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CHANTALE
Girardin

Title: lawyer Year of call: 2006

Expertise: administrative law  |  labor and employment law  |  litigation

Chantale Girardin, a Jonquière native, studied law at Université Laval and was called to the Québec Bar in 2006. Her expertise in labor law makes her in demand with clients in every sphere of labor and administrative law, from labor relations to occupational health and safety, as well as other matters of civil law. From the start of her career she worked in private practice, acquiring deep experience and earning a reputation for excellence. She regularly appears before administrative tribunals and the courts, including Tribunal administratif du travail and Tribunal administratif du Québec.

Chantale is a dedicated member of her professional order and was elected Bar president for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region for 2012-13. She is also active with community groups, cultural organizations, and her local business community.

Her fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Trade
  • Construction
  • Sawmills, pulp and paper industries

Assistant: Linda Bouchard

Expertise

  • Administrative law (administrative remedies)
  • Labor and employment law (competition and duty of loyalty, human rights, occupational health and safety funding, collective labor relations, individual labor relations, occupational health and safety)
  • Litigation (insurance, extraordinary remedies, civil liability)

Education

  • LL.B., Université Laval (2004)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saguenay) (2013 to present)
  • Gagnon Tremblay Girardin avocats (Saguenay)
  • Marc Boulanger avocat (Jonquière)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Speaker on topics related to labor law (social media, absenteeism, ABCs of municipal employment, preparing for trial, etc.) at the 2015 and 2016 work/employment symposium

Associations, committees, boards

  • Administrator, board of directors, Corporation des femmes d’affaires du Saguenay (since 2016)
  • Member, Québec Bar and Administrative Labor Tribunal liaison committee (since 2016)
  • Member, board of directors, Association des avocats et avocates de province (since 2016)
  • Member, 2017 AAP Conference organizing committee
  • Chair, board of directors, Zoom Générations (since 2015)
  • Former member, Quebec Bar Election Committee
  • Former member, board of directors, BNI Group (Jonquière)
  • Former administrator, board of directors, Centre d'intervention familiale Le Transit (Jonquière)
  • Former president of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Bar Association
  • Former member, Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean Bar/Superior Court, District of Chicoutimi joint committee
  • Former member, board of directors, Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch
  • Former member, Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean Bar/Court of Québec joint committee, Civil Division
  • Former Chair, vice-chair and treasurer, board of directors, Association des jeunes barreaux du Québec
  • Former vice-chair, secretary and administrator, board of directors, Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean Bar Association
  • Former chair, board of directors, Jeune Barreau du Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Former organizer, Association des jeunes Barreaux du Québec conference in Saguenay
  • Former membre, board of directors, Sommet Group

Distinctions

  • 2014 recipient of the team medal from Association des avocats et avocates de province
  • President of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Bar Association (2013-2014)