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Ms. Landry is a leader who is genuine, forthright and direct and whose ability to be frank with those who seek her advice sets her apart. Her approach is to form a team with them so they can take advantage of each other’s strengths. In this spirit of cooperation, she makes a point of keeping her clients informed of every step in the progress of the file and the various future decisions to be made. Working closely with her clients, she sees them through all the steps that are necessary to achieve the objectives that best suit their needs. Whether representing her clients’ rights before the various authorities or negotiating a settlement on their behalf, she has the ability to analyze a situation from every angle while factoring in the various imperatives, including the financial ones, with a view to proposing an appropriate and optimal strategy.

Meticulous and discerning, she makes sure she has a full understanding of the issues and the particularities of every situation. Creative, a good listener and mindful of her commitments and deadlines, she wins the trust of her clients and knows how to put them at ease.

Isabelle Landry specializes in municipal and real estate law (zoning and urban planning) in environmental and energy law and public law, particularly relating to the granting of public organizations, ethics, lobbying contracts and access to information. She has expertise in litigation and also works in preventing such disuputes by advising clients of the firm in their day-to-day management. She can also advise private companies with respect to their rights and obligations in ther relations with various government agencies.

Ms. Landry is also a member of our class-action defence team, uniquely attuned to the Quebec court system and sensitive to its specificities. Our team of litigators has developed extensive expertise in defending class actions and has, over the years, successfully represented defendants in numerous instances.

Ms. Landry has spoken on ethics, deontology, access to information, environment and on the contracting process for public organizations. She also was a director of the Cégep Garneau from May 2012 to May 2015.

Ms. Landry represents both public sector clients, including municipalities or government organizations, as well as private sector entities in connection with their relations with various public entities.

Conferences

  • Speaker, "La gestion des nuisances par les municipalités et l’enjeu de la gestion des chiens de type Pitbull" (co-presenter, with Véronique Briand-Carle), Congrès 2017 de l’Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec, June 14,2017;

  • Speaker, "L’acceptabilité sociale : le point de vue juridique", Quebec city, February 2017, Boucherville, June 2017, Laval, June 2017;

  • Speaker, "L’acceptabilité de projets de développement : Pourquoi et comment?" Quebec city, February 2017, Boucherville, June 2017, Laval, June 2017;

  • Speaker, "Aménagement durable du territoire : de la théorie vers la pratique", symposium, Quebec City, October 6th, 2015, Montreal, October 15th, 2015;

  • Speaker, "Les pouvoirs d'urgence en matière d'octroi de contrats publics", Les Rendez-Vous SAM (FQM), September 24th, 2015;

  • Speaker, "Comment faire face aux demandes abusives en matière d’accès à l’information", Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec’s annual convention, June 18th, 2015;

  • Speaker, "Concepts de base pour accomplir votre rôle au sein du Comité consultatif d’urbanisme", Association québécoise d’urbanisme, June 14, 2014;

  • Speaker, "Loi sur l’intégrité en matière d’octroi de contrats publics", Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec, June 12, 2014;

  • Speaker, "Démystification des pouvoirs municipaux en environnement", Fédération québécoise des municipalités' Annual Conference, Quebec city, September 27, 2013;

  • Speaker, "La responsabilité extracontractuelle des municipalités", 2013 Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec’s annual convention, Quebec, June 12, 2013;

  • Speaker, "L’évolution de la notion de troubles de voisinage en matière environnementale : questionnements et distinctions", Professional Development Seminar, Barreau du Québec, May 24, 2013;

  • Speaker, "Rendez-vous juridique – Précisions relatives à la gestion des cours d’eau, récentes jurisprudences et questions/réponses", Association des gestionnaires régionaux de cours d’eau du Québec (AGRCQ)’s Annual Seminar, Mont Sainte-Anne, April 11, 2013;

  • Speaker, "Loi sur l’intégrité en matière de contrats publics", Association des constructeurs de routes et de grands travaux, April 4, 2013;

  • Speaker, "La planification, un remède à bien des maux", Symposium of the Fédération québécoise des Municipalités, September 29, 2012;

  • Presentation of a standard employment agreement proposed by the ADMQ to its municipality board of directors members, Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec, 2012 Conference, June 8, 2012.

