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ROBERT
Pépin

Title: lawyer Year of call: 1981

Expertise: municipal law  |  labor and employment law

Robert Pépin has 36 years’ experience as an attorney, manager, and professor in municipal law, employment law, and occupational health and safety law. In his capacity as lawyer, head of the legal department, and director of legal affairs of one of Québec’s largest cities, he acquired a thorough understanding of the inner workings of his city’s municipal government, and became a valued counsel in the municipal decision-making process. He has also represented municipalities in a number of complex cases before all the Québec courts and various administrative tribunals.

In addition to his duties as an attorney, Robert teaches law at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, where for a number of years he has trained aspiring lawyers from various backgrounds in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord regions in labor relations, civil law, and occupational health and safety law. He also gives talks on hot button issues in the field of occupational health and safety.

His field of specialization:

  • Public Administration

Assistant: Caroline Roy

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, remuneration of elected municipal officers)
  • Labor and employment law (competition and duty of loyalty, human rights, collective bargaining, collective labor relations, individual labor relations, occupational health and safety)

Education

  • Master’s in law, Université Laval (1987)
  • LL.B., Université Laval (1980)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saguenay) (2013 to present)
  • City of Saguenay, director of legal affairs and office of the clerk (Saguenay)
  • City of Saguenay, lead litigation counsel (Saguenay)
  • City of Chicoutimi, head, legal department (Chicoutimi)
  • City of Chicoutimi, lawyer (Chicoutimi)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Lecturer at the faculty of business and economics at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi on various aspects of civil law, business law, employment law, and occupational health and safety law
  • Speaker on various aspects of occupational health and safety law to sector-based associations and at conferences and seminars
  • Author of a number of articles on various aspects of civil law and employment law published in trade magazines

Associations, committees, boards

  • Former board member, Syndicat des copropriétaires Carrefour Racine
  • Former secretary/treasurer, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Bar section
  • Former vice president, City of Chicoutimi Management Personnel Association