Lucien Bouchard

Lucien Bouchard is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy and Mining practices.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bouchard had a distinguished legal diplomatic and political career. With this wide experience, Mr. Bouchard’s active involvement in the business community includes advising large corporations on strategic issues and policy matters as well as acting as negotiator and mediator for significant disputes of all kinds.

After three years as Canada’s Ambassador to France (1985-1988), Mr. Bouchard was appointed Secretary of State for Canada and subsequently elected as a Member of Parliament. Following his re-election, Mr. Bouchard became Minister of Environment in the Canadian government and served on several cabinet committees. In 1990, after he resigned as Minister of Environment and left the Conservative caucus, he sat in the House of Commons as an independent and founded the Bloc Québécois. Following the federal election in 1993, Mr. Bouchard became the Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

In January of 1996, Mr. Bouchard resigned from federal politics and as leader of the Opposition Party in the House of Commons, and was sworn in as Premier of Québec, then re-elected in a subsequent election. Mr. Bouchard served as Premier until his resignation in 2001 and his decision to leave the political arena and return to the practice of law.

Prior to his political career, Lucien Bouchard practised with a private law firm, pleading corporate and commercial cases before the courts at all levels. From 1970 to 1985, he was a member or leader of various committees for the Québec Bar. During this time, he also served on commissions and agencies focused on labour relations and other subjects. He was, namely, the Senior Chairperson of the arbitration tribunals in the education sector, Chief Counsel for the Cliche Commission on Québec’s construction industry, and a member of the Martin-Bouchard Commission on the public and parapublic sectors.

On May 30, 2002, Mr. Bouchard was awarded “Commandeur de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur” by the French Government. On June 19, 2008, he was awarded “Grand Officier of the Ordre national du Québec” by the Québec Government.

On April 7, 2000, Lucien Bouchard received a Doctorate Honoris causa of Law from the Université Lumière (Université Lyon 2). On October 5, 2006, he received a second Doctorate Honoris causa of Law, this time from the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal, and on April 27, 2007, a third Doctorate Honoris causa from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC).

Representative Work

  • Acted for the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport in defence of its right to establish a reserve for public purposes upon certain immovable property.

  • Acted as a special mediator for Petro-Canada in reaching the settlement between Petro-Canada and its 260 employees of its Montréal-East refinery in a lock-out since November 17, 2007. A new collective agreement was also prepared which expired January 31, 2007.

  • Acted for Russel Metals Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Leroux Steel Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $185 million.

  • Acted as lead negotiator for the Société des alcools du Québec in a strike of its unionized employees (SEMB).

  • Acted for Olymel as negotiator in high-profile labour and commercial disputes.

  • Representing the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (Québec Association of Owner Pharmacists) (AQPP) in connection with an application for arbitration against the Department of Health and Social Services (MSSS). The AQPP is claiming that the MSSS breached an agreement between them, resulting in the loss of potential earnings of up to several hundred million dollars for pharmacists.

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  • Recognized in the Lexpert special edition report Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the Lexpert special edition report Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining.
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a repeatedly recommended lawyer in the areas of International Commercial Arbitration and Corporate/Commercial law.
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Awarded the Lawyer Emeritus distinction by the Québec Bar.

Professional Affiliations

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Canadian Bar Association

Board Memberships

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  • Director, Groupe BMTC
  • Director, TransForce Inc.

Community Involvement

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  • Honourary President of Le Garde-Manger Pour Tous
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors,Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
  • Chairman of the Board, Fondation Montréal inc.

Teaching Engagements

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Speaking Engagements

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Articles and Publications

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In addition to several articles published in law journals, Mr. Bouchard is co-author of the Martin-Bouchard Report (1977-1978). In 1994, Stoddard (Toronto) published his autobiographical essay on the political evolution of Québec, entitled On the Record, in which he also recounts his career.

Since 2001, he has made a considerable number of speeches on subjects including mediation and negotiation, economic renewal in the Montréal real estate sector, the social responsibility of institutional investors, crisis management and leadership, prospects for growth in Québec's gas sector, the crucial role of education, the contribution of cultural institutions to Québec's socio-economic development, challenges faced by Québec's agriculture sector, the role of Québec's Crown attorneys and the socio-economic contributions of cooperativism.

Lucien Bouchard
Lucien Bouchard
Bar Admissions:

Québec, 1964


Université Laval, LL.L., 1964

Collège de Jonquière, B.Sc., 1960

Collège de Jonquière, B.A., 1959