Emmanuel Bergé completed a BA in Management of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) at l’Institut administratif et économique (IAE) in Poitiers, France.
He was manager of key accounts at Randstad for 10 years and went on to work as development manager at la Fédération française du bâtiment for 13 years. Thanks to this experience and his resourcefulness, organizational abilities and listening skills, Emmanuel is highly qualified in marketing and commerce. Always ready to meet professional and personal challenges (Family tour of Europe in 2015-2016). His taste for challenge and travel brought him to Montreal in 2018 and he joined the Novum Legal team in May, 2020.
He is proud to be contributing to Novum Legal’s development and to share its values of integrity, justice and leadership.
Joëlle Boutros joined the Novum team in September 2020 as a paralegal.
She first began her legal career as an Assistant in 2013. Wanting to expand her legal knowledge, she decided to continue her studies and graduated as a paralegal in 2018.
Dynamic, trilingual and with unparalleled customer service, she is proud to be the first contact for all legal consultation requests made by clients.
She also supports the team of lawyers regarding all legal research.
Alice Alex Dufour has more than 10 years of experience as an administrative/legal assistant and joined the Novum team in the fall of 2019 as an administration and accounting coordinator/legal and management assistant. Anticipation, efficiency, dedication, discretion and professionalism are his watchwords at work.
She works closely with the management team to ensure fluidity between the Novum teams and takes care of the administration/accounting aspect. She is also responsible for managing supplier accounts and therefore provides direct links with them in addition to taking care of customer invoicing.
Julie Guillot joined the Novum team in the fall of 2021 as a Legal Assistant.
Julie chose Novum Legal to gain experience in the legal field and is proud to be part of such a dedicated and professional team.
Dynamic, she assists the lawyers in their daily tasks, while helping the paralegal with legal consultation requests.
Laetitia holds a law degree from the University of Montreal. She worked as an assistant/paralegal in different firms and then acted as a law student in one of them. These experiences have allowed her to touch several facets of the attorney profession as well as to strengthen her analysis, writing and legal research capacities. Laetitia is passionate about human rights and holds a certificate in international humanitarian law from the University of Louvain. This field of interest has also led her to act as coordinator of a research project in comparative law relating to the situation of Lebanese women in the face of religious and civil divorce, since 2018. Thanks to this experience, Laetitia was able to develop her sense of collaboration and organization.
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in civil law and a Certificate of Qualification in Common Law, Me Katherine Pelletier has been navigating for the past eight years mainly in the field of health and personal injury law. First a lawyer in a litigation boutique law firm renowned in New Brunswick, Me Pelletier made the leap into the public sector working as a Senior Business Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Health, Subrogation Unit. Member in good standing of the Law Society of New Brunswick (2015-2019), Ontario (since 2017) and Bar of Quebec (since 2014), she has had the opportunity to work on several occasions on cases involving multi-jurisdictional aspects. Co-founder of the Juripop Legal Clinic, Me Pelletier wishes to continue to contribute to the democratization of justice by helping to make it more accessible.
Me Marianne Routhier-Caron holds a bachelor’s degree in law and will soon complete a master in labour law at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2014. Before joining the team at Novum, Me Routhier-Caron practised in firms that worked in the areas of collective and individual labour relations as well as occupational health and safety. She has been called upon to litigate on numerous occasions before administrative tribunals and also before superior courts including the Quebec Court of Appeal. In addition, Routhier-Caron has built a practice in university administrative law. She is interested in representing individuals and vulnerable groups and currently sits as administrator on the board of directors for the Réseau d’entraide de Verdun.
As a member of the Quebec Bar since 1975, Mr. Sciortino is fluent in several languages. He began his practice with Mr. Bernard Mergler, recognized as one of the top civil rights attorneys.
Prior to mastering labour law, Mr. Sciortino practiced penal and immigration law, representing refugees from countries across the Americas, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, while devoting his time to union and student association certifications, negotiations, arbitrations, and claims at the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Administrative Labour Tribunal.
He is experienced in administrative law, judicial review, injunctions, and contempt to court, as well as damage claims concerning unionized, social, political, and cultural associations. Throughout his career, he has pleaded in front of almost every Quebec and Federal Tribunals.
In labour law, Mr. Sciortino has solid experience in the industrial, public, and communications sectors.
He has represented young Vietnamese students who arrived in Canada during the war and were later considered to be agents of a foreign power, as well as Salvadorian journalist Victor Regalado, presumed by the Canadian government of being a threat to the security of the state and the Canadian public. The latter case was pleaded in front of both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Civil and Political Rights Committee of the United Nations.
Mr. Sciortino also represented political prisoners during the Pinochet dictatorship, travelling to Chile on several occasions from 1975–85.
