Alexis Barr-Gusa, a distinguished partner at Dentons Canada LLP, is a formidable force within the realms of Construction, Infrastructure, and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). With dual roles in both Edmonton and Vancouver offices, Alexis navigates the complexities of construction law across the entirety of project lifecycles, ensuring seamless transitions from procurement to completion. Her expertise is not confined to just local projects; Alexis has a global footprint, offering legal guidance on international ventures in mining, power, and pipeline sectors.
Her capabilities are vast, representing a wide array of stakeholders including owners, developers, and contractors. Alexis is adept in negotiating multifaceted agreements, ensuring her clients are well-equipped with engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts, along with other crucial documents like equipment supply contracts and operation and maintenance agreements. Her proactive approach in reviewing requests for proposals and her ability to clarify them stands her apart as an invaluable asset to her clients.
Before her current tenure at Dentons, Alexis enriched her experience as in-house counsel for a North American construction giant based in Edmonton, further honing her skills at an international law firm. This diverse background has imbued her with a unique perspective on both the legal and operational challenges faced by the construction industry.
Her involvement in significant projects such as the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and the Liquefaction and Export Facility in British Columbia underscores her pivotal role in shaping Canada's infrastructure landscape. Moreover, her advisory role in the development of a major petrochemical facility in Alberta and her contributions to an extensive electric transmission infrastructure program highlight her versatility and commitment to energy development.
Recognition of Alexis's prowess came in 2022, with accolades celebrating her as a leader in construction, notably featuring in the "40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction" and being acknowledged by The Legal 500 Canada for her contributions to the construction sector. Her insights have also made waves in the media, reinforcing her status as a thought leader in construction law.
Alexis is dedicated to fostering growth and innovation within the industry, evidenced by her co-authorship on critical issues like Canada's transportation supply chain crisis and amendments to Alberta’s Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act. Her role as a moderator at Dentons events, exploring the intersection of AI and construction, showcases her commitment to integrating technology into traditional practices.
An active member of the Alberta and Canadian Bar Associations since 2011, Alexis's engagement with the legal community is profound. Her academic journey, equipped with a JD from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Archaeology from the University of Alberta, complements her extensive legal expertise.
In summary, Alexis Barr-Gusa embodies the spirit of innovation and dedication within the construction law sector, making her an indispensable partner to her clients and a respected leader in her field.