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ISABELLE
Breton

Title: lawyer Year of call: 1994

Expertise: municipal law  |  health law  |  business law

Isabelle Breton has been a civil law lawyer for 23 years and practices primarily in municipal and family law.

She is active in the business community and her professional order. She sat on the board of directors of the Centre-Abitibi chamber of commerce for many years. Isabelle is secretary of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Bar and has served on its board since 1999.

Her fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Health and Social Services
  • Financial Services

Assistant: Fernande Ébacher

Other titles

  • Civil and commercial mediator
  • Official ethics and conduct advisor (Commission municipale du Québec)

Expertise

  • Municipal law (access to municipal documents, land use and urban planning, municipal jurisdiction and regulatory powers, right of expropriation for public purposes, municipal taxation, functioning of municipal councils, elections, ethics, and professional conduct , contract management, work relations , extra-contractual liability)
  • Health law (access to information, procurement contracts, ethics, care, and institutional care, governance)
  • Business law (public contracts, banking law, commercial law, corporate law, bankruptcy and insolvency, governance)

Education

  • LL.B., Université de Montréal (1993)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Amos) (2005 to present)
  • Bigué et Bigué (Amos)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Since 2010 has delivered various training sessions for ADMQ on the following topics:
    • “Municipal environment and municipality: Are you up to date?”
    • “Legal framework for the roles and duties of city managers”
    • “Successful board meetings”
    • “Manager and contractee: How to strike a balance”
    • “The roles and responsibilities of municipal elected officials and managers: A behind-the-scenes look”
    • “The importance of teamwork for the mayor and city manager”
    • “Negotiating municipal contracts”
    • “Managing municipal contracts in the wake of recent legislative changes”
    • “Next generation tender documents and new trends in contract management”
    • “Navigating the world of municipal legislation”
  • Since 2008 has delivered various training sessions for FQM on the following topics:
    • “Keeping municipal business in order”
    • “Roles and responsibilities of elected officials”
    • “Municipal financial management,”
    • “Ethical behavior”
    • “Unsanitary building conditions”
    • “Effective complaints management and recourse in the case of municipal bylaw infractions, and preparing cases for court”
    • “Municipal contracts: Sound management tools”
  • "Processus d’octroi des contrats par pondération et d’évaluation : notions de base, trucs pratiques et pièges à éviter," a presentation at the Cain Lamarre municipal symposium (2016)
  • Lunch & learn session for COMBEQ members (2016)
  • Lunch & learn session on urban planning, a presentation to COMBEQ members (2015)
  • "Mesures de protection des sources d’alimentation en eau potable," a presentation at the “Water and Municipalities" conference day organized by Organisme de bassin versant Abitibi-Jamésie (2014)
  • "Droits acquis en matière de protection du territoire agricole," a presentation at the ADMQ regional symposium (2013)
  • "Développements récents en droit municipal," a presentation at the ADGMRCQ symposium (2010)
  • "Accès à l’information," a presentation for municipalities by Cain Lamarre (2006)
  • Author of "Les limites au devoir de précaution en matière de protection de l’eau potable", published in Juriclip (may 2014)
  • Author of "Récents développements législatifs en matière de gestion contractuelle", published in Juriclip (january 2014)
  • Author of "Quand les organismes font des opérations commerciales, qu’advient-il de la TVQ?", published in Juriclip (may 2011)
  • Author of "Accessibilité, dites-vous?", published in Juriclip (may 2009)
  • Author of "Maître chez nous… plus maintenant, La Vie agricole", published in Juriclip (september 2008)
  • Author of "Ville de Malartic c. Barrick Gold Corporation", published in Juriclip (may 2008)

Associations, committees, boards

  • Representative of the business community of the eastern Abitibi region on the board of directors of Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Secretary, Abitibi-Témiscamingue Bar Association
  • Former head of mandatory professional development for Barreau de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Former secretary, board of directors, Chambre de commerce d'Amos-région
  • Former president, Abitibi-Témiscamingue Bar Association
  • Former founding member and chair,Femmes en affaires d'Amos-région
  • Former member of the Revitalisation Amos managing committee and economic development committee

Distinctions

  • Female Personality of the Year 2011, Amos Chamber of Commerce Gala
  • Award of Excellence in Urban Law, Université de Montréal
  • Governor General of Canada Bronze Medal Award