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Jean Girard, a native of Saint-Félicien, has worked as a notary since 1978. In addition to a law degree from the University of Ottawa, he holds a master’s in project management from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and is a PhD student at École Supérieure de Commerce de Lille (Skema Business School) in France. His research thesis deals with legal project management as it applies to notaries in Québec.

In addition to the areas of law that intersect with his notarial practice, he works specifically in business law (corporations, business transactions, corporate restructuring, and mergers) and the law of succession (estate planning, will drafting, and estate settlement). He also serves on a number of boards of directors in his community and professionally.

His fields of specialization include:

  • Agriculture and Agrifood
  • Trade
  • Real Estate
  • Professionals and Consultants
  • Groups and Associations

Assistant: Nicole Villeneuve, Isabelle Blanchette

Other titles

  • Head, professional committee on notary services


  • Business law (agriculture and agrifood law, commercial law, corporate law, real estate law (sale, acquisition, and leasing), trusts, corporate financing, nonprofit organizations)
  • Personal and family law (common-law spouses, mandate in case of incapacity, estates, wills)
  • Real estate law
  • Notary services (trusts, estates)


  • PhD student, project strategy and management, École supérieure de commerce de Lille (France), now the Skema Business School (since 2008)
  • Master’s in project management, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (2007)
  • Diploma in notarial law, University of Ottawa (1978)
  • LL.L., University of Ottawa (1977)
  • B.A., University of Ottawa (1974)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saint-Félicien) (2014 to present)
  • PME INTER Notaires Lac-Saint-Jean Ouest (Saint-Félicien)
  • Morais Pilote Girard notaires (Saint-Félicien)
  • Lamontagne Girard notaires (Saint-Félicien)
  • Jean-Joseph Turcotte notaire (Normandin)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Co-author of Donations et Testaments, Collection Aide-Mémoire, published by Éditions Wilson & Lafleur (1992)
  • Lecturer, master’s program in notarial law at the Faculty of Civil Law, University of Ottawa
  • Lecturer, occupational health and safety law, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Lecturer, business law, Cégep de Saint-Félicien
  • Lecturer, real estate brokerage law, Cégep de Chicoutimi
  • Trainer and consultant, project management and professional services marketing, Groupe PME INTER Notaires
  • Speaker on various topics dealing with legal project management
  • Coordinator, external auditing of notarial firms affiliated with Groupe PME INTER Notaires for Quebec
  • Consultant with the joint project between the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Chambre des notaires du Québec to provide assistance to Ukrainian notaries (played an active role in Ukraine to set up a continuing education service for notaries in that country)

Associations, committees, boards

  • Chair and board member, Gestion de l’énergie communautaire, partner of Énergie hydroélectrique Ouiatchouan and Énergie hydroélectrique Mistassini
  • Member, Transport Action Canada and Transport 2000 Québec
  • Member, Canadian Railroad Historical Association
  • Lifetime member, Saint-Félicien Optimist Club
  • Former member, ethics committee, Chambre des notaires du Québec
  • Former board member and representative of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean/Côte-Nord district at Chambre des notaires du Québec
  • Former chair, advisory committee, Centre d'études universitaires du Haut-Lac-Saint-Jean at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Former board member (socioeconomic representative), Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Former chair, audit committee, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Former member, committee in charge of drafting the five-year development plan for Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Former board member and secretary, Société de gestion de l'Éco-Parc de Saint-Félicien
  • Former board member, Centre écologique du Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Former board chair, executive committee member, socioeconomic member, and member of the development plan drafting committee at Cégep de Saint-Félicien
  • Former provincial chair of the board and director of Regroupement des Sociétés d'initiative et de développement des artères commerciales et Centres-villes du Québec
  • Former president, Société d'initiative et de développement des artères commerciales and Société de développement commercial de Saint-Félicien
  • Former chair, vice-chair, and director, Société d'histoire de Saint-Félicien
  • Former president and secretary of the Saint-Félicien Optimist Club
  • Former board member, Fédération des notaires du Québec
  • Former administrator, professional liability insurance fund, Chambre des notaires du Québec
  • Former member, audit committee, professional liability insurance fund, Chambre des notaires du Québec