Alain was born in Steinbach, Manitoba on September 5, 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 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.  He set up three satellite rural offices for the firm and continues to manage two of them.  He is the Chair of the Planning Committee and the co-Chair of the Annual General Meeting Committee of the firm.

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 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 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 legal conduct and linguistic rights.  In 2014, he was a member of his firm’s legal team that was awarded the MBA 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.

Currently, Alain is an active member of:  MBA and Canadian Bar Associations; L’Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba inc. (Past President); 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, Governor); Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Manitoba Board).   He is the Honorary Legal Counsel to the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba.

Alain is especially proud of his continued involvement over many years with: (a) St. John Ambulance. Past Chair of Manitoba Council and of the Regional Board with North West Territories and Nunavut, past National Honorary Legal Counsel.  In June 2018, he was appointed as the Deputy Chancellor of The Priory of Canada of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and; (b) Canadian Armed Forces.  Honorary Col of 16/17 Field Ambulance, Reserves.

In 2010, Alain 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.

On his personal time, Alain enjoys hiking, curling, and handy man 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.

 

Member

  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Association of French Speaking Lawyers of Manitoba (MBA)
  • Business Club of St Boniface
  • 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 of Jerusalem - Honorary Legal Counsel.
  • The Royal Military Institute of Manitoba, Honorary Legal Counsel.
  • Member of the Law Society of Manitoba, Practice and Ethics Committee.
  • Father Aurèle Lemoine Memorial Fund, Vice President.
  • St. John Ambulance (Manitoba Council), Deputy Chancellor..
  • Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (Manitoba), Governor.
  • Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Manitoba), Director.
  • Knights of Columbus (Manitoba), Conferring Officer.
  • 17 Fd Ambulance Senate (Reserves), National Defence (Canada), Member.
  • Manager of a curling league at Heather Curling Club.

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, Member.
  • Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 17 Fd Ambulance (Reserves), National Defence (Canada).
  • AJEFM, President.
  • 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.

Awards

  • 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)

Lecturer

  • 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 Business Law in French (2011-2014).
  • Law Society of Manitoba: "Advising Seniors About Real Estate and Business Issues" (June 2000).
  • "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).

Articles by Alain (Al) Laurencelle