Mr. Pierre Renaud, counsel and head of the Environmental Law Group for the Québec region at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, has 29 years of experience in environmental law. He acts as a strategic advisor to clients and provides guidance from the earliest project stages on matters such as sustainable development, social acceptability, the environmental authorization process, consultation and public participation processes. As former president of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) from 2007-2012, he was in charge of appointing and monitoring over 40 commissions of inquiry (public hearings/mediation), in addition to managing and tabling reports with Québec’s environment minister on a variety of specific initiatives. Early in his career, he was a legal counsel for the Québec Ministry of the Environment and Hydro-Québec. He completed an internship with the UNEP Ozone Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya, where he primarily worked on the Montréal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. In parallel with his professional activities, and for more than 10 years he taught in the master’s program in environmental law at Université de Sherbrooke and the bachelor’s program at Université du Québec à Montréal. In addition to co-authoring two books on mediation, he has written several articles and reports and given more than 100 talks and presentations on topics related to the environment. Admitted to the Québec Bar in 1987, Mr. Renaud has a master’s degree in public administration. In 2014, he received the CETEQ`s tribute award in recognition of his achievements and commitment to the sustainable development and promotion of the green economy.