The important work of Quebec Environmental Law Center could not be accomplished without the dedication and the expertise of the fifteen members of the Board of Directors. They use the ideas, talents and skills from their various backgrounds to ensure the CQDE fully achieves its goals.

Members of the board of directors

Cédric Gagnon-Ducharme

Director
Bachelor of UQAM and lawyer passionate about juridic environmental issues, holder of a master degree in business affairs and working…
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Bachelor of UQAM and lawyer passionate about juridic environmental issues, holder of a master degree in business affairs and working today in industries, Cedric has the strong conviction that in this period of environmental emergency, the means of monitoring, action and legal information of the CQDE are more relevant than ever for Quebec society.

Anne-Julie Asselin

Director
Holding a Bachelor's degree in civil law and a Master's degree in common law and transnational law, Anne-Julie Asselin also…
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Holding a Bachelor’s degree in civil law and a Master’s degree in common law and transnational law, Anne-Julie Asselin also holds a degree in public affairs and international relations, concentration in public policy and environment. After a one-year internship at the Supreme Court of Canada as a law clerk with the judge Richard Wagner in 2014-2015, she joined Trudel Johnston & Lespérance, a firm specializing in class actions and public interest litigation. . She practices in the areas of environmental law and human rights and freedoms. His master’s thesis titled “A Comparative Study of Environmental Law Class Action Authorization Mechanisms in Quebec and the Common Law Provinces of Canada” earned him the La Personnelle scholarship awarded to the student who submitted the best essay in a master degree program in law.

Alain Branchaud

Director
Alain Branchaud has been a biologist and executive director of CPAWS Québec since 2015. He has worked on the development…
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Alain Branchaud has been a biologist and executive director of CPAWS Québec since 2015. He has worked on the development of Environment Canada’s Species at Risk program for more than 12 years. He is also co-founder of Project Rescousse, whose mission was to make Quebec’s endangered or vulnerable wildlife species known and to raise funds to help them. Alain Branchaud has been closely involved in a few legal actions concerning the protection of species at risk.

Rhéa Daher

Director
Rhéa Daher, a CPA auditor, graduated from HEC Montréal with a bachelor's degree in business administration and holds a specialized…
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Rhéa Daher, a CPA auditor, graduated from HEC Montréal with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and holds a specialized diploma in public accounting. With more than six years of experience in an accounting firm under her belt, she has provided guidance and support for numerous clients from various spheres, including NPOs.

Environmental issues being of the utmost importance in our times, she has always wanted to use her professional skills to support this cause that is so close to her heart. Her motivation and dedication led Rhéa to become involved with the CQDE in order to support the organization’s actions and mission.

Marine Groulx

Director
Senior Community Affairs Manager at TELUS, Marine has 20 years of experience in the private and charitable sectors in both…
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Senior Community Affairs Manager at TELUS, Marine has 20 years of experience in the private and charitable sectors in both public relations and community investment. She heads the TELUS Montreal Community Board and puts into action the company’s commitment to charitable initiatives in health, education, and the environment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French studies from Université de Montréal, a bachelor’s degree in communications from UQAM, and an MBA from HEC Montréal. Sensitive to volunteerism and the importance of contributing to initiatives aimed at the common good, she takes environmental issues to heart and is delighted to contribute her knowledge of the community sphere and corporate philanthropy for the benefit of the CQDE.

Marie-Ève Maillé

Director
Marie-Ève Maillé specializes in the assessment of social impacts and social acceptability of major projects. She is also an associate…
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Marie-Ève Maillé specializes in the assessment of social impacts and social acceptability of major projects. She is also an associate professor at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le bien-être, la santé, la société et l’environnement (centre for interdisciplinary research on well-being, health, society, and the environment, or CINBIOSE) at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she devoted her doctoral thesis in communications to an analysis of the social division caused by a controversial wind power project in the Centre-du-Québec region. Her thesis was filed as evidence in a class action suit brought by citizens against the wind farm developer. As this lawsuit unfolded, she won a battle in 2017 to protect the confidentiality of the data derived from her thesis, a legal saga she recounts in L’affaire Maillé (the Maillé case), published by Éditions Écosociété in 2018.In 2017, she published with Pierre Batellier the essay Acceptabilité sociale : sans oui, c’est non (social acceptability: no means no), also published by Éditions Écosociété. The book deconstructs with rigour and humour the myths and preconceived notions around the concept of social acceptability. In 2016, she launched her own consulting practice in environmental communication and mediation with the consulting firm Notre Boite. She provides guidance and support for groups in public consultation processes and in various discussion proceedings, with the objective of strengthening communities’ capacity for action. She has been an accredited mediator of the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (Quebec institute of mediation and arbitration) since 2017.

Elisabeth Patterson

Director
Elisabeth Patterson, a partner with the law firm Dionne Schulze in Montréal, advises mostly First Nation and Inuit governments and…
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Elisabeth Patterson, a partner with the law firm Dionne Schulze in Montréal, advises mostly First Nation and Inuit governments and organisations in Québec on a broad range of subjects, including Aboriginal, commercial and international law, as well as governance, environmental assessment, and the duty to consult and accommodate.

Elisabeth also assists clients by negotiating agreements, often in the context of social economy projects or economic development on Indigenous lands. She also advises concerning research ethics, privacy, and the protection of Indigenous data and knowledge.

Elisabeth frequently presents on the above subjects in a professional or community context. She is involved in legal education and human rights trials in Latin America with Lawyers without Borders Canada. She speaks and writes fluently in English and French and is proficient in Spanish.

