Ann Bigué's practice focuses on regulatory and aboriginal law, as well as energy and natural resources law and environmental assessment. Prior to joining Dentons Canada LLP, she practised for more than 25 years with other leading law firms in these areas of practice, after acting as Counsel to the National Energy Board in the early years of her career. She is Canadian Co-leader of the Aboriginal Law Group.
Ann is frequently called upon by corporate clients to deal with issues relating to aboriginal and treaty rights in connection with energy and natural resources development projects. She has extensive experience in the negotiation of agreements between governments, Aboriginal communities and project proponents related to the development and implementation of energy, mining and industrial projects in Canada as well as aboriginal issues pertaining to forestry development activities. She is currently working on the negotiation of several pre-development and impacts and benefits agreements in Canada, including in Quebec's Plan Nord territory. She has assumed leadership in complex litigation matters relating to aboriginal rights in the context of important hydroelectric development projects and forestry management activities in Quebec. Ann is also a member of Dentons Canada’s National Partnership Board.
Ann has been recognized as ''Lawyer of the Year'' in Aboriginal Law for 2012 and as ''Lawyer of the Year'' in Energy Regulatory Law for 2013. She is recognized by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the area of Aboriginal Law (2015). She is also listed as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Natural Resources Law and Mining Law in the Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 and 2014 directory as well as in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Aboriginal Law, Energy (Electricity) and Mining. She is also listed in the latest editions of the Women in the Lead Canadian directory. She was awarded the ''Advocatus Emeritus'' distinction by the Québec Bar in 2009.
- Domtar: Advising on the rezoning of its former Gatineau industrial site along the Ottawa River and its associated sale to Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp. as part of the CA$1 billion mixed residential/commercial Windmill Zibi development project.
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Aboriginal Law (2011–2016), Energy Law (2016), Energy Regulatory Law (2006–2016), Mining Law (2013–2016) and Natural Resources Law (2009–2016)
Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2008-2015) as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Aboriginal Law
Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2011-2015) as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Energy (Electricity)
Repeatedly recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2013-2015) as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Mining Law
Recognized by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the area of Aboriginal Law (2015)
Recognized by Legal 500 Canada 2015 in the area of Energy - Mining.
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as "Lawyer of the Year" in Energy Regulatory Law, Montreal (2013)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as "Lawyer of the Year" in Aboriginal Law, Montreal (2012)
Recognized by Legal 500 Canada 2013 in the area of Energy - Mining.
Listed in the latest editions of the Women in the Lead Canadian directory.
In the Media
- Quoted in "Big Plans Up North", article by Julie Triedman, The American Lawyer, November 5, 2012
- FMC Plan Nord team featured in Les Affaires special supplement
- Quoted in ''les meilleurs avocats de Montréal et de Québec'', article by René Lewandowski, Droit-inc.com, August 28th, 2012
- "Bill 55 Tabled Before the Québec National Assembly", Dentons Client Alert, August 4, 2015
- "Relaunching the Northern Plan: Introduction of the Bill to establish the Société du Plan Nord", October 16, 2014
- “Adoption of Bill 70, An Act to amend the Mining Act : Amendments relating to Native communities and reactions of those communities”, December 20, 2013
- "Keewatin Raises Questions Over Infringement of Treaty Rights", The Lawyers Weekly, September 2011
- "The Government of Québec prepares to implement the Plan Nord", Focus on Québec’s Plan Nord, June 2011
Activities and Affiliations
- Member of the Québec Bar
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association
- Member of the U.S. Energy Bar Association
- Member of the Québec Mineral Exploration Association
- Member of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association
- Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
- Member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
- Member of the Association québécoise pour l'évaluation d'impacts
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- Member of the Board of Governors of the Association Pipeline Longitude 75°
- Member of the National Council and Board of the Quebec Division of the Canadian Bar Association
- Member of the Québec Bar Foundation