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Odette Nadon

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« It is with passion and determination that Odette takes on her client’s cases, which allows her to reach their objectives effectively »

Odette Nadon has been practicing environmental law for the last 30 years. In addition to her legal training, she has a Master of Science degree in Environment. With her extensive knowledge and experience she is a pioneer and a true reference in environmental law.


Odette provides clients with legal advice and assistance, helps them develop risk management strategies, and plans and executes compliance files. She also practices litigation and conducts complex cases requiring multidisciplinary expertise. Negotiation has no secret for her.


Odette works closely with clients dealing with wetlands and water issues, contaminated lands, neighborhood disturbances, applications for authorization, dismantling of industrial and petroleum facilities and redevelopment of contaminated sites (brownfields).


Odette has published books on contaminated lands and hundreds of articles. She is a regular speaker both in Quebec and in Canada. She gives tailor-made training to different clients and taught to the master’s students of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal.


Odette has also presented factums to 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 2004-2005 and the review 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;


Of course, practicing in environmental law leads to knowledge of administrative law, municipal law, criminal law and the real estate industry, which Odette masters with ease. In 2017, Odette was appointed Advocatus Emeritusby the Barreau du Québec. She is a recognized lawyer in Canadian Legal Lexpert and Who’s Who Legal (Leading Lawyer).

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)

Member of the Barreau du Québec since 1978

Active member of the Conseil patronal de l’Environnement du Québec (CPEQ)

Member of the Environmental Law Forum since 2005, Cambridge

Member of Réseau environnement

Member of Réseau Environnement

Member of the Board of Directors of the Clair Lake Residents Association, Saint-Côme, Qc

Volunteering with seniors in different accommodation centers

Conferences


Since 1992, Odette has organized and spoken at continuing education conferences for the Barreau du Québec related to new developments in environmental law.


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 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.


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., since 2012;


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


Environmental law and engineers, comprehensive training in environmental law for engineers, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, 2014;


“La responsabilité environnementale du créancier hypothécaire”, Développements récents en droit de l’environnement 2013, published on May 24, 2013;


“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.

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