Étienne Pomerleau-Landry

Director
Before joining COPTICOM, Étienne worked as a political advisor at the National Assembly of Québec from 2013 to 2018. During…
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Before joining COPTICOM, Étienne worked as a political advisor at the National Assembly of Québec from 2013 to 2018. During this period, he became highly versed in issues surrounding energy, the environment, sustainable mobility and the fight against climate change.

During his time in the political arena, he embodied an engaged and collaborative leadership role in an effort to help Quebec go green as quickly as possible. This included authoring multiple strategic positioning plans for the province.

Étienne has been particularly committed to examining the energy transition, sustainable and integrated mobility, environmental governance and water resource management.

As part of his duties at COPTICOM, he contributes to developing the social media management strategy of various projects and awareness campaigns, carrying out strategic monitoring and creating content for clients and partners.

Étienne holds a trilingual bachelor’s degree (French, English and Spanish) in business administration from HEC Montréal and a master’s degree in political science from Université de Montréal. He also completed a short graduate program in climate change at Université Laval. Based in Montréal, Étienne joined the COPTICOM team in 2018.

Stéphanie Roy

Director
Stéphanie Roy is a student, researcher, and lawyer motivated by the desire to redress the current environmental crisis. She is…
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Stéphanie Roy is a student, researcher, and lawyer motivated by the desire to redress the current environmental crisis. She is a doctoral candidate in administrative law at Université Laval and she is particularly interested in the government’s obligations with regard to the environment. Her doctoral research examines the trusteeship theory, a form of governance that would allow greater responsibility for the environment to be attributed to the state.

Stéphanie completed a bachelor of laws (international profile) at Université Laval in 2010, earning the rank of “excellent” on the Faculty of Law’s Honour Roll. She then completed her studies at the École du Barreau du Québec and worked as a litigation lawyer in a large firm.

Stéphanie’s love of research and her desire to assist with the environmental crisis led her to complete a master’s program in environmental law at McGill University, where she received the Bourse de maîtrise Hydro-Québec en droit for outstanding students entering the program. Her thesis, on civil liability for oil spills from deep-water platforms in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, won the Michel-Robert Award from the Canadian Bar Association and was published by Éditions Yvon Blais.

Maxime Simard

Director
With a bachelor’s degree from UQAM and a master's degree in law from Université de Montréal, Maxime is passionate about…
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With a bachelor’s degree from UQAM and a master’s degree in law from Université de Montréal, Maxime is passionate about sustainable agriculture and the protection of biodiversity. This enthusiasm was expressed in particular in his thesis on organic certification. Since 2013, he has been a director at the legal information firm and news agency Thomson Reuters (Éditions Yvon Blais in Quebec). In his role, Maxime acts as an advocate for actors from diverse backgrounds in the legal community, with the goal of improving the efficiency of their practice and in the hope that this will in turn facilitate access to justice.

Prunelle Thibault-Bédard

Director
Prunelle Thibault-Bédard is a lawyer and trainer in environmental law and is a member of the board of directors of…
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Prunelle Thibault-Bédard is a lawyer and trainer in environmental law and is a member of the board of directors of the CQDE. She has practiced solo since 2015 and specializes in environmental legal compliance, that is, she advises companies and organizations interested in improving their understanding of environmental law in order to better respect it. She teaches environmental law in business and academic contexts, including the environmental law course at the Master’s degree in Environment at the University of Sherbrooke. Prunelle holds a degree in Comparative Law from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Security from Universidad para la Paz, an international university mandated by the United Nations.

Véronique Tousignant

Director
Since joining EEM in 2008, Véronique has implemented and maintained EHS (environmental, health and safety) management systems in a variety…
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Since joining EEM in 2008, Véronique has implemented and maintained EHS (environmental, health and safety) management systems in a variety of industries, including: aero-space, natural gas distribution, mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, printing, recycling and structural steel. She is the project manager for EHS support mandates for three facilities of an aircraft engine manufacturing client and for a natural gas distribution company.
Véronique is an experienced auditor with over 14 years of practice and has conducted more than 100 management system audits, gap analyses and legal compliance audits. From 2012 to 2020, she was the lead on verification and audit projects for a major electricity producer and distributor in Canada.
She has led the development of greenhouse gas inventory reports in various industries. She is also responsible for tracking of EHS legal requirements for clients in different industry sectors and has extensive knowledge of the Canadian EHS regulatory environment.

Hugo Tremblay

Director
Hugo Tremblay is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal. His research projects focus on Energy, Natural…
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Hugo Tremblay is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal. His research projects focus on Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Previously, he practiced professional liability and insurance litigation for a few years.

Hugo holds a degree from McGill University (B.A.), University of Montreal (LL.B.), Université Laval (LL.M.), and the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee, under the auspices of UNESCO (PhD). He completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public, University of Montreal. He is a lawyer to the Quebec Bar since 2001.

Katie Tucker

Director
Katie Tucker practices Aboriginal and Environmental Law. She has gained expertise in litigation, negotiations, and Indigenous self-determination. She is in-house…
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Katie Tucker practices Aboriginal and Environmental Law. She has gained expertise in litigation, negotiations, and Indigenous self-determination. She is in-house counsel for a not-for-profit organization that is mandated to protect the Nunavik Inuit rights, interests and financial compensation associated with the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.

Katie received her Common and Civil Law degrees from McGill University in 2007. Thereafter she articled and then worked with various environmental justice organizations in Toronto and Boston. In 2013, she completed her LLM in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She has been a member of Ontario Law Society since 2008 and the Barreau du Québec since 2012.