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Hugues Boisvert

Global Dignity Day Champion – National Fundraising

Global Shaper selected by the prestigious World Economic Forum and a recipient of the Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Hugues Boisvert is the Founder of HazloLaw and the Chief Executive Officer of our Firm. As a Business Lawyer, Hugues is widely recognized for his in-depth knowledge of business and tax law and enjoys a reputation as one of Canada’s most respected business lawyers and advisor to entrepreneurs and business owners in Ottawa and around the world. Hugues regularly acts on behalf of business owners to minimize their corporate and personal taxes through the use of corporate reorganizations, the implementation of family trusts and other tax-efficient legal structures.  On a daily basis, Hugues helps entrepreneurs to incorporate, buy and/or sell their businesses and to implement their estate plans to ensure that their are minimizing taxes and protecting their legacies.

As a trusted advisor, Hugues represents start-ups, family owned businesses and mid-size companies at the local, national and international level in a wide range of industries. Hugues’ expertise is on the creation of various tax-effective structures (with the use of Family Trusts & Holding companies, Estate freeze, Section 85 & 86 corporate re-organizations, etc.), for the preservation, accumulation and transfer of wealth for entrepreneurs and their families. He also advises clients on their legal matters and day-to-day business issues including but not limited to; Business Formation (including Professional Corporation for Doctors, Dentists, etc.), Mergers & Acquisitions (buying and selling of businesses), Corporate Finance, Franchise Law and Wills, Trusts, Tax and Estate planning with a strong concentration in both corporate and personal tax.

Prior to entering private practice, Hugues was sought out to be a co-founder of a new corporation with a unique mandate.  Cnapsis Inc. is a social enterprise, based in Canada, which supports local health care delivery efforts in developing countries by working with existing broad-scale implementation partners including USAID, John Snow Inc. and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to fine tune their approaches given geographic, human resource and financial resource limitations.  Hugues is a regular contributor to key strategic and operational decisions, which most recently led to the development of a laboratory support network facilitating the HIV treatments for patients in a post-conflict zone in Northern Uganda.  As General Counsel, Hugues serves as the chief legal advisor to the management team of the company and he is responsible for the sound and efficient management of the legal affairs of Cnapsis.

Hugues is a frequent legal contributor to various media across Canada and he is also a regular guest speaker at the MBA program and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. In addition, Hugues is a business partner with Invest Ottawa and he sits on the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) loan review committee.

Recognizing the importance of helping his community, Hugues is a Founding Steering Committee Member of the Southam Club, a dynamic group of individuals from a new generation who come together at arts and culture events at the National Arts Centre of Canada. Hugues is also the Founder, Chairman & CEO of the Young Business Network of the National Capital, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower business leaders in Ottawa. More recently Hugues was appointed as Chair of the Business Development group for the Ottawa United Way’s 2013 Community Campaign to assist in raising local and national corporate donations.


Hugues Boisvert
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HazloLaw

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