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 the essential resource for legal knowledge. 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 has been a partner at Fasken and a leader in the Infrastructure and Transportation (Quebec) practice since October 2020. Mtre Ricard has also practiced with a major law firm where he acted as Canadian leader of their Transportation team and head of the Business Law Group in the Montreal office. He also served as Chair of the Montreal office’s Business Law Group from spring 2014 to fall 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. Each year, since 2017, he was designated an “Acritas Star” or a standout lawyer based on interviews conducted by Acritas of senior in-house counsel in major organizations around the world.
He is also recognized as a recommended lawyer in Asset and Equipment Finance, Asset Securitization and Project Finance by Lexpert magazine and in Structured Finance and Project Finance by Best Lawyers.
Lauréanne Vaillant was designated by all members of the AGA to sit on CAIJ’s Board of Directors in June 2017. She now acts, since May 2020 as Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and as Chairwomen of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. On the Board, she acts as a representative of lawyers with less than 10 years’ experience. She remains on the lookout for the needs of our young members as well as 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 a national law firm, 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 has also obtained certification as a Certified Fraud Investigator (CFI) and completed a graduate degree in financial crime at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Pierre Pilote was designated by all members of the AGA as a member of CAIJ’s Board of Directors in June 2017. He now acts, since May 2020, as secretary-treasurer.
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. 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.
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.
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. He joined the Langlois law firm in April 2019 and provides mediation and arbitration services.
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.
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. Ms. Roussy, Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Development at The YMCAs of Québec, brings to the position extensive experience as a transformational leader, consultant and marketing manager, specializing in the definition, management, and implementation of digital. Her approach is mobilizing, collaborative and problem-solving.
CAIJ is at the forefront of the evolution of technology and what is transforming the legal community. Ms. Roussy, with 20 years of experience in highly competitive environments, accompanies the CAIJ in its transformations, particularly in terms of client experience and digital strategies, as she has done as a consultant for various clients, as well as in management positions, notably at Fido (Microcell Solutions), where she set up the first digital team, and at Cogeco, where she worked for seven years, evolving from web and applications director to vice-president of marketing and product development.
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.
Mtre Gina Blanchet is a member of CAIJ’s Board of Directors since 2020. She also is a member of the Liaison Committee of the CAIJ (Quebec Chapter) since 2017 and its President since 2019.
She graduated from Université Laval with a Bachelor of Laws in 1992 and was called to the Bar in 1993. She also completed a certificate in Human Developmental Psychology at Université Laval in 2017.
She began her practice with Avocats Morin, Lemieux in Montmagny in 1993 and then became a partner with Avocats Blanchet, Gaudreault from 1994 to 2009. Since then, she has been practising solo (Gina Blanchet, Avocate inc.) in Montmagny. Mtre Blanchet has been a litigator in family, youth protection and civil law since 1993. She has also been a prosecutor for the Municipal Court of the MRC of L’Islet since 1998. She is also a civil and family law mediator, having been a mediator with Les Petites Créances since 1993 and a family mediator since 2017.
She was a member of the Court of Quebec committee from 2014 to 2017 as well as the committee on training and services to members of the Bar from 2010 to 2013. She is a member of the comité sur la vérification de l’absence d’empêchement dans les services de garde éducatifs since 2014 (no connection with the practice of law). She was also a member of the committee on the renovation of the Palais de Justice de Montmagny. She has been a member of the Association des familialistes de Québec for many years and of the Association des procureurs de cours municipales du Québec since 1998.
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