History of the Notarial Office
Sworn in July 1926, it's in 1927 that Harland Cameron Rowat moves in the Pontiac region, more precisely in Shawville, to make it home for his family and take over the office of Notary McKay. He had a particular attraction to the region which is mainly anglophone, which fulfilled his passion for fishing and considering that locals quickly made him feel welcome. He practiced as a Notary until 1969.
In June 1955, the 3rd son of Notary Rowat, Raymond Miles Rowat, completed the required exams to access the notarial profession. He joined his father's office to perfect his practical knowledge and eventually took over, in 1969.
Our Gatineau (Hull) office was founded in 1980 by Mtre Richard G. Thériault, Notary.
Mtre Thériault owned a satellite office in the County of Pontiac, more precisely in Fort-Coulonge, from 1980 to 1984. Despite his interest for the region and his passion for the rural practice, his family obligations made him centralise his services at his Hull office.
Major legislative changes occurred in 1994, Notary Rowat began contemplating a well-deserved retirement and Notary Thériault saw an opportunity to come back to his passion of practicing notarial law in rural area. An agreement was thererefore eventually concluded to allow Mtre Thériault, in collaboration with Mtre Yvan Giroux, to take over Notary Rowat's office on Main Street in Shawville.
In 1999, Mtre Giroux left his private practice to join the federal government.
After facing health issues and following concerned advices, Notary Thériault had to leave his rural office once again in 2002, and centralised his services in Hull. He however remained committed to his Pontiac clients and still offered them his services, either in his Hull office or at their home, if needed.
In 2005, Véronique Chénard-Thériault, herself the 3rd child of Notary Thériault, completed her pre-admission internship at her father's office. She then joined the ranks as Notary in October 2005. Mtre Chénard-Thériault therefore quickly familiarized herself with the rural practice by offering her services to the Pontiac clientele at her Gatineau (Hull) office or at their home, if needed. She is proud to perpetuate the tradition of the family's enterprise by offering professional and personalised services in different fields related to notarial law, most particularly in real estate law, agricultural law, estate settlement, family law as well as non-contentious matters.
In 2010, Mtre Thériault slowly leaves the practice to enjoy a well-deserved retirement with his wife, who's been his long life collaborator as well.
Notary Véronique Chénard-Thériault is the transferee and is in possession of the records and files of Harland Cameron Rowat and Raymond Miles Rowat, Notaries who both practiced in Shawville, from 1926 to 1994 and of Richard G. Thériault, Honorary Notary, who practiced in Hull from 1980 to 2012, in Fort-Coulonge from 1980 to 1984 and in Shawville from 1994 to 2002; Mtre Véronique Chénard-Thériault is also in possession of the files of Mtre Yvan Giroux, Notary, who also practice in Shawville, from 1994 to 1999.
Mtre Richard G. THÉRIAULT, Notary, is a member of the Board of Notaries (Chambre des notaires du Québec). He graduated in civil law (LL.B.) in 1978 and in notarial law (D.D.N.) in 1979, at Laval University in Quebec City. He is the founder of our notarial office and practices his profession in the Outaouais region since 1980.
Mtre Véronique CHÉNARD-THÉRIAULT, Notary, is a member of the Board of Notaries (Chambre des notaires du Québec). She graduated in civil law (LL.L.) at the University of Ottawa and in notarial law (D.D.N.) at the University of Sherbrooke in 2004. She is the daughter of Mtre Richard G. THÉRIAULT. Her involvement in our notarial office dates back many years but she officially joined the notarial profession in October, 2005.
She is one of the first notaries in the Province of Quebec to have taken part of her practical training outside the Province of Quebec, namely at RENAUD & MARTI Notarial Office, located in Geneva, Switzerland. This international experience was professionally rewarding and gave her the opportunity to establish and maintain a professional network, particularly with the notarial community of Geneva.
Secretary of the Association des notaires de l'Outaouais since January 2006, Notary Supervisor at the Clinique de droit notarial de l'Université d'Ottawa, teacher for the new Master’s in notarial law at the University of Ottawa, member of the Réseau des femmes d’affaires et professionnelles de l’Outaouais and nominated Dame de cœur 2007 (Queen of hearts) by the Réseau for her volunteer implication at the Notarial Clinique, she enthusiastically undertakes her role and implication in the notarial profession and in the community.
Ms. Isabelle Jacques, Notary
A member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec since March 2014, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.L.) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa since 2001 and a Masters in Notarial Law (LL.M.), also from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, Ms. Isabelle Jacques joined the team in March 2014.
A member of the Bureau du Québec from 2003 to 2012, she worked as a lawyer at the beginning of her practice and until 2012 she was employed by the Department of Justice Canada. During these years, she gained experience in various fields of law. She became a notary in order to work with people in all spheres of life and to work towards problem prevention instead of reaction.
She can accompany you on the drafting of your will and your mandate of incapacity, the settlement of an estate, the purchase of a house, a marriage or a non-contentious procedure. She is a member of the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec (RFAQ).
Mtre Paul Isabelle, Notary
Mtre Paul Isabelle was born in Hull and first got a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Geography from the University of Ottawa in 1973. Working at that time for the former Communauté Régionale de l’Outaouais (CRO), he participated in the elaboration and adoption of the first Land use plan for the Outaouais territory, between 1973 and 1977. After this inspiring experience, he went back to studying at the University of Ottawa in 1977 and received a Licentiate in Law in 1980 and a diploma in Droit notarial in 1981.
Enlisted in the Roll of the Order of the Chambre des notaires du Québec on June 26, 1981, he has been practicing as a notary ever since and has built an excellent clientele in the Hull area. Notary Isabelle focuses particularly on Interest in real property. In the real estate domain, he has helped his clients buy and sell their properties, new or older, residential or commercial, including the financing and refinancing. He always makes sure to listen carefully to his client before giving any advice or drawing the appropriate notarial deeds. Finally, preparing wills and protection mandates is an important aspect of his work. His advice in this domain allows his clients to better plan their future in the medium and long term. He will meet you with pleasure to talk about the services he may offer you.
Louise Dion, Legal Assistant
Louise Dion, legal assistant, has been working in with notaries since 1982. She made her debut in the field as a receptionist for the office of Mr. Raoul Gallichan. Over the years, she has kept up with developments in the sector, by participating in various refresher courses. She worked with Mr. Gallichan until 1992.
From 1992 to 2014, she worked for various notary offices and gained varied experience in several sectors, including expertise in real estate law.
She returned to the team at Étude notariale Thériault et Associés Inc. in June 2014 as legal assistant to Ms. Véronique Chénard-Thériault. She assumes her role with enthusiasm and still shows the same great passion that she has always had for her job. Her commitment to clients, who particularly appreciate her, and her meticulousness make her an invaluable asset for our ever-growing clientele.