Lavery is proud to announce that its CEO, Anik Trudel, was named CEO of the Year 2023 by the Journal Les Affaires in its medium-sized business category. The nomination of a woman in this category is a first in the history of Les Affaires. The CEO of the Year award is presented to leaders who innovate, honour stakeholders, foster a strong corporate culture and provide the right conditions for growth. This recognition, awarded by a jury of leaders in the business community, is a testament to Anik Trudel’s leadership in ensuring the firm’s growth and progression since her arrival six years ago. “I would like to share this distinction with all the partners, lawyers, members of the Management Committee and administrative staff, without whom all our achievements would not have been possible. The entire Lavery family and I are truly honoured to receive this recognition from members of the Quebec business community. This goes to show that our shared passion for achieving our objective of partnering with key stakeholders in the Quebec economy is valued,” said Anik Trudel. When she was appointed in 2017, her profile in the legal industry was unique: a female lawyer no longer practicing law, taking the helm of a firm where she had never before been an employee, let alone a partner. Lavery chose her not only for her keen understanding of the legal practice, but also for her innovative approach to management, aiming to becoming a leader in reshaping the legal profession in Quebec. Lavery prides itself on its inclusive, collaborative and performance-driven corporate culture. As a CEO entirely dedicated to managing the firm’s operations effectively, Anik has devoted herself to building a diverse team of professionals, including some from outside the legal profession, to work alongside the partners in order to achieve the firm’s strategic objectives. Lavery is undergoing significant growth, setting itself apart with its innovative approach in the industry.
Anik Trudel Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Anik Trudel is Lavery’s Chief Executive Officer. She is responsible for implementing the firm’s vision and strategic plan while managing its daily affairs and administrative functions.
A trained lawyer, she has twenty years of experience as a partner with a prominent Canadian law firm. In this role, she practiced in civil and commercial litigation and represented a number of national and international public and private major corporations before the general and appellate courts as well as arbitration tribunals.
Ms. Trudel has been working in public relations for leading industry firms for over ten years. She has advised and accompanied senior executives dealing with business challenges, issues management, organizational transformation, brand image management and public relations. With a steadfastly client-based approach accompanied by her capacity to listen and her strategic ability, Ms. Trudel knows how to target business opportunities and translate them into concrete actions all in the while proposing solutions suited to the complex, ever-changing reality of clients.
Ms. Trudel has successively occupied senior management positions in two international public relations firms due to her precise analysis of crisis prevention and clear understanding of the communication needs related to managing change.
She has sat on numerous boards of directors of cultural, business and charitable organizations throughout her career.
- Practitioner and Master Practitioner, Centre de programmation neurolinguistique de Montréal, 2006-2008
- Certificat de formation en développement des affaires, HEC, 2004
- LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1987
Boards and Professional Affiliations
- Member of the EVOL Board of Directors and Chair of the Human Resources and Governance Committee, 2021–2023
- Member, Board of Directors, Port of Montréal (2008-2017) and (2019-...)
- Chair (2016-2017)
- Member, Board of Directors, Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (2016-2022)
- Member, Board of Directors, The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitain Montreal (2018-...)
- Outgoing Chair (2023-...)
- Chair (2022-2023)
- Vice-Chair (2021-2022)
On Tuesday, October 18, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) announced the appointment of Anik Trudel, Chief Executive Officer of Lavery, as Chair of its Board of Directors. A staple in the Montréal business community, the CCMM has been strengthening the city’s business environment and prosperity and providing support to Montréal businesses for nearly 200 years. The Chamber invests in key sectors of economic development through an action-oriented approach based on commitment, credibility, proactivity, collaboration and forward-thinking. Our CEO has been involved with the CCMM since 2018. Her appointment as Chair of the Board aligns perfectly with Lavery’s vision and positioning as a partner of economic development in the greater Montréal area and the province, which the firm has expressed by supporting the growth of both SMEs and the largest companies and institutions doing business in Quebec. “I am honoured by the confidence the Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors have placed in me. It is with pride, humility and a sense of responsibility that I accept the mandate of Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal in its pivotal 200th anniversary year. I will do my utmost to listen and respond to the needs of our members and the challenges facing our city,” says Anik Trudel. To see all the members of the CCMM Board of Directors, click here.