Sylvie has a broad litigation practice with extensive experience defending class actions across Canada as well as other corporate commercial matters. In addition to leading our Montréal office, Sylvie continues her litigation practice in both our Montréal and Toronto offices.
Sylvie has been involved in a wide range of high profile multi-jurisdictional class actions relating to banking, drugs and medical devices, price-fixing allegations, consumer complaints, civil liability, employment matters, securities, large tort and negligence. She has represented clients in the banking, tobacco, retail, technology, manufacturing, communication, railway, aviation and pharmaceutical industries.
Sylvie is the founder and Past Chair of the Class Action Section of the Ontario Bar Association, 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, the Ontario Bench-Bar Liaison Committee and is the Chair of the Québec Advisory Committee of the Advocates’ Society.
In September 2014, 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.
Sylvie has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Canada, including before the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution: class action (defence); litigation: product liability (2016-2021); recognized practitioner in litigation: Québec (2016-2020)
Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution: class action (2012-2018)
Benchmark Litigation—Product Liability Litigator of the Year (2020)
Benchmark Litigation—Top 50 Women in Litigation, Canada (2020)
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (Ontario and Quebec) (Class Actions, Commercial) (2012-2020)
LMG Life Sciences—Life Sciences Star in product liability (2019-2020)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class action litigation, product liability law (2008-2021)
Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class actions (2016-2019) and cross-border litigation (2016)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most frequently recommended lawyer in dispute resolution (2018)
Ad. E. (Advocatus Emeritus) distinction, Québec Bar, 2014
Benchmark Litigation—Top 25 Women in Litigation (Canada) (2014-2018)
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in class actions, Ontario and Québec (2007-2020); litigation - product liability (2017-2020)
Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in product liability defence (2016-2019) and life sciences (2013-2019)
Legal Media Guide’s (LMG) Life Sciences Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year (2017)
Women’s Executive Network (WXN)—Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2016, 2019)
Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation (class actions) (2011 and 2013)
Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Litigation lawyer to watch (2007)
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—25 litigators to watch (2006)
Lexpert/Thomson’s Guide to the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada—25 litigators to watch (2006)
Lexpert Magazine, September 2002—“Top 40 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. 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, the Ontario Bench-Bar Liaison Committee and is the Chair of the Québec Advisory Committee of the Advocates’ Society. She is a lecturer in advocacy before the civil courts, Québec Bar Admission Course. She was previously a member of the Advisory Group to the Law Reform Commission regarding the Class Proceeding Act. She is also a skills instructor with the Advocates’ Society in Québec and Ontario. She is a sought-after speaker in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.
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 International Association of Defense Counsel (Class Action and Multi-Party committee, International committee, Product Liability committee),
Finally, Sylvie is a member of the Advisory Board of the ZSA Québec General Counsel Award.
Before joining Torys, Sylvie was a partner at another major national firm.
Sylvie has been the Honorary Chair of the Shelter L’Abri d’espoir in Montréal for the Salvation Army since 2011. She is also a member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and she was formerly on The Salvation Army National Advisory Board.
Memberships and Affiliations
Québec Bar Class Action Committee
Canadian Bar Association
International Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
Litigation Counsel of America
Defense Research Institute
Diversity Law Institute
Trial Law Institute
The Advocates’ Society
• Education Standing Committee
• Québec Advisory Committee (Chair)
ZSA QGCA Advisory Board
WXN, including mentorship program
Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, class actions, Ontario
International Association of Defense Counsel
Other Media Highlights
"Class action battles to shift to trial court from motions hearings", National Post, November 28, 2012
"International suits becoming a growth area", National Post, May 30, 2012
"Class-action speed bump", Lexpert, December 2011
"CBA council to debate class action management", The Lawyers Weekly, August 12, 2011
"Class actions are getting more action", National Post, June 1, 2011
"No harm done", National magazine, Droit-inc.com, June 2011
"Group To Tackle Issue of Multiple Lawsuits", National Post, April 21, 2010
"CBA Tackles National Class Actions", Law Times, February 22, 2010