Natalie Bussière
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4080

Natalie dedicates her practice to employment and labour law, as well as pension, benefits and executive compensation. She has represented clients in litigation concerning surplus assets of a pension plan, the validity of contribution holidays taken by employers party to a pension plan and in litigation contesting the legality of clauses found in rules and regulations of pension plans. Natalie also counsels various boards of trustees, pension committees and plan sponsors, and acts as Quebec counsel for a few pan-Canadian multi-employer pension plans.

Natalie has worked extensively in the field of labour relations, negotiating employment contracts, collective agreements and other agreements, including issues related to the application of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. She also advises on the transfer, hiring or termination of upper management and employees.

Natalie has pleaded before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal, the Superior Court, the Federal Court and the Labour Tribunal, as well as before many specialized administrative tribunals.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its acquisition of 73.17 per cent of the interests in Wabush Mines joint venture held by U.S. Steel Canada Inc. and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
  • Comvest Investment Partners Holdings, LLC on its acquisition of Lennox Hearth Products from Lennox International
  • Standard Life on the sale of its Canadian business to Manulife for C$4-billion
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Natalie is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Pensions)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Employee Benefits Law and Labour and Employment Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (“Montréal-based Natalie Bussière is said to be 'efficient and detail-oriented.' Her expertise in pensions and benefits is complemented by a broad understanding of labour and employment issues. She also advises clients with regards to executive compensation.”)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Pensions and Employee Benefits - Employer and Employment Law - Employer)

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, January 8, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, November 21, 2017.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: Social Media Issues in the Workplace
2018 Lex Mundi Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Global Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, May 30 - June 1, 2018.
Speaker: Recent Legislative Developments - Québec Pension Law
Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Group Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, May 8, 2018.
Speaker: Quebec Pension Law Reform
The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, April 11, 2018.
Speaker: Recent Rulings and Trends for Pension Plans
Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Seminar, Montréal, Québec, March 21, 2018.
Speaker: Enjeux juridiques en matière d'emploi liés au cannabis
Association nationale des propriétaires de terrains de golf du Canada (ANPTG), Montréal, Québec, March 1, 2 and 22, 2018.
Co-speaker: Recent Developments and Trends in Employment Law
Blakes Labour & Employment Seminar, Montréal, Québec, November 8, 2017.
Co-speaker: Internal Investigations – Part 2: Investigating Employees
Blakes Labour & Employment Seminar, Montréal, Québec, October 18, 2017.
Co-speaker: Employment Issues Arising Out of the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis
Blakes Labour & Employment Seminar, Montréal, Québec, May 25, 2017.
Co-speaker: Overview Early Retirement - Québec
Labor and Employment/Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Practice Group Global Meeting, Lex Mundi, New York, March 23-24, 2017.
Speaker: Enjeux liés à la gestion des problèmes de santé mentale et de dépendance
Blakes Labour & Employment Seminar, Montréal, Québec, November 30, 2016.
Speaker: Legal Issues Surrounding Investment Decisions made by Participants in a DC Pension Plan
Pension Seminar, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Bonaventure Hotel, Montréal, Québec, November 8, 2016.
Co-speaker: How Benefit Plans Are Affected By Mergers & Acquisitions
2016 Lex Mundi Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Practice Group Joint Global Meeting, Rome, Italy, June 8-10, 2016.
Speaker: Overview of Recent Legislative Changes and Analysis of the New Jurisprudence in Pension Plans
Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Seminar, Montréal, Québec, March 16, 2016.
Speaker: The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law
Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, March 9, 2016.
Speaker: Les meilleures pratiques en matière d’embauche
Blakes Labour & Employment Seminar, Montréal, Québec, November 24, 2015.
Co-speaker: Stratégies relatives à la rémunération des hauts dirigeants
Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Seminar, Montréal, Québec, October 15, 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Article by Delphine Jung, Droit Inc., January 11, 2018.
Quoted: Grandes transactions - Les femmes aux premières loges
Halin, Francis, Premières en affaires, p.17, June-July 2015.
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