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JEAN
Houle

Title: lawyer, equity partner Year of call: 1975

Expertise: labor and employment law  |  administrative law

Jean Houle, partner, has 42 years’ experience practicing labor and employment law. He has worked with companies of all shapes and sizes in the private, public, and broader public sectors. His clients benefit from his vast litigation experience before administrative and law courts, particularly in occupational health and safety.

Jean has served as employer spokesperson and strategy and planning counsel during collective bargaining. He has also managed medium and long-term human resource planning as well as general labor relations for various businesses. He has likewise advised various employers with regard to litigation concerning changes to and termination of pension plans, including ownership of pension surpluses.

His fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Agriculture and Agrifood
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Forest industry

Assistant: Joanne Gilbert

Expertise

  • Labor and employment law (competition and duty of loyalty, human rights, occupational health and safety funding, collective bargaining, collective labor relations, individual labor relations, occupational health and safety)
  • Administrative law (administrative remedies)

Education

  • LL.L., Université Laval (1973)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Quebec City) (2012 to present)
  • Norton Rose (Quebec City)
  • Ogilvy Renault (Quebec City)
  • Stein Monast (Quebec City)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Teaches at the Quebec Bar School
  • Lectures on various aspects of labor and employment law, often with actuarial firms

Distinctions

  • Recognized for his expertise in labor and employment law and occupational health and safety law by Best Lawyers in Canada
  • A recognized leader in the field of labor law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2014)