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Consulting Partner, Lawyer

Odette Nadon

Assistant(s)

Myriam Turner
514 397-6699,3415

Montreal

25th Floor
1100 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5C9
CANADA
514 397-8500 514 397-8515

Odette Nadon heads the Environmental Law group 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).

Odette 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 Odette a benchmark in environmental law. Odette has been involved in the organization of emergency teams and the implementation of measures to prevent ecological disasters.

  • 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)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert (2015-2018) - Environmental Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2015) - Leading Lawyer
  • Barreau du Québec - Lawyer Emeritus
  • Who’s Who Legal - Environmental Law
  • “Autorisation préalable – Certificat d’autorisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement”

    Participation in the update of Fascicule 9 – 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

  • “Autorisation préalable – Certificat d’autorisation de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement”

    Participation in the writing of Fascicle 9 - 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

  • Obtained an injunction against the MTQ to rebuild a highway interchange that blocks the free flow of water on the grounds of our client Héritage Terrebonne, flooding the property and transforming it into non-developable wetlands;
  • Obtained a certificate of authorization by mandamus against the Ministry of the Environment, without compensation, in a wetland and obtained the cancellation of an internal directive of the Ministry that contravened the Environment Quality Act in the Atocas de L'Erable case;
  • Negotiating and managing the environmental aspects of Meloche quarry sales;
  • Opinion and environmental management of the regulatory aspects for Somavrac Group, dangerous goods carrier and warehousing activities for these products;
  • Negotiating and managing the environmental aspects of the Crevier Oil purchase of Irving gas stations in Quebec;
  • Environmental opinions, obtaining environmental permits, preparing declarations to environmental authorities for Goodyear Canada;
  • Defense of a major blasting company;
  • Negotiation and management of the environmental aspects of the purchase of a pulp and paper mill in Lebel-sur-Quévillon by Chantiers Chibougamau Ltd;
  • Obtaining environmental permits for Scepter for the processing of residual hazardous materials into manufactured products;
  • Constitutional opinion on the federal activities of the Québec Port Authority.
  • Odette 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.

  • March 26, 2014

    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

  • February 27, 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

  • January 30, 2014

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

  • October 30, 2013

    “Mieux répartir et gérer les risques environnementaux dans un contexte de bail" – Speaker for The Canadian Institute – Montreal

  • February 2013

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

  • Quebec, November 30, 2012, and Montreal, December 7, 2012

    “La responsabilité des administrateurs et dirigeants en matière d’environnement" - Speaker for the Québec road builders and heavy construction Association (ACRGTQ)

  • September 2012

    “La responsabilité environnementale de l’entreprise et de sa direction" – Speaker for the Barreau du Québec – Montreal

  • December 12, 2011

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

  • December 5, 6 and 7, 2011

    “Gérer les évaluations environnementales au nord avec succès" - Speaker for The Canadian Institute — Conférence Plan Nord — Montreal

  • October 20, 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

  • November 16 and 17, 2010

    “Clauses environnementales – répartition stratégique des risques financiers et juridiques découlant des dommages environnementaux" - Superconference on construction, Canadian Institute, Montreal

  • October 25 and 26, 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

  • May 31 and June 1, 2010

    “Les enjeux soulevés par les terrains contaminés" - Conférence sur les terrains contaminés", 3rd edition, Insight, Montreal

  • January 28 and 29, 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

  • October 1, 2009

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

  • September 17, 2009

    “La responsabilité environnementale du créancier hypothécaire dans un contexte immobilier" - Canadian Bar Association, Montreal

  • June 8, 2009

    “Les obligations légales en matière d’équipement pétrolier" - " - Conference on contaminated land, 2nd edition, Insight, Montreal

  • April 15, 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

  • February 20, 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

  • January 13, 14 and 15, 2009

    Speaker and participant at a round table on environmental issues related to leases, 2e Colloque - Négociation de baux commerciaux, Federated Press, Montreal

  • December 3, 2008

    “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

  • November 27 and 28, 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

  • October 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

  • June 12 and 13, 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

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