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Natalie Bussière

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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 - 2018, 2020 and 2021 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 (Employee Benefits Law, Labour and Employment Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2020 (Labour, Employment & Benefits)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits 2020

  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2020

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Pensions)

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Pensions and Employee Benefits - Employer)

Professional Activities

Natalie is a member of the Bar of Montreal, the Quebec Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute. Between 1998 and 2002, she was a member of the Joint Committee of the Bar of Montreal and the Labour Tribunal. Between 2002 and 2008, she sat on the Joint Committee of the Bar of Montreal and the Labour Relations Commission.

Natalie has taught labour law and introduction to international law for several semesters at McGill University (continuing education). During the past several years, she has been a speaker on numerous occasions on the subject of pension plans and employee benefits as well as labour and employment law.

Professional Appearances
  • Co-speaker: Tackling Employee Termination Entitlements - Reasonable Notice in the Era of COVID-19
    Blakes Webinar on Employment & Labour, Montréal, Quebec, August 20, 2020.
  • Co-speaker: Fall Pensions Webcast Series: Quebec Update
    Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Group Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, August 19, 2020.
  • Co-speaker: Loin des yeux, près de l’action : règles d’or du télétravail
    Blakes Continuity Podcast, August 4, 2020.
  • Moderator: COVID-19: Realities and Challenges of Returning to Work – Practical Tips from Businesses
    Blakes Webinar on Employment & Labour, Montréal, Quebec, May 14 2020.
  • Co-speaker: Employment & Labour in the Time of COVID-19
    Blakes Continuity Podcast, April 6, 2020.
  • Speaker: Recent Rulings and Trends for Pension Plans
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, February 20, 2020.
  • Co-speaker: Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, November 28, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: Employment and Social Benefits in a Gig Economy
    2019 Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Practice Group Global Meeting, Lex Mundi, 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, Quebec, October 4, 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Managing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Blakes Labour & Employment Group Client Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 14, 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Social Media Issues in the Workplace
    2018 Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Global Meeting, Lex Mundi, Lisbon, Portugal, May 30-June 1, 2018.
  • Speaker: Recent Legislative Developments - Quebec Pension Law
    Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Group Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, May 8, 2018.
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M.B.A., HEC Montréal - 2002
Admitted to the Quebec Bar - 1994
LL.B., Université de Montréal - 1993
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