Alain (Al) L.J Laurencelle

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Alain (Al) Laurencelle, KStJ, BA, LLB

Alain (Al) L.J. Laurencelle, KStJ, BA, LLB Partner


Services provided by Alain L.J. Laurencelle Law Corporation.

  • University of Manitoba (BA, 1987 Medal of the Governor General of Canada)
  • Université de Moncton (LL.B., 1990 Gold Medal)

Alain was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1991 and has practiced law with Taylor McCaffrey LLP ever since, earning a reputation for delivering intelligent and insightful counsel. He is experienced in all facets of real estate and commercial law, with a particular interest in life lease, condominium and land development. He is fluently bilingual in French and English. He also set up three satellite rural offices for the firm and continues to manage them.

He serves as legal advisor and corporate counsel to local, national and international clients. He routinely acts as lead legal counsel on major files. The World Trade Centre Winnipeg has referred clients to him and they consult with him on various legal matters, including Canadians doing business in the USA.

Alain was a regular sessional lecturer at the Université de Saint-Boniface (business admin. courses) and at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law (business organization law, en français). He has also been a presenter of continuing education programs on real estate, professional and ethical legal conduct, and language rights/access to justice issues.  In 2014, he was a member of his firm’s legal team that was awarded the Manitoba Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Award of the Year for a legal challenge of a Manitoba Municipal By-Law deemed to be discriminatory against persons with disabilities.

Alain is especially proud of his continued involvement over many years with St. John Ambulance (16 years, currently the Chancellor of The Priory of Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem) and the Canadian Armed Forces (Honorary Colonel of 16, 17 and 18 Field Ambulances, Reserves).  In 2010, he and his daughter Martine received Life Saving Awards from the RCMP and The Order of St. John for trying to save the life of the driver of a motor vehicle, and saving the life of a woman.

In 2018, Alain received the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, Vice-Prior Award for Community Services from Her Honour, Janice Filmon.

On his personal time, Alain enjoys hiking, curling, and handyman jobs around the house, cottage and his hunting cabin. He is married to Dr. Francine Laurencelle, Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, and together they have three children Colin, Martine and Rémi.


Memberships and Professional Designations

  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba Inc.
  • St. Boniface Chamber of Commerce
  • Commander of the Order of St. John, Canada
  • Royal Military Institute of Manitoba
  • Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly-Msgr. Taché
  • Compagnie de La Vérendrye (historical re-enactment)
  • The Manitoba Club

Current Positions

  • President of Les Amis de la Maison des Arts Visuels du Manitoba Inc.
  • The Priory of Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem – Chancellor
  • The Royal Military Institute of Manitoba, Honorary Legal Counsel
  • Father Aurèle Lemoine Fund, President
  • Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (Manitoba), Governor
  • Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Manitoba), Director
  • Knights of Columbus (Manitoba), Conferring Officer
  • Honorary Colonel of 16 and 17 and 18 Field Ambulance, Reserves
  • Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba Inc, President
  • Heather Curling Club, League Manager

Past Positions

  • Special Committee of the President of the Law Society of Manitoba dealing with the Independence and Accountability of the Legal Profession, Member
  • Law Society of Manitoba’s Professional Liability Claims Fund Committee, Practice and Ethics Committee, Member
  • The Priory of Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, Honorary Legal Counsel, Deputy Chancellor
  • Renaissance Center (Family Counselling Centre), President
  • Language Advisory Committee of the Court Challenges Program of Canada, Chair and Representative
  • St. Boniface Business Club, President
  • Taché Centre and Foyer Valade Care Facilities Fundraising Committees, Member
  • Centralia (Business to Business Forum, Winnipeg 2010), Advisory Committee
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Real Property Section Committee, reviewing “Life Leases”
  • Advisory Committee on Federal Judicial Appointments in the Province of Manitoba appointed by the Federal Minister of Justice, Member (2003-2006)
  • Centre de Santé, appointed by the SFM, Director


  • Recipient, Knights of Columbus International Award for Council Activity, Boston (2000)
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award, St. Boniface Chamber of Commerce (2005)
  • Priory Vote of Thanks, St. John Ambulance (2007)
  • Chair Commendation Award, St. John Ambulance (2009)
  • Gold Life Saving Award, The Order of St. John (2010)
  • RCMP, Commanding Officer “D” Division, Certificate of Appreciation (2012)
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013)
  • Pro Bono Legal Award, Manitoba Bar Association (2014).  Member of the Taylor McCaffrey LLP Legal Team representing New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc
  • Award for Community Services from Her Honour, Janice Filmon, Lt. Gov. of Manitoba (2018)


  • The Evolution of Life Leases in Manitoba – a viable and attractive housing option. Legal Presentation at the Issac Pitblado Lectures, November 2015
  • Université de St-Boniface, Technical and Vocational Faculty, Sessional Lecturer business admin. Students (2014)
  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law, Sessional Lecturer and Invited Speaker, Business Law and the Practice of Law in French in Manitoba (2011-2014, 2019)
  • Code of Professional Conduct, and Panel Discussion on Constitutional Rights Access to Justice Under The Official Language Act (2016)
  • Law Society of Manitoba: “Advising Seniors about Real Estate and Business Issues” (June 2000)
  • Law Society of Manitoba: “Ethics, Professional Responsibility and Law Office Management” (November 2002, March 2003, September 2003 and March 2004)
  • Université de St-Boniface: “Nursing Sciences and the Law” (2001, 2002)
  • Conférence Institut Joseph Dubuc “Life Leases in Manitoba: analysis and comparative study” (November 2002)
  • Conférence Université de Moncton Faculty of Law “Practising Law in French in Manitoba” (March 2003 published)
  • Association des Universités de la francophonie canadienne: “Understanding your Constitution and Policies” (2005)
  • Caisses Populaires of Manitoba: “The Homestead Act and Independent Legal Advice Issues in Conveyancing and Financing Transactions in Manitoba” (2009-2012)