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Catherine McKenzie

Partner
514 934-7727
Assistant: Jeff Li Ying
514 935-4460 extension 259

Languages : English and French

Quebec Bar — 2000

Catherine began her career at IMK as a second year law student in 1997. She became a member of the Quebec Bar in 2000, and since then, notably through cases such as the constitutional challenge to tobacco advertising restrictions, various large-scale class actions such as Adams v. Amex and Lac Mégantic, has acquired vast trial experience, as well as the opportunity to plead before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.

She has, through her work with individuals and corporations, mainly in employment matters, developed extensive experience in both employees and employer rights, as well as negotiating appropriate settlements for employees who have been dismissed. Catherine also has important experience in injunction matters and other extraordinary recourses such as Anton Piller and Norwich Orders, and professional liability of investment advisers. She is currently a co-lecturer at McGill University, where she teaches Trial Advocacy.

Representative work

Bramante v. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited: McDonald’s in a class action related to claims that the advertising of toys and Happy Meals violates the Quebec Consumer Protection Act. Presently at the certification stage.

Zouzout v. Wayfair LLC: Wayfair LLC in a class action related to price errors appearing on Wayfair’s website. Presently at the certification stage.

Rahim v. the Minister of Immigration and the Gouvernement du Québec: Rahim in a class action for the reimbursement of fees to applicants for a Quebec Selection Certificate affected by the application of a new restrictive selection grid.

El-Alloul v. PGQ : Rania El-Alloul in her motion against the decision of Judge Marengo of the Court of Quebec to refuse to hear her on the grounds that she was wearing a hijab. The case is presently in appeal.

Adams v. Amex:  Adams in a class action against Amex at all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014, to recover hidden foreign exchange commissions for class members.

Lac Mégantic Class Action: Devlar during the certification hearing and participated in the negotiation of the settlement of the matter.

Latif v. Bombardier: Latif in his personal claim for loss of employment income due to Bombardier’s application of a US decision regarding his flight safety status, at all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada in 2015.

Tugliq Énergie S.A.R.L. v. Stolt LNGaz Inc.: Several defendants in injunction proceedings brought before the Superior Court involving a liquefied natural gas facility in Bécancour Quebec.

Blais v. Imperial Tobacco: JTI-MacDonald Inc. in the largest class action in Canada’s history related to product liability claims. Participated in a two and a half year trial. The case is presently in appeal.

JTI-MacDonald Inc. v. Attorney General of Canada: JTI-MacDonald Inc. in an action seeking to have marketing restrictions declared unconstitutional. The case went to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007.

Education

LL.B., B.C.L., McGill University (Great Distinction), 1999
B.A. (Honours) in History, McGill University, 1995

Industry recognition

Ranked “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation in the practice areas of arbitration, class actions, commercial litigation and employment law for 2017

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of commercial and corporate litigation (2014, 2015, 2016) and class actions (2015, 2016).

Ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers and Partners as “up and coming” in Quebec dispute resolution.

Associations

Canadian Bar Association

Professional activities

Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation (2017-2019)

Member of the Advocates’ Society’s SCC Interventions Task Force (2016-current)

Member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Branch, Class Actions Section (2017)

English-speaking section of the Bar of Montreal: member of the Board of Directors (2017-current) and member of the Executive Committee (2014-current)

Member of the Justicia Project group of representatives, 2017-present

Member of the board of directors of Bishop’s College School (2008-2011)

Co-Chairman of the Liaison with Judicial Services Committee of the Montreal Bar (2009-2010)

Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal for Concordia University (2005-2009)

Teaching

Sessional lecturer at the McGill University Faculty of Law in trial advocacy (2006-2010; 2016-current)

Recent publications

Co-author of ‟LegisPratique – Code de procédure Civile annoté”, LexisNexis, 2008-2017 (annual editions)

Co-author of ‟JurisClasseur – Procédure Civile II – Action collective – Avis, déroulement, jugement et mesures d’exécution”, with Mathieu Bouchard and Jean-Michel Boudreau, LexisNexis inc., 2016 and 2017

Recent conferences

Presenting at the ‟Colloque national sur les recours collectifs – développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis (2017)” on transactions in class actions, March 2017

Caselaw Update: 2015 SCC Class Action Decisions, Osgoode Hall Class Action Conference, April 2016

Presented at the ‟Colloque national sur les recours collectifs – développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis (2016)” on execution of class action judgments, March 2016

Introduction to the new Civil Code of Procedure – Appeal provisions, English Bar of Montreal, October 2015

Caselaw Update: 2014 SCC Class Action Decisions, Osgoode Hall Class Action Conference, April 2015

Recours collectifs, droit de la consommation et droit constitutionnel : impacts des arrêts Marcotte c. Banque de Montréal, Marcotte c. Fédération des Caisses Desjardins du Québec et Banque Amex c. Adams de la Cour suprême du Canada, Canadian Bar Association, November, 2014