Jacques Lamarre, former President and CEO of SNC-Lavalin, joins Heenan

MONTREAL, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Heenan Blaikie is pleased to announce that Mr. Jacques Lamarre, O.C., former President and Chief Executive Officer of SNC-Lavalin, will be joining the firm as of January 1, 2010. Mr. Lamarre will provide strategic business advice to Heenan Blaikie's Canadian and international clients in the areas of construction, energy, infrastructure and public-private partnerships.

"I am pleased to join a firm which has taken an entrepreneurial approach to serving its clients around the world", Mr. Lamarre commented. "In the past year, Heenan Blaikie has opened offices and developed strategic relationships in Paris, Singapore, India, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Chile, all in an effort to provide service to its clients where they operate. I am looking forward to contributing to this growth and helping the firm expand internationally."

Both National Co-managing Partners of Heenan Blaikie, Norman Bacal and Guy Tremblay, welcomed their new colleague: "Mr. Lamarre has spent his career as a leader in building projects all over the world. His 13 years as head of one of the world's largest and fastest growing engineering and construction firms brings a unique level of insight and problem-solving to our firm. We are proud to have Mr. Lamarre join our growing team of experts in the construction, energy and infrastructure practice."

About Jacques Lamarre

Mr. Lamarre serves on the boards of RBC Financial Group, Suncor Energy and PPP Canada. He has also made significant contributions to a number of Canadian and international organizations, including The Conference Board of Canada, the World Economic Forum, the Commonwealth Business Council and the United Way. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from Université Laval in Québec City and attended the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development. Mr. Lamarre joins other prominent counsel at Heenan Blaikie, including the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Donald J. Johnston, former Secretary-General of the OECD and Pierre Marc Johnson, former Premier of Quebec.

About Heenan Blaikie

Heenan Blaikie is a law firm with over 500 lawyers and professionals in nine offices in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and in Paris, Singapore and Chile. It provides legal, business consulting and government relations advice to clients around the world.

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For further information: For further information: Guy Tremblay, National Co-managing Partner, Heenan Blaikie, (514) 846-2271, F (514) 921-1271, gtremblay@heenan.ca; Norman Bacal, National Co-managing Partner, Heenan Blaikie, (416) 360-3526, F 1-866-220-8783, nbacal@heenan.ca

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