Julie Lessard ● Co-Chair
Partner, BCF Business Law
Partner and head of the business immigration team, Julie Lessard leads one of the largest teams of business immigration professionals in Canada. With more than 20 years of experience in this complex field, she has become a reference for companies - multinationals and SMEs alike - seeking to attract the best talent from around the world, whether to innovate, to benefit from global know-how or to fill certain specialized labour needs.
Julie develops immigration and global mobility strategies for several Fortune 500 companies and has the skills, expertise and experience to implement the best immigration strategies to facilitate the international hiring of executives, senior managers and high-level professionals as well as specialized workers from any jurisdiction. This recognized expertise has made her a highly sought-after speaker, both in Quebec and internationally, particularly on the subjects of immigration law and worker mobility. She is also regularly invited to comment on these issues in the media as a specialist.
Julie was named one of Canada's Rising Stars among lawyers under 40 by Lexpert in 2010, before being selected by her peers as one of Canada's Best Lawyers in Immigration Law, where she has been since 2014.
Generous with her time, she is involved in many social and humanitarian causes. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of Canada - Quebec Chapter (AmCham), in addition to being a member of the committee responsible for government relations at the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).