Stéphane Émard-Chabot was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993. The following year, Stéphane was elected to Ottawa City Council where he served two consecutive terms, providing him with a unique understanding of the municipal world. Stéphane began practicing municipal law in 2000, representing and advising municipal and private clients on a wide variety of municipal law matters, from land-use planning to constitutional questions. He has also been the external legal counsel for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) since 2008.
During his career, Stéphane has acted as a legal drafting and advocacy consultant for Supreme Advocacy LLP, and he served as Education Director at the National Judicial Institute, overseeing the development of continuing education programs for members of the Canadian judiciary.
Stéphane has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the CRTC and the Ontario Municipal Board (now the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal).
In addition to his years in practice, Stéphane spent over a decade at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in different capacities: Assistant Dean, Director of the Programme de droit canadien, and teaching municipal law, contracts, property law, business organizations, and commercial law.
Stéphane is an avid hiker and cyclist who forces himself to snowshoe during the winter months.
Call to Bar 1993
- B. Com (Honours Bachelor of Commerce) – University of Ottawa (1987)
- LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) – University of Ottawa (1991)
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) awarded for an ‘exceptional contribution to strengthening local government across Canada’
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
Faculty of Law Award for Excellence in Teaching
Past Board Member of the Youth Services Bureau, Orkidstra, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, and La Nouvelle Scène.