Anne-Frédérique Bourret

Partner
Key practice areas
Environmental Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Public and Administrative Law
Québec Bar 2005

Anne-Frédérique Bourret is recognized for her expertise in environmental, administrative and regulatory law, particularly in connection with energy, climate change, mining, natural resources, land-use planning, agriculture, cannabis and access to information. She uses her advanced knowledge of these sectors to answer her clients’ needs efficiently and pragmatically.

Anne-Frédérique advises clients about their day-to-day business but also on environmental issues. Various types of companies seek her expertise, in particular for risk management when selling or purchasing interests or assets, closing a financing deal, or signing a commercial lease. She also guides them through permitting and environmental assessment processes and in situations involving contamination discovery, neighbourhood disturbances, changes in land use, cessation of designated activities, contaminated property rehabilitation, or management of atmospheric emissions, wastewater or hazardous materials. She also represents clients in negotiations with environmental protection authorities and in environmental disputes before the courts and administrative tribunals.

Anne-Frédérique is regularly invited to speak at conferences, where she addresses various environmental issues. She has also authored articles on current topics of interest in environmental law.

Anne-Frédérique regularly drafts and negotiates representations, warranties and environmental undertakings in commercial leases or commercial transaction agreements, such as mergers and acquisitions, sales of interests or assets, and financing deals. In particular, she acted for the following clients:

