Manage CAIJ to guarantee the accessibility and quality of legal information
Just like CAIJ employees, the directors have our members’ interests at heart. Accessible, mobilized and attentive, they embody the collaborative values that allow CAIJ to effectively play its role as legal information broker. Concerned about representing Quebec’s legal community and monitoring changes in the law, the CAIJ Board of Directors achieves gender parity and includes a wide array of skills and profiles insuring a diverse team. They are elected at a general meeting for a two-year term. Based on their profile, they are eligible for re-election for a maximum of two additional consecutive terms. Each member remains active until a successor is elected, barring exceptional circumstances.
Alain Ricard was designated by the Bar of Montreal to sit on CAIJ’s Board of Directors in June 2018. He has been Chairman since November 2019.
Mtre Ricard is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and has been the Canadian head of the Transport team since 2015. He was also the director of the Montreal office’s Business Law group from the spring of 2014 to the fall of 2017.
His business law expertise and management experience allow him to contribute to CAIJ development in a rapidly changing market.
Mtre Ricard obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1999. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Canadian Bar Association since 2000. Over the years, he has received numerous awards and distinctions. In 2015, he was recognized as a “rising star” and one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 by the Lexpert magazine. From 2017 to 2019, he was designated an “Acritas Star” or a stand-out lawyer based on interviews conducted by Acritas of senior in-house counsel in major organizations around the world.
He is also a recommended lawyer in banking and financial institution law (2019) by Lexpert magazine and in structured finance (2019 and 2020) and project finance (2020) by the publication Best Lawyers.
Bâtonnière Claudia P. Prémont was designated by the Barreau de Québec in June 2018. She was Secretary-Treasurer of CAIJ’s Board of Directors from June 2018 to May 2019 and is now Vice-Chairwoman.
Since being admitted to the Barreau in 1990, Mtre Prémont has focused her practice on family law, personal law and estate law. She holds a law degree from Université Laval and belongs to various family law associations. She was chair of the Barreau’s Committee on Women in the Profession and member of several Barreau du Québec and Barreau de Quebec committees. She has authored papers on family law and co-authored articles on matrimonial and estate disputes. She lectures on a regular basis and collaborates with several publications and magazines intended for both legal practitioners and the general public.
She was Bâtonnière du Québec from September 2015 to June 2017, Bâtonnière de Québec in 2007 and President of the Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association in 2008 and 2009. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Québec and Juripop. Over the course of her career, she has developed solid negotiating skills, received training in collaborative law and become an accredited mediator.
Mtre Prémont received the distinction of Advocatus Emeritus in 2010 and was among the finalists at the YWCA Women of Distinction Gala in the “Business and Professions” category in 2011.
Lauréanne Vaillant was designated by all members of the AGA to sit on CAIJ’s Board of Directors in June 2017. On the Board, she acts as a representative of lawyers with less than 10 years’ experience. She is a first-class recruit sensitive to the needs of our young members and the impact of technology on legal practice, thereby equipping the CAIJ to face these challenges.
Mtre Vaillant is a lawyer and manager in the Forensic Accounting Department, Financial Advisory, of Deloitte Canada in Montreal. Specialized in financial crime prevention, she also works in the area of regulatory compliance. She began her legal career in a criminal law firm and then joined Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, where she focused on economic crime cases.
Mtre Vaillant obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 2010 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 2011. She is also a member of the Young Bar of Montreal. Outside her practice, she is pursuing graduate studies in financial crime prevention at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Mtre Mazurette has been Chairman of CAIJ’s Board of Directors from June 2018 to November 2019, a position he first held in 2006-2007. A founding member of CAIJ, he has sat on its Board until 2007. In 2015, the AAP once again designated him as representative, in recognition of his efforts to defend regional needs. Mtre Mazurette was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1975. Since then, he has been practicing law in the firm now known as Gauthier Bédard, where he has been managing partner since 2014. He specializes in administrative law, tort law, civil law and liability law.
Mtre Mazurette has received many honours over the years. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, and, in 2003, received merit awards from the APP, the Barreau du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, as well as the Barreau du Québec – alongside Judges Samson and Pinsonnault – for the CAIJ’s creation. In 2007, Mtre Mazurette was awarded the title of Advocatus Emeritus by the Barreau du Québec.
The Honourable François Rolland, retired Chief Justice, was designated by all members of the AGA to sit on the Board in 2015. He was Vice-Chairman of CAIJ’s Board of Directors from June 2017 to May 2019.
He has been President of Board of Directors of Éducaloi since 2017 and acts as Ethics Commissioner for the Barreau du Québec and the Chambre des notaires.
The Honourable François Rolland obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1974 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1975. He was Senior Partner at Fasken Martineau, where he specialized in civil and commercial litigation. In 1996, he was appointed Justice of the Quebec Superior Court and held the position of Chief Justice from 2004 to 2015. In 2018, he was appointed permanent member of the independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments. He is also an authorized decision-maker on the NAFTA Chapter 19 roster.
Member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) since 1975, the Honourable François Rolland is also a former president of the CBA’s Quebec Division. He is a founding member and former president of the CBA’s Judges’ Forum. He was awarded the Louis Saint-Laurent award for his outstanding contribution to the CBA, as well as the CBA’s Médaille du Centenaire.
Pierre Pilote was designated by all members of the AGA as a member of CAIJ’s Board of Directors in June 2017.
Mtre Pilote is managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Montreal office. Specialized in labour and employment law, he represents and advises the management of various corporations in matters related to labour relations, occupational health and safety, collective agreement decrees and individual employment contracts.
Mtre Pilote has set himself apart as a strategic advisor and skilled negotiator in both the private and public sectors. In the 1990s, he was senior advisor to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, the President of the Treasury Board and Canada’s Minister of Finance. More recently, he acted as spokesperson for the Quebec government in negotiations leading to the adoption of the Act respecting the representation of certain home childcare providers and the negotiation process for their group agreements (Bill 51). Mtre Pilote obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1987 and has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1988. He also belongs to the Canadian Bar Association. Every year since 2014, he has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in Canada guide.
Anne Isabelle Roussy was designated by the Bar of Montreal, Barreau de Québec and AAP to sit on CAIJ’s Board of Directors in June 2018. As a management consultant since 2016, Ms. Roussy draws upon her extensive experience as a marketing leader in digital transformation planning and management, specialized in the definition, management and digital implementations. She favours an approach focused on collaboration and problem solving.
CAIJ is at the forefront of the technological changes and transformations taking place in the legal community. Ms. Roussy leverages the skills she honed over 20 years in highly competitive industries to support CAIJ transition into the digital era and embrace the concept of customer experience – just as she did as consultant for various clients, as manager for Fido (Microcell Solutions) where she set up the first digital team and for Cogeco where she worked for 7 years and evolved from Web Director to VP – Marketing and Product.
Ms. Roussy holds a Master’s degree in marketing management from HEC Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from UQAM. She also studied Cable Executive Management at Harvard Business School.
CAIJ is the work of pioneers established in the legal community and recognized as leaders who advocated for a tool to ensure the accessibility and quality of legal information for everyone. Firmly committed to CAIJ, the past presidents are constantly improving access to justice and shaping the future of the legal practice through their participatory leadership.
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