Mtre Mélanie Dugré's story

Meeting inspiring colleagues

“At the invitation of an exceptional and inspiring woman, Suzanne Courchesne, who is now a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec, I became a member of the Bar of Montreal’s Contests Committee in 2010. While on this committee, I was able to cultivate two keen interests of mine: writing and young people. The sparkle in the eyes of the young winners of the “Write for Justice” contest made every minute I worked on the committee worthwhile, and I feel privileged to have had the unique experience of sharing the thoughts of tomorrow’s adults. Since I enjoyed working with the Bar of Montreal team so much, I was delighted in 2013 to accept the position of Chair of the Member Relations Committee, where a number of communications initiatives have been put forward, including the “Figures de Maître” (Role models) section of the website, which highlights the remarkable careers of some of our colleagues.”

Mélanie Dugré, lawyer

From the age of 12, Mélanie Dugré was already saying during her debating competitions that she would be a lawyer. In 2001, after obtaining a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University and studying for a year in Australia, she realized her dream and was admitted to the Bar. She has always practised in litigation, first with McCarthy Tétrault until 2007 and then, as part of the Great-West/London Life/Canada Life litigation teams. A wordsmith with a passion for writing, she has also been a contributor to the Montreal daily La Presse since 2011, and in 2014, she published the collection Lumières du Phare, for the benefit of the pediatric palliative care centre, the Lighthouse, Children and Families.

First and foremost, Mtre Mélanie Dugré is a counsel who is a team player who wants to be surrounded by dynamic and enthusiastic people. She has definitely achieved this goal given the inspiring colleagues she meets through her commitment to the Bar of Montreal.