Nicolas Dubé Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2009 - Québec

Primary phone: +1 514-392-9432

Fax: +1 514-878-1450


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Primary office:  Montréal

Nicolas Dubé

Nicolas Dubé is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Montréal office. His practice focuses on litigation, guiding clients in a variety of projects and advising businesses. Nicolas also provides support to the firm's business law teams, notably in transactional, real estate and financing matters in the environment and energy sectors.

Throughout his years of practise, he has developed special skills relating to environmental, energy, administrative and public law. Nicolas’ experience in the energy sector includes the regulation of the production, storage, transport, delivery and sale of renewable energies.

Nicolas holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, with a focus on actuarial science from the University of Montréal. Before starting his law career, he worked in a major pan-Canadian actuarial firm.

He began his professional career with the firm in 2008 as a summer student, and continued as an articling student and associate.

Nicolas practises law in English and French.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association, Member of the CBA Executive Committee, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section
  • Quebec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy, Board member
  • Member of the Young Bar Association of Montreal

Featured insights and resources

  • Nicolas DUBÉ and Christine DUCHAINE, "Inspections, enquêtes, saisies et perquisitions en vertu de la Loi sur la qualité de l'environnement : comment s'y retrouver ?", in S.F.P.B.Q., Barreau du Québec, vol. 418, Développements récents en droit de l'environnement (2016), Cowansville, Éditions Yvon Blais, p. 249
  • "Inspections et enquêtes environnementales : quoi savoir, quoi prévoir et comment réagir ?", conference organized by the Canadian Bar Association - Environmental, Energy and Ressources Law Section, June 2014
  • Nicolas Dubé and Christine Duchaine, "Sanctions pénales, administratives ou ordonnances: en environnement, la diligence a bien meilleur goût!", in S.F.P.B.Q., Barreau du Québec, vol. 370, Développements récents en droit de l'environnement (2013), Cowansville, Éditions Yvon Blais, p. 193
  • Nicolas DUBÉ and Christine DUCHAINE, "La REP pour les journaux et imprimés : un bon principe inéquitablement appliqué ?", (2013) 8-2 3RVE 24
  • Nicolas DUBÉ and Paul GRANDA, "La responsabilité élargie des producteurs : La nouvelle réglementation et les obligations qui en découlent", (July 2012) Tout en détail, Infolettre du Conseil québécois du commerce de détail
  • Nicolas DUBÉ and Paul GRANDA, "Les litiges en matière de changements climatiques, mission impossible ?", (2011) 44-2 VECTEUR environnement 62
  • Nicolas DUBÉ, Paul GRANDA and Douglas CLARK, "Le Waxman-Markey Bill, Répercussions sur les LET québécois ?", (2010) 43-1 VECTEUR environnement 8

Representative Work

Representative work

  • Knowledge of the energy sector with regard to commercial and regulatory litigation, particularly as it pertains to the production, sale, distribution and transmission of power. As such, he has acted in different matters before the Régie de l'énergie du Québec:
    • Acted in many rate matters for Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie — most notably the major matter involving the update of the Rates and conditions to meet the requirements of the orders 890 and subsequent orders of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    • Acted in the process of adopting reliability standards with regard to energy transportation filed by the Reliability Coordinator for Québec
    • Acted in a matter pertaining to the establishment of an incentive regulation mechanism to ensure the achievement of an improvement in efficiency by the Distributor and Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie pursuant to section 48.1 of the Act Respecting the Régie de l'énergie
    • Acted in regard to the Notice concerning measures to improve rate practices in the electricity and natural gas sector
  • Advised on a variety of environmental law matters (water, air, contaminated soils, hazardous materials, waste material, hazardous waste materials, certificates of authorizations and other environmental approvals, carbon market, hazardous materials transportation, investigations, inspections, etc.)
  • Acted for various organizations in civil and criminal environmental litigations, before common law courts (municipal courts, Québec Court, Superior Court and Appeal Court) as well as administrative tribunals (Quebec Administrative Tribunal, Commission de la protection du territoire agricole du Québec, Access to information Commission and the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec)
  • Participated in numerous due diligence audits regarding the financing and the acquisition of businesses in the environmental and renewable energy sector, in particular, in the wind energy sector
  • Advised and acted for a number of health professionals with regard to a major investigation led by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec