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Title: lawyer, equity partner Year of call: 1975

It is with great sadness that the Cain Lamarre family announces the passing of Me François Rouette, equity partner and head of the transportation law team.

The entire team at Cain Lamarre has come together in this difficult time to offer our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues, and friends. See the full announcement

François Rouette is a graduate from Université Laval in Québec City where he received his law degree in 1974. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1975 and the same year, became a member of Flynn Rivard where he practised until this firm ended its operations in November 2003. He immediately joined Cain Lamarre as a partner.

From 1980 to 1989 he was professor at École de formation professionnelle du Barreau du Québec (Bar admission courses) where he taught rules of evidence as well as civil and trial procedure. In 1981-82, he was President of the Young Bar Association of Québec; he was also a member of the General Council of the Québec Bar in 1981-82 and from 1984 to 1986.

After having first acted as the Director for the Province of Québec of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association from 1981 to 1984 and then as its Treasurer and Vice-president from 1984 to 1986, he was the President of that association in 1986-87. He is also a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association (U.S.) and was actively involved with the North American Committee on Surface Transportation, a tri-national committee mandated to formulate and submit proposals in view of harmonizing the law and practice of surface transportation of goods between Canada, the United States and Mexico through the development of a uniform liability regime among those countries.

In June 2001, François was the recipient of a National Transportation Week Award of Excellence in recognition of "his distinguished service to the Canadian and international transportation communities". In April of 2006, he was informed that he had been selected to be included in the first edition ofBest Lawyers in Canada, an honour considered by the public in general as well as the legal community as the highest form of professional distinction: an honour which has since been repeated with every yearly edition.

His practice is primarily and almost exclusively focused on transportation matters, more particularly road transport by bus or by truck, which has lead him to deal with questions involving liability issues such as freight claims, administrative law, insurance or torts in general (contractual as well as extra-contractual). François regularly acts before the Courts and administrative tribunals, frequently appears before Parliamentary Commissions to present the views of the trucking industry regarding transportation related legislation and assists clients in their dealings with lawmakers and governmental bodies. He has frequently been asked to act as speaker and present papers at conferences and workshops sponsored by various associations from the transportation industry.

Other titles

  • Responsable du comité professionnel Transport


  • LL.B., Université Laval (1974)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Quebec City) (2003 to present)
  • Flynn Rivard (Quebec City)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • La télémétrie au service de la prévention, conférence donnée conjointement avec Me Stéphane Lamarre dans le cadre de la 3e édition, la conférence des utilisateurs d’ISAAC 2017
  • Various lectures and training sessions on transportation law in Canada and the U.S.
  • Author of "L’encadrement légal du transport routier par véhicules lourds au Québec", published by CCH
  • Many briefs on draft regulations and legislation on behalf of various transportation industry associations
  • Articles on transportation law in trade magazines
  • Instructor, evidence, civil procedure, and advocacy, Quebec Bar Association professional training school
  • Instructor, legal environment of road transportation, B.A. in Transportation and Logistics, UQAM

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
  • Member, Transportation Lawyers Association (U.S.)
  • Member, Club de trafic de Québec
  • Former president, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
  • Former vice president, Club de trafic de Québec
  • Former member, General Council, Quebec Bar Association
  • Former member, Bar committee on the new Quebec Civil Code
  • Former president, Quebec City Junior Bar Association


  • Transportation law expertise recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada (since 2006), also listed Best Lawyers' 2016 Transportation Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Quebec City
  • A recognized leader in the field of transportation law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2014)
  • Lifetime Membership Award, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
  • Award of Excellence for exemplary contribution to the transportation industry, National Transportation Week