Marie-Claude Bellemare

Partner

Marie-Claude Bellemare

Marie-Claude Bellemare

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 2001

Clients in diverse industries reach out to Marie-Claude for her expert knowledge.

Marie-Claude’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law, as well as energy and public law, both provincially and federally. Clients, including forestry and oil companies, industrial entrepreneurs, petroleum distributors, real estate developers and financiers, trust her to advise on compliance and regulatory matters, including regulatory requirements, authorizations and permits, reporting, inspections and investigations, as well as on climate change and greenhouse gas reduction. She also provides support to clients on the environmental aspects of their most important and complex transactions and litigation matters.

Before joining Davies, Marie-Claude practised law at national firms in Montréal and was the in-house counsel – for both litigation and compliance – for a leading Canadian forestry corporation. She is a frequent speaker on environmental matters at conferences in Québec and in Ontario.

Marie-Claude Bellemare

Partner

Clients in diverse industries reach out to Marie-Claude for her expert knowledge.

Marie-Claude’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law, as well as energy and public law, both provincially and federally. Clients, including forestry and oil companies, industrial entrepreneurs, petroleum distributors, real estate developers and financiers, trust her to advise on compliance and regulatory matters, including regulatory requirements, authorizations and permits, reporting, inspections and investigations, as well as on climate change and greenhouse gas reduction. She also provides support to clients on the environmental aspects of their most important and complex transactions and litigation matters.

Before joining Davies, Marie-Claude practised law at national firms in Montréal and was the in-house counsel – for both litigation and compliance – for a leading Canadian forestry corporation. She is a frequent speaker on environmental matters at conferences in Québec and in Ontario.

Spear Street Capital, LLC

Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC, in the acquisition of one of the most significant tech hubs in Montréal, the recently redeveloped O Mile-Ex complex located at 6650-6666 Saint-Urbain Street, Montréal.

Claridge Inc.

Acted for Claridge Inc. in its strategic partnership with Champlain Financial Corporation to support the acquisition of Captain Dan's Seafood by The Champlain Seafood platform.

Trivest Partners L.P.

Acted for Trivest Partners, a U.S. private equity firm focused exclusively on mid-market founder- and family-owned businesses, in its acquisition of GAL Power Systems, a leading Canadian provider of commercial and industrial power generator sets and climate control systems operating across Canada, including Québec.

Groupe Montoni / VSL Logistics Hub Limited Partnership

Acted for Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Montez Corporation and Lotus Real Estate Group, in its acquisition of Sears Canada's distribution centre in Montréal's borough of Saint-Laurent, the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6 million sq. ft. portion of the property and the subsequent redevelopment and leasing of the property.

Jesta Capital Corp.

Acting for Jesta Capital Corp. in connection with the redevelopment of Gare Viger, a historical site in Old Montréal. It is a $300-million project for a fully integrated mixed-use development comprising a 20-floor residential tower; a worldwide branded hotel with over 175 rooms and suites; retail premises on the ground floor; a 10 floor office tower; and an important underground parking facility

New Look Vision Group Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. regarding the environmental issues related to its acquisition of Iris, Le Groupe Visuel (1990) Inc.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Acted for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited with respect to the establishment of a joint venture by a consortium comprised of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Canderel, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and the Club de hockey Canadien. Representing the joint venture, Tour des Canadiens 2 S.E.C., in connection with the development of Tour des Canadiens 2, a new 49 storey residential condominium building to be located across from the Bell Centre in the heart of downtown Montréal.

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Clean Air Regulation (CAR)”; Webinar

Apr. 28, 2020

Bulletin

Due Diligence for COVID-19: Health Exposure Prevention and Response

Apr. 16, 2020 - Companies must ensure that COVID-19 measures in the workplace are robust enough to protect the health of employees and the public and to prevent legal liability. This is equally important whether employers are meeting current regulatory requirements to protect employees or whether they are...

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, Climate Change Panel, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Collaborative, “Working Together to Innovate: Action Plan 2020-2030 for the Future of the St. Lawrence”; Montréal, QC

Mar. 10, 2020 - Download the Action Plan (only available in French).

Speaking Engagement

Law Society of Ontario, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2019, “Climate Justice in Québec: Where Do We Stand?”; Toronto, ON

Oct. 03, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Québec Business Council on the Environment, « Formation sur l’évolution de la règlementation sur l’air et les changements climatiques »; Montréal, QC

June 20, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Québec Business Council on the Environment, « Pacte mondial pour l’environnement: Contraintes ou occasions d’affaires pour les entreprises québécoises? »; Montréal, QC

Sept. 19, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, “Portrait des changements législatifs et réglementaires récents en matière de gestion des milieux humides – Les impacts en matière de développements immobiliers”; Montréal, QC

May 01, 2018

Bulletin

Canadian Securities Regulators Report on Climate Disclosure

Apr. 06, 2018 - Following on the heels of the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (Task Force), the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published its Report on Climate change-related Disclosure Project. The CSA reviewed mandatory and voluntary...

