related costs. 
  • Contract Negotiation and Risk Mitigation for Architectural Millwork Firm: Negotiated contracts and provided risk management advice on a variety of projects ranging in size from $20M to $1.5B including: a major automotive research and development campus, a performing arts centre, hotels, courthouses, hospitals, and public infrastructure across North America.  
  • Jurisdictional Motion: Hydrosolution S.E.C. v. QMI Manufacturing, 2020 ONSC 1952: Brought jurisdictional challenge resulting in dismissal of suit between B.C. manufacturer and Quebec distributor.