The return of the Oscars for legal advisers!

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Me Dominique Tardif. Source: ZSA website

On November 15 at 4 p.m., the 9th edition of the ZSA prizes for legal advisers in Quebec will be held online for the first time.

“Once again this year, we have assembled a jury made up of professionals in private practice and legal advisers to consider these fine nominations. Due to the sanitary situation, this event takes place for the first time in virtual mode. It is very important to keep it in place during a pandemic, ”says Me. Dominique Tardif, president of ZSA in Quebec.

Held every two years, this gala highlights legal excellence and the work accomplished by members of the Barreau du Québec practicing in companies.

“We are rewarding legal advisers who are already doing a lot and who have done even more during the pandemic. A large number of people in companies see the importance and the impact of the work of legal advisers, ”says the president.

In addition to receiving an award, it is also a mark of recognition for their involvement in their businesses and legal community.

“This award is an opportunity to make these people known and recognize their work. Because they were involved in their businesses throughout the year and especially during the pandemic despite the hours of sleep and overtime, ”says Mr. Tardif.

Hosted by the lawyer emeritus Suzanne H. Pringle, this free event will be broadcast on the Zoom and Microsoft Team platforms.

Who are the best legal advisors of the year? Here are the finalists in each category, and who could be rewarded soon …

Chief Legal Officer of the Year

Me Pierre Marc Bellavance

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Me Pierre Marc Bellavance

Me Pierre Marc Bellavance has been Vice-President and Director of Legal Affairs, Compliance and Secretary General of Beneva Inc. since 2020. Admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1995, his expertise covers civil litigation in insurance law, contract law and company and corporate law.

Me Mélanie Charbonneau

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Me Mélanie Charbonneau

Me Melanie Charbonneau has been working at Otéra Capital Inc. since 2012 as Director of Legal Affairs and was promoted to Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary in 2018.

Me Matthew DiBattista

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Me Matthew DiBattista

Me Matthew DiBattista was recently promoted to Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Fairstone Financial Inc. After three years at Bombardier, he joined the company in 2019.

Me Mark Girgis

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Me Mark Girgis

Me Mark Girgis has been acting as Director of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Groupe Hypertec since 2017. Admitted to the Quebec Bar since 1998, he specializes in business law, labor law, civil litigation, governance and intellectual property.

Me Mark Hounsell

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Me Mark Hounsell

Me Mark Hounsell has been working as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Secretary at CAE Inc. since 2016. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Aimia for over seven and a half years.

Me Josée Kouri

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Me Josée Kouri

After several positions within Dollarama LP, Me Josée Kouri was appointed Senior Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary for the same company in 2020. She has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2006.

Me Sophie Morin

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Me Sophie Morin

Me Sophie morin practice at Pomerleau inc. as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Operations for a year. Prior to this position, she worked there as an advisor and director of legal affairs.

Me Robert Quesnel

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Me Robert Quesnel

Me Robert Quesnel has worked as Director of Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Canada at Sanofi Canada since 2007. Admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1990, he specializes in commercial law, labor law, intellectual property and patents.

Litigation and risk management

Me Jean-Simon Cléroux

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Me Jean-Simon Cléroux

Me Jean-Simon Cléroux is director of legal affairs for SNC-Lavalin inc. since 2015. Prior to this position, he worked as a partner at De Grandpré Chait for 10 years.

Me Elisa Laxer

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Me Elisa Laxer

Since 2018, Me Elisa laxer is project legal manager for Dragados Canada Inc. As part of her mandate, she was assigned to the company NouvLR for the design and construction of the infrastructure of the Metropolitan Express Network.

Me Nathalie Mercier-Filteau

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Me Nathalie Mercier-Filteau

Me Nathalie Mercier-Filteau practices as an associate general counsel and corporate secretary at WSP Canada Inc where she has worked for almost nine years.

Me Louise-Hélène Sénécal

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Me Louise-Hélène Sénécal

Me Louise-Hélène Sénécal has worked for Air Canada as General Counsel for Legal Affairs and Litigation since 1989.

Legal advisor, small to medium-sized legal department

Me Steve Boucratie

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Me Steve Boucratie

Me Steve Boucratie has served as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary for Champion Iron Limited since 2019. Admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2006, he worked at Miller Thomson LLP, Langlois Avocats and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin for a few years.

Me Sylvain Choinière

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Me Sylvain Choinière

Me Sylvain Choiniere has been vice-president of legal affairs and corporate secretary for Aéroports de Montréal since 2018. Before that, he worked for Devimco Immobilier inc. for over six years.

Me Nathalie Théberge

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Me Nathalie Théberge

Me Nathalie Théberge has held the position of Vice-President, Corporate Legal Affairs and Secretary at Xebec Adsorption Inc. since 2020. Prior to that, she worked for Innergex Renewable Energy inc. during 10 years.

Future legal advisor

Me Laurent Dionne-Legendre

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Me Laurent Dionne-Legendre

Me Laurent Dionne-Legendre has been working as senior director of investments and legal affairs for Groupe Mach since 2020. Member of the Quebec Bar since 2017, he specializes in business and financing law.

Me Samantha McKenzie has been legal counsel for Digital Shape Technologies Inc. since 2015. She has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2013.

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The return of the Oscars for legal advisers!

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