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, mass 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 the Advocate Society's Québec Advisory Board.
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 as one of Canada's Top 100 Women.
Sylvie has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Canada.
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Ad. E. (Advocatus Emeritus) distinction, Québec Bar, 2014
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class action litigation (2008-2018) and product liability (2010-2018), Ontario and Québec
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, dispute resolution: class action (defence) (2016-2018)
Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class actions (2016-2018) and cross-border litigation (2016)
Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution: class action (2012-2018)
Benchmark Litigation— Top 25 Women in Litigation (Canada) (2014-2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in class actions, Ontario and Québec (2007-2018)
Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal—Leading lawyer in product liability defence (2016-2018) and life sciences (2013-2018)
Legal Media Guide’s (LMG) Life Sciences Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year (2017)
Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2016)
Lexpert's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation (class actions) (2011 and 2013)
Benchmark Canada—Litigation star, Ontario and Québec (2012-2014)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, trial lawyer honorary society
Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/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"
In addition to her class action activities listed above, Sylvie has been a judge in the Harvey T. Strosberg Prize (a national contest for the best essay on class actions, open to students at universities across Canada). She is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (Class action and multi-party committee, international committee, product liability committee), on the Litigation Committee-Executive of the International Bar Association, an executive member National Litigation section, the Founder and Past Chair, Class Action Section Executive and a lecturer in advocacy before the civil courts, Québec Bar Admission Course. She is also a skills instructor with the Advocate Society in Québec and Ontario and a sought after speaker in Canada, U.S. and abroad.
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
Sylvie is a Skills Instructor and a member of the Québec Advisory Committee for The Advocates' Society. Sylvie is also a member of the Advisory Board of the ZSA Quebec General Counsel Award, the International Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Litigation Counsel of America, the Defense Research Institute and the Class Action Committee of the Québec Bar. Sylvie is also on the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee for Ontario and she was previously a member of the Advisory Group to the Law Reform Commission regarding the Class Proceeding Act.
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