Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project Achieves Financial Close

The Province of British Columbia, as represented by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, the B.C. Transportation Financing Authority and EGRT Construction, an affiliate of SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc., entered into an $889 million design, build, finance agreement for the construction of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project.

The design, build, finance agreement is the key contract in the $1.4 billion Evergreen Line Project, a new rapid transit line that will connect Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby.

The contractor team was co-ordinated by SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc. The primary contractor for the project is EGRT Construction. EGRT Construction has engaged a number of subcontractors for the design and construction of the Evergreen Line, including SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc., SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Western) Inc., Graham Building Services, a joint venture comprising Graham Building Services LP and Jardeg Construction Services Ltd., SELI Canada Inc. and Thales Canada Inc.

The Province and BCTFA were represented by James Harvey of the Ministry of Justice of British Columbia, Brock Johnston, Allyson Baker and Maggie Cavallin of Clark Wilson LLP, and Bobby Stewart of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc. was represented in-house by Ciprian Gligor and Michel Jodoin and was advised by Davis LLP with a team that included Doug Buchanan, QC, Eric Belli-Bivar and Jonathan Gilhen.

EGRT Construction, SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc. and SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Western) Inc. were advised internally by Hannelie Stockenstrom and Eden Joubert, and externally by Davis LLP with a team that included Elizabeth Mayer, David Stratton, QC, Rebecca Hockin and Tijana Gavric.

National Bank of Canada and Alberta Treasury Branches, as lenders, and National Bank Financial Inc., as agent, were represented by Linda Brown, Morgan Troke, Samantha Cunliffe and Fleur Heck of McCarthy T├ętrault LLP.

Graham Building Services and related Graham entities were represented by Weston Rudd, Tony Clark and Simon Lee, in-house counsel with Graham, Doug Sanders, Sean Muggah, Jennifer Archer and Bill Woodhead of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Katherine Pybus and Christie Martin of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, as Alberta counsel, and Douglas Sigurdson of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP, as Manitoba counsel.

SELI Canada Inc. and S.E.L.I. Societa Esecuzione Lavori Idraulici S.p.A. were represented by Jack Yong and Bryan Mill-man of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and Giulia Affer and Francesca Ferrero of Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati, respectively.

Thales Canada Inc. was represented by Jason Hannibal, in-house counsel with Thales Canada Inc., and Bruce Tattrie and K.C. Miu of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.

Lawyer(s)

Jennifer A. Archer Allyson L. Baker Eric C. Belli-Bivar J. Douglas Sigurdson Jonathan Gilhen Bruce Tattrie Katherine L. Pybus Sean A. Muggah Douglas R. Sanders R. Brock Johnston David J. Stratton Jack Yong Christie Martin Elizabeth Mayer Linda G. Brown Morgan A. Troke Kar Cheong (KC) Miu Samantha Cunliffe

Firm(s)

Clark Wilson LLP Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer DLA Piper (Canada) LLP McCarthy Tétrault LLP Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP MLT Aikins LLP Gowling WLG Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati