Guy Régimbald Partner


Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2016 - Nunavut

Year of Call: 2007 - Quebec

Year of Call: 2002 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0197

Fax: +1 613-563-9869

Email: guy.regimbald@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa



Guy Régimbald

Guy Régimbald is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, and a national practice group leader of the Administrative Law Practice Group. Guy’s practice specializes in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, Aboriginal law, trademark and copyright law, and taxation.

As a member of Gowling WLG's Supreme Court of Canada Services Group, Guy has appeared as lead counsel or co-counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in many high-profile cases, and been involved as agent or adviser in many more. Guy prepares applications for leave to appeal to the Court, represents clients on appeals and motions, and guides clients through all the stages of the Supreme Court process. Notably, he was cited in Lexpert magazine's Top Ten Cases of 2014 for his representation of Claude Robinson in Cinar Corporation v. Robinson and of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia. He was also cited in Lexpert magazine's Top Ten Cases of 2016 for his representation of the Assembly of First Nations in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development).

Guy has also appeared as counsel in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as all levels of court in Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon. He's also appeared before many administrative tribunals.

A prolific writer, Guy is the author of Canadian Administrative Law and co-author of The Law of the Canadian Constitution, two major treatises published by LexisNexis. They have been cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada (in the case of the former) and other courts throughout Canada in many reported decisions. Guy is also a co-author of Supreme Court of Canada Practice (Carswell), the definitive guide to practice and procedure at Canada's highest Court.

In his constitutional and administrative law practice, Guy advises clients on issues related to the division of powers and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He also advises clients on other government and regulatory issues, including on lobbying requirements that may arise in government relations.

Guy's Aboriginal law practice is focused on Aboriginal and treaty rights, self-government, Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, as well as First Nations taxation. He advises and represents First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.

Since 2014, Guy has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property every year as a star in trademark and copyright law. In 2018, Guy was elected on the Canadian Bar Association's Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee, as well as Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Bar Association's Administrative Law Section; and since 2016, he has been elected to serve on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law section as well as the Administrative Law section, and the Canadian Bar Association's Administrative Law section.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Guy clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Rothstein and the Honourable Mr. Justice Major of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as for Mr. Justice Marc Noël at the Federal Court of Appeal (now Chief Justice). Guy also worked for the Department of Justice in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section, the Privy Council of Canada in Intergovernmental Affairs, and was a part-time professor in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and International Law at the University of Ottawa.

Guy practises law in both official languages.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Managing Intellectual Property 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Lexpert magazine's Top Ten Cases of 2014 (Cinar Corporation v. Robinson and Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia)
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Managing Intellectual Property: star in trademark and copyright law
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      June2014
      Managing IP ’s Trade Mark & Copyright Handbook 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Managing Intellectual Property : star in trademark and copyright law
  • 2007

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2007
      Year of Call, Quebec
  • 2003

    • Education
      2003
      University of Oxford, BCL
  • 2002

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2002
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2001

    • Education
      2001
      University of Ottawa, LLB
  • 1998

    • Education
      1998
      University of Ottawa, Bsc

Memberships

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Law Society of Upper Canada

Books

  • Co-author of "Supreme Court of Canada Practice", (Toronto: Carswell), annual publication.
  • G. Régimbald & D. Newman, Law of the Canadian Constitution, (2nd ed., LexisNexis, 2017).
  • G. Régimbald, Canadian Administrative Law, (2nd ed., LexisNexis, 2015), 601 p.
  • G. Régimbald, Halsbury's Law Laws of Canada - Division of Powers, (2nd ed., LexisNexis, 2014).
  • G. Régimbald & D. Newman, Law of the Canadian Constitution (LexisNexis, 2013), 894 p.
  • G. Régimbald & M. Estabrooks, Halsbury's Law Laws of Canada - Administrative Law, (2nd ed., LexisNexis, 2013).
  • G. Régimbald, with DeBeer et al., Standards of Review of Federal Administrative Tribunals, (4th ed., LexisNexis, 2012).
  • G. Régimbald, Halsbury's Law Laws of Canada - Division of Powers, (LexisNexis, 2011).
  • G. Régimbald, Halsbury's Law Laws of Canada - Administrative Law, (LexisNexis, 2008).
  • G. Régimbald, Canadian Administrative Law, (Toronto: LexisNexis), 500 p.G. Régimbald, with Blais et al., Standards of Review of Federal Administrative Tribunals, 2007 ed. (Toronto: Butterworths, 2007).
  • G. Régimbald, with Blais et al., Standards of Review of Federal Administrative Tribunals, 2005 ed. (Toronto: Butterworths, 2005) 326 p.
  • G. Régimbald, with Blais et al., Standards of Review of Federal Administrative Tribunals, (Toronto: Butterworths, 2003) 263 p.

