Diplomas

M.Sc. Occupational Health and Environment, Medical School, Université de Montréal (1994)

D.E.S.S. Environment and Prevention, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Université de Montréal (1992)

Barreau du Québec (1978)

LL.L., Université de Montréal (1977)

Profile

French version is available here.

Odette Nadon heads the environmental law team at BCF. She provides clients with legal advice and services related to the development of environmental risk management strategies, planning and execution of compliance issues and environmental litigation (complex issues such as class actions).

Ms. Nadon works closely with other sectors of the firm in reviewing all environmental aspects of various transactions, including wetlands, the transfer of certificates of authorization, the dismantlement of industrial and petroleum product facilities and the redevelopment of contaminated sites (brownfields).

Her legal and scientific background, in addition to her extensive experience in the field, makes Ms. Nadon a benchmark in environmental law. Ms. Nadon has been involved in the organization of emergency teams and the implementation of measures to prevent ecological disasters.

Recognitions

Ms. Nadon is a featured Leading Lawyer in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Professional affiliations

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Conseil patronal de l’environnement du Québec (CPEQ)
  • Réseau Environnement

Conferences

For a number of years, Ms. Nadon has organized and spoken at continuing education conferences for the Barreau du Québec related to new developments in environmental law. This year, Mrs. Nadon will preside at the 13th edition of this conference.

Recent conferences:

  • Training dealing with 1) environmental law, 2) wetlands, water environments and environmental permits, 3) management and the accountability in terms of contaminated sites, 4) draft of Bill 89, and 5) environmental liability and sanctions, offered to a group of people forming part of the Administration and Finance units, Corporate and Legal Affairs, and Planning and Environment of the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) - Montréal, March 26, 2014

  • Presentation of a brief history to inform stakeholders of the municipal and real estate sectors of the present situation and propose existing development options that could facilitate the integration of water environments in residential development projects - Speaker for Réseau Environnement - "Quand condos, bungalows et cours d’eau doivent faire bon voisinage" - Quebec, February 27, 2014

  • "Terrains contaminés: La délimitation de la responsabilité environnementale du créancier hypothécaire" – Speaker for The Canadian Institute – Advanced Conference on Financing and Security – Montreal, January 30, 2014

  • "Mieux répartir et gérer les risques environnementaux dans un contexte de bail" – Speaker for The Canadian Institute – Montreal, October 30, 2013

  • "Responsabilité environnementale de l’entreprise, de ses administrateurs et de ses employés" – On-line conference with the Barreau du Québec – February 2013

  • "La responsabilité des administrateurs et dirigeants en matière d’environnement" - Speaker for the Québec road builders and heavy construction Association (ACRGTQ) - Quebec, November 30, 2012, and Montreal, December 7, 2012

  • "La responsabilité environnementale de l’entreprise et de sa direction" – Speaker for the Barreau du Québec – Montreal, September 2012

  • "La responsabilité des administrateurs et dirigeants en matière d’environnement" - Speaker for the Council of Environmental Services Companies (CESC) — , Montreal, December 12, 2011

  • "Gérer les évaluations environnementales au nord avec succès" - Speaker for The Canadian Institute — Conférence Plan Nord — Montreal, December 5, 6 and 7, 2011

  • "Les poursuites de l’État pour les dommages causés à la ressource Eau – La décontamination des eaux souterraines et de surface : un terrain aride" - Colloque CCH, Montreal, October 20, 2011

  • "Clauses environnementales – répartition stratégique des risques financiers et juridiques découlant des dommages environnementaux" - Superconference on construction, Canadian Institute, Montreal, November 16 and 17, 2010

  • "Quels sont les outils juridiques nécessaires au respect d’une saine gestion de l’eau au Québec ?" - Les Grandes Conférences Les Affaires – Forum québécois sur l’eau, Montreal, October 25 and 26, 2010

  • "Les enjeux soulevés par les terrains contaminés" - Conférence sur les terrains contaminés", 3rd edition, Insight, Montreal, May 31 and June 1, 2010

  • "Le rôle des risques environnementaux dans les projets publics d’infrastructure : Minimiser vos coûts dès le départ — Perspective juridique" - Conference on public infrastructure project management, The Canadian Institute, Montreal, January 28 and 29, 2010

  • "La responsabilité environnementale du créancier hypothécaire dans un contexte immobilier" - Financement Agricole Canada, Kanata (Ontario), October 1, 2009

  • "La responsabilité environnementale du créancier hypothécaire dans un contexte immobilier" - Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, September 17, 2009.

  • "Les obligations légales en matière d’équipement pétrolier" - " - Conference on contaminated land, 2nd edition, Insight, Montreal, June 8, 2009.

  • Speaker-participant, Round table as part of the mini-conference on the Ciment du Saint-Laurent inc. c. Barette case, Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, April 15, 2009.

  • "Vérification diligente en matière d’environnement" - " - Colloque Droit, affaires et développement durable, 2nd edition, Barreau de Montréal et Young Bar Association of Montreal, Montreal, February 20, 2009.

  • Speaker and participant at a round table on environmental issues related to leases, 2e Colloque - Négociation de baux commerciaux, Federated Press, Montreal, January 13, 14 and 15, 2009.

  • "La modernisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement" - " - 17e assemblée générale des membres de l’Association québécoise pour l’évaluation d’impacts, Montreal, December 3, 2008.

