Lucien Bouchard, P.C., G.O.Q., Ad.E.

Partner

Lucien Bouchard C.P., G.O.Q., Ad. E.

Lucien Bouchard, P.C., G.O.Q., Ad.E.

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 1964

Mr. Bouchard brings a rare combination of business expertise and a solid understanding of Canadian and international policy matters to our clients’ initiatives. These skills, complementing his deep roots in the business community, have earned him widespread respect among organizations in diverse sectors.

A former Premier of Québec, Secretary of State and Cabinet Minister in the Canadian government and Ambassador to France, Mr. Bouchard is widely respected for his skill in bringing disparate viewpoints to the table.

After three years as Canada’s Ambassador to France (1985–1988), Mr. Bouchard was appointed Secretary of State for Canada and subsequently elected 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 Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

In January of 1996, Mr. Bouchard resigned from federal politics 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 time in politics, Mr. Bouchard was a litigator and also served on commissions and agencies, including as senior chairperson of arbitration tribunals in the education sector, chief counsel for the Cliche Commission on Québec’s construction industry and as a member of the Martin-Bouchard Commission on the public and parapublic sectors. As a result, he is a sought-after negotiator and mediator, trusted for his expertise and success in resolving complex and challenging disputes.

Working in partnership with clients on their strategic issues, Mr. Bouchard sees the total picture in any client matter. At the same time, his attention to detail ensures that the spotlight is always squarely on resolving intricate problems of any given situation.

Mr. Bouchard is Chair of the Board of the Fondation Montréal inc., and Chair of the Board of Directors, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Lucien Bouchard, P.C., G.O.Q., Ad.E.

Partner

Mr. Bouchard brings a rare combination of business expertise and a solid understanding of Canadian and international policy matters to our clients’ initiatives. These skills, complementing his deep roots in the business community, have earned him widespread respect among organizations in diverse sectors.

A former Premier of Québec, Secretary of State and Cabinet Minister in the Canadian government and Ambassador to France, Mr. Bouchard is widely respected for his skill in bringing disparate viewpoints to the table.

After three years as Canada’s Ambassador to France (1985–1988), Mr. Bouchard was appointed Secretary of State for Canada and subsequently elected 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 Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

In January of 1996, Mr. Bouchard resigned from federal politics 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 time in politics, Mr. Bouchard was a litigator and also served on commissions and agencies, including as senior chairperson of arbitration tribunals in the education sector, chief counsel for the Cliche Commission on Québec’s construction industry and as a member of the Martin-Bouchard Commission on the public and parapublic sectors. As a result, he is a sought-after negotiator and mediator, trusted for his expertise and success in resolving complex and challenging disputes.

Working in partnership with clients on their strategic issues, Mr. Bouchard sees the total picture in any client matter. At the same time, his attention to detail ensures that the spotlight is always squarely on resolving intricate problems of any given situation.

Mr. Bouchard is Chair of the Board of the Fondation Montréal inc., and Chair of the Board of Directors, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Agence Métropolitaine de Transport

Acted for the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (now known as Réseau de transport métropolitain [RTM]) in defence of its right to establish a reserve for public purposes upon certain immovable property.

Petro-Canada

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.

Russel Metals Inc.

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

Société des alcools du Québec

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

Olymel L.P.

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

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Successfully represented the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (Québec Association of Owner Pharmacists [AQPP]) in connection with an application for arbitration against Québec's Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). The AQPP claimed that the MSSS had breached an agreement between them, resulting in a loss of potential earnings of more than $150 million for pharmacists. The AQPP reached a settlement with the MSSS, thus saving its members several hundred million dollars in payments.

Québec Bar—Lawyer Emeritus Distinction

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers

Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Alternative Dispute Resolution Law (Lawyer of the Year 2018, Montréal)

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1964

Education

Université Laval, LLL, 1964
Collège de Jonquière, BSc, 1960
Collège de Jonquière, BA, 1959

Board Memberships

Fondation Montréal inc., chairman
Groupe BMTC
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, chairman
TransForce Inc.

Community Involvement

Le Garde-Manger Pour Tous, honorary president