Edward (Ted) G. Betts
Ted Betts is a lawyer and partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. He practises corporate, construction and infrastructure law and is the Head of the firm's Infrastructure and Construction Group. A Certified Specialist in construction law, he has more than 20 years of experience in the construction and infrastructure sectors.
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, real estate development, 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 regularly acts as quarterback on large-scale construction, infrastructure 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 is recognized as a leading construction, infrastructure and projects lawyer by Chambers, Lexpert and Legal 500 Canada and as a leading corporate lawyer in The Best Lawyers in Canada. He has also written papers and presented seminars on tendering and construction, shareholders agreements and general corporate law. Ted is the former Chair of the Construction and Infrastructure Law Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). He is also the former chair of the OBA's Construction Lien Act Reform Committee.
Ted has a great deal of experience on boards of directors, both for private and not-for-profit organizations. He currently sits on the board of The York School and is Chair of its Risk Management Committee. Ted is the former 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 to 2018, Ted was recognized by the province of Ontario for his volunteer services, receiving a Volunteer Service Award.