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Timothy Cullen is a skilled litigation lawyer acting for clients in a range of industries, including the automotive, energy and cannabis sectors. Practising in both official languages, he provides effective support and representation in contractual disputes, regulatory prosecutions and investigations, procurement litigation, and sports-related disputes. Timothy also advises on compliance with political law, including Canada’s lobbying and election laws.

In the area of white collar defence, Timothy performs internal investigations, defends clients under investigation by regulators and law enforcement, and supports clients faced with search warrants and requests for information from regulators. He is a co-author of the Canada chapter in Chambers’ Anti-Corruption Global Practice Guide, which provides an overview of current anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws in Canada and their enforcement by Canadian authorities.

Appearing before various federal and provincial courts and tribunals, Timothy provides counsel in complex commercial, regulatory and quasi-criminal regulatory proceedings. He has also represented clients in cross-border and domestic commercial arbitrations, and in appeal proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

As part of his procurement practice, Timothy provides advice on the design and conduct of modern competitive procurement processes, and drafts procurement solicitation documents. He acts for clients in procurement challenges before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and writes and speaks often about public and private procurement.

For nearly a decade prior to joining the firm, Timothy served in various roles on Parliament Hill. Over that time, he provided political and policy advice to members of parliament and senators on a range of issues, particularly foreign affairs and international trade. Drawing on this valuable experience, he also serves as a Senior Advisor at McMillan Vantage Policy Group, a full-service, national public affairs firm affiliated with McMillan LLP.



Representative Matters

Selected Decisions:

Arbitrations:

  • Represented a cannabis company in an arbitration dealing with the alleged repudiation of a licence, supply and distribution agreement.
  • Represented a municipality in an arbitration dealing with a breach of contract.

Speaking Engagements

bids&tender's Digital Speaker Series: Trade Treaty Obligations in Canadian Public Sector Procurement

April 27, 2021

Bill 142 – The Construction Lien Amendment Act - Ontario Public Buyers Association/Cooperative Purchasing Group of Waterloo Region

November 2017

Buying Into Change: Updating Your Procurement Process for CETA/CFTA Compliance - Ontario Public Buyers Association/Cooperative Purchasing Group of Waterloo Region

November 2017

Buying Into Change: Updating Your Procurement Process for CETA/CFTA Compliance - Confidential Client (public sector)

October 2017

Buying Into Change: Updating Your Procurement Process for CETA/CFTA Compliance - Ontario University Procurement Management Association

October 2017

Buying Into Change: Updating Your Procurement Process for CETA/CFTA Compliance - Confidential Client (public sector)

June 2017

One of These Things Looks a Lot Like the Other: Procurement Under CETA and the CFTA - eSolutions Group Quarterly User Group Meeting

May 2017

All Hands on Deck: Navigating the Tricky Waters of the Federal Government's New Integrity Regime of Public Procurement - The Canadian Bar Association, Webinar

April 2017

Hot Topics: A Comparative take on the Federal, Ontario and Quebec Regimes - The Commons Seminar on Mastering Public Procurement, Webinar

March 2016

News


Media Mentions

Financial Post, February 22, 2019

The Globe and Mail, February 25, 2019


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012–2013 Dean’s Research and Writing Fellow (University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Coaching Association of Canada
  • The Advocates’ Society, Young Advocates Standing Committee (YASC) Member
  • Board Member, Ottawa Food Bank

Education & Admissions

2015
Called to the Ontario bar
2018
Certificate in Advanced Procurement Law and Practice: Major Projects and TenderingOsgoode Hall Law School
2017
Certificate in Public Procurement Law and PracticeOsgoode Hall Law School
2014
JD (option in international law) cum laudeUniversity of Ottawa
2014
MA International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International AffairsCarleton University
2010
BA Political Studies and French, First Class StandingUniversity of Prince Edward Island

Publications

 

Insights by Timothy Cullen (12 Posts)

Featured Insight

Is COVID-19 Government Assistance No Strings? No Way! All Lobbyists Have Reporting Requirements

Applying for and/or receiving COVID-19 financial assistance creates reporting obligations for all lobbyists. Have you updated your lobbyist registration lately?

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Apr 19, 2021
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Lobbying Reform Déjà Vu? Canada’s Commissioner of Lobbying Recommends Heightened Obligations for Lobbyists Once Again

Canada’s Commissioner of Lobbying Submits Preliminary Recommendations to House of Commons Committee on federal Lobbying Act reform.

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Mar 19, 2021
Featured Insight

Transport Canada driving forward with administrative monetary penalties under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Transport Canada releases an informal consultation as the latest step to creating the new Motor Vehicle Safety Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations.

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Oct 22, 2020
Featured Insight

Federal Government Wants Provinces Riding Shotgun for ZEV Sales Targets

Federal Min of Transport requests support for federal plan for non-combustion-powered or "zero-emission" vehicles make up 10% of Canadian vehicle sales by 2025

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Feb 6, 2019
Featured Insight

‘Tis the Season – Ontario Government Introduces Bill Setting Minimum Pay Rates for Private-Sector Contractors on Government Contracts

'Tis the Season - Ontario Government Introduces Bill Setting Minimum Pay Rates for Private-Sector Contractors on Government Contracts

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Apr 20, 2018
Featured Insight

BC excavator’s court case takes a dig at municipal procurement policies undermined by the CFTA & CETA

Is the use of reprisal clauses (also called litigation exclusion provisions) in municipal procurement policies and tender documents about to hit rock bottom?

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Mar 21, 2018
Featured Insight

Motor Vehicle Safety Act amendments put transport minister in the driver’s seat with new recall, investigation and penalty related powers

Canadian motor vehicle and equipment manufacturers and importers need to be aware of new powers given to Transport Canada.

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Mar 21, 2018

Who ya gonna call (out)? Government of Canada introduces tip line to report federal contract fraud

Who ya gonna call (out)? Government of Canada introduces tip line to report federal contract fraud.

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Apr 20, 2017

In this Great Future, You Can’t Forget Your Past – Update to the Government of Canada’s Integrity Regime Provides Clarity, Includes General Anti-Avoidance Provisions

In this Great Future, You Cant Forget Your Past – Update to the Government of Canadas Integrity Regime Provides Clarity, Includes General Anti-Avoidance Provisions

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Apr 6, 2016
Featured Insight

The Impact of New Transatlantic Trade Agreements on Commercial and Investment Transactions

This article was published in Business Law International (September 2015)

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Sep 29, 2015
Featured Insight

For Better or Worse? Canada Updates Procurement Integrity Regime

Canadas Updated Procurement Integrity Regime: Equal Parts Déjà Vu and New

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Aug 4, 2015

Preparing Your Company for a Due Diligence Exercise

Due Diligence is a key step in any purchase and sale of a business. For the Purchaser, the due diligence process is a way to identify potential "deal-killers" or "red flag" issues and assure the purchaser that the purchase of the target's shares or assets is the right decision at the purchase price being offered.

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Jun 10, 2015