MONTRÉAL – David Heurtel will be joining the Environmental Law, Energy and Climate Change Practice Group in Fasken’s Montréal office.
Heurtel served as Quebec minister of sustainable development, environment, and fight against climate change and more recently as minister of immigration, diversity, and inclusiveness. In the environmental field, he simultaneously managed several initiatives aimed at environmental protection and sustainable land revitalization.
He has also been very active on the Canadian and international stages, having represented Québec in processes that included the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Lima (COP20), Paris (COP21), and Marrakech (COP 22).
“We are very pleased to welcome David to the Firm. His impressive career combined with his significant expertise in the environmental field will support and strengthen the Firm’s know-how in this vital economic area,” said Éric Bédard, managing partner for the Québec region.
Heurtel will focus his practice specifically on issues in relation to the consequences of the modernization of the Environment Quality Act; the development of industrial projects subject to the environmental impact assessment and examination procedure and the associated social acceptability issues; as well as transactions of the joint Québec-California carbon market.
Fasken has one of the oldest environmental law practices in Canada. The team advises clients in dealing with contaminated lands, assisting with remediation, strategies to avoid liability, and litigation over associated liability. The team provides advice in the areas of regulation, permitting, dispute resolution, regulatory procedures, protection, compliance, and contamination and decontamination.