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RFP for Professional Services of a Legal Firm

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Author pmnationtalk
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Name The Métis Nation of Ontario
Type RFP
Region ON
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Mess RFP for Professional Services of a Legal Firm
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Client The Métis Nation of Ontario

MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO
Request for Proposal

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is seeking the professional services of a Legal Firm to provide advice and support on corporate governance issues, corporate/not-for-profit law, contracts and employment related matters

RFP Reference Number:  Legal Firm 01-CG-ER – RFP 2017-0
Release Date: Monday, December 18, 2017
Closing Date:  Thursday, January 18, 2018

  1. OVERVIEW OF LEGAL SERVICES REQUIRED

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is seeking a Law Firm to provide ongoing legal advice and services in the areas of corporate governance issues, corporate/not-for-profit law, contracts and employment related matters.  In order to be selected, a Law Firm will have experience and knowledge in the areas of Aboriginal law generally and working with Métis, First Nation or Inuit governments or Indigenous organizations, including providing advice on corporate/not-for-profit law matters, corporate governance issues, contracts and employment related matters to Indigenous governments or organizations.

In addition, while the MNO has existing legal counsel that often advises and represents it on Métis rights and self-government related issues, the selected Law Firm may also be asked to provide advice or represent the MNO with respect to Métis rights and self-government related matters, on a matter-by-matter basis where the MNO’s existing legal counsel is unavailable.  This legal work may include Crown consultation related work (i.e., Métis rights assertions related work, negotiations with governments or industry, negotiations of impact and benefit agreements, representation in regulatory processes, etc.).

Law Firms applying should highlight their experience in both of the areas set out above.

  1. THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO

Since its establishment in 1993, the MNO has advocated for and represented the collective rights, interests and ambitions of Métis communities within Ontario as a part of the larger Métis Nation through its democratically-elected governance structures at the local, regional and provincial levels.

Every four years, Métis citizens have the opportunity to choose their provincial and regional leadership (the Provisional Council of the MNO), by voting in province-wide ballot box elections. In addition, MNO Chartered Community Councils have been established throughout the province. They get their mandate to support local governance through signed Community Charter agreements, and work collaboratively to represent the rights and interests of regional rights-bearing Métis communities throughout the province. There are also active provincial Veteran’s, Women’s and Youth Councils.

While the MNO has always asserted its position as a Métis government, the MNO Secretariat has been incorporated as a not-for-profit under Ontario law since 1994, as the MNO’s corporate and administrative arm.

In addition to its work asserting and advancing Métis rights and self-government, the MNO delivers a range of programs, services and technical support in the areas of health, labour market development, education, housing, intergovernmental affairs and lands, resources and consultation through its province-wide infrastructure. The MNO currently has over 200 staff working in 32 offices across Ontario. For more information please see the MNO’s most recent annual report at http://www.Métisnation.org/about-the-mno/annual-reports/.

Since 1993, the MNO has experienced immense growth of its operational and administrative arm and has made significant advances in rights assertion and self-government recognition. As such, it is critical for the MNO to have timely, respectful and informed legal advice and services in the areas of corporate governance issues, corporate/not-for-profit law, contracts and employment related matters as the MNO transitions toward self-government.

  1. NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK

The Legal Firm selected will be retained to provide advice and guidance to the Provisional Council of the MNO and the MNO’s senior management team, and will be directed through a centralized process administered by MNO Senior Management. The scope of work will include, but not be limited to, the following functions:

  • Provide guidance, legal advice and document preparation concerning its governance structure, board dynamics, legal and ethical responsibilities, bylaws and policies, human resources, code of ethics, conflict of interest and confidentiality.
  • Provide advice and support on MNO employment and labour related matters
  • Provide assessment and advice on existing MNO policies and procedures
  • Provide advice and support to the MNO on rights related issues at a provincial and regional level through a centralized process
  • Attend or participate in PCMNO meetings, regional consultation committee meetings, meetings of the General Assembly and operational meetings as required
  • Work in collaboration with the MNO’s existing legal counsel
  1. COMPENSATION

Terms and timelines for payment will be specified in the finalized retainer and contract for services.

