Montréal (September 16, 2013) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce that Nadir André and Marie-Christine Gagnon have joined BLG’s Montreal office in its business and corporate commercial group.

With tremendous experience in Aboriginal law as well as joint ventures and other commercial activities dealing with First Nations, Nadir and Marie-Christine will be instrumental to BLG’s growing Team North® practice. With over 80 dedicated professionals on the Team, BLG undertakes a multi-faceted approach to issues in the North. BLG’s Team North® supports a wide range of industries and services including:

  • Mining and resource based industries
  • Marine and land transportation
  • Procurement and related processes
  • Environmental and other permitting and approval processes
  • Aboriginal law, land claims issues, and leasing and property rights
  • Constitutional Issues and legislative review
  • Regulatory regimes and tax
  • Climate change and green initiatives
  • Labour and employment, and pensions

“In Northern Canada, legal issues are often complex and interrelated,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO. “We are delighted to welcome Nadir and Marie-Christine to BLG and expand our Firm’s knowledge and expertise in serving our clients with an interest in doing business in Canada’s North.”

Called to the Québec Bar in 1997 and a member of the Innu First Nation of Matimekush-Lac John, Nadir André has extensive experience in aboriginal law. He has advised several First Nations clients and non-aboriginals across Canada regarding joint ventures and other commercial activities related to First Nations. He is a regular speaker on northern development and organizes commercial missions to the Canadian North.
Marie-Christine Gagnon is a member of the Innu First Nation of Pessamit with an expertise in aboriginal law. She has conducted consultation and negotiations for agreements related to First Nations, and more specifically, to the development of natural resources on aboriginal lands, in addition to advising aboriginal businesses on matters related to incorporation and corporate governance.

“BLG’s Team North® has a thorough understanding of the rapid pace of socio-political, commercial and environmental developments in Northern Canada,” explained John Godber, national leader of the corporate commercial group. “The experience that Nadir and Marie-Christine, combined with that of the team, will serve the best interests of BLG’s clients.”

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for its clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six of Canada’s largest cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Annick Létourneau
Massy Forget Langlois relations publiques
514.842.2455, ext 28

Amanda McWhirter
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)