Lawyer, Partner, Mediator
Christiane Brizard is a partner in the Langlois Lawyers office of Montréal. She practises mainly in the area of governance, ethics and professional law.
For several years, she was secretary, vice-president of legal affairs and strategic advisor for the Ordre des comptables agréés and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés. In this capacity, she advised senior management on ethical, systemic, legal and governance issues.
She has in-depth knowledge of the professional system and of the framework of financial market players and has participated in several parliamentary committees. She has been a key player in the unification of accounting professions.
She holds a postgraduate degree in Applied Ethics from Université de Sherbrooke. She conducts training in ethics and has taken part in the drafting of articles on ethics and governance.
Mediator accredited by the institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec, 2018
Mediator accredited by the Barreau du Québec, 2018
Mediator accredited for the Superior Court for civil and commercial matters, 1996
Bachelor of Laws, LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1980
Rankings & Recognitions
Companion of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agrées du Québec, 2013
Companion of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, 2009
Areas of Practice
Planning, drafting and implementing policies, procedures and administrative directives in relation to the functions of the board, the executive committee and the committee on governance of an important professional order.
Assisting a professional order for the deployment of strategies and approaches allowing the resolution of legislative and ethical political issues, and suggesting measures aimed at the optimization of laws, regulations and policies making it possible to tackle issues with respect to governance, society, and protection of the public.
Planning and drafting briefs and other documents to assert the position of an important professional order before the National Assembly and for ministries, agencies, public bodies and parliamentary committees (at the National Assembly) with regard to various societal and public interest issues.
- 2023 – Ethics in artificial intelligence: Discriminatory biases
- 2023 – Exemption from the requirement to establish a committee on access to information and the protection of personal information – Regulation
- 2023 – The importance of board chair succession planning: the board chairs of professional bodies are guardians of the legitimacy and credibility of their boards
- 2022 – Do professional bodies have control over copyrighted material?
- 2022 – Reform to the Charter of the French Language: an overview of the main amendments
- 2022 – Obligations of directors of professional bodies in the age of social media
- 2022 – Obligations of the professional inspection committee and the board of directors when imposing refresher training and related measures on a member
- 2021 – Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec (“Bill 96”) and professional bodies
- 2021 – Are there limits to a professional’s freedom of expression in his or her personal life?
- 2021 – White paper: Should the Quebec government consider the social enterprise model in order to achieve a renewed capitalism?
- 2020 – What is the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your professional and ethical obligations?
- 2020 – Governance: ethical awareness and leadership are essential elements in the post-crisis period
- 2020 – Post-COVID-19: Directors face a new set of risks in the 21st century
- 2020 – The role of the board of directors in the context of COVID-19: how should corporate directors act?
- 2020 – 2020-2021 Quebec government budget: measures to promote corporate governance practices in favour of the green economy
2021 – “Les obligations professionnelles et déontologiques à l’ère de la COVID-19 : quelle liberté d’expression pour les professionnels?” (Professional duties and ethics in the age of COVID-19 : Professionals’ freedom of expression), Québec Interprofessional Council (CIQ), co-authored with Guillaume François Larouche and Victoria Lemieux-Brown, May 25, 2021.
2021 – “Are there limits to a professional’s freedom of expression in his or her personal life?”, co-authored with Victoria Lemieux-Brown, in Canadian Accountant, March 9, 2021.
2020 – “Governance: a pathway to recovery”, Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, co-authored with Danielle Ferron and Guillaume François Larouche, November 2020.
- 2021 – Climate change and the Board’s responsibilities ?
- 2021 – Professionals and professional bodies in the 21st Century: what challenges must they face and what are the main issues arising from a professional inspection?
2020 – “Encouraging green growth and good governance practices for the benefit of sustainable development and the environment among the private sector in Quebec”, web-conference co-presented before the Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ) with Danielle Ferron, Ad. E. and Guillaume François Larouche on September 15, 2020.
Member of the Governance Committee of the Bar of Montreal
Member of the board of directors of the Fondation du Pensionnat-des-Sacrés-Cœurs
Member of the board of directors of the Corporation du séminaire de la Très-Sainte-Trinité
Member of the board of directors of the Pensionnat-des-Sacrés-Cœurs
Member of the board of directors of the Association des propriétaires du lac Long