Passionate about the environment, the employees of the CQDE work daily to ensure its protection. Every day they use their expertise to serve Quebec society, to promote existing legal tools and ensure compliance with the law, all in order to change environmental law in the right direction – towards a healthy and sustainable future for the Quebec population.

This dynamic, professional and committed team is complemented by a number of volunteers and trainees who make an essential contribution to fulfilling the CQDE’s mission.

Geneviève Paul

Executive director
For more than ten years, Geneviève has been actively contributing to debates on the advancement of human rights and environmental…
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For more than ten years, Geneviève has been actively contributing to debates on the advancement of human rights and environmental law both internationally as well as in Canada. She has held many positions: Acting Director General of Amnesty International Canada (Francophone division), Director of the Globalization Office of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and served on the Steering Committee of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ).

Geneviève has conducted numerous surveys in Latin America and Asia, focusing in particular on the environmental impacts of investment projects and has been involved in several files on access to justice. In her role as executive director, she has been interacting with different stakeholders: governments, institutions, companies, non-governmental organizations and the media.

Marc Bishai

Lawyer
Mr. Bishai holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and has been a litigation lawyer since 2007. He…
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Mr. Bishai holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and has been a litigation lawyer since 2007. He practiced family, civil and commercial law in small law firms until 2012. During that time he also wrote three articles published in Ontario and Canadian law journals.
He then joined the litigation department of the Barreau du Québec, where he regularly represented the professional order before the courts, including the Court of Appeal, and acted as a legal advisor to the Barreau du Québec. He then worked in administrative, criminal, civil and professional law.
Since 2015, Marc has been a partner lawyer with the Quebec Center for Environmental Law. He holds a deep conviction that environmental law brings together the most important issues of the present and the future.

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Anne-Sophie Doré

Lawyer and Legal Clinic Coordinator
The holder of a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and international relations from Université Laval; a bachelor's degree in law…
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The holder of a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and international relations from Université Laval; a bachelor’s degree in law from Université de Montréal; and a master’s degree in environmental law, sustainable development, and food safety from Université Laval, Ms. Doré has been a member of the bar since 2018. She practiced as a lawyer in the research department of the Superior Court of Quebec.

She also held the position of project manager at Éducaloi. This job allowed her to develop an expertise in clear language in law and to become aware of the need for public legal education to ensure that citizens are informed of their rights.

Ms. Doré is deeply convinced that environmental protection is an integral component of every cause. Her professional commitment is matched by her civic involvement, both of which she brings to the CQDE team.

Sophie Turri

Communications Officer
With a master's degree in political science, Sophie has focused on the communication professions, with an array of experience in…
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With a master’s degree in political science, Sophie has focused on the communication professions, with an array of experience in numerous structures and sectors of activity (company, federation, public relations firm, and more). After receiving a DESS in environment and sustainable development from Université de Montréal in 2017, she has specialized in environmental communication for non-profit organizations.

Sophie’s position with the CQDE allows this versatile professional to combine her interest in current political and legal issues with her need to raise awareness of environmental challenges among all levels of stakeholders.

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Hélène Laigo

Operations and Associative Life Assistant
A Montrealer at heart, Hélène has a university degree in business administration and management, specifically in the field of the…
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A Montrealer at heart, Hélène has a university degree in business administration and management, specifically in the field of the European Union. She has held several positions in companies and institutions, including a department of the European Commission, before moving to Quebec.

With a strong commitment to human rights and a deep conviction that environmental protection is a core value in the face of current systemic problems, she looks forward to using her strong skills to contribute to the development of the CQDE.

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Rodrigue Turgeon

Lawyer
Rodrigue Turgeon holds a master's degree in law and life sciences from Université de Sherbrooke, a degree that he obtained…
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Rodrigue Turgeon holds a master’s degree in law and life sciences from Université de Sherbrooke, a degree that he obtained last fall following the submission of his master’s thesis on the legal framework of the restoration of mining sites by biotechnologies. He also holds a graduate degree in common law and transnational law.

Prior to joining the CQDE, Rodrigue Turgeon worked on the legal team of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services: listening, reconciliation and progress and was a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law.

A proud Abitibian, he is an active member of several citizen groups advocating for protection of the boreal territory and respect for local populations, including the Coalition pour que le Québec ait meilleure mine and the Regroupement Vigilance Mines Abitibi-Témiscamingue (two pressure groups working to improve the way the mining sector in the region and the province is regulated and developed, both socially and environmentally); the Gazoduq, parlons-en! collective opposed to the LNG pipeline; and the Comité citoyen de protection de l’esker, a movement born in reaction to the Authier open-pit lithium mine project that threatens the Saint-Mathieu-Berry esker, one of the world’s purest sources of drinking water.

Our interns

Interns
The CQDE offers a structured and supervised legal clinic to university students wishing to complete an accredited internship in environmental…
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The CQDE offers a structured and supervised legal clinic to university students wishing to complete an accredited internship in environmental law.