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.

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.

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.

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

Speaking Engagement

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

Feb. 23, 2018

Bulletin

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...

Bulletin

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...

Speaking Engagement

Québec Business Council on the Environment, “Formation sur l’évolution de la réglementation sur l’air et les changements climatiques”; Annual

June 01, 2016

Speaking Engagement

EUCI, “Emission Trading & Allowances: Fundamentals & Expert Advice”

May 02, 2016

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

Acritas Stars 2017

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

Community Involvement

Cambridge Forums, Environmental Law Forum, co-chair

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.

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.

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.

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

Speaking Engagement

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

Feb. 23, 2018

Bulletin

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...

Bulletin

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...

Speaking Engagement

Québec Business Council on the Environment, “Formation sur l’évolution de la réglementation sur l’air et les changements climatiques”; Annual

June 01, 2016

Speaking Engagement

EUCI, “Emission Trading & Allowances: Fundamentals & Expert Advice”

May 02, 2016

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

Acritas Stars 2017

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

Community Involvement

Cambridge Forums, Environmental Law Forum, co-chair

Teaching Engagements

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