Hélène Guay heads a litigation law firm and represents victims of medical errors or their families, and people who are the subject of petitions relating to their capacity or integrity. She intercedes in favor of respect for the rights of individuals before administrative bodies ( local commissioners, coroner’s inquests, professional orders, Human rights Commission, Québec Public curator). She has developed an expertise in representing seniors and defending their rights.
Since 2014, she has published on the legal aspects of elder abuse in prestigious journals. In 2015, she organized a conference with the Association de défense des droits des retraités et pré-retraités (AQDR) on home support for seniors. In 2018, she was part of the expert committee for the conference organized by Handicap Vie Dignité: “Together promoting quality of life for residents” aimed at improving the quality of services in long term care centers.
In 2009, she took part in numerous conferences addressing issues such as the defense of the rights for victims of errors in health care (AQPV and Canadian Institute). In 2002, she organized a very successful symposium for the Québec Bar, on the duty of safety in healthcare institutions. In 2001, she provided training on the legal apsects of sterilization of disposable equipment by hospitals for the Association of Sterilization Managers. In 1998, she lectured at McGill University on the professional liability of dentists towards patients with HIV.
Expertise, Lecturing and Publications
Since 1992, she has taught legal aspects relating to healthcare and social services at both Bachelor and Master’s degrees (Montréal, Sherbrooke, McGill). She has been lecturing at Montréal Bar School (persons’ law) since 2002 and, since 2019, has been reviewing annually the teaching material as part of the training of future lawyers on this subject. She is the author of publications related to health law and human rights (genetics, consent to care, judicial authorizations for care, elder abuse, etc.).
Me Hélène Guay has been a member of the Bar since 1988. She holds a master’s degree in Health Law from Sherbrooke University , obtained in 1989, after having obtained her law degree from McGill University in 1985. She is knowledgeable of the healthcare sector since 1975 and this is part of the reason why she chose to develop a practice in the field of health law. She is essentially oriented