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.
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 the acquisition, from Sears Canada, of its distribution centre in the borough of Saint-Laurent, in Montréal, and the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6-million sq. ft. portion 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.
Law Society of Ontario, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2019, “Climate Justice in Québec: Where Do We Stand?”; Toronto, ON
Oct. 03, 2019
Québec Issues Compensation Regime for Adverse Effects on Wetlands and Bodies of Water
Sept. 26, 2018 - The Regulation respecting compensation for adverse effects on wetlands and bodies of water (Regulation), enacted on August 17, 2018, was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on September 5, 2018. It came into force on September 20, 2018, except for certain rules...
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
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...
Écotech Québec, “Modernisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l'environnement” Part Two
Mar. 23, 2018
Écotech Québec, “Modernisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l 'environnement” Part One
Feb. 23, 2018
The Québec Environment Quality Act: major changes coming in 2018
Feb. 20, 2018 - An Act to amend the Environment Quality Act to modernize the environmental authorization scheme and to amend other legislative provisions, in particular to reform the governance of the Green Fund (Bill 102) was passed on March 23, 2017. Although some portions of Bill 102 came into force on...
Pan-Canadian Carbon Pricing Update: Federal Backstop Legislation Proposed
Jan. 18, 2018 - This week, the federal government released, for public comment, draft legislation relating to the proposed federal carbon pricing system. The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act provides a complex framework for the implementation of a federal carbon pricing “backstop” to be applied to...
Enlarged Carbon Market and New Oil & Gas Statutory Framework in Québec…Predictability or Uncertainty Ahead?
Sept. 22, 2017 - Ontario, Québec and California signed an agreement on September 22, 2017, to integrate and harmonize greenhouse gas emissions cap programs. As a result, Ontario will join the Western Climate Initiative carbon market, with California and Québec, on January 1, 2018. 1In Québec, this announcement was...
Québec Business Council on the Environment, “Formation sur l’évolution de la réglementation sur l’air et les changements climatiques”; Annual
June 01, 2017
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment
The Legal 500 Canada—Environment (Recommended)
Lexpert Special Edition Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2020, Montréal)
Acritas Stars 2017