The presidents of ALAI Canada

Ever since the beginnings of ALAI Canada, the many persons who have presided over its activities have come from various sectors of society for which copyright law is a major concern : private practice, academia, government, collecting societies.
2021- François Le Moine
2016 à 2021 Annie Morin
2011 à 2016 Madeleine Lamothe-Samson
2006 à 2011 Ysolde Gendreau
2003 à 2006 Jean-Philippe Mikus
2000 à 2003 France Lafleur
1998 à 2000 Nelson Landry
1997 à 1998 Claudette Fortier
1992 à 1997 Ghislain Roussel
1982 à 1992 Victor Nabhan
1981 à 1982 Claude Brunet
1978 à 1981 François Loriot

Board of directors

François Le Moine is a member of the Québec Bar and is Of Counsel at the firm Sarrazin+Plourde, where he advises clients on matters related to art and cultural heritage law, including the authentication of works of art and the granting of certificates of authenticity, the restitution of paintings and archeological objects and the protection of archeological sites. François also deals with matters related to public works of art and with the legal framework of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

He teaches art and cultural heritage law at the University of Montréal, and serves as a member of Culture Montréal’s permanent commission on public art. He also serves on the boards of the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels, Porte Parole theater company, Héritage Charlevoix, and of the outdoor mural organization MU. Prior to joining the ALAI executive team, François was also a member of the board of the Association des juristes pour l’avancement de la vie artistique.

François Le Moine holds degrees from the Sorbonne, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, and McGill University. He has also studied at Keio University in Japan, Shantou University in China, the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Geneva.

Annie Morin has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1989, when she began her professional life in private practice, and then at the Office of the Syndic of the Quebec Bar.  She then turned her attention to entertainment and performance law, and joined the Union des artistes (UDA) in 1998.  At UDA, she began as legal counsel, before subsequently taking the position of Director of Legal Affairs.

In 2006, she joined Artisti, the collective society of the Union des artistes, where she now holds the position of Managing Director.

Annie Morin is also a director of Re:Sound, a music collective society, where she also chaired its board of directors from 2013 to 2015.  She also chaired the board of directors of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) from 2007 to 2011.  Finally, since 2012, she has sat on the board of directors and the national editorial committee of Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle, and was President of ALAI Canada from 2016 to 2021.

Victor Dzomo-Silinou has been a lawyer in the development of cultural and communications policies at the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications since 2003, and has been responsible for the intellectual property (copyright) file for which he has been the ministerial sponsor since 2009.  In this capacity, he coordinates the development of the Quebec government’s position on legislative revisions to the Copyright Act, its application, and other mechanisms governing the sector with respect to the protection of intellectual property in the context of the evolution of digital technologies.

He is also responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the Ministry’s intellectual property asset management and enhancement framework, as well as the application of government’s copyright management standards.  In addition, he coordinates the production of documentation on the application of the provisions concerning copyright in the laws relating to the status of the artist (Acts S-32.1 and S-32.01) and is responsible for monitoring the application of Act S-32.1 with respect to notices to bargain, and the appointment of mediators, grievance arbitrators, and dispute arbitrators.

Victor Dzomo-Silinou also holds a doctorate in political science and international affairs, as well as an MBA in international management and project management from Université Laval.

A law graduate from the Université de Montréal in 1999, and holding a master’s degree in comparative law from McGill University since 2002, Me Geneviève Barsalou was called to the Quebec Bar in 2003.  She joined the law firm of Jolicoeur Lacasse (currently Therrien Couture Jolicoeur) after having developed an expertise in the negotiation and drafting of entertainment law contracts in Paris.  Copyright and entertainment law dominate Me Barsalou's practice, which covers all aspects of the analysis, negotiation, and drafting of agreements in the fields of music, performance, television , advertising, digital rights, and publishing.  Me Barsalou’s expertise also extends to image rights, the right to privacy, and reputation.