Representative work

  • Obtaining a settlement on behalf of a municipality in a looming major dispute with a real estate developer that was in receivership. A residential sector comprising some 30 properties, some of which were either already built or were being built notwithstanding that the public infrastructure was not yet completed or transferred to the municipality (streets and water treatment plant), was completed within a reasonable period of time and the claims from various parties were duly addressed without getting involved in costly legal proceedings.

  • Extreme diligence in the obtaining and execution of judgments (first instance and Court of Appeal) for the recognition of vested subdivision rights, thereby avoiding a demolition order for a newly built home and allowing the owner to preserve the value of his investment while the municipality was able to avert a potential condemnation to pay damages.

  • Obtaining a settlement on behalf of a school board, thereby avoiding lawsuits further to a negligent oil spill on the grounds of an elementary school. Managing the implementation of the settlement, including the demolition of the school, the relocation of the students and the decontamination of the soil and groundwater. After the settlement, obtaining a favourable judgment on the motion by the oil delivery company for reimbursement of the performance bond validly cashed by the school board.

Involvement

  • Member of the Québec regional board (QRB), Urban Development Institute of Québec (UDI), 2017.
  • Member of the Urban Planning Committee of the Québec Regional Council, Institut de développement urbain du Québec (IDU), 2016.
  • Administrator of the Association québécoise des lobbyistes (AQL).
  • President, Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec, Québec region, February 2016.

Publications

  • "Des organismes publics plus sévères que la loi en matière de lobbyisme", Institut québécois d'affaires publiques, June 2017;

  • "Construis-moi une loi!", Scribe / Magazine de l'Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec (ADMQ), interview given by Ms Landry, February 2017;

  • "Que faire quand un citoyen demande accès à l'information de façon répétitive, excessive? - La réponse de l'expert", Scribe / Magazine de l'Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec (ADMQ), February 2017;

  • "Subjectif, le contrôle des nuisances?", Bâti/Vert / Corporation des officiers municipaux en bâtiment et en environnement du Québec (COMBEQ), Co-authored with Véronique Briand-Carle, January 2017;

  • Guide sur la gestion des cours d'eau du Québec, Association des gestionnaires régionaux des cours d'eau du Québec (AGRCQ), December 2016;

  • “The Consequences of Failing to Register as a Lobbyist,” Public hearings, Institut québécois d'affaires publiques, 24 October 2016;

  • “What to do in the Case of Interference in the Role of the Municipal Director?” Scribe magazine / The leading source of information for Québec’s municipal directors, Mtre Isabelle Landry answers a question put by the director general of a municipality who is wondering how to properly exercise his role when he gets the impression that the municipal council wants to do it in his place, September 2016;

  • "The Lobbyists Commissioner Wants to Withdraw Bill 56," Public hearing / Institut québécois d'affaires publiques, a status report on Bill 56, intended to reform the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act following the deposit of the Commissioner’s report in June 2016, September 11, 2016;

  • "Le rôle du CCU dans la protection du paysage", Revue québécoise d'urbanisme / Association québécoise d'urbanisme, March 2016;

  • La réponse de l'expert - "Un contrat ne peut pas être divisé", Le Magazine Scribe, page 34 (French only) / Association des directeurs municipaux du Québec, February 2016;

  • "Les Municipalités et l'imposition de restrictions à la navigation", BâtiVert, January 2016;

  • “Les pouvoirs municipaux en matière de protection des sources d’approvisionnement en eau potable”, BâtiVert, vol. 19 no 1, Winter 2015;

  • “Terrain contaminé – quelles sont vos obligations?” (co-authored with Nathalie Lavoie), Espace Québec, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2013;

  • "L’évolution de la notion de troubles de voisinage en matière environnementale: questionnements et distinctions", professional development seminar, Barreau du Québec, Développement récents en droit de l’environnement (2013), Cowansville, Éditions Yvon Blais, p.1;

  • "La planification: un remède à bien des maux", Revue québécoise d’urbanisme, May 2013;

  • "Quelques bases essentielles en droit municipal – Pour des transactions immobilières", published in the newsletter of the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec;

  • "Pouvoirs municipaux en matière d'aménagement durable des forêts", Revue québécoise d'urbanisme, Fall 2011;

  • "Protection du paysage urbain, outils juridiques à la portée des municipalités", Revue québécoise d'urbanisme, Summer 2011.

Contact

418 649-5479
isabelle.landry@bcf.ca

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