L. Michel Huart joined the firm in 2006 following a lengthy career in the railway industry. He was Solicitor for the Canada Labour Relations Board and for the Canadian Transport Commission before joining VIA Rail. At VIA, he was Solicitor and Deputy General Secretary until 1984, when he became General Superintendent, Transportation, for Quebec. He later held the position of Director, Internal Audit and Special Examination. Recruited by CN in 1989 as Legal Advisor, Michel went on to become General Counsel. In this capacity, he was in charge of legal issues related primarily to operations, marketing, environment, and risk management for Canada. He represented CN before the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Federal Court of Appeal. He also appeared before judicial review bodies to challenge decisions by health and safety officers and Transport Canada officials. Through these various positions, Michel gained solid expertise in transportation law at both the contractual and regulatory levels. He has also been involved in a number of binding arbitration and mediation cases. Michel has extensive experience in the management of projects for which environmental approval or impact assessments are required. He has also been involved in environmental incident management and assessments.