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Mr. Claude J. Pellan,
L.L.B., B.Comm., Attorney

(450) 674-5551


1030, rue du Rucher
Magog (Québec) J1X 5H7




Lawyer and consultant with over 19 years of experience in franchise and business law, including 13 years in the wholesale industry and 6 years in private practice. Recognized contributor to the financial results of a company. Perfectly bilingual, excellent negotiator, tenacious, with skills in establishing priorities and business development.

Professional experience

SPORTS EXPERTS 2000 INC., Laval (Quebec)
The Forzani Group Ltd.
1997 – February 2006

Director of Legal Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary

  • Provide advice and legal opinions to local management, departments and head office in Calgary;
  • Review, draft and negotiate commercial agreements for all company activities, including franchise stores across Canada, dealing mainly with commercial, sureties, real estate, publicity and corporate law. Draft a Disclosure Document for the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and PEI;
  • Member of the internal Development, Management and Finance Committees;
  • Mandate and supervise external franchise legal files for Canada, advise management on the different files and prepare reports for Management;
  • Participate in the elaboration and implementation of the company’s development strategies (12 banners, 225 franchise stores and 275 corporate stores);
  • Position the Legal Department as a strategic business partner within the company;
  • Create and manage a Central Information Centre (including legal forms by province) and ensure the availability of legal forms for all company activities;
  • Work in collaboration with local management and the head office Legal Department (Calgary) to establish and manage policies and procedures on legal parameters with respect to contractual relationships between companies of The Forzani Group Ltd., Franchisees, Landlords and Third Parties to ensure the financial objectives of the company are attained;
  • Training of senior executives and managers in business law;
  • Negotiate and implement financings for franchisees as well as financial support programs;
  • Prepare and manage the Legal Department’s budget, including a profit center;
  • Draft internal procedures and implement operational processes to limit company risk;
  • Review franchisee files such as purchase/sale of shares and assets, corporate reorganizations and succession planning. Prepare the necessary agreements;
  • Supervise and train personnel in the Legal Department.
SOBEYS QUEBEC INC. (IGA), Montreal-North (Quebec)
Formerly Hudon et Deaudelin Ltée.
1994 – 1996

Legal Counsel, Commercial and Real Estate Law

  • Review, draft and negotiate agreements in the areas of commercial and real estate law;
  • Provide advice and legal opinions to management, the departments in Montreal and divisions in Montreal, Quebec and Rimouski;
  • Elaborate and supervise the application of internal procedures with respect to operations and development;
  • Management of contracts and supervision of external franchise litigation files;
  • Manage and train personnel in the Legal Department.

POTHIER DELISLE, Attorneys,  Montréal (Quebec)
Formerly Gariepy Marcoux Richard, Attorneys
1990 – 1994

Lawyer, Commercial, Corporate, Real Estate and Tax Law

  • Review, draft and negotiate agreements in the areas of civil, commercial and real estate law;
  • Draft agreements and other documents in the areas of corporate law (resolutions, amendments to articles of incorporation, amalgamations, continuations, dissolutions) and tax law (corporate reorganizations including rollover of shares and assets, amalgamations, resolutions and forms);
  • Manage litigation files for clients;
  • Incorporation and organization of newly formed companies, including shareholder agreements;
  • Review files and prepare legal opinions on varying subjects for clients;
  • Research work in the areas of commercial, corporate, tax and real estate law;
  • Member of Office Management, Marketing and Legal Forms Committees.
MONGEAU, ROY,  Attorneys, Montreal (Quebec) 1989

Articling Student, Civil, Commercial, Corporate and Real Estate Law

  • Draft procedures, examine witnesses and represent clients before the courts;
  • Review, draft and negotiate agreements in the areas of civil, commercial and real estate law;
  • Incorporate companies and amend articles of incorporation.

Academic background

Formation professionnelle du Barreau du Québec -
Barreau du Québec

Bachelor of Law

Bachelor of Commerce (Major in marketing)



Other information

Conférences :

  • Regular participation at conferences on Commercial, Franchise and Real Estate Law
  • Member of the Consultative Committee mandated to evaluate the enactment of a law on franchising for the province of Quebec of an in-house legal department.



Articles :

  • Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Franchising – Practical Considerations.
  • Training senior executives and managers in business law.
  • Management of litigation files before the Courts.
  • The creation of a legal department in a company.
  • How to explain the costs of professionals to the Board of Directors?
  • The standardization of contracts in a company.
  • A cost-benefit analysis of an in-house legal department.

Associations :

Barreau du Québec

Canadian Bar Association

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

Conseil québécois de la franchise

Quebec Board of the Canadian Franchise Association





Interests :

  • Sport (running, hockey, golf, soccer and cross-country skiing)
  • Manager/coach in hockey and soccer

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