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FRANÇOIS
Bouchard

Title: lawyer, equity partner Year of call: 1980

Expertise: municipal law  |  environmental law  |  administrative law

François Bouchard, partner, has been practicing law for 36 years and is recognized by both his clients and the legal community in general for his extensive expertise in administrative law, municipal law, and environmental law. His specialties are municipal law (general, contract management, expropriations, and taxation), the preservation of agricultural land (rezoning applications), and the environment (obtaining certificates of authorization, providing legal assistance on BAPE hearings, and contesting penal complaints).

He assists and represents municipalities, companies, and private individuals in disputes with provincial and federal authorities. He pleads cases before the courts (Supreme Court of Canada, Appeal Court of Québec, Superior Court, Federal Court, and Court of Québec) quasi-judicial and administrative bodies (Administrative Tribunal of Québec and Commission de protection du territoire agricole, Commission municipale du Québec and Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE)).

François is also a professor and lecturer with the department of economic and administrative science at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, and is often invited to speak to municipal and environmental organizations.

His fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Native Affairs
  • Environment

Assistant: Tanya Vachon

Other titles

  • Member, Cain Lamarre board of directors
  • Head, professional committee on municipal and environmental law
  • Ethics and deontology advisor, Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire

Expertise

  • Municipal law (land use and urban planning, right of expropriation for public purposes, functioning of municipal councils, elections, ethics, and professional conduct , contract management, preservation of agricultural land and activities)
  • Environmental law (public hearings and BAPE hearings, quarries and sandpits, government controls, the environment in James Bay and northern Québec, waste management, penal offences pertaining to environmental law, carbon credit market, hazardous materials , land protection and rehabilitation, water quality, air quality, and noise, appeal of government decisions)
  • Administrative law (administrative remedies)

Education

  • M. Env., Faculty of Science, Université de Sherbrooke (2005)
  • Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management, Université de Sherbrooke (2003)
  • Microprogram diploma in Environmental Auditing, Faculty of Science, Université de Sherbrooke (2003)
  • M.A. in Regional Studies, specializing in Land Planning, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (1990)
  • LL.B., Université de Montréal (1979)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saguenay) (2006 to present) (1980 to 1992) (Jonquière: 1992 to 2006)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • “Le zonage agricole provincial,” a training session to FQM members in Québec City (December 2016)

  • “ Les contrats avec des corporations sans but lucratif,” a training session to ADMQ members in Drummondville (November 2016)

  • “Les exceptions en matière d’appel d’offres public et la notion d’équivalence,”  a training session to COMAQ members in Boisbriand (November 2016), Rimouski (september 2016), Côte-Nord (may 2016), Laval (february 2016) and Longueuil (april 2015)

  • “Adjudication des contrats et rédaction des documents d’appel d’offres,” a training session for City of Longueuil employees (2 days) (october 2016)

  • “Les compétences d’une MRC en matière de gouvernance et de développement économique,” a training session to ADGMRCQ members in Drummondville for COMAQ (september 2016)

  • “La politique de gestion contractuelle,”  a talk given to municipal employees and elected officials at the City of Mont-Saint-Hilaire (august 2016)

  • “La gestion financière municipale,”  a training session at the annual ADMQ conference in Québec City (june 2015 and 2016)

  • “L’adjudication de contrat en matière municipale,” a training session to COMAQ in Rimouski (june 2016), Bécancour (september 2015), Montréal (june 2015)

  • “Le remboursement des frais judiciaires est quasi-judiciaires à un employé ou un élu suite à une poursuite de type criminelle, “ a presentation at the COMAQ conference  in  Malbaie (may 2016)

  • “L’évaluation foncière municipale,“ a presentation to CLCW members (may 2016)

  • “La sécurité dans les piscines résidentielles,“ a webinar presented to UMQ members (may 2016)

  • “La gestion des extras en matière de contrats municipaux,“ a training session to COMAQ members in Lévis (march 2016), Saguenay (october 2015)

