Marie-Douce
Huard

Title : Lawyer, partner Year of call : 2001

Expertise : litigation | business law | insurance law | construction law | bankruptcy and insolvency

A member of the Québec Bar since 2001, Marie-Douce Huard practices exclusively in the area of commercial law, specifically in cases related to employment law (group and individual labor relations on behalf of employers), construction law, and insurance law. Over the years she has successfully argued cases before the various civil and administrative courts and represented clients using a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods. Marie-Douce’s clients appreciate her analytical skills, attention to detail, dedication, and ability to come up with personalized legal solutions. Since being called to the Bar, she has worked on a variety of important cases. She is actively involved in her community, notably with the Québec Bar, the Québec City Regional Bar, and the Québec City Junior Chamber of Commerce, as a governor, and on women’s advancement issues. Her fields of specialization include: Construction Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal) Insurance Manufacturing Financial Services

Assistant: Marie-Andrée Jobin

Other titles

  • Responsable du comité professionnel Construction
  • Responsable du comité national Recrutement
  • Responsable du département de droit civil du bureau de Québec

Expertise

  • Litigation (class action suits, insurance, construction, commercial litigation, extraordinary remedies, civil liability)
  • Business law (public contracts, banking law, commercial law, construction law, real estate law (sale, acquisition, and leasing), governance)
  • Insurance law (disability insurance, builders’ risk insurance, directors and officers, professional liability insurance, statutory examinations, obligation to defend, fraudulent claims)
  • Construction Law
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency

Education

  • LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke (2000)
  • Diploma in Media Arts and Technology, Print Media option (1997)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Quebec City) (2001 to present)
  • Desjardins Ducharme Stein Monast (Quebec City)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Webinars in collaboration with ACQ-Québec;
  • Lecture on the non-compliance of bids, performance evaluations and statutory offences, OpenForum (2020)
  • Panel discussion animation on the new generation of professionals in construction, OpenForum (2020)
  • Lecturer at the CECQ and QRBHCA Annual Convention
  • Instructor, international legal contracts, Collège Bart
  • Lectures on ethics to Ordre des psychologues du Québec
  • Lecture to an association of early childhood centers from the Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions
  • Coauthor of the guide Seul devant la Cour - En matières civiles (fascicle 1) from the Quebec Bar Association

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member, Board of Directors, QRBHCA (since 2020)
  • Member of the Liaison Committee between the Superior Court and the Quebec Bard (since 2018)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Académie Saint-Louis
  • Présidente du Comité conciliation travail-famille du Barreau de Québec (2016 à 2018)
  • Leader de la première cohorte de l’effet A, à Québec (2016)
  • Member, advisory committee, SOQUIJ
  • Member, Bureau des Gouverneurs, Young Chamber of Commerce of Quebec City (2015 à 2019)
  • Member, École du Barreau Professional Training Committee (Quebec Bar)
  • Member of the Quebec Bar work/life balance committee
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Quebec City Junior Bar Association
  • Former chair, Board of Directors, Quebec City Junior Bar Association
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Quebec Bar Association and Quebec City Bar Association
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Quebec City Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Former senior vice president of Jeune Chambre de commerce de Québec
  • Former director of the Jeune Personnalité d'affaires contest
  • Former member, Board of Directors, YWCA
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Ubald-Villeneuve Rehabilitation Center

Distinctions

  • 2009 regional finalist in the Secrétariat à la jeunesse contest “Je prends ma place”
  • City of Quebec Youth Commitment Award
  • Guy R. Landry Award for excellence in business law, securities law, and scholastic involvement at Université de Sherbrooke