It is in a context full of challenges, faced with office towers that are struggling to fill up after two years of pandemic and teleworking, that an experienced lawyer, specializing in real estate law and commercial leases, decided to start a new stage of his career.
Isabelle Metivier joined BCF as a partner in the Real Estate group, after more than 20 years in the private sector as senior director of legal affairs in Quebec for Loblaw Companies Limited, where she handled “mainly the real estate portfolio, i.e. all Provigo, Maxi and Maxi & Cie food markets and Pharmaprix pharmacies, in addition to being responsible for the franchise and affiliation component of the business. »
“It’s a real bungee jump, a 180° turn,” she confides in an interview with Droit-inc, barely two weeks after taking up her new position.
La Barreau 1996 began his private practice with De Grandpré Chait, after studying civil law and common law at McGill University. She feels that this first experience made her a better litigation lawyer. Today, she relies on her business acumen, her contacts, her strategic mind to meet the challenges that await her at BCF.
“I chose BCF for their entrepreneurial spirit and the philosophy of the office which values teamwork”, indicates the one who intends to rely on the gathering of skills to stand out.
Thanks to her leadership and dynamism, she hopes to form “a great coalition within the firm”, by joining the forces of the real estate team with those of the environment, construction, transactional , the tax aspect…
Faced with a real estate sector that is changing, “we must reinvent ourselves in terms of office rental”, insists Me Métivier. She cites, for example, the mixed use of office towers which house more and more businesses. A phenomenon that has appeared in recent years, and that the pandemic has not slowed down. Quite the contrary!
It is therefore “full of ambition” that the lawyer begins this new stage of her life, aware of the more frantic pace that awaits her.
“The children are older, it was about time,” she confides, enthusiastic about this homecoming!