Catherine Pronovost

CRHA

Counsel

Montréal
CPronovost@blg.com
514.954.2524

Catherine Pronovost practises employment and labour law, focusing primarily on occupational health and safety and labour relations. Such duality gives her an interesting edge, as often health and safety matters have an impact on labour relations, and vice versa. She has a practical approach to workplace challenges and commits to finding simple and efficient solutions, keeping in mind her clients' particular approach and goals with respect to management of human resources.

Catherine acts frequently in litigation matters for clients in both unionized and non-unionized environments, particularly regarding:

  • the management of employment injury claims
  • health and safety prevention mechanisms
  • interpretation of collective agreements
  • disciplinary management
  • the application of labour standards

In addition to advising clients of the firm on human resources management and labour law matters generally, she provides in-house training on the following topics:

  • employer's duty to accommodate
  • psychological harassment
  • the hiring process
  • social media
  • managing employee leaves
  • employment terminations
  • workplace health and safety
  • management of fitness for duty

Catherine was part of the BLG labour and employment team from 2006 to 2010. She then joined another major Canadian law firm. She has been back at BLG since October 2018.

Experience

  • Acts as a strategic advisor in cases connected with prevention, planning and management of both individual and collective labour relations and human resources
  • Managed multiple CNESST claims for various clients and represented clients before the Administrative Labour Tribunal on numerous occasions
  • Developed a simple and effective approach for dealing with the legalization of cannabis in Canada
  • Successfully represented a client in the context of a serious workplace accident (claim under section 237 of the Act respecting occupational health and safety)

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés (CRHA, CHRP)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 2006
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 2003