Conférenciers Québec, Formation, Motivation et Team Building - Formax - David Heurtel - Speaker, lawyer, communication strategist and former minister David Heurtel
Lawyer, communication strategist
former minister and speaker
Conférenciers Québec, Formation, Motivation et Team Building - Formax - David Heurtel - Speaker, lawyer, communication strategist and former minister David Heurtel
Lawyer, communication strategist
former minister and speaker

David Heurtel, speaker, lawyer, communication strategist and former minister

David Heurtel, speaker, is a legal advisor in the Fasken’s Environment, Energy, and Climate Change Group. Prior to joining the firm, David worked for the Government of Quebec, as the Minister of the Sustainable Development, Environment, and Fight against Climate Change, between 2014 and 2017, and then became Quebec’s Minister of Immigration from 2017 to 2018. Furthermore, he held various executive positions, including Chairman and CEO of Montreal’s Olympic Park. Moreover, David acted as a Public Administration Scholar in Residence at the Concordia University and a political analyst on Montreal’s 98.5 FM radio station, CBC News Network Power & Politics, CJAD 800 radio station and CTV News Montreal.

With his vast experience, he acquired proven expertise in management, strategic communications, government relations, environment, and immigration. David builds on his knowledge and market intelligence for the benefit of clients concerned about the impact of the Quebec Environment Quality Act modernization on their business, the industrial project development subject to the environmental impact assessment and review procedure and other social acceptability issues arising therefrom, the application of the Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade System as well as transactions to perform in the California-Quebec joint carbon market. Furthermore, he advises clients on the application of Quebec immigration programs, particularly with regard to skilled manpower.

David is highly involved in his community; he is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ali et les Princes de la Rue community organization and member of the Écotech Québec Management Board, which is now the new clean tech industry cluster. Furthermore, he was a member of the Montreal Entertainment District Board of Directors, Chairman of the Québec Cinéma Board of Directors, Vice-president – Socio-Economic Issues of the Eastern Montreal Chamber of Commerce, Administrator of the Montréal 375th Anniversary Celebration Society and member of the Eastern Montreal Development Committee.

David Heurtel’s Keynotes presentations

  • Duration: 45-75 minutes, adaptable to your needs and preferences
  • Keynotes available in both English and French
  • A preparatory call with the speaker is planned to select and adapt the content of the presentation

LABOR SHORTAGE AND IMMIGRATION: Impacts, risks, and opportunities

For the next 10 years, Québec will have to fill over 1.3 million positions in every line of business (whether they are eligible or not) and every region.

At least 20% of such positions will be filled by people from a migrant background. Labor shortage constitutes a major challenge to a growing number of businesses.

Companies are facing a global race for talents.

  • How to develop a recruitment strategy on both the national and international levels
  • How to navigate effectively through federal and provincial immigration procedures
  • Implement a government relations strategy to obtain measures adapted to your reality and benefit from the funding made available
  • Implement measures to foster francization, integration, and retention of new business talents


Nowadays, organization management and development project implementation shall consider social accountability and acceptance, which represents a significant challenge.

There is much hype about corporate responsibility, which includes the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance factors into business management and project selection. Corporate governance as well as the social and environmental impacts of their activities are now considered by consumers and financial markets. Hence, company performance, including project funding, depends on good practice implementation in terms of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and acceptance.

In the province of Quebec, social acceptance is vital for any organization, regardless of its line of business. Indeed, social acceptance is not limited to the environmental division to which it is often associated, it now transcends all sectors: mining, energy, industrial, real estate, banking, municipal, health, etc.

In recent years, the number of delayed or stalled projects increased because of the social acceptance phenomenon. Nowadays, it is unacceptable for a business to impose itself in a community. Instead, it has to integrate and harmonize with it. Furthermore, citizens are increasingly demanding that future projects shall be implemented in collaboration with local, regional, and aboriginal communities, as part of an extensive and transparent consultation and information process.

That being said, social responsibility and acceptance are now considered as key elements of an organization and project management.

This conference will allow you to learn more about the key elements to include in your strategic planning and dashboards in order to simplify your risk analysis with regard to social responsibility and acceptance.


Government is omnipresent in business activities. Whether it occurs at the municipal, provincial, or federal levels, it is crucial to maintain good relationships with political representatives and the public administration, for partnership development purposes and during times of conflict.

Whether it be for financing, project development issues, permit or authorization, public consultation, negotiation, dispute settlement, crisis management, or lobbying, it is mandatory to develop and maintain good relationships and a permanent line of communication with the elected representatives, their staff, and the public administration.

This conference allows you to develop and/or improve efficient and productive strategic relationships with the various government aspects, levels, and agencies.

David Heurtel’s Biography

David Heurtel, speaker, is Counsel at Fasken. He advises clients in a wide range of issues including Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, ESG, Immigration, Government Relations and Public Relations. He also lectures as Public Administration Scholar in Residence at Concordia University. Heurtel is a Political Analyst for CTV News Montreal, CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, CJAD 800 AM Montreal and 98,5FM Montréal. David was a member of the Quebec National Assembly representing the provincial riding of Viau from 2013 to 2018, serving in Quebec’s Liberal government in major roles, as Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change from 2014 to 2017 and as Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness from 2017 to 2018. Before entering politics, David was CEO of Montreal’s Olympic Park from 2011 to 2013. He is Chairman of the Board of Ali et les Prince.sse.s de la Rue, a youth community organization, Board member of Écotech Québec, a cleantech economic cluster and of the Inlandsis Fund and is part of the Canadian Climate Governance Experts Program of the Canada Climate Law Initiative.


  • Environment
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Communication & medias
  • Crisis management
  • Strategic communication plan
  • Government relations
  • Social acceptance
  • ESG

*Available in both English and French

Technical Requirements

Wireless headset microphone

Small table or lectern (for notes and a water bottle)

No visual presentation