More recently, he served as one of the principal attorneys representing student associations during the general strike in 2012. During that time, he represented Mr. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, originally found guilty of contempt of court by the Quebec Superior Court, but acquitted by the Quebec Court of Appeal and finally by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2017.
Mr. Sciortino is a keen observer of the daily news and current events, having had articles pertaining to judicial, social, and political issues published in several of Quebec’s major newspapers.
Today, bringing his vast experience from the well-established legal firm originally founded by him in 1975, Mr. Sciortino has accepted a new challenge in becoming a part of a new legal firm, NOVUM LEGAL, composed of young, dynamic lawyers.
François has progressed in the Ecomm industry over the past 7 years, specializing in strategic operations scalability and deployment of customer centric initiatives. Prior to joining Novum, François built and led several teams at the Montreal based company Altitude Sports where his communication and leadership skills flourished.
His ability to generate synergy between the different components of a business and his experience in the constant deployment of value will be key in growing Novum footprint.
With a Bachelor’s degree (2007) and a Master’s degree (2010) in law from l’Université Laval, Yves Tanguay pursued doctoral studies in constitutional law for eight years at l’Université Laval and at l’Université Paris-2 Panthéon-Assas. From 2013 to 2017, he taught constitutional law at the Faculty of Law of l’Université Laval.
Me Tanguay is also author of different publications, notably for JurisClasseur Québec, l’Association québécoise de droit constitutionnel, the UBC Law Review, les Presses de l’Université Laval and the McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Alyssa Tavares joined the Novum team in January 2022 as a Paralegal intern. She is in the process of finishing her legal technique at Ahuntsic College.
She worked for 4 years in the field of customer service, which makes her very comfortable making the first contact with customers when they need a consultation for legal advice.
She is also responsible for conducting legal research and drafting procedures.
Alyssa is trilingual, dynamic, and is always ready to lend a hand to her co-workers.
Andreea Tulba joined Novums’ team during her 2021 Winter semester as part of her Bachelor of Laws from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Currently a candidate to the practice of the profession of lawyer, she wishes to be able to represent litigants in defending their rights as well as contribute to the improvement of the justice system. As a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, she is perseverant, positive and always up for a challenge. Moreover, she practices as a residential real estate broker which inspirits her particular interests in housing and real estate law.
Polyxeni Michelakis joined the Novum team in January 2023 as a legal assistant.
Having worked for more than 10 years in the hotel and restaurant industry, customer service has always been essential for Polyxeni, which makes her comfortable making the first contact with clients and is always helpful in assisting the lawyers in their daily tasks.
Polyxeni is trilingual, dynamic, and always ready to lend a hand to her colleagues.
Sarah joined Novum’s team October 2022, she’s spent the last 6 years developing new services and products with the goal of making services that are both accessible and used by clients.
Before joining the team at Novum she worked at ASEQ | Studentcare, developing new services for students ranging from Telehealth to Novum’s Legal Services. She has Bachelor of Commerce, with a double major in Marketing and Management from John Molson School of Business.
She works primarily with the Development Team, the Director of Legal Services and Executive Team.
Me Maryse Larocque is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal where she completed a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) as well as the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and the Master’s degree in North American Common Law (L.L.M.). She was called to the Quebec Bar in 2014.
Before joining Novum, Me Larocque practised civil and family law and is also a certified family mediator.
Passionate about the human aspect of the practice of law, Me Larocque is involved in the community. She volunteered for the Women’s Centre of Montreal’s legal information clinic for a few years and is now a member of the board of directors of the organization SOS violence conjugale. Me Larocque is also involved with Justice Pro Bono and has participated in a legal information clinic in Quebec’s Far North.
Before joining the Quebec Bar as a lawyer, Me Kebli completed her university degree at Université de Montréal during which she had the opportunity to explore public and comparative international law as an exchange student in France at Université de Strasbourg. In addition, her commitment to the community bears witness to the altruism that drives her on a daily basis, and which is reflected in the various jobs she has held in the real estate, aviation and healthcare fields. Thanks to her ability to communicate easily and as a certified mediator, Me Kebli will identify your needs and defend your cause with professionalism and integrity.
Luc joined the Novum team in October 2023 as a paralegal.
He holds a law degree and completed his studies at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in 1993.
During his thirty years in the legal field, Luc has developed skills in general civil law, consumer law, labour law as well as commercial and corporate law.
He assists the team of lawyers in the analysis, research and drafting.
Me Desfonds holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and a Juris Doctor (J.D.). She articled and began her career with legal aid in the fields of administrative law and housing law, where she represented clients before various civil and administrative tribunals.
Me Desfonds also worked as a lawyer in a community organization setting, where she participated in the development of various projects aimed at defending the interests of the most vulnerable and ensuring access to justice for all.
A member of the Bar since January 2022, Me Desfonds joined the Novum team in November 2023.
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