Born in Lac-Saint-Jean, I chose to study in Ottawa to participate in the National Program. I obtained my Civil Law Degree cum laude in 1996 and my Common Law Baccalaureate magna cum laude in 1997.
I am the daughter of a general contractor and have had the desire to pursue my career in Construction law and Municipal law since I was a student, to follow in my father’s footsteps in my own way.
I completed my internship in a professional firm working in Municipal Law. Admitted as a member of the Québec Bar in 1999, I subsequently accepted the position as a prosecutor in civil litigation with the City of Gatineau.
To pursue Construction Law, in 2002 I worked as an employee in a private practice in Gatineau with one of the best lawyers in this field, who is now a judge of the Superior Court.
In 2007, wanting to test my entrepreneurial skills, I decided to branch out on my own and joined the team of a young Gatineau office. Two years later, it was with great pleasure that I opened my own office: Caroline Simard, avocate.
Recognizing the importance of sharing my knowledge, in 2000 I agreed to teach advocacy courses at the University of Ottawa, a class I taught for many years afterwards. Also, I taught a one-year course in the Criminal Law class and the Civil law class to the students from the Techniques Policières at the Cégep de l’Outaouais.
I have also taught the Liability class and Municipal Law class at the University of Ottawa on some occasions.
On request, I also give lectures to members of the APCHQ and to businesses.
In more than 20 years of practice, I have had the opportunity to represent large and small-scale municipalities, entrepreneurs, traders, developers and many individuals in matters related to my fields of specialization, and this, in several areas of law.
These cases brought me before all levels of court in Quebec, including the Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court, as well as acting as legal advisor in several cases of strategic and major importance, to negotiate and draft many contracts, regulations and even procedures at the Supreme Court of Canada.
I also act as an arbitrator in cases of Civil Law and Commercial Law.
I find it important to get involved with my community, which is why I served on the boards of the Caisse Desjardins Hull-Aylmer and the Collège Nouvelles Frontières for many years. I sit on the boards of administration of Fondation de la Fôret Boucher and SPCA de l’Outaouais. I also support several other private organizations working for the animal cause, a cause that is very dear to my heart. In addition, I am a member of the Association des propriétaires constructeurs du Québec (APCHQ).
Sports are a big part of my life. I prioritize horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, kickboxing and fitness training. To relax and escape I ride motorcycles, snowmobiles, and I also read.
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