Title : Lawyer Year of call : 2009

Expertise : penal law | aboriginal and constitutional law

A member of the Bar since 2009, Me Mélanie Gagné has an outstanding experience. Indeed, she has worked with the itinerant court in Cree and Inuit communities. She has mastered criminal law, the powers and duties of peace officers and victims’ rights. In addition to having given the course “Pouvoirs et devoirs, Police technology” at the Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Me Gagné was a prosecutor with the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions from 2010 to 2020. Me Gagné’s academic background is just as thorough: Bachelor of Law at UQAM in 2008; École professionnelle du Barreau du Québec in 2009; and online training open to all, “Le Québec nordique : enjeux, espaces et cultures” in 2017 at Université Laval. Without a doubt, her unique expertise in indigenous rights and constitutional law as well as criminal law is a major asset for the Cain Lamarre team. Having been accustomed to working with a burden of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt”, she has developed great rigor and unparalleled attention to detail. Not surprisingly, this former resident of Kuujjuaq is passionate about indigenous culture. She is also an adept of functional training. The causes she holds close to her heart are victims of crime and indigenous women.

Other titles


  • Penal law (penal offences pertaining to environmental law, penal offences pertaining to transport law)
  • Aboriginal and constitutional law (impacts and benefits agreements, First Nation governance, negotiation of treaties and other constitutional agreements)


  • MOOC, Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures, Université Laval (2017)
  • LL.B., UQAM (2008)

Professional experience

  • Attorney, Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (2010 to 2020)
  • Bureau de M Mélanie Gagné (2009 to 2010)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Powers and Duties, Police technology, Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Associations, committees, boards