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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 - 2018-2022 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2021-2022 (Employee Benefits Law, Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2019-2021 (Pensions and Employee Benefits - Employer)

  • 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)

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.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Co-speaker: Blakes Pensions Update for Multinational Employers
    Blakes Webinar on Employment & Labour, Montréal, Quebec, June 2, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Return to the Office, Work from Home…or Somewhere in Between
    Blakes Webinar on Employment & Labour, Montréal, Quebec, June 1, 2021.
  • Speaker: Recent Developments in the Pension Sector
    Blakes Webinar on Employee Benefits and Pension Plans, Montréal, Quebec, May 27, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Employee Benefits Round-Up
    Blakes Spring Pensions Webcast Series: Recent Developments in Pensions, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Law, Montréal, Quebec, May 20, 2021.
  • Speaker: Travail à distance et mobilité des employés post-pandémie : questions juridiques et fiscales pour les employeurs
    Blakes Webinar on Employment & Labour, Montréal, Quebec, May 19, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Vidéo Prise 2 – Employeurs : embaucher en temps de pandémie et l’impact du vaccin
    Blakes Take 2 Video Series, March 25, 2021.
  • Co-speaker: Quebec Update: Target Benefit Plans
    Blakes Webinar on Employment & Labour, Montréal, Quebec, March 25, 2021.
  • 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 24, 2021.
  • 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.
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Education

M.B.A., HEC Montréal – 2002
Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 1994
LL.B., Université de Montréal – 1993

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