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Marcia Mills Ottawa Lawyer

Marcia Mills

Counsel Fasken
Public procurements are complex –understanding the rules, and why compliance with the rules is necessary, can be the determining factor in whether a bid is successful or is disqualified.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1996
Language(s) English
Office(s) Ottawa

Marcia Mills has over 20 years of private and public sector experience, most recently as counsel to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the central purchasing agent for federal departments and agencies and the exclusive acquisition authority for the Department of National Defence, the largest end user of defence supplies and services in Canada.

Marcia has over a decade of public procurement experience with the Federal government. She is uniquely positioned to provide clients with legal and strategic advice throughout the procurement cycle, from Industry engagement, responding to Letters of Interest, Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals, to contract negotiating & execution; as well as advice on government policies and procurement processes.

Marcia has provided advice and strategic support to the Government of Canada for multiple Major Crown Projects for defence. Her experience in defence acquisition provides her with an in-depth understanding of the considerations and requirements surrounding security, particularly cybersecurity, as well as national security exceptions, import and export controls for defence-related goods and services, including controlled goods and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Marcia has an in-depth knowledge of IT and technology both in the public procurement environment and in private enterprise. Having worked as external and in-house counsel for many Ottawa-based small to medium sized businesses in a variety of sectors (defence and aerospace, technology), Marcia understands the day to day operational requirements of businesses at all stages of company and product development - from start-up through to divestiture – which enables her to provide clients with practical and useable legal advice.

  • Lexology, 2019
2019 Lexology Recognized by Lexology as a Legal Influencer and a Featured Expert on Lexology’s Instruct Counsel.
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  • LLB University of Ottawa
  • Bachelor of Nursing University of New Brunswick

Community involvement

  • Member, Women for Mental Health at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
  • Member, Selection Committee for the Royal Ottawa Hospital Inspiration Awards (2012 to present)
  • Volunteer and Guest Speaker for Mental Health Issues
  • Mentor, First Generation Network (FGN) mentorship program



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