François L’Heureux is a public and administrative law specialist with a background in commercial and civil law litigation. He has represented many important clients including the Government of Canada. As a litigator with 37 years of experience, François has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and various other federal and provincial tribunals and boards. François spent many years in some of the most reputable law firms such as, Guy & Gilbert, Lafleur Brown and Gowling WLG Canada. He was chosen again by his peers in Best Lawyers in Canada 2018, for Public & Administrative Law.
In addition to our areas of practice, his main interests are Governance and regulatory sector matters, Municipal planning and zoning, as well as Agricultural land-zoning laws and regulations; First Nations economic development initiatives and related governmental negotiations; Electoral laws and popular consultation (referendal processes) matters; NAFTA treaty and non-NAFTA manpower mobility issues. Recently, in 2014, the Barreau du Québec recognized his expertise in governance and electoral issues by appointing him as a senior member of its electoral committee. In 2000, he successfully represented the expropriated parties in the Pierre Le Gardeur Hospital expropriation file, one of the most important and complex provincial expropriation matters in the last 20 years.
In 1993, he was appointed by the federal cabinet as Canada’s chief federal negotiator in the Canada/Mohawk Nation of Khanawake negotiation process. In 2005, his services were retained by the James Bay Cree Regional Authority as lead counsel for the implementation of an unprecedented fibre optic telecommunication network developed under First Nations leadership. The $28-million Eeyou Communications Network is regarded and recognized by many Aboriginal stakeholders and telecom specialists as a prime and sustainable mixed-economic development. François has also delivered several conference presentations dealing with municipal, provincial and federal electoral legislations. In 1990, François was appointed a federal labor arbitrator by Canada’s minister of labour. In this role, he dealt with various wrongful dismissal and wages claims.
François is also well-known for his charitable community involvement. For the past fifteen years, he has been vice president of the Montreal Giant Steps Centre for the treatment and education of autism-spectrum children and young adults. He is also a director of the Guido Molinari Foundation, and the Yvon Lamarre Foundation
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