Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ)
The Association de la construction du Québec is a non-profit organisation representing practitioners in all construction trades in the institutional, commercial and industrial construction sectors across the province. It provides guidance and services to its members, spanning government relations, regulatory and legal service. Pierre Hamel, director of legal and government affairs, leads a highly skilled in-house legal department of 18 staff including 11 trial lawyers and six consulting lawyers. It provides advice and support to members across the region as well as discipline of the membership code of practice, training, government representations, and a telephone advisory service for members. The legal department is divided into litigation, advisory services and government representation, which frequently represents its members’ interests before government bodies in Quebec and in Ottawa at the national level specifically promoting competition, application of safety regulations and other issues likely to affect the construction industry. In the last year, the department consulted on the impact of the legalisation of cannabis and has worked on more than 3,000 litigations.