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Karine Fournier, Partner | CIRC

Karine Fournier

Partner | CIRC Fasken
Legal advisors play a decisive role in the world of labour relations in order to prevent, manage and settle disputes.
Jurisdiction Québec, 2004
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal


Since the beginning of her career, Karine Fournier has exclusively focused her practice on labour, employment, and human rights. In addition to frequently appearing before the different courts, Karine also plays a key advisory role particularly during certification applications and collective bargaining negotiations.

Recognized for her practical approach and strategic advice, Karine is called upon to represent employers in the areas of disciplinary management, grievance arbitration, accreditation, collective bargaining, labour standards, labour contracts, termination of employment, and human rights.
Karine shares her experience acquired during the numerous investigations in which she has participated by delivering seminars on subjects such as managing disciplinary and administrative measures, preventing and managing corporate fraud, using social media in the workplace, and psychological harassment investigations.

A veritable master negotiator in the field of collective bargaining, Karine has been known for over 15 years for her success in handling numerous collective bargaining negotiations involving all of the major unions in Québec. She is also frequently asked to act as a trainer and presenter on various subjects inherent to negotiation.

Karine has also developed specific expertise in defending the rights of non-smokers affected by second-hand smoke entering their homes. In this respect, she has advised and represented numerous parties who are concerned about risks to their health or who have suffered a real injury after being exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes, including rental building owners, co-owners, condominiums associations, and tenants. She is recognized in particular for having obtained the first judgment affirming the validity of a condominium co-ownership rule prohibiting co-owners from smoking in their individual units.


Client Work

  • Les Serres Sagami receives motion against The United Food and Commercial Workers by The Québec Labour Administrative Tribunal,
  • Group acquires Acquisio,
  • Hypertherm expands robotic capabilities with purchase of Jabez Technologies, creators of Robotmaster Software,
  • Frequently argues before arbitration tribunals, the Commission d'accès à l'information, the Commission des lésions professionnelles and the Commission des relations du travail,
  • Has taken part in a number of negotiations of collective agreements for different clients.,
  • Plays an active role in a file for requests for accreditation for Mexican seasonal workers hired by Québec's market garden producers during the summer season.,

Career & Education


  • BCL McGill University
  • LLB McGill University
  • BSc, Industrial Relations Université de Montréal

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Québec Bar
  • Member, Bar of Montréal
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Visas and employment contracts Co-speaker, Journées d’études fiscales 2013 –Mobilité des employés à l’étranger, organized by the Canadian Tax Foundation location location Montréal McGill University
Protecting Personal Information When Hiring Conference on privacy and information protection
Clauses restrictives d'emploi et obligations de confidentialité et de non-concurrence : la jurisprudence évolue Ordre des conseillers en resources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec, 2007 ORHRI Convention

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