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Véronique Barry

Senior Associate

Véronique Barry


T:+1 418.640.5170

Veronique Barry’s practice covers all aspects of commercial and corporate law, with a particular focus on drafting commercial contracts and on matters relating to life sciences and healthcare. Ms. Barry has gained valuable experience in personalized medicine, clinical trials and the use of technology in healthcare. She has also developed an interest in access to information and protection of personal information, French language requirements and federal anti-spam legislation in Canada.

While pursuing her bachelor of laws – international profile at Laval University, Ms. Barry studied at Birmingham University in England where she furthered her knowledge of international commercial law. Ms. Barry also studied at Queen’s University and subsequently became a member of the Ontario Bar.

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  • Education
    • J.D., Queen’s University, 2012
    • LL.B., Laval University, 2010
    • Certificate of Higher Education in English Law, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • Representative experience

    Life sciences and healthcare

    • developing, drafting, reviewing and negotiating fundamental and clinical research agreements and other agreements entered into between research centres and public companies or initiated by researchers
    • developing, drafting, reviewing and negotiating licencing agreements with private or public companies
    • review and drafting of agreements for advisory boards, ethics committees and consultant panels
    • developing, drafting and negotiating agreements for the purpose of effectively managing matters related to the funding, conduct and development of technology, devices or research activities (material transfer agreements, partnership agreements, transfer agreements, etc.)
    • creating the legal framework and contractual documents needed to operate CRO/AROs engaged by pharmaceutical companies to coordinate research activities involving multiple centres
    • advice on the application of Quebec's Act respecting contracting by public bodies and management of calls for tenders

    Organizational structure

    • developing organizational structures suited to research activities and creating separate legal entities for creating value from intellectual property rights or the hiring of researchers and research assistants
    • organization of research activities within health institutions and other corporate entities
    • drafting of by-laws, policies and internal directives in compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory frameworks
    • developing regulatory frameworks for research activities and intellectual property policies
  • Admissions
    • Ontario 2013
    • Quebec 2012
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Dean’s Honour List, Queen’s University, 2012
    • Senator Frank Carrel Scholarship, Queen’s University, 2012
    • GBV-Englobe environmental law essay competition, GBV-Englobe, 2008
    • Lieutenant Governor’s Award, Merici College, 2007
    • Toyota Earth Day Scholarship, Toyota Foundation/Earth Day Canada, 2007
    • Millennium Scholarship, Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, 2007
    • Desjardins Scholarship, social sector, Jeunes Boursiers des Grands Québécois, 2007
  • Publications
    • The CRTC determines that Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation is constitutional and reduces the first penalty handed out under the legislation to $200,000, December 2017
    • Quebec's Bill 148 to limit generic medication procurement by owner-pharmacists, November 2017
    • Quebec to reimpose 15% cap on professional allowances to pharmacists, August 2017
    • PCL Newsletters – New regulations regarding professional activities to be performed by specialized nurse practitioners in Quebec, May 2017
    • PCL Newsletters – Quebec to introduce Bill 35 and reinforce the governance and management of information resources in the public sector, 2017
    • Calls for tenders enter the pharmaceutical world in Quebec, April 2017
    • PCL Newsletters – Coming into force of the mandatory reporting scheme regarding drugs shortages and discontinuations in Canada, March 2017
    • Pharma in brief – Quebec's Bill 92, drug distribution models, and patient support programs, March 2017
    • PCL Newsletters – Bill 130 or the modernization of clinical organization and management of health and social services institutions, January 2017
    • PCL Newsletters – Cambie Surgeries al v. British Columbia (Medical Services Commission) et al., September 2016
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Conduct of clinical trials in a digital era," Montreal, September 21, 2017.
    • "New trends with respect to clinical trials," Montreal, June 12, 2017.
    • Seminar designed to discuss the main legislative and jurisprudential developments pertaining to the of life sciences and healthcare industry, as part of the Quebec Health Innovation Week, Quebec, November 30, 2016.
    • Seminar designed to discuss the legal issues facing the future of life sciences and healthcare industry, as part of the Quebec Health Innovation Week, Quebec, December 2, 2016.
    • "Mise à jour de l'environnement législatif et des décisions marquantes dans le domaine des sciences de la vie," November 2016.
    • "L'importance de la lettre d'intention et de l'importance de négocier de bonne foi dans le cadre de financement et autres transactions," November 2016.
    • "Governance and business challenges facing the future of personalized medicine – Personalized Medicine and Interdisciplinary Issues," August 2015.
    • "Mise à jour de l'environnement législatif et règlementaire canadien dans le domaine des sciences de la vie," December 2, 2015.
    • Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector is 20 years old: retrospective and how to prepare for the future,” Montreal, November 4, 2014.
  • Memberships and activities
    • Master of ceremonies for the 25th anniversary gala of Croissance Travail, 2017
    • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec / Executive commitee Cercle 179, since 2015
    • Ambassador – Fondation Cervo – D'un chic fou, 2017
    • Ambassador – Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Québec – "Escapade au sommet du massif," 2015
    • Ambassador – Le Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie / Équipe Henri-Schein, 2015-2016
    • Ambassador JDRF Canada – Roulons pour le diabète, 2013 to 2015
    • Relay for Life – Canadian Cancer Society, 2016