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Title: lawyer Year of call: 2008

Expertise: environmental law  |  municipal law  |  administrative law

Since joining Cain Lamarre, Karine Boies has built up experience in municipal, environmental, and agricultural law. She has further honed her skills by collaborating with other professionals on wide-ranging legal matters, authoring and publishing numerous articles, and giving lectures and training sessions for clients in her fields.

She has developed an understanding of the various aspects of municipal law—urban and land-use planning, tendering, ethics, expropriation, access to information, regulation, and other legal aspects connected with municipal governance—to complement her specialization: obtaining administrative approval from such bodies as Québec’s environment ministry and Commission de la protection du territoire agricole du Québec. She also acts as prosecutor in penal matters on behalf of a number of municipalities.

Her fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environment
  • Manufacturing
  • Chemicals and Bio-industries

Assistant: Catherine Pedneault


  • Environmental law (public hearings and BAPE hearings, quarries and sandpits, government controls, the environment in James Bay and northern Québec, waste management, penal offences pertaining to environmental law, hazardous materials , land protection and rehabilitation, water quality, air quality, and noise, appeal of government decisions)
  • 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, penal offences pertaining to municipal law, preservation of agricultural land and activities, work relations , extra-contractual liability, remuneration of elected municipal officers)
  • Administrative law (access to information, professional conduct, ethics, and governance, preservation of agricultural land and farming activities (CPTAQ), administrative remedies, appealing government decisions)


  • LL.B., Université Laval (2007)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saguenay) (2007 to present)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • “Employer’s guide,” a presentation to members of ADMQ in Baie-Comeau (September 2016) and Alma (October 2016)
  • "Municipal finance management," a presentation given to members of ADMQ in Baie-Comeau (may 2016)
  • “Government authorizations and approvals” and “Volunteer organizations,” presentations to members of ADMQ in Alma (May 2016)
  • “Unsanitary building conditions,” a presentation to FQM members in Drummondville (December 2016) and St-Jérôme (October 2015)
  • “A case law cocktail with regional flavor,” a workshop for COMBEQ members (June 2015)
  • “What emergency response mechanisms can municipalities use?” a presentation at the annual ADMQ conference (June 2015)
  • “Recent developments in contract management,” a presentation at the annual COMAQ conference in Bécancour (September 2015)
  • “Dealing with unsafe properties and nuisances in your municipality”, a webinar given for Québec Municipal (June 2014)
  • “The ABCs of creating an NGO in your municipality”, a workshop given as part of the ADMQ annual convention in Quebec City (June 2014)
  • “Keeping the extras under control: Best practices for reducing pressure”, a workshop given as part of the 46th COMAQ conference in Gatineau (May 2014)
  • “Keeping municipal business in order”, a training session delivered to municipal elected officials for FQM in Havre-Saint-Pierre (May 2014)
  • “The roles and responsibilities of municipal elected officials”, a training session delivered to municipal elected officials for FQM in Tadoussac, Saint-Honoré, and Havre-Saint-Pierre (January 2014), Saint-Félicien (March 2010), and Lac-Bouchette (December 2009)
  • “The roles and responsibilities of municipal elected officials and managers: A behind-the-scenes look”, a training session delivered for ADMQ in Alma (February 2014)
  • “Land decontamination and legal mortgages in construction: Protecting your debt”, a presentation given as part of the “Sols et eaux souterraines” conference held by Réseau Environnement in Montréal (November 2013)
  • “Entrepreneurship and innovation in compliance with environmental legislation”, a talk given at Salon PME : de la tradition à l'innovation du CEEUQAC in Chicoutimi (May 2013)
  • “Agricultural zoning in the province”, a presentation delivered to members of FQM in Lévis (March 2013), Granby (February 2014), Saint-Georges (march 2015) and Saint-Hyacinthe (march 2015)
  • “Municipal finance management”, a talk given to FQM members in Saint-Rémi (October 2012), Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse (October 2012), Chute-aux-Outardes (May 2013), Tadoussac, and Saint-Ignace-de-Stanbridge (September 2014) , Wotton (march 2015), l’Ange-Gardien (september 2015), Québec City (september 2015), Saint-Edmond-de-Grantham (october 2015), Saint-Sauveur (march 2016), Québec City (september 2016)
  • Next-generation tendering, a presentation to members of ADMQ, Alma (April 2012)
  • Bill 47: An Act respecting land use planning and development, a presentation for Cain Lamarre’s legal experts at the Cain Lamarre Lawyers’ Annual General Meeting (January 2012)
  • Ethics: It’s more than just legality!, a presentation at as part of Cain Lamarre Lawyers’ Annual General Meeting, with François Bouchard, Quebec City (November 2011)
  • Acting ethically and responsibly as a municipal elected official, a mandatory training session for FQM in Saint-Honoré (June 2011, May 2015), Saint-Ulric (September 2011), L’Ascension (November 2011), Les Escoumins (November 2011), Saint-Bruno (November 2011, May 2012), Chute-aux-Outardes (February 2014), Havre-Saint-Pierre (May 2014), Hébertville (April 2014)
  • Coauthored Chapter 8 of "Droit municipal : action et modes de regulation des différends,” a work in the Legis Pratique collection published in 2016 by Éditions LexisNexis
  • Coauthor of “Fascicule 17 - fiscalité et finances”, Juri-Classeur Québec, droit municipal, Éditions Lexis Nexis, 2013
  • Coauthor of professional development activities for ADMQ members: “The ABCs of government authorizations and approvals,” “Volunteer organizations affiliated with a municipality: What are the ground rules?” (April 2016), “Manager and contractee: How to balance both tasks” (January 2013), “The roles and responsibilities of the municipal officer in charge of buildings and the environment, and of the municipal manager in their daily tasks” (Fall 2014), and “Managing municipal contracts in the wake of recent legislative changes” (January 2011)
  • Author of numerous articles on municipal and environmental law published since 2008 in a variety of journals (Bâtivert, a COMBEQ publication; Le Quotidien, a daily newspaper; municipal and environmental law Juriclips, published by Cain Lamarre; Le Scribe, the ADMQ magazine; Quorum, the FQM magazine; and Vecteur, the Réseau Environnement magazine)

Associations, committees, boards

  • President, board of directors, Réseau Environnement
  • Former president, Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean region, former member, board of directors, governance committee, and human resources committee of Réseau Environnement
  • Former Réseau Environnement representative on the MDDELCC advisory committee on administrative processes with regard to the environment


  • Young Female Personality of the Year, 2014 Gala de la Jeune Chambre de commerce de Saguenay