Mylany David

ASC, C.Dir.
Partner, Mediator
Key practice areas
Corporate and Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Corporate Governance
Québec Bar 1999

For 25 years, Mylany David has been assisting clients and offering strategic and business advice in commercial and real estate law matters. Her expertise in developing and financing real estate, energy, infrastructure and agritech projects is especially sought-after. 

Clients call on Mylany’s help with complex issues that arise when acquiring land, seeking environmental permits, appearing before administrative tribunals, securing financing, and completing purchases and sales. By determining a project’s social acceptability and identifying and assessing risks, Mylany is able to negotiate win-win agreements and ensure stakeholder buy-in. 

Mylany has extensive expertise managing the legal aspects of projects that involve public-private partnerships or large procurement and construction components. In addition to negotiating agreements for the supply of equipment and electricity (PPA), and for securing the necessary property rights for the project (whether on private or public land), she ensures that the project complies with all bylaws and regulations and meets her clients’ goals. 

Mylany was named one of Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers by the Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers in 2015, 2016, and 2018-2024. She is also consistently recognized as a leader in commercial and energy law. 

  • Counselled and assisted a major France-based renewable energy developer and operator in selling all of its assets and interests in Canada. 
  • Represented a leading organic cannabis producer in a sale of assets. 
  • Represented and advised the bank syndication of U.S. lenders who financed the CA$2.1 billion acquisition of an industrial portfolio of 187 properties in Québec. 
  • Negotiated strategic agreements in connection with public-private partnerships including for roads, bridges, rest areas, food concessions and health care centres. 
  • Counselled clients participating in requests for proposals, ensuring compliance of bids and advising on Québec public contract requirements. 
  • Negotiated leases and subleases of office space and industrial buildings. 
  • Advised on the development, permitting and financing of wind farms. 
  • Advised on the development, permitting and financing of privately owned hydroelectric projects. 
  • Represented clients in sales and changes in financial control, including with respect to property portfolios. 
  • Represented franchisors in connection with their real estate needs and relationships with franchisees. 
  • Negotiated and drafted development agreements for residential and commercial co-ownership properties and obtained necessary servitudes (easements). 
  • Appeared before administrative tribunals in connection with wind-energy infrastructure projects, including the BAPE and CPTAQ. 
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Energy Law (Electricity), 2015-2020 and 2022-2024 
  • Lexpert/ROB Canada’s Best Lawyers: 
    • Infrastructure, 2015-2018 
    • Energy, 2017-2018 and 2020 
    • Global Mining, 2017-2018 
    • Corporate Lawyers, 2017 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: 
    • Energy Law, 2020-2024 
    • Corporate Law, 2021-2024 
    • Cannabis Law, 2024 
  • Legal Influencer for Healthcare and life sciences – Canada, Lexology Content Marketing Awards, 2019 
  • Leadership Award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada for her exceptional contribution as a volunteer during the 2014 fundraising campaign 
  • Rising Star Award of Excellence from CREW M, the Montréal chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, 2010  
  • Premières en affaires magazine: featured as a key female player in commercial real estate 

Boards of Directors 

  • INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) Foundation: 
    • Chair of the Board of Directors, since 2023 
    • Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, 2021-2023 
    • Chair of the Governance, Ethics and Human Ressources Committee 
  • Green Fund Management Board, Independant Member of the Board of Directors, 2018-2020  
  • Anciens du Collège Jean-Eudes, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors, 2003-2009 
  • Member of the firm’s Board of Directors, 2017-2022 

Professional associations and memberships 

  • Québec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER), Member 
  • Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch: 
    • Chair of the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Section, 2017-2018 
    • Member, 2008-2018 
  • Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), Member 
  • East Montréal Chamber of Commerce (CCEM), Member 
  • Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Québec (FCCQ), Member of the Enery Committee 
  • CREW M, Member 
  • Bar of Montréal: 
    • Member of the Member Relations Committee 
    • Member of the Liaison with Business Law lawyers Committee, 2015-2017 
  • Québec Food Processors’ Association (CTAQ), Member 

