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DAVID
Lecours

Title: lawyer Year of call: 2014

Expertise: labor and employment law  |  health law

A litigator and strategic advisor, David Lecours practises primarily within the labour and employment law group. He provides counsel to a mixed clientele made up of small businesses, public institutions, and large companies to help them in the day-to-day management of their human resources. He argues cases before arbitration tribunals, the Administrative Labor Tribunal, and civil courts. He also intervenes in occupational health and safety.

David holds an LLB from the University of Ottawa and completed studies in negotiation at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In addition to his labor law practice, David has developed a special practice in the right to bodily integrity, which means he can be found regularly arguing cases in the Court of Québec and the Superior Court. He advises and represents public institutions in health law.

In 2016 David received the “Junior Bar” award from the Barreau, an award given to a young lawyer whose involvement, drive, and determination breathe new life into the profession.

His fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Trade
  • Construction
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Health and Social Services

Assistant: Noémie Grenier

Expertise

  • Labor and employment law (competition and duty of loyalty, human rights, occupational health and safety funding, collective bargaining, collective labor relations, individual labor relations, occupational health and safety)
  • Health law

Education

  • LL.L., Université d'Ottawa (2013)
  • Intensive certificate in negotiation, London School of Economics and Political Science (2013)
  • University of Ottawa delegate for the Harvard Model United Nations (2012)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Rouyn-Noranda) (2014 to present)
  • Bélanger Barrette Avocats (Rouyn-Noranda)
  • Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law (Ottawa)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Freedom of expression and loyalty: risk management and crisis prevention, keynote address at the Cain Lamarre Symposium 2019 on Labor and Employment Law, October 2019;
  • Rediscovering the Act respecting labour standards, training given at the 2019 Association des Avocats et Avocates de Province Conference, September 2019;
  • Reform of the Act respecting labour standards, presented to a company in the manufacturing sector, March 2019;
  • Rules to Follow when Lobbying in Quebec, presented to a large company in the mining sector, April 2019;
  • Managing absenteeism: What municipal employers need to know, presented at the Cain Lamarre Municipal and Environmental Symposium, April 2019;
  • "La diligence raisonnable en milieu de travail et les risques de négligence criminelle" ("Due diligence in the workplace and the risks of criminal negligence") training session presented to a large company in the forestry industry, March 2019;
  • “Managing social media in the workplace", lecture given at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue;
  • Various lectures and training sessions on labor law and occupational Heath an safety law;
  • Be prepared to deal with the impact of the legalization of cannabis, March and September 2018;
  • "Managing Mental Health in the Workplace: A Toolkit for Interventions", lecture presented at the Cain Lamarre 2018 seminar on labor and employment Symposium;
  • Infractions pénales en vertu de la Loi sur la santé et la sécurité du travail : que faire de la décision Jordan?, article published on the web portal of the order of certified human resources professionals in February 2017;
  • "Vivre avec un syndicat : dualité, collaboration et limites à ne pas franchir", a presentation for the Cain Lamarre 2017 seminar on labor and employment Symposium;
  • Training session on reasonable accommodation in the workplace at the Cain Lamarre Labor and Employment Symposium in September 2016;
  • Training session on discrimination in hiring at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue in November 2016;
  • Various training courses about board of director governance.

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member, Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec
  • Vice-chair, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Rouyn-Noranda
  • Member, board of directors, Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec
  • Member, Human Resources Advisory Committee, Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ)

Distinctions

  • Recipient of Prix Jeune Barreau - Barreau de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Recipient of Prix Marcel-Baril
  • Recipient of Prix Implication, MRC de Rouyn-Noranda
  • Recipient of Bourse de la francophonie
  • Recipient of a fellowship in administrative law from the University of Ottawa