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FRANÇOIS
Bérubé

Title: lawyer, equity partner Year of call: 1999

Expertise: litigation  |  labor and employment law  |  municipal law

François Bérubé is the equity partner in charge of the Rivière-du-Loup office. An accomplished trial lawyer and strategic advisor, he boasts extensive experience in commercial, civil and hospital liability, construction, and occupational health and safety cases, and represents various public and broader public institutions, corporate clients, and SMEs before all courts and tribunals.

François has also acquired valuable expertise in municipal law that he draws on to counsel and represent various RCMs and municipalities. He is an accredited trainer for Fédération québécoise des municipalités, Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec, and Corporation des officiers municipaux en bâtiment et en environnement du Québec. He is also registered as an ethics and conduct advisor with Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire pursuant to Section 35 of the Municipal Ethics and Good Conduct Act.

  • Commercial and construction law: consulting service on governance and commercial agreements, disputes following the purchase or sale of a company, shareholder disputes, contract disputes, commercial litigation, construction legal mortgages, invitations to tender, and litigation stemming from the execution of construction work 
  • Civil and hospital liability: insurance law, manufacturer and contractor liability, bodily injury, and medical and hospital liability
  • Employment law and occupational health and safety: representation in grievances, labor standards, occupational health and safety cases, and consulting services for workplace contracts and policies
  • Municipal law: consulting services, wind farm development, drafting and application of urban planning by-laws, invitations to tender, ethics and conduct

His fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration
  • Insurance
  • Health and Social Services
  • Telecommunications and Technology

Assistant: Nancy Ouellet

Other titles

  • Ethics and deontology advisor, Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire

Expertise

  • Litigation (insurance, remedies of all types, extraordinary remedies, civil liability, medical and hospital responsibility)
  • Labor and employment law (competition and duty of loyalty, human rights, collective labor relations, individual labor relations, occupational health and safety)
  • Municipal law (access to municipal documents, land use and urban planning, municipal jurisdiction and regulatory powers, right of expropriation for public purposes, functioning of municipal councils, elections, ethics, and professional conduct , contract management, work relations , extra-contractual liability, remuneration of elected municipal officers)

Education

  • LL.B., Université de Montréal (1997)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Rivière-du-Loup) (2013 to present) (Rimouski: 2000 to 2013)
  • International Labour Organization, United Nations (Geneva)
  • Ogilvy Renault (Quebec City)
  • Premier Tech (Rivière-du-Loup)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Lecture on the rights and obligations of timber owners at a seminar on sustainable forest management
  • Lectures on labor law and enforcement of the Act Respecting Labour Standards, the Labour Code, and legislation on psychological harassment in the workplace
  • Lecture on next-generation tender documents and trends in municpal contract management presented to ADMQ members (Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec)
  • Workshop on municipal contract management in light of recent legislative changes given to ADMQ members
  • Talk on developing ethical behavior for members of Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM)
  • Workshop on municipal financial management presented to FQM members (Fédération Québécoise des Municipalités)
  • Workshop on the roles and responsibilities of municipal elected officials for FQM members
  • Rendez-vous juridique 2012, a training session for FQM members
  • Lecture on recent developments in damages jurisprudence, presented to the staff of a corporate legal affairs department
  • Lecture on recent developments in commercial jurisprudence, presented to the staff of a corporate legal affairs department
  • An article on the CSST in Revue des conseillers en relations industrielles du Québec
  • An article on new regulations regarding technological documents for the Quebec Chamber of Commerce
  • Columns in various local newspapers

Associations, committees, boards

  • Secretary of the Foundation Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Rimouski-Neigette
  • Administrator, Duchénier Wildlife Reserve

Distinctions

  • Joseph Blain Scholarship (for legal drafting), Université de Montréal