  • "Un bilan pratique de la Loi 72 : les leçons à tirer des 5 premières années d’application pour mieux gérer vos obligations relativement aux sols contaminés" - " - Advanced conference on Authorizations, compliance and environmental risk management, Canadian Institute, Montreal, November 27 and 28, 2008.

  • Speaker, Colloque international sur la responsabilité sociale des entreprises et l’environnement - Centre de recherche en droit public de la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal, Montreal, October 27 and 28,2008.

  • "Démystifier les droits et obligations des parties en matière environnementale avant la signature du bail, pendant le bail et à la fin du bail" - " - 3rd Advanced conference on commercial leases, The Canadian Institute, Montreal, June 12 and 13, 2008.

Representative work

  • Preparation and presentation to geologists, engineers and other environment professionals of a specialized course on the environment for Dessau, 2010
  • Preparation of an environmental law course for the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, 2009
  • Negotiation of a partnership agreement and all the contracts and complementary documentation related to the construction and operation of a nursing home for the Groupe Savoie (Les Résidences Soleil), which was selected as a private partnership as part of a public-private (PPP) with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux, 2008-2009
  • Representation of Ciment Québec as part of injunction procedures and mandamus procedures, 2008-2009
  • Negotiation with environmental authorities to obtain the environmental permits required to implement an organic farm, 2007
  • Due diligence during the purchase of sawmills and planning plants, 2007
  • Due diligence during the purchase of a mining company, 2007
  • Due diligence during the purchase by a multinational U.S. company of a paper company, 2006
  • Due diligence during the sale of certain buildings and facilities in the Technoparc de Montréal, 2006
  • 10-month trial in a class action in connection with a public heath matter, 2006
  • Development project of a real estate plan for 190 houses with the construction of roads, development of artificial lakes and parks in the region of Mont-Tremblant, 2006
  • Due diligence for the stage of sorting and rail corridor stage of a railroad company in Canada and the United States, 2006
  • Due diligence and additional characterization of different munitions and weapon manufacturing plants during their purchase by General Dynamics, 2005
  • Closing and/or change of use of several service stations, 2005
  • Dismantling, decontamination and implementation of the redevelopment of the former GM in Boisbriand, 2003
  • Distribution centre projects for a company in the food industry, including certain projects in wetlands, since 2003
  • Negotiation with municipal and provincial authorities during the discovery of the contamination of groundwater in Vaudreuil-Dorion and obtaining of the provision of potable water for residents (temporary and permanent), 2002
  • Distribution centre projects for a hardware company, including certain projects in wetlands, since 2000
  • Advisory lawyer in environmental and real estate matters for Goodyear Canada Inc. since 1999

Involvement

  • Odette Nadon has also presented factums to a Parliamentary Commission to explain the position of industrial sectors regarding various proposed laws and regulations and has worked on several occasions with environmental authorities and government officials to draft new regulations. She also advised government authorities on the implementation of the Mining Code for the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2004 and the revision of the Environment Quality Act in 2005-2006 as she headed a team of legal experts appointed by the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.

  • Ms. Nadon has been invited to speak on several radio programs, in particular Présent, Au Jour le Jour, Tout compte fait, Newswatch, Day Break and Mid-day on CBC, Pulse on CFCF, Contact on CKAC, Le Point du Jour on CKVL and Puisqu’il faut se lever with Paul Arcand on 98.5FM.

  • She teaches a course on the environment to the graduate students of the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal.

Publications

Ms. Nadon has published books and many articles on the subjects of risk analysis, contaminated soil problems, civil liability relating to environmental activities, the mining industry and environmental restoration, and the civil and quasi-criminal liability of corporate directors and officers.

Recent publications:

  • Participation in the update of Fascicule 9 – "Autorisation préalable – Certificat d’autorisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement" – of the book JurisClasseur Québec, Collection de Droit public, Droit de l’environnement, LexisNexis Canada inc., 2015

  • "La gestion et la responsabilité liées aux terrains contaminés et aux milieux sensibles au Québec" (monograph, 450 p.), 2nd edition, Lexis Nexis, Montreal, 2014

  • "La responsabilité environnementale du créancier hypothécaire", Développements récents en droit de l'environnement 2013, published on May 24, 2013

  • Participation in the writing of Fascicle 9 – "Autorisation préalable – Certificat d’autorisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement" - of the book JurisClasseur Québec, _Collection de Droit public, Droit de l’environnement, LexisNexis Canada inc. – 2012

  • "Éthique de l’environnement", École du Barreau, Hors-série éthique / Collection de droit 2011-2012 – Partie 2 : Enjeux de société - Environnement

  • "Natural Resources and the Protection of the Environment", Lexpert, September 2010

  • "Le développement durable québécois", Revue Commerce & Industrie Rive-Sud – Chronique Développement durable et Affaires," April 2009

  • "La gestion et la responsabilité des terrains contaminés au Québec" (monographie, 375 p.), Lexis Nexis, Montreal, 2009

  • "La responsabilité environnementale des professionnels", Les développements récents en droit de l’environnement, _Les Éditions Yvon Blais Inc. _, Cowansville, 2009

Contact

514 397-4635
odette.nadon@bcf.ca

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Assistant(s)

Myriam Turner

514 397-6699 #3415
myriam.turner@bcf.ca

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