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Université du Québec à Montréal
Pierre Renaud is Counsel in the firm’s Montréal office. A seasoned advisor in the environmental and sustainable development sector in Québec, Mr. Renaud has a leading role in the Business Law Group as head of the Environmental Group for the Québec region.
Mr. Renaud’s strategic advice to clients includes guiding them from the outset of their projects through social acceptability, authorization, consultation and public participation processes, including that of Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE).
Mr. Renaud’s professional path as a strategic leader, known for being results-oriented and having innovative ideas, has been unique. As president of the BAPE from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Renaud was responsible for the appointment and monitoring of more than 40 inquiry commissions (public hearings and mediations), and for the production and tabling of reports to the Minister of the Environment, not only on mandates such as the Romaine hydroelectric complex and the Canadian Malartic gold mine project, but also on mandates as diverse as shale gas, wind turbine small hydropower and landfill projects. Mr. Renaud has overseen more than 85 information and consultation mandates for the government.
By implementing the Québec government’s first sustainable development plan, Mr. Renaud made sustainable development a priority for BAPE. Through his modernization initiatives, he introduced facilitation into the public hearing process, giving citizens and promoters opportunities to coordinate solutions in project implementations. Mr. Renaud also established rules of conduct and a Statement of Ethics applicable to inquiry commissions, and revised the members’ Code of Conduct to establish rules to prevent conflicts of interest, such as those relating to the appointment board members.
From 1993 to 1996, while acting as BAPE’s commissioner, Mr. Renaud sat on three inquiry commissions of public hearings — two as chair — and successfully led the mediations of two inquiry commissions. In 1994, he produced La médiation en environnement: une nouvelle approche au BAPE, which resulted in the mediation process now used by BAPE.
As vice-president of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Québec from 2001 to 2007, Mr. Renaud played a key role in the planning and development of various strategic projects. In particular, he led a fundraising campaign of almost $27 million, the establishment with the Government of Québec of a protected area program, and the negotiation with Domtar for the acquisition of 40 km2 of land to create the 64 km2 Parc des monts Sutton, the largest private park east of the Rockies.
Mr. Renaud was a member of the Government of Québec's Conseil de la conservation et de l’environnement for three years, where he chaired working groups for the development of Avis sur le développement durable et l’administration publique québécoise and Avis sur la protection des boisés urbains.
Early in his career, Mr. Renaud was a legal advisor for the Québec Ministry of the Environment and Hydro-Québec.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Renaud taught for more than 10 years in the Master’s program in environmental law at the Université de Sherbrooke and the Bachelor's program at Université du Québec à Montréal. He has co-authored two books on mediation, authored nearly 20 articles and reports, and presented at more than 60 conferences and other events on mediation, the environmental assessment process and BAPE. In 1997, he received the Prix du meilleur article étranger 1996 (« award for best foreign paper ») from La revue générale des routes, Paris, France for his article, "La médiation et les conflits entourant les projets d’infrastructures routières."
Mr. Renaud received his law degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1986 and was admitted to the Québec bar in 1987. He studied international law at the Université de Nairobi in Kenya in 1992 and obtained an MPA from the École nationale d’administration publique in 1996.
Québec's environmental assessment process, the BAPE and the new federal environmental assessment process
Le Point : Natural Resources conducts a feature- interview with Pierre Renaud on social acceptability
Le Point : Natural Resources conducts a feature- interview with Pierre Renaud on sustainable development for Québec companies
Le Point : Natural Resources conducts an exclusive interview with Pierre Renaud on issues related to governance and sustainable development at the BAPE
McCarthy Tétrault welcomes Pierre Renaud