Vincent DeRose

  • Counsel for suppliers in more than 15 complex procurement challenges before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.  In 2017, acted as co-counsel in the case that resulted in the largest compensation recommendation ever made by the Tribunal. In that case, the Tribunal recommended that the Government of Canada pay in excess of $25 million dollars to our client.
  • Counsel in high value procurement claims brought before provincial and territorial superior court proceedings. In 2017, as lead external counsel for the Government of Nunavut, successfully obtained summary judgment which resulted in a dismissal of an action seeking over $30 million in damages against the Government.
  • Counsel and advisor to domestic and foreign suppliers on the full range of issues that arise in Canadian procurement processes including formulation of procurement strategies, analysis of solicitation documents, preparation of teaming agreements and subcontracting agreements, assessments of contractual terms and conditions and the development of procurement proposals. Advice provided has also addressed the applicability and impact of the Defence Production Act, and how to ensure compliance with the Controlled Goods Regulations.
  • Counsel and advisor to prime contractors with respect to disputes with the government, and with subcontractors, during the performance of awarded contracts.
  • Counsel and advisor to territorial and municipal governments, and to private sector purchasers, in numerous complex high-value procurements. The advice provided includes drafting or reviewing solicitation documents to ensure compliance with Canadian law and to bullet-proof procurements against successful challenges by bidders.
  • Counsel for domestic industry and exporter/importer clients in numerous Canadian anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, including: Dry Wheat Pasta, Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin, Fabricated Industrial Steel Components, Welded Large Diameter Carbon and Alloy Steel Line Pipe and Concrete Reinforcing Bar. In 2017, our team secured commercially important exclusions in two investigations. In another investigation, we obtained for our client a dumping margin that was more competitive than other subject exporters by more than 35%.
  • Counsel and advisor to foreign governments, financial institutions, and foreign and domestic businesses on the applicability and effect of Canadian economic sanctions, including advice on the applicability and scope of economic sanctions, how to ensure ongoing compliance with   economic sanctions, and how to manage and voluntarily disclose breaches of economic sanctions while limiting the risk of administrative or criminal penalties.
  • Counsel and advisor to domestic exporters on the applicability of export control laws, including performance of internal investigations/audits, the development of internal export control policies and procedures, and undertaking successful voluntary disclosures.
  • Leader on Government Procurement for the CETA Market Access Program for EU Businesses.



Education/Bar Admission

  • Admission to the Bar (Ontario), 2001
  • LLB, University of Ottawa, 1999
  • MA in International Relations, McMaster University, 1996
  • BA (Hons.) in Political Science, University of Manitoba, 1994

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, Law Society of Nunavut
  • Member, American Bar Association