Sylvie is one of Canada’s top litigators, recognized for her versatility representing clients across jurisdictions and industries, in all manner of disputes. She is known nationwide for her strong class action, product liability and commercial disputes experience, and she is one of the few counsel in Canada who defends cases in both Québec and common law provinces.
With a broad litigation practice and extensive experience defending cases in all provinces across Canada, including class actions both pre-certification and at trial, Sylvie has a formidable track record supporting clients in their highest-profile disputes.
Sylvie has been involved in a wide range of litigation matters, including multi-jurisdictional class actions, relating to product liability, drugs and medical devices, banking, privacy, constitutional law, competition law, consumer complaints, civil liability, employment matters, securities, large tort and negligence. She regularly represents clients in the banking, retail, technology, manufacturing, communication, real estate, railway, aviation and pharmaceutical industries in a variety of commercial disputes. Sylvie has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 2021, she successfully represented the Canadian Olympic Committee and Olympian Mandy Bujold against the International Olympic Committee before the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland on a pro bono basis. The legal challenge, which led to Ms. Bujold’s participation at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, raised human rights and discrimination issues on the basis of pregnancy and resulted in a landmark decision for the benefit of female athletes worldwide.
Sylvie was awarded the designation of Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar, a distinction awarded to a limited number of lawyers to honour an outstanding legal career, remarkable contribution to the profession and dedicated efforts to social or community services. She was also recognized by the WXN in 2016 and 2019 as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women and was named 2021 Litigator of the Year by Canadian Law Awards. She is consistently recognized by Benchmark as one of Canada’s top female litigators and by Chambers and other ranking publications for her work in product liability and class action matters.
Sylvie leads our Montréal office, as well as Torys’ national Class Action practice.
|2021||Canadian Lawyer’s 2021 Canadian Law Awards—Gold Winner: Litigator of the Year|
|2020, 2022||Benchmark Litigation—Product Liability Litigator of the Year|
|2016-2023||Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution: class action (defence) and litigation: product liability and litigation: general commercial|
|2022-2023||The Legal 500—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution (Quebec)|
|2022||Benchmark Litigation—Top 100 Women in Canadian Litigation|
|2020-2021||Benchmark Litigation—Top 50 Women in Litigation (Canada)|
|2012-2022||Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star: Ontario and Québec (class actions and commercial)|
|2022||LMG Life Sciences—Leading life sciences lawyer in non-IP litigation and enforcement, product liability|
|2017, 2022||LMG Life Sciences—Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year|
|2019-2020||LMG Life Sciences—Life Sciences Star in product liability|
|2008-2023||Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class action litigation and product liability law|
|2007-2022||The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in class actions (Ontario and Québec) and product liability litigation|
|2013-2022||Who’s Who Legal—Global and National leading lawyer in product liability defence and life sciences|
|2016-2019||Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class actions|
|2016, 2019||Women’s Executive Network (WXN)—Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award|
|2012-2018||Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution: class action|
|2014-2018||Benchmark Litigation—Top 25 Women in Litigation (Canada)|
|2018||Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most frequently recommended lawyer in dispute resolution|
|2014||Ad. E. (Advocatus Emeritus) distinction, Québec Bar|
|2011-2013||Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation (class actions)|
|2002||Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40—One of Canada's leading lawyers under 40|
Sylvie is the founder and Past Chair of the Class Action Section of the Ontario Bar Association and she is still a member of the Executive. In addition, she is the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Task Force on Class Actions, Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Multi-jurisdictional Class Action/Collective Redress Working Group, Co-Chair of the International Class Actions Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of the Québec Bar Class Action Committee and the Ontario Bench-Bar Liaison Committee. She was previously a member of the Advisory Group to the Law Reform Commission regarding the Class Proceeding Act.
Sylvie is a member of the National Board of The Advocates’ Society and the Chair of the Québec Advisory Committee of The Advocates’ Society. In addition, she is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (Class Action and Multi-Party committee, International committee, Product Liability committee), Litigation Counsel of America, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Diversity Law Institute and Trial Law Institute.
She is a sought-after speaker in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. She is a lecturer in advocacy before the civil courts, Québec Bar Admission Course, and a skills instructor with the Advocates’ Society in Québec and Ontario.
Sylvie is a regular judge in the Harvey T. Strosberg Contest (a national competition for the best essay on class actions, open to students at universities across Canada) and a member of the Advisory Board of the ZSA Québec General Counsel Award.
Finally, Sylvie has been the Honorary Chair of the Shelter L’Abri d’espoir in Montréal for the Salvation Army since 2011 and was formerly on The Salvation Army National Advisory Board. She is also a member of the International Society of Female Professionals and a member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), serving in the mentorship program.