Called to the Barreau du Québec (1969);

LL.M. (Municipal Law), Harvard University (1970);

LL.L., Université Laval (1968);

B.A., Université Laval (1965).


French version is available here.

Pierre Delisle practises mainly in the areas of property law (zoning and urban planning), municipal taxation (assessment and expropriation) and administrative law (municipal and education law). He assists many energy sector stakeholders (wind farms, biomass, hydroelectricity) in their development projects, particularly with respect to their administrative and environmental challenges.

Mr. Delisle has made numerous appearances before Canadian judicial and administrative tribunals, including the Commission municipale du Québec, the Tribunal administratif du Québec, the Superior Court of Québec, the Federal Court, the Court of Québec, the Court of Appeal of Quebec and the Supreme Court of Canada. As legal counsel, he acted on behalf of liquidators of Le Prêt hypothécaire company in 1980, the Fédération des caisses d’entraide économique du Québec from 1982 to 2002, and the Joint Committee for the Flat Glass Industry in 2001-2002.

He was a member of the Office des professions du Québec delegated to the Comité de révision des honoraires des dentistes et des optométristes (Review Committee on Dentists’ and Optometrists’ Fees) from 1978 to 1985 (Health Services Insurance Plan). In September, 2010, He was appointed as a member of the Québec City's residential land valuation work group, which analyzed and revise the city's residential land valuation system in-depth.

In 2003, Mr. Delisle drafted a report for Quebec’s Ministère des Affaires municipales, du Sport et du Loisir (Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Sports and Recreation) with respect to labour relations and human resources management to establish methods of bridging the municipalities and Ministry together (Project MAMM-14).

He was corporate counsel to Gaspésia Papers, L.P. on the Papiers Gaspésia Inquiry (2004-2005).

Mr. Delisle also participated in the drafting of case studies regarding the city “demergers” in Lévis, Quebec City and Sherbrooke in collaboration with the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton consulting firm (2003-2004).

Mr. Delisle was a member of the Executive Committee of Université Laval from 2004 to 2007, a member of the Ethics Committee of members of the Board of Directors of Université Laval from November 23, 2004, to November 22, 2006, and a member of the Board of Directors of Université Laval from June 21, 2004, to December 2007. He also presided over the Commission d’examen des processus de gestion à l’Université Laval (CEPGUL) (Review Commission on Université Laval’s Management Processes) in 2005.

Mr. Delisle is governor of the Université Laval, Barreau du Québec and Collège François-Xavier-Garneau foundations. He was a member of the Planned Gifts Committee of Centraide Québec and the Fondation communautaire du grand Québec.

Mr. Delisle was President of Collège François-Xavier-Garneau from 1987 to 1992, and Vice-President of the Fédération des cégeps from 1988 to 1990.


  • Mr. Delisle was appointed Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) by the Attorney General of Canada in 1989.

  • Since 2013, Mr. Delisle is recognized by his peers as a leading practitioner in Administrative and Public Law in The Best Lawyers® in Canada guide (Woodward/White) and was also named Québec Lawyer of the Year for 2014 and 2016.

  • In 2009, the Québec Bar conferred the honorary title of Emeritus Lawyer on Mr. Delisle.

Professional affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association


  • "L’expropriation, la réserve pour fins publiques et l’expropriation déguisée en droit québécois et canadien", Conference at the symposium of the Ordre des évaluateurs agréés du Québec, Longueuil, June, 2017

  • Symposium on "L’expropriation, la réserve pour fins publiques et l’expropriation déguisée en droit québécois et canadien", (in collaboration with Wolters Kluwer) Quebec and Montreal, May 2017

  • "Les relations fiscales entre les municipalités du Québec et les gouvernements supérieurs (provincial et fédéral)", Colloque international France – Québec : Autonomie fiscale au Québec et en France, Sorbonne Paris, November 6th, 2015

  • "Pactes fiscaux : Municipalités-Gouvernements" (In French only), 4th Taxation Symposium, Université de Laval, July 3rd, 2015

  • “Les obligations de consultation des autorités publiques et l'encadrement juridique de la participation”

  • “Anticipating and Responding to Key Multijurisdictional Aspects of Procurement”

  • “Comment intervenir auprès des instances municipales, provinciales et fédérales”

  • “La taxe scolaire - ses ramifications”, Legal adviser of the Montréal Island School Boards (February 2014)

  • “Les taxes à taux variés”, Barreau du Québec (March 2014)

  • Three seminars on local taxation in May 2014 (Québec City, Laval and Brossard)

  • Two seminars on development agreements between municipalities and developers in May 2015 (Quebec City and Montreal)

Representative work

Since 2006, focuses his business activities on manufacturing and energy industries (wind, hydro, pipeline), especially in their relations with the public administration.


  • Member of the Municipal Law committee, Québec Bar
  • Member of the Comité sélection Avocats émérites, Québec Bar
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Université Laval
  • President of the Board of Directors of Collège Francois-Xavier
  • Vice President of the Fédération des CEGEP (1988 to 1990)


  • August 2017: Published a volume of more than 800 pages titled, L’EXPROPRIATION, LA RÉSERVE POUR FINS PUBLIQUES ET L’EXPROPRIATION DÉGUISÉE: PROCÉDURES ET PRINCIPES D’INDEMNISATION (les éditions Wolters Kluwer, August 2017), in collaboration with Mr. Joseph-André Roy and valuators Alain Roy and Denis Savoie (now retired). This reference tool will be of interest to all policy makers and real estate professionals (i.e., lawyers, notaries, valuators, developers, urban planners, surveyors, bankers, and insurers). It expounds upon the Quebec Expropriation Act, the Federal Expropriation Act, and the rules of the Civil Code of Québec in terms of forced taking of possession. The authors also address the concept of indirect expropriation in the field of international trade agreements. Click here to view the table of contents.

  • _L’expropriation, la réserve pour fins publiques et l’expropriation déguisée : procédures et principes d’indemnisation _(Pierre Delisle, Joseph-André Roy, Alain Roy and Denis Savoie) Wolters Kluwer Quebec Ltee, 2017.

  • Publication of a book entitled "Les ententes de développement municipalités-promoteurs", co-authored with Attorney Joseph-André Roy (December 2015). You can find the table of contents here.

  • Publication of a 500-page book entitled “La fiscalité locale : municipale, scolaire et régionale” [Local taxation: municipal, school and regional] co-authored with Attorney Joseph-André Roy (December 2014). This book examines the rules governing the preparation of the property assessment roll used as the basis for municipal, school and regional taxation. The authors discuss taxpayer recourses for contesting entries on the roll as well as several tax issues of interest to investors in commercial, institutional, industrial or residential real estate (promoters’ contributions, special development taxes, transfer taxes, transfer of land for parks, etc.). You can find the table of contents here.

  • Report, "L'évaluation foncière résidentielle à la Ville de Québec - État de la situation et perspectives d'amélioration", submitted to Québec City's Executive Committee, February 18, 2011, in Québec. The report (in French only) is available here.


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