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Alain's Story - Yellowknife

I grew up in the small island community of Lameque, New Brunswick, on the Acadian Peninsula. I came to Yellowknife in March 2010 when I was hired as a senior associate in the Corporate Commercial Securities group at the law firm of McLennan Ross LLP.
I have a degree in business administration from the University of New Brunswick, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a Masters of Taxation from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. My education and career has taken me in many directions — I’ve had my own law firm in Paquetville, NB, moved to Calgary to work as a Senior Associate in International Tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers and finally back to Saint John, NB to work as an associate at Stewart McKelvey, specializing in tax and estate planning. My career definitely took a turn for the better in January 2010 when I saw an ad on the NWT law society website for an associate practicing in corporate and commercial law at the Yellowknife office of McLennan Ross LLP. After a telephone interview with the managing partner, I was offered the position a short time later. 
I landed in Yellowknife on March 20, 2010 and in the short time I’ve been here have developed a busy and challenging practice in corporate, commercial law and tax and estate planning, with an emphasis on working for the mining and natural resources industries. I have been involved in major acquisitions of mining properties, advising multinational mining corporations in matters of corporate, commercial, mining and regulatory law in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The level and diversity of my practice is so challenging that I believe only a few lawyers in Atlantic Canada, and especially in New Brunswick, have exposure to this high level work. 
Since moving here with my partner, the focus has been on developing my law practice. I occasionally manage to find time for hikes at Cameron Falls, cycling, boating with friends on nearby lakes, and attending festivals and cultural events. In winter, I also enjoy cross-country skiing at the Yellowknife Ski Club. 
There is no shortage of things to do in Yellowknife especially if you enjoy the outdoors. Yellowknife is home to many Maritimers and also boasts a French speaking community of over a thousand people, which, as a francophone, benefits me. Yellowknife is a vibrant and dynamic city and living here is very much like living in Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John or Halifax.
The North helped to jumpstart my career and if you’re looking for good employment opportunities in a friendly community with most of the amenities of a big city and the lifestyle of a small town, Yellowknife and the NWT is the place for you.
Yellowknife is the gateway to the North and the possibilities to build your future are virtually endless. With many mining and natural resources being developed in the region, the North is becoming an important part of the Canadian economy and I believe the best is yet to come.