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GUY
Wells

Title: lawyer, partner Year of call: 1968

Expertise: labor and employment law  |  administrative law  |  environmental law

As a lawyer who practices mainly in labor law and administrative law, Guy Wells is a trusted name not only within the private sector but also in the public and parapublic sectors. He is one of the four who founded the firm in 1999 and played a pivotal role in its development as member of the board of directors from 1999 to 2016 and as president from 2012 to 2016.

For nearly 20 years, he was called upon by the Quebec Government to negotiate collective and working conditions agreements for many professional groups such as medical specialists and general practitioners, optometrists, pharmacists at healthcare institutions, nurses, government professionals, and clinical biochemists. He also practiced in environmental law and real estate law for many years for multinationals with major operations in the Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Guy has had an active practice in labor relations and in health and social services. He has represented numerous health and social service institutions as well as several national and multinational corporations operating in industry and trade. He regularly pleaded cases before judicial and administrative courts, particularly before bodies specializing in labor law and health and social services law.

His fields of expertise include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environment
  • Manufacturing
  • Health and Social Services
Now that he has lessened his professional involvement, he practices in labor relations mainly as advisor and negotiator in the renewal of collective agreements.

Assistant: Josée Pellerin

Other titles

  • Certified human resources consultant (CRHA)

Expertise

  • Labor and employment law (competition and duty of loyalty, federal labor law, collective bargaining, collective labor relations, individual labor relations)
  • Administrative law (disciplinary law, administrative remedies)
  • Environmental law

Education

  • Legal Studies, McGill University (1967-1968)
  • LL.B., Université Laval (1967)
  • B.A., mcl, Université Laval (1964)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saguenay and Montreal) (1968 to this day)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Instructor, M.A. in Administrative Law, ENAP (École nationale d’administration publique)
  • Instructor, corporate and company law, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Instructor, administrative law, Quebec Bar School
  • Various lectures on labor, administrative, and health law

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member of the executive committee and Board of directors as former president of the l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi Foundation
  • Vice-President, Société historique du Saguenay
  • President, Université de Québec à Chicoutimi Foundation (2005-2019)
  • President, Institut scientifique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (2005-2019)
  • Secretary-treasurer, Roméo-Vachon Foundation (Centre québecois de formation aéronautique)
  • President, Association des avocates et avocats de province (1982-1983)
  • Bâtonnier of the Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean Bar Association (1980-1981)
  • Founder and former member of the Fondation de ma vie de l'Hôpital de Chicoutimi
  • Co-Founder of the Corporation de recherche et d'action sur les maladies héréditaires (CORAMH), and President of the Board of Directors from 1980 to 1985

Distinctions

  • Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.)

  •  Université du Québec network medal recipient  (2018)

  • Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean Bar Association Medal (2004)