Articles published in Law Journals

  • "The Standard of Review in Administrative Law Decisions", in T.L. Archibald & R.S. Echlin, Annual Review of Civil Litigation, (Toronto, Carswell : 2010).
  • G. Régimbald, "Correctness, Reasonableness and Proportionality : A New Standard of Judicial Review" (2005) 31 Man. L.J. 239.
  • G. Régimbald, "L'exemption constitutionnelle comme remede pour préserver la validité constitutionnelle d'une loi violant les principes non écrits de la Constitution" [2005] 18 N.J.C.L. 43.

Conferences

  • Canadian Bar Association - CBA Annual Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Law Conference, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Deference, Consistency, and Transparency in Administrative Decisionmaking", Ottawa, November 18, 2016
  • Canadian Institute - 16th Advanced Administrative Law & Practice, "Legal Limits on the Exercise of Discretion", Ottawa, October 25, 2015.
  • Law Society of Upper Canada - Six Minutes Administrative Lawyer, "Charter Values and Administrative Law", Toronto, March 3, 2016.
  • Pacific Business Law Institute - Canadian Aboriginal Law Conference, "Aboriginal Administrative Law: Tribunals and First Nations", Ottawa, November 24, 2015.
  • Law Society of Upper Canada - Six Minutes Administrative Lawyer, "Charter Values and Administrative Law", Toronto, March 3, 2016.
  • Pacific Business Law Institute - Canadian Aboriginal Law Conference, "Aboriginal Administrative Law: Tribunals and First Nations", Ottawa, November 24, 2015.
  • Pacific Business Law Institute - Aboriginal Law: Current Issues 2015, "Aboriginal Administrative Law: Internal Tribunals", Vancouver, May 27, 2015.
  • Canadian Institute - Advanced Administrative Law & Practice, "Charter Values Raised in Recent Administrative Case Law: What Will They Mean for Tribunals and Practitioners?", Ottawa, October 27, 2015.
  • Canadian Institute - Advance Administrative Law Conference, "Les décisions de la Cour suprême du Canada qui ont un impact sur vos litiges administratifs", Montréal, June 2, 2015.
  • Canadian Institute - Advance Administrative Law Conference, "Que pouvons-nous tirer de la question et des décisions récentes abordant l'indépendance des tribunaux? Enjeux pratiques", Montréal, June 11, 2014.
  • Canadian Institute - Decision Writing & Running a Fair Hearing course: your participation, "Understanding the Legal Framework That Governs Administrative Hearings", Ottawa, February 28-29, 2012.
  • Canadian Institute - Advanced Administrative Law & Practice, "When are Reasons Sufficient? - Recent Cases" , Ottawa, October 25, 2011.
  • Canadian Institute - Advance Administrative Law Conference, "La révision judiciaire vs l'appel : Quelles sont les situations concrètes dans lesquelles une décision devient révisable par les tribunaux supérieurs?", Montréal, April 20-21, 2010.
  • Guest Speaker, 22nd Seminar on Constitutional and Administrative Law,"L'expectative légitime en droit administratif", May 12, 2005.
  • Guest Lecturer, The Professional Development Division of the Department of Justice Learning Program, "Les normes de contrôle judiciaire", March 23, 2005.
  • Guest Speaker, 21st Seminar on Constitutional and Administrative Law , "Les normes de contrôle des décisions administratives", May 12, 2004.

Previous speaking engagements

Insights & Resources

Appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada as lead counsel or co-counsel:

  • Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44
  • Cinar Corporation v. Robinson, [2013] 3 SCR 1168
  • Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec v. Cyr, [2008] 1 SCR 338
  • Canada (Attorney General) v. Mavi, [2011] 2 SCR 504
  • Bastien Estate v. Canada, [2011] 2 SCR 710
  • Dubé v. Canada, [2011] 2 SCR 764
  • Canadian Artists' Representation v. National Gallery of Canada, 2014 SCC 42
  • Imperial Oil v. Jacques, 2014 SCC 66
  • Opitz v. Wrzesnewskyj, [2012] 3 SCR 76
  • R. v. St-Onge, [2011] 1 SCR 625
  • Montréal (City) v. Montreal Port Authority, [2010] 1 SCR 427
  • Christensen v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Québec, [2010] 2 SCR 694
  • DesRochers v. Canada (Industry), [2009] 1 SCR 194
  • Montréal (City) v. Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse), [2008] 2 SCR 698