Marc-André De Sève
Director & President
Marc-André has a college diploma as a paralegal and a certificate in business law, with more than 15 years’ experience in the legal field, primarily in corporate and transactional law, handling mergers and acquisitions.
He is currently a paralegal with Canadian Royalties Inc., which owns major nickel, copper, platinum and palladium deposits in Nunavik. Through this challenging work, he is acquiring new knowledge in the mining and environmental sector while expanding his knowledge of litigation, commercial law, corporate law and intellectual property.
Finally, he is president and a member of the board of directors of CAP as well as chief editor of the law magazine Liaison, to promote and raise the profile of paralegals in the law and business sectors and seek professional order status in the short term for this profession.
Vice-president and director, Quebec
Since the start of her practice in 2008, Maude Simard has worked in notary offices as well as in law firms where her main duties are related to Real Estate, Corporate and Notarial law. She is currently working as an independent legal technician. Her primary functions are to process residential, commercial and corporate property matters.
Furthermore, she performs researches in different governmental databases such as the Land Registry, the Registry of Personal and Movable Rights and the Enterprise Registrar. Within the scope of her duties, she is additionally called upon to draw up different types of contracts essentially in regards to movable and immovable mortgages, deeds of sale, bonds and other legislative acts.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Paralegals (CAP)
Member of the Development Committee – Quebec Region (CAP)
Member of the Recognition of the Profession – (CAP)
Diploma of College Studies – Legal Technician, François-Xavier Garneau College, 2008
Certificate of Law – Université Laval, 2010
Multidisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree, Law and Political Science, Université Laval, 2014
Masters of Law Degree – Business Law, underway
Secretary and director
Treasurer and director
René-Martin completed his college degree as a paralegal at Ahuntsic College in December 2000. He then followed advanced English courses at McGill University. Once his studies completed, he pursued a career in corporate law and worked in many law firms as well as notary offices. He is presently employed by the National Bank of Canada in the Legal Affairsdepartment, always in the corporate law and securities field. René-Martin was a volunteer member in the CAP event committee from 2014 to 2016 and Board member since June 2016.
Subsequently, in 1994, as a sideline to his paralegal career, René-Martin becomes an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, part of our Canadian Armed Forces. In 2012, he received the Diamond Jubilee medal from Queen Elizabeth II. He also volunteered in many social events such as the Weekend to end women’s cancers, Moisson Montréal, the Tyndale St-Georges of Montreal community center as well as the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
Geneviève Forget is an experienced paralegal who has been specializing in various areas of business law for over ten years. As a senior paralegal with Fasken Martineau’s business law group in Montréal, she works on transactional and fiscal operations for various corporations and non-profit organizations. Geneviève holds a diploma of collegial studies in administration, and has studied law at Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal.
Geneviève helps business and tax law lawyers prepare closing documents for various corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, as well as commercial and tax reorganizations. She verifies minutes books and does various searches on companies in the context of due diligences. She also prepares documentation, for the firm’s clientele and lawyers, relating to incorporations, organizations, amendments, extensions, mergers, dissolutions, roll-overs, trust creations, estate freezings, share transfers and securities transactions.
Member of the board of directors of the Association des Grands Frères et Grandes Sœurs du Québec since November 2010
Member and director of the board of the Conjugal Violence Priority Committee (CVPC) since 2002
Member of the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Paralegals (CAP)
Member of the education committee of the Canadian Association of Paralegals (CAP)
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Sara Hawkins is a Court Officer with the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Family Division where she assists lawyers and self-represented clients in family matters. Sara has 10 years’ experience in the legal field with the last 3 years in Family Law and Child Protection matters. Previous to that, she worked for 7 years in private practice specializing in Wills and Estates and Real Property.
She graduated in 2007 with a diploma in Paralegal Studies and is a Certified Service Professional.
In her spare time, Sara volunteers with St. John Ambulance and is a Spark Leader with Girl Guides of Canada. Sara is looking forward to serving CAP as a member of the Board of Directors and would like to CAP recognized across Canada as the professional organization for Paralegals in Canada
Dominique Myner is a paralegal specialised in real-estate.
She began her career in the legal world in 1986. Her experience in large notarial and law firms, such as Stikeman Elliott and Watson Poitevin, made her touch many fields of the law, including litigation, commercial and notarial law.
She works, since 1997, within the Legal Services of Suncor Energy Inc., an energy company doing business under the Petro-Canada banner. She is responsible of the real-estate transactions for the Québec and Atlantic provinces.
Dominique analyzes, negotiates and approves commercial and real-estate transactions related to the corporation’s properties and service stations. She performs legal searches, drafts and registers documents at the Registre foncier du Québec, formulates documents and processes and deals with various aspects of the environmental legislation. She also appoints and supervises outside legal counsels needed to provide legal opinions or to conclude matters.
Member and Director of the Canadian Association of Paralegals (CAP)
Member of the Marketing Committee of CAP
Valérie holds notably a bachelor degree in Finance from Concordia University, a certificate in law from University of Montreal and a certificate in real estate from Lasalle College. She has more than 13 years of experience in the legal field primarily in corporate and transactional law.
Since August 2016, she is a paralegal at Enerkem Inc., a company manufacturing biofuels and renewable chemical products from non-recyclable waste. Her main tasks consist among other things in drawing up, verifying and negotiating non-disclosure agreements with third parties, reviewing and negotiating contracts between the corporation and other parties, managing the corporate files of the Corporation and its subsidiaries, prepare resolutions, performs researches in different governmental databases, legalizing documents etc.
Dynamic, ambitious and tenacious, she set up several goals for herself and besides the fact that she ardently wants to invest herself at Enerkem and contribute to its expansion, one of her main goal is to make a positive difference in the life of the people she meets, as well as in her community, by giving some of her time to different organisms and associations of whichThe Canadian Association of Paralegal. Her favorite motto is the following: « My Goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be » Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
Having accumulated a solid experience with large-scale law firms, Lina Mercier currently practices as a paralegal at Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc. As such, she mainly works in securities and corporate law under the supervision of the Vice President and General Counsel. Previously, she assisted lawyers in the preparation of the necessary documents to effect incorporations, amendments, continuations, dissolutions, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and other share transactions.
She is a member of CAP since 2007 and has served as President of CAP’s Business Law Lunch Committee from 2009 to 2012. She is also a speaker/trainer for CAP since 2016.