Community involvement 

  • Espace partenaires en cancérologie of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Parner Patient 
  • Ambassador and facilitator of workshops and conferences on cancer recovery 
  • Performed with 30 dancers in Sylvain Émard’s “Le Grand Continental mini XL” to raise funds as part of the company's fundraising campaign, 2012 
  • ITHQ Foundation, Brigade des jeunes gastronomes 
  • Panellist: Innovation technologique et transition énergétique, as part of the Women in AgriTech Global Summit: Technological innovation and the energy transition, Montréal, November 19, 2021. 
  • Moderator: Panel sur la sécurité et la maintenance des barrages [Panel on dam safety and maintenance], as part of the 2021 conference of the Association québécoise de la production d’énergie renouvelable (AQPER): Propulser nos énergies, relancer notre économie [Propelling our energies, boosting our economy], online event, February 24, 2021. 
  • Speaker: Cannabis comestible go ou no go [Edible cannabis: go or no go?], Québec Food Processors’ Association (CTAQ), October 31, 2018. 
  • Speaker: Les clés de l’accès au financement dans l’industrie du cannabis, Conférence GO / NO GO : Écosystème du cannabis comestible, organized by the Québec Food Processors’ Association (CTAQ), October 31, 2018. 
  • Speaker: Encadrement légal du cannabis médical et récréatif au Québec [Legal framework for medical and recreational cannabis in Québec], as part of the Journée stratégique sur la gestion des réclamations en assurance invalidité, organized by Open Forum Ouvert, Montréal, October 23, 2018. 
  • Speaker: L’effet cannabis : enjeux et comment gérer les impacts RD [The cannabis effect: what are the issues and how to manage the HR impacts], workshop given to the Québec General Contractors Association (CEGQ), October 3, 2018. 
  • Speaker: Cannabis Industry Hits a New High, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), May 17, 2018. 
  • Speaker: Cannabis médical, les aspects réglementaires et l'obtention de permis [Medical cannabis, regulatory aspects and obtaining a licence], BIOCRO, May 10, 2018. 
  • Co-speaker: Environnement légal et possibilités d’investissement [Legal environment and investment possibilities], as part of a conference Les Affaires, April 10, 2018. 
  • Speaker: Marché du cannabis : soyez au fait de l’évolution des réglementations [The cannabis market: getting up to speed on regulatory developments], as part of an event Les Affaires, webinar, February 13, 2018. 
  • Speaker: L’effet cannabis : enjeux pour les entreprises et comment en gérer les impacts juridiques et RH [The cannabis effect: issues for enterprises and how to manage the legal and HR impacts], Langlois Knowledge, Montréal, January 24, 2018. 
  • Facilitator: La structuration d’une opération de cession-bail et les défis potentiels [Structuring a leaseback transaction and potential challenges], as part of the Montréal Real Estate Strategy and Leasing Conference, October 2017. 
  • Panellist-moderator: Séance de négociation commerciale en direct [Live session on commercial negotiation], Liaison with Business Law Lawyers Committee, Bar of Montréal, October 2017. 
  • Speaker: Le bail commercial : sa rédaction en deux temps [Drafting commercial leases: a two-step process], professional development course given to the Chambre des notaires du Québec, Langlois Knowledge, March 30, 2017. 
  • Co-speaker: Troisième nuance en droit des affaires | Le bail commercial : sa rédaction en deux temps [The Commercial Lease: A Two-Step Drafting Process], third workshop in the series Huit nuances en droit des affaires [Eight Finer Points of Business Law], Langlois Knowledge, Québec City, March 29, 2017, and Montréal, March 31, 2017. 
  • Co-speaker: Projet de Loi 108 : L’Autorité des marchés publics : menaces ou opportunités? [Bill 108 establishing the Autorité des marchés publics: threats or opportunities?], as part of the Conférence de l’Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec (AIEQ), Québec City, November 2016. 
  • Speaker: A/O 2013-01 : Faits saillants et enjeux [A/O 2013-01 : Highlights and challenges], as part of the symposium L’énergie 2.0 : un monde en changement, organized by the Québec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER), February 19, 2014. 
  • Speaker: Aspects juridiques de la gestion de projet [Legal aspects of project management], 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, Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch, Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section, January 2014. 
  • Guest speaker: La Loi sur l’intégrité en matière de contrats publics et la Loi sur la transparence et l’éthique en matière de lobbyisme [The Integrity in Public Contracts Act and the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act], as part of the continuing education session How to do Business with Hydro-Québec, organized by the Québec electricity industry association (AIEQ), October and November 2013. 
  • Guest speaker: L’examen des droits et contraintes et la gestion des terres du domaine public [Review of Rights and Restrictions and Crown Lands Management], as part of the real estate continuing education program of the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch, October 2013. 
  • Guest speaker: Colloque 2013 - Énergie et Économie : Réussir la transition vers le renouvelable [2013 Symposium - Energy and Economy: Achieve a Successful Transition to Renewable Energy], organized by the Québec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER), February 2013. 
  • Co-speaker: Les aspects environnementaux et fonciers du développement de projets dans le territoire du Plan Nord [Environmental and Land Aspects of Project Development in the Area Covered by the Plan Nord], Boot Camp Plan Nord, October 2012. 
  • Co-speaker: Les aspects environnementaux et fonciers du développement de projets dans le territoire du Plan Nord [Environmental and Land Aspects of Project Development in the Area Covered by the Plan Nord], as part of the Québec Bar's mandatory continuing education program, May 5, 2012. 
  • Guest speaker: Les aspects juridiques de la gestion de projets : l'exemple éolien au Québec [The Legal Aspects of Project Management: The Wind Power Example in Québec], Lorman Education, April and May 2007. 
  • Quoted: “Fondation de l’INRS : soutenir la science” [INRS Foundation: supporting science], Le Devoir, article by Miriane Demers-Lemay, May 18, 2024. 
  • Interviewed: “L’aide et l’espoir[Help and hope] [podcast], in Les guéris, interview by Marie-Paul Rouleau, season 1, episode 6, Le Devoir, May 2, 2024. 
  • Quoted: “Protecting cannabis IP”, Canadien Lawyer, article by Elizabeth Raymer, January 14, 2019. 
  • Interviewed: “Me Mylany David, avocate dénergie” [Mylany David, Energy lawyer], in the feature entitled Profession : avocat, Les Affaires, article by Jean-François Venne, January 12, 2019. 
  • Interviewed: “Perte de valeur en bourse dentreprises de cannabis” [Cannabis corporations’ share prices plunge on the stock market] [radio interview], in L’heure du monde, interview by Maxime Bertrand, ICI Première, February 5, 2018. 
  • Quoted: “Et les gagnants des Oscars des conseillers juridiques sont…[And the winners of the legal counsel Oscars are…], Droit-Inc, article by Daphnée Hacker-B., November 8, 2016. 
  • Quoted: “Les avocats du vent” [Wind energy lawyers], La Presse, article by René Lewandowski, September 30, 2010.

University Certification in Corporate Governance, Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, 2024 

Training and certification in commercial mediation and labour relations, 2022 

Training session on the role and responsibilities of a board of directors and its members, Université Laval’s Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, 2018 

Chinese Language and Culture, Nankai University (Tianjin, China), 1998 

Mandarin, Université de Montréal, 1998 

LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1998 

Modern Chinese Language, McGill University, 1997