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Marcia Mills Ottawa Lawyer

Marcia Mills

Counsel Fasken
The laws of tendering and government contracts are complex – understanding them can be the difference between a procurement that ends in contract award and one that ends in a dispute.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1996
Language(s) English
Office(s) Ottawa

Public procurement is not “just” a commercial transaction; but rather, occurs within the wider sphere of regulations and policy, international and national trade commitments and the public eye.  For private businesses, participating in or running a procurement can be time and labour intensive. Marcia navigates this broad and varied landscape with ease, successfully helping both public and private sector clients achieve their desired results.

Marcia has more than 20 years of private and public sector experience in procurement, government contracts and security, most recently as counsel to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), the central purchasing agent for federal departments and agencies. During her 10-year tenure at PSPC, she provided strategic and legal advice for some of Canada’s largest defence and Major Crown procurements. In addition to her public sector work, Marcia has worked with private sector clients as external and in-house counsel in defence, aerospace & security and information technology. 

Marcia draws upon her in-depth understanding of defence and government sector to provide practical and strategic advice with respect to of evolving national security  issues, including supply chain security, security requirements for government contractors, national security exceptions under trade agreements,  procurement and other considerations under the Defence Production Act, and import and export controls for defence-related goods and services, and controlled goods. 

Whether her clients are suppliers or buyers, private or public sector, subject or not subject to Canada’s trade agreements, Marcia understands their perspectives and issues, providing relevant and useful legal and strategic advice throughout the entire procurement cycle - from early engagement/requirements definition, to solicitation drafting and bid preparation, bid evaluation, contract award and negotiation, contract management and the bid dispute process.

  • 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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