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RICHARD
Bergeron

Title: lawyer, equity partner Year of call: 1980

Expertise: business law  |  litigation  |  aboriginal and constitutional law

Richard Bergeron, a partner in the firm, has been practising law since 1980 and has remarkable, nationally recognized expertise in construction law as well as expertise in commercial litigation. He also maintains an active practice in civil litigation and acts in constitutional litigation cases.

His clients include a number of major general contractors, but also specialized contractors and equipment manufacturers that are internationally based. He also represents public and private providers of work opportunities, and works regularly on prevention, whether drafting contracts or other documents or acting as legal counsel for clients.

Richard is in frequent demand as a speaker and instructor in the construction industry. He has argued cases before every court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

His field of specialization:

  • Construction

Assistant: Caroline Roy

Other titles

  • Head, professional committee on litigation
  • Civil and commercial mediator

Expertise

  • Business law (banking law, commercial law, construction law)
  • Litigation (construction, commercial litigation)
  • Aboriginal and constitutional law (litigation)

Education

  • LL.B., Université Laval (1979)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saguenay) (1980 to present)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • "La réalisation de contrats en région éloignée : comment s’y préparer? Comment en profiter," a professional development course for students at École des technologies supérieures (ÉTS) since 2013
  • "Revue de la législation récente dans l’industrie de la construction et son impact," a presentation at the Corporation des Entrepreneurs Généraux du Québec conference (February 2016)
  • "Profiter des occasions d’affaires en infrastructure," a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (march 2015)
  • "Les changements provoquant les coûts d’impact et le fardeau de la preuve judiciaire; perspective pour le Donneur d’ouvrage et pour l’entrepreneur général," a presentation at the Corporation des Entrepreneurs Généraux du Québec conference (February 2015)
  • "Votre participation au plan Nord 2.0 ou Comment profiter des opportunités d’affaires relativement à la construction des infrastructures dans le cadre du plan Nord,” a presentation at the Horizon Plan Nord symposium organized by Promotion Saguenay and attended by the Premier of Québec (November 2014)
  • "Le rôle des professionnels sur la gestion des projets pendant la réalisation des travaux," a presentation at the Corporation des Entrepreneurs Généraux du Québec conference (February 2014)
  • "La rédaction des contrats de construction : ce que les différentes parties doivent savoir avant de signer," a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (november 2014)
  • "Les opportunités d’affaires dans les territoires nordiques; comment être prêt et comment en profiter," a presentation at the Corporation des Entrepreneurs Généraux du Québec conference (February 2013)
  • "Investissements étrangers dans des projets miniers québécois : considérations fiscales," a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (december 2012)
  • "La gestion des risques de la négociation et la rédaction du contenu des contrats de construction," a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (november 2012)
  • "J’ai fait une erreur puis-je m’en sortir?" a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (november 2011)
  • "Le processus d’appel,” a training session for Telus legal staff and managers (July 2011)
  • "Un guide pratique pour la gestion et la préparation des réclamations," a presentation at the Corporation des Entrepreneurs Généraux du Québec conference (February 2011)
  • "La gestion et préparation des réclamations pour sauver temps et argent," a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (november 2009)
  • "Les dommages exigibles suite aux retards dans l’exécution de l’ouvrage," a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (november 2008)
  • "Les contrats de construction : quelle importance ont-ils et comment doit-on se comporter avant et après leur signature,” a presentation at the Institut Canadien in Montreal (November 2005)

Associations, committees, boards

  • Vice president, Le Valinouët ski resort
  • Former chairman, Board of Directors, Chicoutimi Health and Social Services Center
  • Former chairman, Fondation de ma vie
  • Former chairman, Board of Directors, École de danse Florence-Fourcaudot
  • Former vice chairman, Quebec Chamber of Commerce
  • Former chairman, Chicoutimi Chamber of Commerce
  • Former chairman, Rendez-vous des Gens d’Affaires du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Former secretary-treasurer, Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean Bar
  • Former administrator, Corporation de développement économique de Chicoutimi
  • Former administrator, Société d’agriculture de Chicoutimi

Distinctions

  • Recipient, Medal of the National Assembly of Québec (April 2011)