A member of the Quebec Bar since 2017, Carolina is a lawyer with experience in entertainment law, copyright law, trademark law, as well as litigation in each of these areas. She is interested in all aspects of intellectual property. She currently practises her profession with Lussier & Khouzam, where she principally advises producers in the audiovisual industry. She began her professional practice at MLS Legal, a boutique, entertainment and intellectual property law firm. She then joined the Union des artistes, where her practice was focused in the field of labour relations in the cultural sector, which includes the application of collective agreements in several artistic sectors, as well as in the arbitration of grievances.

Carolina is also a director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Canadian Bar Association and of the Centre des musiciens du monde du Québec.


photo: Vikki Snyder, Broken Lenses Photography

Caroline Jonnaert is a member of the Emerging Technologies Group at ROBIC. She specializes in information technology law, trademarks, copyright, and advertising and marketing law.

Caroline holds a doctorate in law from the Université de Montréal. Her thesis, for which she received a mention of excellence, deals with copyright and artificial intelligence.

Caroline is particularly active in the intellectual property community. In addition, she chaired the Information, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Quebec Division), as well as the Association des juristes pour l’avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA) for several years. Caroline is regularly solicited to give conferences on subjects dealing mainly with intellectual property and advertising and marketing law, both in Quebec and internationally. She has published several articles on the subject since the beginning of her career, some of which have been cited in reference books and by the courts.

Caroline is also involved in the academic community. She has taught the music copyright course at the Université de Montréal and has been involved in research activities. She also supervised the Intellectual Property Legal Clinic at the Université de Montréal.

A member of the Bar since 2001 and a trademark agent, Madeleine has been head of MLS Légal Inc., an intellectual property and entertainment law boutique firm which specializes in copyright law, since 2016.  She regularly advises businesses  of all sizes, who appreciate her direct style and the "solution mode” in which she operates.

Madeleine has successfully represented companies before the Federal Court and the Superior Court of Quebec,  the Copyright Board of Canada,  as well as in various arbitration proceedings.  She regularly negotiates favourable settlements for the clients she represents.

From 2011 to 2016, Madeleine was President of ALAI Canada.  She is now Treasurer of ALAI Canada, and has been a member of ALAI International’s Executive Committee since 2010.

Madeleine has been identified as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, and she is consistently on the list of most recommended IP professionals according to Lexpert.  She is the author of many articles, and regularly lectures in the field of copyright and entertainment law.  In 2020, she received the prestigious designation of Best Lawyer in the intellectual property category.

Madeleine completed her law degree at Université Laval (LL.B.) and obtained a master's degree (LL.M.) in intellectual property from the University of Toronto.

Roanie Levy, CEO and President, Access Copyright

Roanie Levy is an outspoken champion of creator rights, in Canada and abroad. In her role as CEO, Ms. Levy brings the worlds of intellectual property law, content rights management and exponential technologies together to lead Prescient, the innovation lab changing the compensation paradigm for creators.

Ms. Levy also serves as CEO and President of Access Copyright, a collective that distributes millions of dollars annually in licensing royalties to creator and publisher affiliates. Prior to Prescient and Access Copyright, she held key positions on major policy files at Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada, and as a private sector management consultant. An Intellectual Property lawyer by vocation, Ms. Levy has been called to the bar in Ontario and was formerly a member of the Quebec bar. She is fluently bilingual.

Before choosing her career in law, Me Annie Massicotte completed a bachelor's degree in music at the University of Montreal in 2003. She then completed a graduate degree specializing in the management of cultural organizations while, at the same time, working in record distribution, and the production and promotion of live performances.

In 2008, she obtained a master's degree in business administration (MBA). Her professional career then turned towards entrepreneurship (in social economy and in business start-ups and financing). She completed her law degree, on a part-time basis, at the University of Quebec at Montreal in 2015. The following year, she completed both the professional training of the Bar and her articling period at Copibec, where she worked until 2019.

She is currently a Copyright Licensing and Contract Advisor at Cision Canada. Me Massicotte has also contributed to the ALAI Canada Conferences Committee since 2015.