Danica Doucette-Preville Associate

Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Year of Call: 2015 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1089

Fax: +1 403-263-9193

Email: danica.dp@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Calgary

Danica Doucette-Preville

Danica Doucette-Preville is an associate in Gowling WLG's Calgary Office. She practises in the areas of international trade, white collar defence & investigations, energy, and wills & estates.

In her international trade law practice, Danica advises the firm's clients in matters involving trade and investment agreements, export/import controls and sanctions as well as embargos, and all aspects of customs compliance, such as tariff classification, origin, valuation, temporary entry, drawback and duty deferral programs, and customs audits/verifications and voluntary disclosures. She also has experience advising on Canada's Special Economic Measures Act, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and bilateral or multilateral free trade or investment agreements, such as NAFTA and CETA.

As a lawyer practicing in business integrity and anti-corruption, Danica has advised on international transactions and investigations around the world and provided advice to clients on compliance with Canada's Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, including building robust internal compliance, corporate social responsibility and business ethics programs, and in performing internal audits or investigations to monitor ongoing compliance.

In her energy law practice, she has participated in a variety of asset acquisitions and related due diligence. She has also advised on foreign acquisitions for exploration and production rights and provided advice to Canadian companies seeking to enter foreign energy markets. She has experience with industry agreements, such as the 1990 and 2007 CAPL agreements, and was a lawyer member of the industry group which created the PJVA/CAPL Pad Site Sharing Agreement.

In her wills and estate practice, Danica drafts wills, enduring powers of attorney and personal directives for clients. She can also assist personal representatives with estate probate and the management of the administration of a deceased's estate or representing a client's interests through litigation. She is currently a sessional instructor of Law 533: Wills and Estates at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Danica worked at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa for over eight years. Danica speaks French fluently and has advanced Spanish language skills. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Women Lawyers (Calgary) and is an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association National Section on International Law where she is the co-chair of the Public International Law Committee. She has previously been a sessional instructor for Law 510: Ethical Lawyering.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2014

    • Community
      Association of Women Lawyers, Director (ongoing)
    • Education
      University of Ottawa, JD Common Law French (Cum Laude)
  • 2006

    • Career
      Global Affairs Canada (previously Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development, Canada)
  • 2005

    • Education
      Queen's University, MA (Philosophy)
  • 2002

    • Education
      University of Alberta, B.Sc.

Media Mentions, External Publications and Public Engagements

  • Moderator, CBA National Webinar, "Publishing What You Pay: Lessons Learned from the First Year Under ESTMA", October 24, 2017
  • Speaker, Gowling WLG Client Event, "International & Domestic Arbitration: An Effective Option for Dispute Resolution", September 21, 2017
  • Speaker, Global Petroleum Show: Africa Oil & Gas Forum, "Doing Business in Africa: What a Canadian Company Needs to Know," June 13, 2017
  • Peer Reviewer, Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law, May 2017
  • Quoted in "Mining Companies Have Until May 30 To Report Any Payments to Foreign Governments," Kitko News, May 26, 2017
  • Author, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, "How Pro Bono Work Made me a Stronger Advocate," May 23, 2017
  • Speaker, Iran-Canada Business Council & Gowling WLG, "Doing Business in Iran", November 28, 2016
  • Quoted in "Canada introduces new controlled exports smuggling offence," World ECR Journal, Issue 52, July 2016
  • Robidoux, Kristine, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "What are the ramifications of the new Canadian federal government's debarment policy?," Ethic Intelligence, June 2015
  • Robidoux, Kristine, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "Government raises bar for behaviour abroad," Lawyers Weekly, May 15, 2015, p.15
  • Robidoux, Kristine, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "Corruption risks facing franchisors," Gowlings, April 2015
  • Hirani, Noren, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "Taking The Bull By The Horns: Addressing Gaps in Calgary's Legal Market," Law Matters, Winter 2014-15, Vol. 39, No. 4