Clémentine Sallée
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4077

Clémentine’s practice focuses on infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, project development and finance, public procurement, and sustainable development.

She has extensive experience in advising national and international public and private entities and financial institutions on infrastructure projects in a variety of industry sectors, including social, health and cultural infrastructure, as well as transportation and renewable energy. Her expertise covers a full range of commercial matters, from procurement processes to engineering, construction agreements, equipment supply agreements and operation/maintenance agreements. She also regularly assists in project administration and management, as well as in dispute resolution for issues pertaining to construction, stakeholder relations, interfacing, operations, governance and strategic development.

In her procurement practice, Clémentine assists local and international stakeholders in both public and private sectors, providing advice and legal opinions relating to procurement processes, risk management and mitigation strategies, project structuring, agreements, and compliance issues related to governance and integrity. This has led her recently to extend her practice to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies, policies and procedures, as well as to compliance with new legal and regulatory requirements.

Clémentine also regularly participates in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and take-over bids.

Clémentine is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

National Experience

Representative matters include representing:

  • The winning consortium for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor Care Homes project in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • The winning consortium with respect to aspects of the construction and operation and maintenance subcontracts for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project

  • One of the proponents in connection with the Library and Archives Canada Gatineau 2 project

  • A metropolitan transportation agency and a federal Crown railway corporation in connection with their calls for tenders for service providers for operation, mainteance and other related services and transportation equipment suppliers

  • A public pension fund and public entities with respect to specific public procurement matters

  • Owners and contractors in connection with renewable energy projects, including with respect to the purchase and sale of interests

  • Quebec’s Ministry of Culture and Communications with respect to the construction, financing and operation of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra’s new concert hall

  • The winning consortium regarding the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and its research centre

International Experience

Representative matters include:

  • Providing legal advice regarding new legislation on public-private-partnerships in a Caribbean country

  • Providing legal advice on a waste management project financed by a multilateral development bank, including a comparative analysis of various contracting models

  • Representing a Quebec Crown corporation with respect to analyzing potential energy project opportunities in Mexico

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Clémentine is recognized for her expertise by the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018-2019: Infrastructure Law; 2017: Leading Lawyers to Watch – Infrastructure Law)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyers to Watch)

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: International Comparative Legal Guide: Public Procurement 2019, Canada
Global Legal Group, 2019.
Co-author: Codes of Responsible Business Conduct: When Good Intentions Become Binding
Blakes Article on Corporate Governance, December 6, 2018.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Main Features of, and Common Issues in Public Procurement in Canada
Infrastructure Seminar, Italian Chamber of Commerce and Italian Trade Agency, Rome, Italy, June 20, 2019.
Co-speaker: Better communication to mitigate commercial and contractual risks in projects (Mieux communiquer pour mitiger les risques commerciaux et contractuels dans les projets)
Association of Corporate Counsel, Mini MBA, May 29, 2019.
Moderator: Montréal IT Hub Seminar - Investing in Montreal: Know the Opportunities, Trade competitively
Mexico, April 30, 2019.
Moderator: The Future of Mobility (Le futur de la mobilité)
Women’s Infrastructure Network – Quebec/Montréal Chapter, November 1, 2018.
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