Lawyer, arbitrator and mediatorQUÉBEC BAR 2006
Emmanuelle joined Novalex in 2021 as a lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. She has a big law background in advocacy and brings 15 years of experience in litigation and international arbitration. While practising law, she is currently pursuing her PHD with a focus on AI.
Emmanuelle practises law in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, public law, arbitration and transnational litigation. Her practice focuses on contractual disputes, product liability, administrative law, Charter issues and cross-border matters.
She has significant experience in complex litigation matters, both at trial and at all appellate levels. She has acquired hands-on experience in international arbitration, including investor⁄States disputes. She has been involved in several cases operating simultaneously on multiple fronts and in politically sensitive waters. She is regularly called upon to advise on matters involving issues of public integrity, breach of ethics and defamation. She is known for her critical thinking, her boldness and her unwavering support in challenging times, particularly through media crises.
She was the Gold Medal recipient in the Faculty of Civil Law (2002) and the Gold Medal recipient in the Faculty of Common Law (2003) and received numerous awards for her academic excellence. She clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Morris J. Fish (2003-2004). She obtained her MBA (2019) while practicing law. Her MBA thesis focused on the impact of AI on legal services. She is currently pursuing her PhD. Her research focuses on liability of intelligent systems, algorithmic biases, ethical issues raised by AI and transnational governance.
“A problem without a solution is a poorly stated problem.”ALBERT EINSTEIN
Professional activities and initiatives
- Civil and commercial litigation
- Appellate Practice (CAQ, FCA, SCC)
- Defamation and Media
- Shareholder Disputes and Oppression Claims
- Product liability
- D&O Liability
- Liability of AI Systems and Ethics of AI
- Public and Administrative Law
- Constitutional Law and Charter Rights
- Ethics of Appointed and Elected Officials
- Investigations by Ethics and Integrity Commissioners
- Internal and Regulatory Investigations
- Domestic Arbitration (Civil and Commercial)
- International Arbitration (Commercial and Investor/State disputes)
- Class Actions
- Mediation and ADR
Emmanuelle has notably:
OBTAINED damages and court-ordered apologies (with Canada-wide dissemination) in favour of clients in the show business industry against the author of defamatory statements.
ADVISED public figures following disclosures on social media of allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behaviour.
SUCCESSFULLY OBTAINED orders declaring null and void pre-judgment seizures carried out on the bank accounts and assets of parties accused of fraud and embezzlement.
ADVISED public officials subject of investigations involving the Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings relating to public bodies.
REPRESENTED a whistleblower who denounced wrongdoings and major problems within a public body and who was the victim of reprisals, defamation and discrimination.
ACTED on behalf of an insurer in a police brutality matter.
ADVISED a religious community in its exchanges with the government in matters related to access to education.
ADVISED a municipal official in the context of a public integrity investigation.
ACTED on behalf of numerous shareholders (majority or minority) in the context of oppression claims and safeguard remedies.
DEFENDED D&Os of a public company in a class action filed by investors for alleged false representations made in the context of an IPO.
DRAFTED numerous appeal briefs (Quebec Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada).
REPRESENTED a local manufacturer of plywood products against a German manufacturer of industrial equipment in ICC arbitral proceedings governed by German law.
REPRESENTED an international anti-doping agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne in two (2) arbitral proceedings launched against a cyclist in the context of the doping scandal known as “Operación Puerto”. These proceedings raised various issues under Swiss law, Spanish law and Italian law and involved rogatory commissions to recover EPO-laced blood bags seized in a medical laboratory by the Spanish police, expert testimony re: the integrity of the chain of custody of blood samples taken in Italy and testimony of whistleblowers.
Professional activities and initiatives
Member of the Board of the Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC)
Member of the Board of Elektra (arts and digital tech)
Former member of the Board of DESTA (black youth network) Researcher at Algora Lab (deliberative ethics of AI and digital innovation)
Special Advisor to AI Global (tools for Responsible AI)
Member of the strategic committee of the Board of the Institut de la Confiance dans les Organisations ICO (trust in organizations)
Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation Member of the Executive of the CBA-Quebec (research and knowledge management)
Cyberjustice Laboratory – Project ACT Quebec/France (performance of cyberjustice tools)
Mentoring student-athletes (Carabins Program)
Recognized as Future Star 2022, Benchmark Litigation Canada
PhD, Univ. de Montréal (ongoing)
MBA, HEC-McGill (2019)
LL.B. Univ. of Ottawa (summa cum laude) (gold medal) (2003)
LL.L. Univ. of Ottawa (summa cum laude) (gold medal) (2002)
B.A., Sc. Poli. Sci., Mc Gill (1999)
Arbitration (Civil and Commercial), Quebec Bar (2021)
AI, Law and Logic, European University Institute (2019)
Algorithmic Governance and AI Public Policy, CÉRIUM (2019)
Arbitration, ICDR Canada (2018)
Advanced Negotiation Workshop, Harvard Law School (2017)
Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, Mc Gill (2017)
Mediation, Quebec Bar (2016)
Advocacy Training, Univ. of Sherbrooke (2010) of Sherbrooke (2010)
English Legal History & International Sales Law, Oxford (2000)
The English Legal System, LSE (1999)
International Law and Human Rights, Univ. of Strasbourg (1998)
- Collaboration to The Quebec Class Action : A Roadmap (Toronto, LexisNexis) – 2016