Council and direction 2019-2020


The members of the Council represent various areas of practice of the legal profession (private practice, government jurists, legal counsel to corporations, etc.)
and serve as the eyes and ears of the Bâtonnier in the legal world and the community as a whole.

Council of the Bar of Montreal 2019-2020

Sitting from left to right :
Mtre Jonathan Pierre-Étienne, Secretary, Mtre Robin Schiller, Treasurer, Mr. Bâtonnier Alexandre Forest, Mtre Francisco Couto, First Councillor, and Mtre Jack H. Chadirdjian, Executive Director.

Standing – from left to right :
Mtre David Ettedgui, Councillor, Mtre Julie Mousseau, Councillor, Mtre Valérie Assouline, Councillor, Mtre Pierre-Luc Beauchesne, Councillor, Mtre Chantale Massé, Councillor, Mtre Extra Junior Laguerre, Councillor, Mtre Caroline Larouche, Councillor, and Mtre Alice Popovici, Representative of the Young Bar of Montreal.

Not present in the above-picture : Mtre Alex Goupil, Councillor.


Mtre Jack H. Chadirdjian, Executive Director
Mtre Nancy Brouillette, Human Resources Director
Mrs Gislaine Dufault, Communications Director and Special Advisor
Mtre Nathalie Guertin, Director of Legal Affairs 


Mtre Catherine Alix, Committees Coordinator
Mrs Carmine Belfort, Reference Assistant
Mtre Stéphanie Bouchard, Committees Coordinator
Mtre Jean Michel Desgagnés, Committees Coordinator
Mrs Marina Dikova, Administrative Assistant
Mrs Véronique Gauthier, Salon des avocats Hostess
Mrs Alexandra Ghezzi, Salon des avocats Hostess
Mrs Julie Lafrenière, Salon des avocats Hostess
Mrs Linda Marcotte, Receptionnist
Mrs Cecilia Ortiz-Belloso, Administrative Assistant
Mtre Élizabeth Pinard, Committees Coordinator
Mrs Christine Plourde, Communications Assistant
Mrs Katherine Taron, Communications Technician

Administrative services ensure that the Section’s affairs are properly managed. Their functions include the following : 

  • See to the execution of the Council’s decisions; 
  • Manage current affairs;
  • Administer the funds of the Section and manage the budgets of the Section;
  • Deal with requests for conciliation submitted by advocates who accept legal aid mandates;
  • Provide support and assistance to the Bâtonnier and the members of the Council;
  • Provide the support needed by some forty (40) committees;
  • Operate the Salon des avocats, for the benefit of members;
  • Organize and manage a Referral Service for the public.

And, in cooperation with the appropriate committees :

  • They organize the Rentrée judiciaire and the group swearing-in ceremony;
  • They contribute to the organization of activities developed for the public;
  • They deal with complaints of illegal practice submitted under the Act respecting the Barreau;
  • They offer recognized activities as part of the Mandatory continuing education program.