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.

Natalie sits on the Board of Théâtre Petit à Petit, a theater which mission is to create new work and also on the Board of Université de Montréal.

Natalie is a member of Cercle Force Femmes, an initiative of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to support the presence of women at the Museum through the acquisition of work by women artists and to promote access to the Museum for disadvantaged women.

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:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Pensions)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 - Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 - Pensions & Benefits (“Montréal-based Natalie Bussière is "very knowledgeable with regard to pensions" according to interviewees, and she is also noted for her complementary experience in labour and employment. Her recent experience includes advising on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. Clients describe her as "excellent," adding that she is "very efficient”.”)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Pensions and Employee Benefits - 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: Employment and Social Benefits in a Gig Economy
2019 Lex Mundi Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Practice Group Global Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, May 29-31, 2019.
Co-speaker: IPEBLA Executive Compensation - Stock Options and Other Equity Incentives
17th Biennial IPEBLA Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, May 19-22, 2019.
Speaker: Overview of Québec Pension Law
The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, March 27, 2019.
Co-speaker: Transition et licenciement des hauts dirigeants
Joint Mercer - Blakes Executive Compensation Seminar, Montréal, Québec, October 4, 2018.
Co-speaker: Managing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Blakes Labour and Employment Group Client Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 14, 2018.
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.
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: 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.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Article by Richard Cloutier, Les Affaires, November 24, 2018.
Article by Richard Cloutier, Les Affaires, November 24, 2018.
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