Champions of immigration law!
I Patrice Brunet is a real heptathlon. Having run his own firm for 30 years, he is primarily an immigration lawyer who chaired the Quebec Association of Lawyers and Barristers for Immigration Law (AQAADI) and is a respected expert in business law. Certified Corporate Director (ASC).
But these two parts are far from summing up all the work of Me Brunet, whose love for the sport is so great that he has become one of the world’s leading referees in the doping division. He is a neutral arbitrator of the Canadian Sports Dispute Resolution Center (SDRCC) nationally as well as the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
As if that wasn’t enough, he also finds time to teach as a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke’s management school, run the production company Podium (which organizes large-scale events that combine high-end sports and art), as part of BDC’s Futurpreneur Canada program. mentoring young entrepreneurs… and even competing in triathlons!
But where does Me Patrice Brunet find the strength to do all this? Passion, of course, but also all the values related to sports that he shares with his cabinet members.
Immigration is a sport!
One of the main areas of practice of Patrice Brunet law firm is in business immigration. In short, if we follow the news of the hour a little, as a result of this, steps are being taken in the direction of the lack of labor force in several sectors and the recruitment of hard-working foreign workers.
“Entrepreneurs who contact us are surprised by the complexity of economic immigration applications,” explains the lawyer. As Canadian citizens, we generally only have to renew our passports every 10 years, and we are allowed to make mistakes. But when it comes to work immigration, it’s a different matter! On average, three ministries are involved, voluminous documents to be drawn up, many laws and standards to be followed. It takes a real conductor to master all this. »
Many business leaders, as well as reference firms, of course, from pharmaceuticals to manufacturing, information technology, energy, sports, and even art.
As the lawyer confirms, “We can handle an Indian chemist’s immigration file as well as temporary visas for a group of skilled workers or foreign artists on tour in Quebec. There may be more difficult cases, such as an entrepreneur who has lived in Canada for more than 20 years without applying for citizenship, obtaining permanent residency, or even employed refugees who are threatened with deportation. And of course, all these cases need to be solved urgently, which prompts us to find individual and creative solutions very quickly. »
Plus, the last few days (and nights) of the holiday season were busy for the firm’s two lawyers, who managed to win a national license for a regional sports club in less than three weeks. Therefore, we understand the degree of excellence, initiative, determination, team spirit, but also the degree of empathy and dedication required to work at Patrice Brunet lawyers… the human and sporting qualities of all the lawyers that are attractive there.
A very talented and accomplished sequence
I Patrice Brunet often compares the four members of the legal team to Olympic athletes. And this is not so far from the truth, because individually they are all young, dynamic, sporty and passionate. But they have complementary strengths, skills and interests that make them a formidable effective group.
“These are bright, hard-working people who push the youth to think differently. I love her ! These young lawyers, on the contrary, consider Me Brunet to be a great mentor and a boss who cares about their personal development.
Starting with me Vincent Dubuc Cusickanother sports fan who single-handedly knocked on the referee’s door in 2019 to work with him.
“My main expertise is in business law,” he says, “but the principles that guide it—contracts for employment or services, payment contracts, etc. – easily becomes immigration law. Mae Dubuc-Cusick is also very interested in sports law, a major that allows her to practice to her full potential.
“Patrice never limits us and pushes us to challenge ourselves. He is an amazing mentor both professionally and personally,” she says.
My shared opinion Simon De Andrade, member of the Bar Association 2020 and previously practiced at the firm. On a daily basis, Me De Andrade also deals with temporary or permanent economic immigration applications, but he has a slight preference for large-scale projects, both in terms of volume and deadline.
“For example, he says, last summer I was able to get work permits for all the artists and technicians of the music of Notre Dame de Paris for eight weeks. Obviously, I had no room for error, but that’s the kind of problem under pressure that I love to tackle! And for good reason, this lawyer is also heavily involved as a development program coach at CF Montreal in addition to his expertise!
“The fact that the firm has allowed me to combine my passions for law and sports is a great sign of confidence that I greatly appreciate,” said colleague Mr. Kevin Robertson. What makes it different? First of all, he is the youngest member of the firm, as he was admitted to the Bar only in 2022. But he is also an accomplished athlete, a member of the national athletics team and Olympic ambitions.
“I am very lucky to be part of a firm that supports me in my demanding training and allows me to finance this important part of my life,” he says, and in return always finds effective solutions to optimize the work permit application. process.
Finally, we should not overlook the last lawyer to join the firm, Me Rosalie Caillé-Levesque. A fan of running, but above all an expert in international relations and international law, this young woman has worked on complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee, as well as on personal cases to regulate or maintain the law. Immigration status is an important asset in Canada.
“I love the intellectual challenge of immigration law,” he said. Legal theories, disputed decisions. It is difficult and demanding, but exciting. I also learn a lot from my colleagues, we complement each other well. »
Me Caillé-Lévesque has also found an unconditional ally in the firm of Patrice Brunet lawyers for personal development, as she is currently completing her studies in the Juris Doctor program in North American common law. Therefore, we must salute the shock team, perhaps unusual, but incredibly talented Me Patrice Brunet has been able to assemble around him in immigration law.
It’s simple, nothing beats it!