Speaking Engagement

Écotech Québec, “Modernisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l'environnement” Part Two

Mar. 23, 2018

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment

The Legal 500 Canada—Environment (Recommended)

Lexpert Special Edition: Mining

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2020, Montréal)

Acritas Stars 2020

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2001

Education

University of Cambridge, LLM (International Public Law), 2001
Université de Sherbrooke, LLB, 1999
University of Alberta, BA (Canadian Studies & Political Science) (with Distinction), 1996

Professional Affiliations

Québec Business Council on the Environment

Teaching Engagements

Marie-Claude has taught environmental law as part of the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law’s undergraduate program.

Clients in diverse industries reach out to Marie-Claude for her expert knowledge.

Marie-Claude’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law, as well as energy and public law, both provincially and federally. Clients, including forestry and oil companies, industrial entrepreneurs, petroleum distributors, real estate developers and financiers, trust her to advise on compliance and regulatory matters, including regulatory requirements, authorizations and permits, reporting, inspections and investigations, as well as on climate change and greenhouse gas reduction. She also provides support to clients on the environmental aspects of their most important and complex transactions and litigation matters.

Before joining Davies, Marie-Claude practised law at national firms in Montréal and was the in-house counsel – for both litigation and compliance – for a leading Canadian forestry corporation. She is a frequent speaker on environmental matters at conferences in Québec and in Ontario.

Spear Street Capital, LLC

Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC, in the acquisition of one of the most significant tech hubs in Montréal, the recently redeveloped O Mile-Ex complex located at 6650-6666 Saint-Urbain Street, Montréal.

Claridge Inc.

Acted for Claridge Inc. in its strategic partnership with Champlain Financial Corporation to support the acquisition of Captain Dan's Seafood by The Champlain Seafood platform.

Trivest Partners L.P.

Acted for Trivest Partners, a U.S. private equity firm focused exclusively on mid-market founder- and family-owned businesses, in its acquisition of GAL Power Systems, a leading Canadian provider of commercial and industrial power generator sets and climate control systems operating across Canada, including Québec.

Groupe Montoni / VSL Logistics Hub Limited Partnership

Acted for Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Montez Corporation and Lotus Real Estate Group, in its acquisition of Sears Canada's distribution centre in Montréal's borough of Saint-Laurent, the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6 million sq. ft. portion of the property and the subsequent redevelopment and leasing of the property.

Jesta Capital Corp.

Acting for Jesta Capital Corp. in connection with the redevelopment of Gare Viger, a historical site in Old Montréal. It is a $300-million project for a fully integrated mixed-use development comprising a 20-floor residential tower; a worldwide branded hotel with over 175 rooms and suites; retail premises on the ground floor; a 10 floor office tower; and an important underground parking facility

New Look Vision Group Inc.

Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. regarding the environmental issues related to its acquisition of Iris, Le Groupe Visuel (1990) Inc.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Acted for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited with respect to the establishment of a joint venture by a consortium comprised of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Canderel, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and the Club de hockey Canadien. Representing the joint venture, Tour des Canadiens 2 S.E.C., in connection with the development of Tour des Canadiens 2, a new 49 storey residential condominium building to be located across from the Bell Centre in the heart of downtown Montréal.

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Clean Air Regulation (CAR)”; Webinar

Apr. 28, 2020

Bulletin

Due Diligence for COVID-19: Health Exposure Prevention and Response

Apr. 16, 2020 - Companies must ensure that COVID-19 measures in the workplace are robust enough to protect the health of employees and the public and to prevent legal liability. This is equally important whether employers are meeting current regulatory requirements to protect employees or whether they are...

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, Climate Change Panel, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Collaborative, “Working Together to Innovate: Action Plan 2020-2030 for the Future of the St. Lawrence”; Montréal, QC

Mar. 10, 2020 - Download the Action Plan (only available in French).

Speaking Engagement

Law Society of Ontario, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2019, “Climate Justice in Québec: Where Do We Stand?”; Toronto, ON

Oct. 03, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Québec Business Council on the Environment, « Formation sur l’évolution de la règlementation sur l’air et les changements climatiques »; Montréal, QC

June 20, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Québec Business Council on the Environment, « Pacte mondial pour l’environnement: Contraintes ou occasions d’affaires pour les entreprises québécoises? »; Montréal, QC

Sept. 19, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, “Portrait des changements législatifs et réglementaires récents en matière de gestion des milieux humides – Les impacts en matière de développements immobiliers”; Montréal, QC

May 01, 2018

Bulletin

Canadian Securities Regulators Report on Climate Disclosure

Apr. 06, 2018 - Following on the heels of the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (Task Force), the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published its Report on Climate change-related Disclosure Project. The CSA reviewed mandatory and voluntary...

Speaking Engagement

Écotech Québec, “Modernisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l'environnement” Part Two

Mar. 23, 2018

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment

The Legal 500 Canada—Environment (Recommended)

Lexpert Special Edition: Mining

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2020, Montréal)

Acritas Stars 2020

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2001

Education

University of Cambridge, LLM (International Public Law), 2001
Université de Sherbrooke, LLB, 1999
University of Alberta, BA (Canadian Studies & Political Science) (with Distinction), 1996

Professional Affiliations

Québec Business Council on the Environment

Teaching Engagements

Marie-Claude has taught environmental law as part of the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law’s undergraduate program.