Senior Legal Counsel
Compliance and governance
Senior Legal Counsel
Who she is
“The most important thing is to meet the dual objective of growth and compliance,” says Annie Lajeunesse about her role as an in-house legal advisor. “And when you’re in the risk management business, you have to build credibility with the clients. It’s absolutely necessary if they are to have a good understanding of what their legal risks are.”
Based in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, Annie offers legal counsel on all aspects of commercial matters and issues, including both regulatory and internal compliance.
And it’s her affinity for managing teams on legal process improvement projects that makes her an artful and resourceful lawyer. As a big believer in data-driven decisions, Annie is exceptionally skilled at identifying what businesses need to focus on in identifying new strategies for legal efficiency, then mapping and implementing processes to support them. But she insists that data analysis can only go so far. It has to go hand in hand with insights into the people who are impacted by the changes.
“I’ve always loved working in teams that like to challenge the status quo and look for the opportunity to innovate,” she says. “But solutions have to work for the people involved.”
Away from the office, you’ll most likely find Annie playing tennis, cycling and running with her dog, or better yet spending time with her family and friends. “I know it sounds ‘cliché,’ but it’s what I enjoy the most,” she says.
How she got here
After graduating in law from Université de Montréal, Annie went into practice first as a Crown prosecutor in Montreal, then later made the switch to become an in-house lawyer at a private holding company. In 2002, she took up a legal position at GE Capital working on structured financing solutions. There, she developed management expertise, oversaw a team of lawyers working in operations and served as a legal audit leader. In 2012, she then moved Laurentian Bank of Canada, where she helped build a new equipment financing division, LBC Capital as VP, Legal and Compliance. Now, as Senior Legal Counsel at Simplex Legal based in the Montreal area, Annie brings her tireless energy and skills to help design new legal services for the firm’s clients.