My name is Maxime Duval-Charland. I was born in Trois-Rivières, Québec and grew up in a village named Gentilly, Québec. Being a member of a small community was beneficial to my upbringing and showed me how family and friends are important in my life. Unfortunately, one of the sacrifices I had to make to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer was to leave my hometown in 2004.
I attended Laval University’s law program from 2004-2007 in the City of Quebec. During that period, I was involved in the Law Student Association as Academic Vice President and was also involved in several academic and social activities.
In 2007, I started to work as a summer student for a well-known law firm inQuebec City, Stein Monast LLP. After being called to the Quebec bar in 2008, I continued to work for Stein Monast LLP until December 2010. Throughout my time as a lawyer in Quebec, I was involved in the Quebec Youth Bar Association, specifically in the Continuing Education committee.
Like many of us, love brought me to Fort McMurray as I followed my partner out here. I had to study very hard through a series of transfer courses to be called to the Alberta Bar and was successfully appointed as a member in February 2012. I believe that Fort McMurray is the land of opportunity and now being a devoted citizen of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo I have a chance to help develop my sense of belonging to the community and contribute to the success of this region, both on a professional and personal level.
My areas of practice include corporate, real estate, wills and estate matters. I am also proud to offer a French service for each area of law and have a unique opportunity to help the French community in Fort McMurray understand all legal aspects.
Like many Canadians, I am a hockey fan. I also enjoy swimming at MacDonald Island Park and enjoy travelling, especially to visit my family back in Quebec. I plan to be a part of the Fort McMurray community for many years to come and look forward to the chance of working closely with its prominent members.