  1. PROPOSAL RESPONSE GUIDELINES

To ensure a proposal is considered for evaluation it must include all the information requested and be presented in the order described below:

4.1 Cover Letter

The cover letter must:

  • Clearly reference the project title and number of the RFP;
  • Be dated and signed by a person authorized to negotiate, make commitments, and provide any clarifications with respect to the proposal on behalf of the bidding contractor;
  • Include a statement indicating your understanding of the proposed services and requirements;
  • Highlight relevant qualifications experience;
  • Indicate the capacity to provide the services.

4.2 The ProposalQualifications and Experience

The proposal must outline and include the following:

  • Law Firm will have experience and knowledge in the areas of Aboriginal law generally and working with Métis, First Nation or Inuit governments or Indigenous organizations, including providing advice on corporate/not-for-profit law matters, corporate governance issues, contracts and employment related matters to Indigenous governments or organizations.
  • Experience related to Crown consultation related work (i.e., Métis rights assertions related work, negotiations with governments or industry, negotiations of impact and benefit agreements, representation in regulatory processes, etc.).

4.3 References

  • Please supply three relevant references including the name, title, telephone and email address of the contact person.

4.4 Innovation

  • Provide details of any possible innovative ideas, suggestions or opportunities for improvement that would enhance the project, process or required outcomes indicated within this RFP.

4.5 Costs and Charges

  • Provide the hourly rates for the team proposed to conduct the work.
  1. SUBMISSION

As a potential supplier of these professional services, you are invited to submit a proposal in accordance with the terms and conditions detailed in this document to the following contact:

LEGAL FIRM CG – ER  –  RFP 2017-01

500 Old St. Patrick Street

Ottawa, ON

K1N 9G4

Name: Monique Richard

Email: moniquer@métisnation.org

Phone: 613-798-1488

Website: www.metisnation.org

 

Closing date and time: Thursday, January 18, 2018 – via email. Proposals received after the closing time will not be considered.

  1. PROJECT SCHEDULE
  • RFP Release Date: Monday, December 18, 2017
  • Closing Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
  1. SELECTION PROCESS

Upon closing, all proposals will be reviewed for completeness. Only completed proposals will be brought forward for further consideration and final decision.

Eligible proposals will be evaluated based on the response guidelines in Section 4 as follows:

  • Law Firm will have experience and knowledge in the areas of Aboriginal law generally and working with Métis, First Nation or Inuit governments or Indigenous organizations, including providing advice on corporate/not-for-profit law matters, corporate governance issues, contracts and employment related matters to Indigenous governments or organizations.
  • Experience related to Crown consultation related work (i.e., Métis rights assertions related work, negotiations with governments or industry, negotiations of impact and benefit agreements, representation in regulatory processes, etc.).
  1. PERIOD OF AGREEMENT

The term of any contractual agreement will be from the date of the award to be defined in the retainer agreement.

  1. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

9.1. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) will not be responsible for any costs incurred by a contractor in preparing and submitting proposals and/or attending interviews. The MNO accepts no liability of any kind to a contractor prior to the signing of a contract.

9.2. Submission of a proposal shall not obligate, nor should it be construed as obligating the MNO to accept any such proposal or to proceed further with the project. The MNO may, in their sole discretion, elect not to proceed with the project, and may elect not to accept any or all proposals for any reason.

9.3. Contractors may amend or withdraw their proposals prior to the closing date and time specified in the RFP by way of written notice.

9.4. The contractor must identify any information in its proposal that it considers to be confidential or proprietary.

9.5. The contractor will be expected to comply with the MNO’s conflict of interest policy, and must identify any areas of potential conflict in its work with other clients and will be expected to work in the best interests of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

9.6 All proposals and accompanying documentation received under this competition will become the property of the MNO and will not be returned.

9.7. The MNO reserves the right to accept or reject, in whole or in part, any or all proposals.

9.8. The MNO reserves the right to cancel and/or re-issue this RFP at any time for any reason without penalty.

9.9. The contractor’s proposal shall form part of the contractual agreement by attachment and will be incorporated by reference.

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