  • CIRION BioPharma Research Inc. and its shareholders, in its acquisition by Cerba HealthCare;
  • GefCo, a Canadian private equity firm, in its acquisition of Naya Waters Inc.;
  • a leading provider of co-location, network connectivity and management services, performing environmental and regulatory due diligence for an acquisition;
  • an investment fund, advising on environmental considerations in acquiring a packaging solutions provider;
  • a mining investment fund, advising on environmental aspects of certain projects in Québec;
  • a chemicals company, advising on environmental considerations in acquiring a resin factory in Longueuil;
  • a Canadian solid and liquid waste management and land decontamination company, advising on environmental and regulatory aspects of certain acquisitions and of its day-to-day operations;
  • the Government of Canada, providing environmental legal advice on a sizeable infrastructure project involving a public-private partnership;
  • a Québec paper company, advising on environmental factors in the sale of boxboard manufacturing and conversion assets;
  • a wind power developer, advising on environmental aspects of project development;
  • a construction company, advising on various aspects of environmental law involved in acquiring certain assets.
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Environmental Law, 2020-2023
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Special Edition: Energy, 2020-2021 and 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – Environmental Law, 2018-2024
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – Administrative and Public Law, 2022-2024
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Special Edition: Agribusiness and Cannabis, 2020
  • Canadian Bar Association, Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Sections, since 2005
  • Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), Member, since 2005
  • Canadian Bar Association:
    • President, 2015-2016
    • Vice-President, 2014-2015
    • Member of the Executive Committee for the Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Sections of the Québec Branch, 2012-2014 and 2016-2017
  • Vistal 1 (and the Vistal 1 and Vistal 2 gym) Co-owners Association, Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, 2009-2023
  • Co-author: “L’application de la Loi sur l’accès aux documents des organismes publics et sur la protection des renseignements personnels et de la Loi sur l’accès à l’information en matières environnementales : le fardeau des lacunes de l’administration publique imposé aux administrés” [The implementation of the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information and the Environment Quality Act: The gaps of public administration imposed upon citizens], Développements récents en droit de l’environnement, Barreau du Québec, Wilson Lafleur, December 2023.
  • Co-author: “Directors and Officers: What Is Your Environmental Liability?”, Stand out in the Fight Against Climate Change, April 2023.
  • Co-author: “L’application immédiate de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement et de ses règlements : l’administré peut-il prétendre à des droits acquis suivant la réforme majeure de 2017 et l’adoption du Règlement sur l’encadrement d’activités en fonction de leur impact sur l’environnement? Dans quelle mesure ces droits sont-ils affectés par ces changements législatifs et réglementaires?” [The immediate implementation of the Environment Quality Act and its regulations: Can the citizen claim any vested rights following the comprehensive 2017 reform and the adoption of the Regulation respecting the regulatory scheme applying to activities on the basis of their environmental impact? To what extent these rights are affected by such legislative and regulatory changes?], Développements récents en droit de l'environnement, Barreau du Québec, Wilson Lafleur, December 2022.
  • Author: “Remember to Plan for Land Rehabilitation or for Management of Contaminated Soil in Your Projects”, Infrastructure and Major Projects, November 2019.
  • Co-author: “Autorisations environnementales au Québec: protection des renseignements confidentiels” [Environmental authorizations in Québec: Protection of private information], Alerte Environnement, August 2018.
  • Co-author: “Beauregard c. Groupe CRH Canada : Attention aux nuisances à l’extérieur du chantier!” [Beauregard v. Groupe CRH Canada: Beware of nuisances outside the construction site!], Journal Constructo, April 2018.
  • Author: “Projet de Règlement sur la procédure d’évaluation et d’examen des impacts sur l’environnement de certains projets : changements proposés” [Draft Regulation respecting the environmental impact assessment and review of certain projects: Proposed changes], Alerte Environnement, February 2018.
  • Co-author: “Construction en milieux humides : Quels sont les risques?” [Construction on wetlands: What are the risks?], Journal Constructo, January 2018.
  • Author: “Adoption of Bill 102 modernizing the Québec Environmental Authorization Scheme”, Alerte Environnement, May 2017.
  • Co-author: “Projet de loi no 55 déposé à l’Assemblée nationale du Québec” [Bill 55 tabled before the National Assembly of Québec], August 2015.
  • Co-author: “Relance du Plan Nord : dépôt du projet de loi pour la création de la Société du Plan Nord” [Re-launch of Plan Nord: Introduction of the Act respecting the Société du Plan Nord], Pleins feux sur le droit de l’environnement, October 2014.
  • Co-author: “Hydro-Québec Distribution lance un appel d’offres pour l’achat d’un bloc de 450 MW d’énergie éolienne” [Hydro-Québec Distribution launches a call for tenders for the purchase of 450 MW of wind power], Pleins feux sur le droit de l’environnement, January 2014.
  • Author: “Hydro-Québec Distribution dépose auprès de la Régie de l’énergie une demande d’approbation de pondération des critères d’évaluation pour l’appel d’offres de 450 MW d’énergie éolienne (A/O 2013-01)” [Hydro-Québec Distribution submits to the Régie de l’énergie an application for the approval of the weighting of evaluation criteria with regard to a call for tenders of 450 MW of wind power (A/O 2013-01)], Pleins feux sur le droit de l’environnement, November 2013.
  • Co-author: “Projet de Règlement sur un bloc de 450 MW d’énergie éolienne : Survol et enjeux”, Pleins feux sur le droit de l’environnement [Draft Regulation on the purchase of 450 MW of wind power: Overview and issues], September 2013.
  • Co-author: “Québec adopte le nouveau système de plafonnement et d’échange de droits d’émission de gaz à effet de serre” [Québec adopts the new Cap and Trade System for greenhouse gas emissions], Pleins feux sur le droit de l’environnement, March 2012.
  • Author: “Draft regulation on the cap and trade system pertaining to greenhouse gas emission allowances in Quebec”, August 2011.
  • Author: “Air Quality: the new regulation on air purification”, July 2011.
  • Author: “Regulation concerning the recovery and repurposing of products by companies”, July 2011.
  • Author: “Introduction of a bill to reinforce compliance with the Environment Quality Act”, July 2011.
  • Author: “Bill amending the compensation regime regarding municipal recycling services”, July 2010.
  • Author: “Draft regulation respecting royalties for water usage”, July 2010.
  • Author: “Environmental measures of the Quebec budget”, April 2010.
