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  1. Pierre Marc Johnson speaker at the UMQ forum on economic development via international positioning

    Pierre Marc Johnson, counsel and chief negotiator for the Government of Quebec in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was one of the speakers at a UMQ training forum whose theme was “Municipal economic development via international positioning”. Mr. Johnson gave a speech in front of fifty mayors who are members of UMQ executive. on the importance of international positioning on municipal economic development. For more information about this event, click here. 

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  2. Pierre Marc Johnson tours Germany

    In July 2016, Pierre Marc Johnson, chief negotiator for the Government of Quebec in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), accompanied Premier Philippe Couillard and Claude Trudelle, Quebec General Delegate in Munich, on an economic mission to Germany. Mr. Johnson met with business representatives and members of the Quebec delegation in automation, energy, and publishing sectors that were participating in the trade mission. He met with the Management and board of Hapag at its Hamburg head office and at its state-of-the-art container terminal the Port of Hamburg: Hapag is a world leader in container management and is a major partner of the Montreal Harbour. Mr. Johnson also accompanied the premier in his travels throughout southern Germany, where he met with a large delegation of Quebec export firms, German industrialists, and Bavarian political authorities.

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  3. 41 Lavery lawyers named in the 2017 The Best Lawyers in Canada

    Lavery is pleased to announce that 41 of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as leading lawyers in Canada in their respective practice areas in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. “This recognition attests to the expertise, quality of work and dedication of these lawyers and the entire Lavery team. I would like to congratulate our 41 colleagues for their contribution to the success of our clients and the development of our services”, said Don McCarty, Lavery’s managing partner. Two lawyers among the Lavery lawyers recommended in this edition have been honoured for the first time: Caroline Harnois and Jean-Philippe Turgeon. Below is a complete list of Lavery lawyers and their field(s) of expertise. Note that the practice areas reflect those in Best Lawyers. 1. Pierre-L. Baribeau Labour and Employment Law 2. René Branchaud Mining LawNatural Resources Law 3. Jules Brière, Ad. E. Administrative and Public LawHealth Care Law 4. Richard Burgos Corporate Law 5. Marie-Claude Cantin Insurance Law 6. Louis Charette Aviation LawProduct Liability LawTransportation Law 7. Eugène Czolij Corporate and Commercial LitigationInsolvency and Financial Restructuring Law 8.  Pierre Denis Equipment Finance Law 9. Raymond Doray, Ad. E. Administrative and Public Law 10. Louis-Martin Dubé Real Estate Law 11. Josée Dumoulin Employee Benefits Law 12. Nicolas Gagnon Construction Law 13. Michel Gélinas Labour and Employment Law 14. Marie-Andrée Gravel Mergers & Acquisitions Law 15. Caroline Harnois Family Law 16. Jean Hébert Insurance Law 17. Richard A. Hinse Corporate and Commercial Litigation 18. Pierre Marc Johnson, G.O.Q., MSRC International Arbitration 19. Bernard Larocque Class Action Litigation/Insurance Law 20. Guy Lavoie, CRIA Labour and Employment Law/Workers’ Compensation Law 21. Jean Legault Banking and Finance Law/Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law 22. Guy Lemay, CRIA Class Action Litigation/Labour and Employment Law 23. Jean Martel, Ad. E. Corporate Governance Practice/Private Funds Law 24. Patrick A. Molinari, Ad.E., MSRC Health Care Law 25. Philip Nolan Tax Law 26. François Parent Employee Benefits Law 27. Luc Pariseau Tax Law 28. Jacques Paul-Hus Mergers & Acquisitions Law 29. Louis Payette, Ad. E. Banking and Finance Law 30. Élisabeth Pinard Family Law 31. Sylvain Poirier Health Care Law 32. Marc Rochefort Securities Law 33. Louis Rochette, Adm.A. Health Care Law 34. Ian Rose Director and Officer Liability Practice/Insurance Law 35. Jean Saint-Onge, Ad. E. Bet-the-Company LitigationClass Action Litigation 36. Raphaël  H. Schachter , c.r., Ad. E. Criminal Defence 37. Jean-Yves Simard Corporate and Commercial Litigation/Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law 38. Gerald Stotland Family Law 39. Philippe Tremblay Construction Law 40. Jean-Philippe Turgeon Franchise Law 41. André Vautour Corporate Law/Information Technology Law/Private Funds Law/Technology Law For more information, please consult the Best Lawyers website.

