Rocco Sebastiano

Rocco’s practice focuses on engineering, procurement and construction law and infrastructure matters. He has extensive experience on a wide range of major projects and has acted for various project participants, including owners, governmental authorities, developers, lenders, contractors, operators, subcontractors, architects and engineers.

Rocco also advises on public-private partnerships, major building, civil and public works design, construction, operation and maintenance.

His infrastructure development and procurement experience includes advising governmental and public sector authorities and private sector proponents on matters such as the planning, engineering, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of major public infrastructure projects and outsourcing of government services. Rocco’s practice also includes contract negotiation with an emphasis on “preventative” structuring aimed at minimizing project risks and disputes. Rocco is a qualified and experienced professional engineer.


Representative Work

  • Société Générale on the $150 million project financing of the Credit Valley Hospital Phase II Redevelopment Project
  • Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan on the $160 million project financing of the Deh Cho Bridge across the Mackenzie Valley in Northwest Territories
  • Ontario Power Authority (now the IESO) on numerous new generation and demand management projects, including: negotiating the Accelerated Clean Energy Supply Contracts with Sithe Global Power Goreway for the Goreway Station Project (875 MW) in Brampton and with Portlands Energy Centre LP for Portlands Energy Centre (560 MW) in downtown Toronto; and the GTA West Trafalgar Clean Energy RFP and CES Contract with TC Energy on the 600 MW combined cycle Halton Hills Generating Station
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited on the Ontario Nuclear Procurement Project, the refurbishment and retubing of CANDU nuclear reactors at the Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station and Pickering A Nuclear Generating Station in Ontario and the Pt. Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in New Brunswick
  • Runnymede Healthcare Centre on the redevelopment of the Runnymede Healthcare Centre, including the Memorandum of Understanding with Infrastructure Ontario, the Project Agreements and Project Charter and the negotiations on the architectural services agreement with Stantec
  • G+G Partnership Architects on the architectural services and consultants agreements for a number of hospital redevelopment projects, including the M-Wing Expansion and P&G Fit-up at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Women’s and Infant’s Health Program, Ambulatory Surgical Centre and Critical Medical/Surgical Program Upgrade at Mount Sinai Hospital and the North Tower of the London Health Sciences Centre
  • Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance on the Stratford General Hospital Redevelopment, including the negotiation of the architectural services agreement with aTRM Inc
  • Canadian Opera House Corporation on the design, development, government funding, project financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto
  • Toronto Transit Commission on the design, risk analysis and assessment, development and construction of the Sheppard Subway, the York University Busway rapid transit project and the conversion and expansion of the Scarborough Rapid Transit Project
  • Ministry of Energy (Ontario) on the Renewable Energy Supply (RES I and RES II) Procurements, including the development of the procurement model and RFP, development and power purchase from new renewable generating facilities
  • Ministry of Energy (Ontario) on the New Clean Generation & Demand-Side Projects (2500 MW) Procurement, including the development of the procurement process, the Clean Energy Supply Contract, the evaluation model in the RFP in consultation with Management Board Secretariat

Latest Insights

  • Blog Mar 14, 2023

    Canada announces funding program to enable deployment of small modular reactors

    Canada has announced a funding program to enable development of small modular reactors which will be of interest to stakeholders looking to...

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    Canada announces funding program to enable deployment of small modular reactors
  • Blog Jun 21, 2022

    Opportunities in Canada for small modular reactors

    Governments across Canada are exploring small modular reactors, touting their potential to provide safe, affordable and reliable energy while...

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    Opportunities in Canada for small modular reactors
  • Blog Jul 22, 2020

    Embracing technology: Navigating procedures in complex construction litigation during COVID-19

      In spite of the circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, parties continue to proceed through the resolution of complex...

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    Embracing technology: Navigating procedures in complex construction litigation during COVID-19
  • Blog Jul 22, 2020

    COVID-19: The top 5 things to look for in construction contracts

        As parties to construction contracts continue to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we highlight below our top five...

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    COVID-19: The top 5 things to look for in construction contracts
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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Energy: Power (Transactional) (Band 1) and Construction (Nationwide – Canada) (Band 1)
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Energy: Power (Transactional) (Band 1)
    • “He is stellar, thoughtful, strategic, really helpful and I feel really comfortable having him at the table”
    • “…a breadth of energy project experience and a strong background as a nuclear engineer to offer clients an impressive degree of industry knowledge”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Construction Law; Energy (Electricity); Energy (Oil & Gas); Infrastructure Law; Project Finance; Ontario’s leading construction lawyers in 2021Toronto’s top oil and gas lawyers in 2021Toronto’s leading infrastructure lawyers in 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Construction Law, Energy Law, Public Finance Law, Public Procurement Law and Project Finance Law
  • The Legal 500: Recognized as a Leading Lawyer, Energy and Natural Resources: Power; Recommended Lawyer, Infrastructure and Projects, Public Procurement
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in Project Development (Highly Regarded)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized in International – Energy, Government Contracts and Project Finance; Canada – Energy, Government Contracts and Project Finance
  • Thomson Reuters: “Stand-out Lawyer”

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Feb 16, 2024

    Osler recognized as a leading firm in Chambers Global 2024 Guide

    Osler recognized as a leading firm in Chambers Global 2024 Guide

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  • Osler News Sep 25, 2023

    22 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023

    Osler is proud to announce that 22 of our lawyers are featured in the Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2023, recognizing leading lawyers in the oil...

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  • Osler News Jun 6, 2023

    16 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2023

    Congratulations to 16 of our lawyers for their inclusion in the Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2023.

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  • Osler News Feb 16, 2023

    Osler recognized as a leading firm in Chambers Global 2023 Guide

    We are excited to announce that we have once again been recognized as a leading firm in the Chambers Global 2023 Guide.

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 14/5/2018
The Osgoode Certificate in Contract Management for Construction and Infrastructure Projects
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Credentials

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • Professional Engineers Ontario, P.Eng.
  • University of Toronto, B.A.Sc. (Engineering Science, Nuclear and Thermal Power)

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
  • Canadian Construction Association
  • Ontario Energy Association