Jean-Pierre
Lévesque

Title : Lawyer, partner Year of call : 2006

Expertise : business law | agricultural and agri-food law | cannabis law

Hotline: 581 543-2644

Jean-Pierre Lévesque has a practice centered mainly in business law. He supports a clientele of SMEs and large-scale companies for corporate reorganization, transfer to succession and share and asset purchase and sale transactions in Quebec and across Canada. His expertise is also sought after when setting up venture capital financing and in conflict situations between partners or shareholders. He favors a practical, result-oriented approach.

Me Lévesque is also one of the rare Quebec lawyers to actively practice in the field of regulatory compliance surrounding the bio-food and cannabis industries. He is regularly invited as a speaker or trainer in certain events and organizations, notably the Canadian Agricultural Review Board.

Assistant: Josée Pellerin

Expertise

  • Business law (agriculture and agrifood law, banking law, commercial law, corporate law, cooperative law, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, governance, nonprofit organizations, intellectual property)
  • agricultural and agri-food law
  • Cannabis Law

Education

  • LL.B., Université Laval (2005)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre, Saguenay (2005 and 2015 to present)
  • Nutrinor Coopérative, Saguenay
  • Dufour Côté Larouche Avocats, Saguenay
  • Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec, Quebec City

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Trainer invited to the annual training sessions conducted for administrative judges, Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal
  • Overview of the Canadian food safety system, training provided in 2021 to law and biology students at the Université de Sherbrooke
  • Recognition, innovation, or food fraud? Webinar for the Événement les affaires (2017)
  • Training on the roles and responsibilities of cooperative directors, given to Nutrinor Cooperative directors (2016)

Associations, committees, boards

  • President, Market Surveillance Committee, Reserved Designations and Added-Value Claims Board
  • Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, Canadian Association for Food law and Policy
  • Member of the Board of Directors and President of the Jury for the Gala des Dubus (2020 et 2021), Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Saguenay – Le Fjord
  • Observer on the Board of Directors, Hub Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Member, Fundraising committee for the Fondation mère Françoise Simard
  • Member, Club Rotary Rive Nord
  • Treasurer and administrator, Fondation communautaire du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean
  • Canadian Risk Management (CRM) certification, from the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Member, board of directors, Caisse Desjardins de la Rive-Nord du Saguenay
  • Former vice-chair, board of directors, Coopérative funéraire de Chicoutimi (previously)
  • Former member, Quebec Bar corporate lawyers’ committee (previously)

Distinctions

  • Canadian Risk Management (CRM) holder, issued by the Risk and Insurance Management Society