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.
2016 à ---- 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

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 has been President of ALAI Canada since 2016.

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.

Ysolde Gendreau is a graduate of McGill University (B.C.L., LL.B., LL.M.) and the Université de Paris 2 with a doctorate in law.  She is currently a professor in the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal, but she also teaches elsewhere, including in Canada, France, the United States, and Australia).  She specializes in copyright law, with a particular focus on its comparative and international aspects, as well as in international intellectual property relations.  She was responsible for the Canadian chapter of International Copyright Law and Practice, then edited by Paul Geller, from 1999 to 2013.  She is currently preparing Research Handbook on Moral Rights and Intellectual Property, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, to be published in 2021 (with 32 international contributors).  Ysolde was a member of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (1995-2000), the President of ATRIP (Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property) (2003-2005), and was President of the Canadian chapter of ALAI (Association littéraire et artistique internationale) between 2006 and 2011, and was the scientific organizer of ALAI’s international congress in 2018.  She is currently also Vice President of ALAI and an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Jean-Philippe Paré is a lawyer who has acted as legal advisor to the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 2017.  As part of his current duties, Me Paré provides members of the management and administration of UQAM, as well as its various organizational units, with the legal support required to ensure the protection of the University’s rights.  Previously, Me Paré acted as legal advisor to Bibliothèque et Archives nationaux du Québec, a Crown corporation reporting to the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications.  From the beginning of his practice, Me Paré developed a particular interest in intellectual property, particularly copyright. He has been on the board of directors of ALAI Canada since 2013, and chaired ALAI’s conference committee from 2014 to 2016.

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.

Me Gaëlle Beauregard has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2000.  She works for the non-profit organization, Fondation Musicaction.  She previously worked for a pharmaceutical company in patent law, and in a hospital research centre.  She has also worked in legal publishing, as well as in corporate law.  She holds a master's degree in information technology law from the Université de Montréal.  As part of her graduate studies, she was awarded the prize conferred by Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle and had three of her research papers published.  Her master's thesis was published in 2011 with the title Entre l’art, l’invention et la nourriture : la propriété intellectuelle des recettes au Canada (“Between Art, Invention and Food: The Intellectual Property of Recipes in Canada”) by Éditions Yvon Blais.

Aidan O'Neill practises primarily in the fields of intellectual property, media, and communications law.  He is a member of both the Quebec and Ontario Bars, which he joined in 1982 and 1985, respectively.

Aidan has extensive experience with respect to copyright issues relating to the communications and new media sectors.  In this regard, he regularly advises clients in the context of tariff-setting proceedings conducted before the Copyright Board of Canada.  In this capacity, since 1987, he has acted as legal counsel in a variety of proceedings before the Copyright Board to establish the royalties payable for the use of musical works, sound recordings and other copyrighted works by both private and public broadcasters, as well as for the use of published literary works by educational institutions and provincial and territorial governments in Canada.

He often acts for his clients before the Federal Court of Appeal in relation to judicial review applications arising from Copyright Board decisions, as well in respect of any subsequent appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.