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Natacha Dupuis

What drove me to become an in-house lawyer was the opportunity to combine my legal skills with my strong business acumen. Over the past 20 years, I have managed complex and diverse files, both in Canada and abroad. I love helping my clients achieve their goals, while minimizing legal and business risks!

On a personal and professional level, I like to embrace new challenges, including in the practice of endurance sports, such as triathlon. My free time is mostly shared between moments spent with family and training.

Year admitted to the Bar

1998

Languages

French, English

Lawyer entrepreneur at Delegatus since

2021

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Education
  • LL.B., Law, University of Montreal | 1996

Biography

Regardless of the business environment, Natacha Dupuis brings a wide range of experiences in corporate and commercial law, with specific expertise in project and risk management, as well as the drafting, revision and negotiation of commercial contracts. With her extensive 20-year experience as manager of legal affairs and legal counsel, she has worked for a wide variety of public and private companies, including in the biotechnology, engineering, transportation and manufacturing industries.

Natacha has acquired a unique versatility and comprehensive vision about the challenges companies face in Canada and internationally, including Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia. With her strong business sense, her keen insight on legal issues and her team spirit, she has led numerous major projects, including the implementation of in-house legal departments.

Natacha has overseen a variety of critical issues, such as corporate reorganizations, the management of expansion projects and the creation of foreign businesses, as well as financing. Throughout her career, she has also assisted boards of directors with internal management, preparing meetings and minutes, as well as maintaining their books while ensuring their compliance with the various applicable laws, regulations and practices.


In-house experience

As legal counsel at Volvo Group, Natacha provided legal advice and opinions on various matters related to the North American operations of Nova Bus and Prevost with respect to applicable laws and regulations, as well as internal Volvo Group policies. She also drafted, negotiated and provided opinions on commercial contracts, including in the context of Canadian and U.S. procurement contracts and contract bidding processes with customers. She was also actively involved in the management of intellectual property files, as well as in privacy issues related to new technologies, such as telematics.

Prior to working at Volvo Group, Natacha was director of legal affairs at Foliot Furniture, where she managed, from a legal standpoint, various critical business issues, including financing, proposed business acquisitions, and the expansion of the company’s production activities in Canada and internationally. She has previously worked as legal counsel for GEA Canada, for ART Advanced Research Technologies, as well as for Telesystem.


Important mandates
  • Drafting and negotiation of framework and supply agreements with key suppliers of Volvo Group Canada, including for the procurement of electric batteries and the implementation of automation technologies.
  • Drafting and active participation in the negotiation of critical contracts for Nova Bus' transformation and production expansion plan, including the construction contract for the expansion of the Saint-François-du-Lac plant and the implementation of new facilities for prototyping development.
  • Negotiation and drafting of commercial leases, in Canada and internationally – United States and Vietnam.
  • Corporate secretarial management at Foliot Furniture and various private companies, as well as a non-profit organization.
  • In multi-disciplinary teams of engineers and project managers, project management and negotiation, drafting and review of various commercial agreements, including financing, in the context of the implementation of the Foliot Furniture plant in Mirabel, dedicated to the production of melamine panels.
  • Active participation in the implementation of Foliot Furniture’s production plant in Vietnam.
  • Management of GEA Group’s Canadian legal entities’ restructuring, together with the German-based parent company and several internal and external stakeholders.
  • Drafting and review of commercial agreements in the field of biotechnology, including collaborative agreements and pilot projects with universities, research centers and health institutions.
  • Development of various corporate policies.
  • Internal training on various legal issues, including compliance and workplace harassment.

Community engagement
  • Co-Chair of the governing board of Alpha Elementary school | 2012-2015
  • Chair and member of the board of directors of Peluche et Aventure Childcare Centre | 2008-2012