  • “L’adjudication des contrats municipaux,” a training session for COMAQ members (february 2016) and municipal employees at the City of Saint-Colomban (april 2015), the City of Pointe-Claire (april 2015), and the City of Montréal (february 2015)

  • “Les règles en matière d’adjudication de contrats,” a training session for city managers at the City of Roberval (january 2016)

  • “La gestion des matières dangereuses dans les entreprises,“  a training session to CPEQ members in Montréal (november 2015)

  • “Négocier les contrats municipaux,“ a training session to ADMQ members in Saint-Hyacinthe (october 2015)

  • “Gestion contractuelle municipale,” a training session for procurement managers at the City of Saguenay (october 2015)

  • “La règlementation municipale relative aux matières dangereuses (re : incident du Lac-Mégantic),” a training session given at the FQM conference in Québec City (september 2015)

  • “La responsabilité municipale en matière d’environnement,“ a training session to COMAQ members in Granby (september 2015)

  • “Les contrats d’emploi avec les cadres supérieurs des municipalités,“  a presentation to ADMQ members in Bécancour (september 2015)

  • “La gestion financière municipale,“ a training session to FQM members in St-Michel-de-Squatec (august 2015)

  • “La responsabilité municipale en matière d’environnement,“  a webinar presented to CPEQ members (june 2015)

  • “Développements récents en matière d’adjudication de contrats municipaux,“ a presentation at the COMAQ conference in Rivière-du-Loup (may 2015)

  • “Mode d’emploi en matière d’inspection et d’enquête du ministre de l’environnement du Québec,“ a presentation at the AQIP conference in Québec City (may 2015)

  • “Problématiques rencontrées en matière d’octroi de contrats municipaux,” a presentation to municipal procurement managers for COMAQ at the Montreal convention centre  (may 2015)

  • “Les amendes ou sanctions auxquelles une entreprise peut s’exposer en matière environnementale,“ a webinar presented to CPEQ members (may 2015)

  • “La tarification municipale,“ a training session to Association des gestionnaires financiers municipaux du Québec in Trois-Rivières (may 2015)

  • “La responsabilité municipale en matière d’environnement,“ a training session to ADMQ members in Alma (april 2015)

  • “Obligation d’obtenir une autorisation du ministre pour différents types de travaux,“ a webinar presented to CPEQ members (april 2015)

  • “L’entreposage des neiges usées,“, a webinar presented to CPEQ members (march 2015 and january 2015)

  • “Accès à l’information en matière environnementale,“, a webinar presented to CPEQ members (march 2015)

  • “La responsabilité personnelle des dirigeants et des administrateurs d’une entreprise en matière d’infraction environnementale,“ a webinar presented to CPEQ members (february 2015)

  • “Les terrains contaminés,“ a webinar presented to CPEQ members (january 2015)

  • “Les sanctions administratives pécuniaires et comment les contester, en matière environnementale,“ a webinar presented to CPEQ members (january 2015)

  • An article in Revue du Barreau du Québec, coauthored with Stéphanie Turcotte, on recent developments in municipal law (2017) entitled “Mesure Robin des Bois : lorsqu’une municipalité prend aux riches pour donner aux pauvres.”

  • Chapter  VIII, “Droit municipal : Recours et modes de règlement des différends,” co-authored with Karine Boies, on doctrine in municipal law, 2016 Edition, published by LexisNexis

  • Update of chapters in the compendium on municipal law in the Lexis Nexis collection on legal treatment and protection,  Part 1, and municipal taxation and finance, Part III (2015)

Associations, committees, boards

  • Former chairman, board of directors, Asselin Foundation, Cégep de Jonquière
  • Former member and regional manager, Réseau Environnement
  • Former chair, Marathon de la Francophonie

Distinctions

  • Winner, 2012 Award of Excellence, Private Sector Ambassador, Corporation des officiers municipaux agréés du Québec (COMAQ)
  • Recognized as a “Great Volunteer” by Fondation Asselin, Cégep de Jonquière