Alain was born in Steinbach, Manitoba on September 5th, 1966. He attended the Université de Saint-Boniface and the University of Manitoba (BA, 1987 Medal of the Governor General of Canada) and the Faculté de droit, Université de Moncton (LL.B., 1990 Gold Medal). He is fluently bilingual, in French and English.
He was called to the Manitoba Legal Bar in 1991 and since then has practiced law with Taylor McCaffrey LLP, first as an associate and then from 1998 to present as a Partner of one of the largest law firms in the Prairie Region of Canada. He is a member of their Real Estate, Corporate and Commercial, Financial Advisory Services, Wills and Estates practice groups. He is experienced in all facets of real estate law, with a particular interest in life lease, condominium and land development.
His clients include private developers and not-for-profit organizations/sponsors from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as numerous life lease and condominium corporations in and around Winnipeg. Since 1995, he has acted as legal counsel in the development of numerous residential, condominium, not-for-profit life leases and commercial projects in Winnipeg, rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Alain was a member of the Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) Real Property Section Committee reviewing life leases in 1998-99 and was a presenter on the topic at a subsequent continuing education program of the Law Society of Manitoba (Advising Older Clients about Real Estate and Other Housing Arrangements; Selected Topics, including Life Leases. June 2000) and at the Isaac Pitblado Lectures (November 2015). He was also a regular sessional lecturer at the Université de St-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 legal conduct and linguistic rights. In 2010, he and his daughter received Life Saving Awards from the RCMP and The Order of St. John. In 2014, he was a member of his firm’s legal team that was awarded the MBA Pro Bono Legal Award of the Year.
Currently, Alain is a member of: MBA and Canadian Bar Associations; Practice and Ethics Committee (Law Society of Manitoba); La Chambre de commerce de Saint-Boniface (Past President); The Manitoba Club; The Order of St. John (Commander); The Knights of Columbus (4th Degree); Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (Manitoba, Board); Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Manitoba Board). He is the Honorary Legal Counsel to The Priory of Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba.
Outside of the practice of law, Alain is quite involved with St. John Ambulance and the Canadian Forces (past Honorary LCol of 17 Fd Amb, Reserves), and on his personal time enjoys baseball, curling, and handyman jobs around the house and cottage. He is married to Dr. Francine Laurencelle, Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, and together they have three children Colin (24), Martine (22) and Rémi (20).
- Admitted to the Bar 1991, Manitoba.
- Fluently bilingual in French and English (written and oral).
- Partner since 1998.
- Université de St-Boniface.
- University of Manitoba (BA, 1987 Medal of the Governor General of Canada).
- Faculty of Law of the University of Moncton (LL.B., 1990 Gold Medal).