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  4. Talk by Pierre Marc Johnson in Sherbrooke on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

    Pierre Marc Johnson, Lavery counsel specialized in international trade, international negotiations, and international partnerships, chief negotiator for the Government of Quebec in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and former Premier of Quebec, gave a series of talks on issues and opportunities related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (PTP). After Montréal, Québec City, and Trois-Rivières, Mr. Johnson was in Sherbrooke on May 26, where he addressed the local business community. During his talk, Mr. Johnson explained the principal characteristics of the two major free trade agreements that were recently concluded but have not yet been ratified by Canada: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (PTP). He also discussed the business opportunities that these agreements will open up and factors to consider in preparation for their ratification. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (PTP) was signed on February 4, 2016, by twelve countries bordering the Pacific Ocean (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam) representing approximately 800 million people and a combined GDP of more than 40% of the global GDP. This is the largest regional trade agreement ever to be negotiated. This event was made possible in part thanks to the participation of Desjardins Business and Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif.  

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  5. Pierre Marc Johnson to speak as a witness before the Senate’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade committee

    Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson, head CETA negotiator for Quebec, former premier of Quebec and counsel at Lavery recognized for his expertise in international trade and cross-border partnerships, will be a witness, as an individual, within the scope of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade committee’s general study of bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements and their prospects for Canada. His presentation will be held on February 18, 2016 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 160-S, Centre Block, of the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa. To tune in to the webcast, please click here.

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  6. Pierre Marc Johnson to host a luncheon conference on CETA during MTL à Paris week

    On March 8, 2016 at the Chambre de Commerce et de l’Industrie de la region Paris Ile-de-France, Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson, a former Premier of Quebec and counsel at Lavery recognized for his expertise in international trade, negotiations and cross-border partnerships, will host a luncheon conference on the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA). The conference, which will take place during the MTL à Paris week, will be followed by an afternoon networking session using a creative and dynamic networking platform which will facilitate meetings between French and Montreal businesses. The second edition of the MTL à Paris week, a Tourism Montreal and Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (BTMM) initiative, is presented by Air Canada and will be held March 6-10, 2016. For more information about this day’s events, please click here. 

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  7. Pierre Marc Johnson talks about CETA at a Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf Alumni Association event

    On February 11, 2016 at Club Saint-James, Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson, a former Premier of Quebec and counsel at Lavery recognized for his expertise in international trade and cross-border partnerships, was the guest speaker at a breakfast conference hosted by the Alumni Association of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. One hundred and twenty-five of the Collège’s alumni and students were on hand to listen to Mr. Johnson’s talk, which was entitled “The ins and outs of the Canada-EU Agreement” (“Les tenants et aboutissants de l’Accord Canada-Union européenne”). After the conference, Me Johnson fielded questions from the audience during a question period. For more information about Brébeuf’s Alumni Association events, please click here. 

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  8. Pierre Marc Johnson on a CETA mission to Brussels and Luxembourg

    From January 22 to 27, 2016, Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson, a former Premier of Quebec and counsel at Lavery recognized for his expertise in international trade and cross-border partnerships, was on a mission with Mr. Jacques Daoust, then Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exports , and Ms. Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, as part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiation process. Mr. Johnson, Québec’s head CETA negotiator, met with the Luxembourg President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mars Di Bartolomeo and testified at the Meeting of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee. There are some qualms in the EU about the Investors-States dispute settlement system that could delay ratification of the Agreement. Me Johnson has stated that while Canada was keeping an open mind about the EU’s concerns regarding the arbitration system, the “agreement’s worst enemy was time.”

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  9. Pierre Marc Johnson addresses Collège des médecins du Québec directors regarding the mutual recognition agreement (MRA)

    On January 19, 2016, during the strategic planning retreat of Collège des médecins du Québec’s directors, Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson, a former Premier of Quebec and counsel at Lavery recognized for his expertise in international trade and cross-border partnerships, delivered an address in particular on the MRA regarding the professional qualifications of physicians, the migratory flow of health professionals, as well as negotiations pertaining to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

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