  • Author: “New draft policies and regulations regarding waste management”, February 2010.
  • Author: “The Supreme Court clarifies the Federal Environmental Assessment process”, February 2010.
  • Author: “The Superior Court of Quebec declares invalid a legal hypothec published for rehabilitation work”, December 2008.
  • Speaker: Changements climatiques en SST : Préparation, adaptation, innovation [Climate change and occupational health and safety: Preparation, adaptation, innovation], Conseil du patronat du Québec, Montréal, May 23, 2024.
  • Co-speaker: L’application de la Loi sur l’accès aux documents des organismes publics et sur la protection des renseignements personnels et de la Loi sur l’accès à l’information en matières environnementales : le fardeau des lacunes de l’administration publique imposé aux administrés [The implementation of the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information and the Environment Quality Act: The gaps of the public administration imposed upon citizens], Développements récents en droit de l’environnement, Barreau du Québec, December 8, 2023.
  • Panelist: A series of four webinars on soil and excavated material management, organized by the Association québécoise des entrepreneurs en infrastructure (AQEI), February-May 2023.
  • Facilitator: Projets opérationnels écoresponsables [Eco-concerned operational projects], as part of the Strategic Forum on the Role Played by Businesses in the Fight Against Climate Change, March 30, 2023.
  • Co-speaker: L’application immédiate de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement et de ses règlements : l’administré peut-il prétendre à des droits acquis suivant la réforme majeure de 2017 et l’adoption du Règlement sur l’encadrement d’activités en fonction de leur impact sur l’environnement? Dans quelle mesure ces droits sont-ils affectés par ces changements législatifs et réglementaires? [The immediate implementation of the Environment Quality Act and its regulations: Can the citizen claim any vested rights following the comprehensive 2017 reform and the adoption of the Regulation respecting the regulatory scheme applying to activities on the basis of their environmental impact? To what extent these rights are affected by such legislative and regulatory changes?], Développements récents en droit de l’environnement, Barreau du Québec, December 9, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: Responsabilité environnementale des prêteurs [Lenders' Environmental Responsibility], as part of the Strategic Commercial Loan & Security Day, organized by Open Forum Ouvert, January 26, 2022.
  • Co-speaker: L’accès à l’information et les registres environnementaux disponibles [Access to information and the available environmental registries], Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec, October 14, 2021.
  • Speaker: Reform of the Environmental Permitting Regime: Is It Actually Simplified?, March 18, 2021.
  • Speaker: L’accès à l’information et les registres du Ministre [Access to information and the Minister’s registries], as part of a series of webinars given by the Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec, October 8, 2020.
  • Panelist: Enjeux environnementaux et acceptabilité sociale [Environmental challenges and social acceptability], Forum stratégique sur la revitalisation des villes – Développements immobiliers et transformations urbaines, November 28, 2019.
  • Panelist: Cross Canada Hot Topics Panel, Annual Summit of the Canadian Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Section, Vancouver, May 2-3, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: Évaluation des impacts: Changements et répercussions pour les grands projets [Impact assessment: Changes and effects for major projects], as part of a series of national Environmental Law seminars, September 2018.
  • Panelist: Allègement réglementaire – Impacts sur les entreprises du secteur privé et du secteur parapublic de la réforme du régime d’autorisation de la LQE [Regulatory streamlining – Impact on private and parapublic enterprises of the reform of the environmental authorization regime under the EQA], Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association's Québec Branch, October 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Les structures dans les nouveaux développements immobiliers et les incidences environnementales [The structures in real estate development projects and the related environmental impact], as part of an annual construction law conference, March 2018.
  • Panelist: Développement de projet: considérations en matière environnementale et autochtone [Project development: A few thoughts with regard to environmental and Aboriginal issues], as part of a series of national seminars in Environment Law, September 2017.
  • Speaker: L’environnement pour les administrateurs et les dirigeants: une source de responsabilité, d’incertitude et d’inquiétude! [Environmental issues for directors and officers: A source of responsibility, uncertainty and concern!], a training offered to clients, May 2015.
  • Speaker: Lobbyisme dans le cadre de démarches visant l’obtention de permis environnementaux [Lobbying with the objective of obtaining environmental permits], a training offered to clients, November 2014.
  • Co-speaker: Aspects juridiques de la gestion de projet [Legal aspects of project management], a training offered along as part of the conference Le risque environnemental et la gestion de projet: Ce que tout conseiller juridique d’entreprise et professionnel de l’environnement devrait savoir [Environmental risk and project management: What any corporate and professional counsel needs to know], Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association's Québec Branch, January 2014.
  • Speaker: Presentation about Environmental Law before law students at Université de Montréal, January 2013.
  • Speaker: L’impact de la Loi C-38 sur les projets de développement (‘Loi Mammouth’) [The impact of Bill C-38 on development projects (‘Mammoth Law’)], as part of Marine Day, organized by the Société du développement économique du St-Laurent (SODES), November 2012.
  • Panelist: Les aspects environnementaux et fonciers du développement de projets dans le territoire du Plan Nord [Environmental and land issues with respect to the development of projects on the territory covered by Plan Nord], Boot Camp Plan Nord, October 2012.
  • Speaker: Les impacts insoupçonnés (et importants!) de la Loi 89 modifiant la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement sur les demandeurs et les titulaires de permis [The unsuspected (and significant!) effects of Bill 89 – An Act to amend the Environment Quality Act in order to reinforce compliance – on the applicants and holders of permits], Wind Committee of the Association québécoise de la production d’énergie renouvelable (AQPER), January 2012.
  • Speaker: Le devoir de prudence et de diligence dans la garde d’un terrain contaminé [Duty of care and diligence with respect to the custody of a contaminated land], as part of the Insight Conference on contaminated land, June 2011.

Doctorate of Laws coursework, Université de Montréal, 2015

M.Env., Université de Sherbrooke, 2010

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management (DGE), Université de Sherbrooke, 2009

LL.B., Université de Montréal, 2004

B.A., McGill University, 2001