Canadian Lawyer InHouse

August/September 2021

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www.canadianlawyermag.com/inhouse 39 "Our goal is making the life of the internal client easier in terms of defending cases as a business partner, but also trying to think outside the box." the litigation side and general legal support. They assisted with business restructuring caused by economic challenges at the start of the pandemic when dealers had to close, resulting in layoffs in North American factories. Morel and her team handled most of the legal work internally, which saved money and helped keep the factories afloat, protecting the jobs of thousands of employees. The team provides a service to the company, Morel says, by bringing value beyond legal expertise. "Our goal is making the life of the internal because everything was remote," says Morel, who had previously travelled to the US once or twice a month for deposition cases. "If you had told me that I would be preparing a witness by videoconference for deposition in the US with the attorney in the US and my witness in Quebec, I would not have believed it." Onboarding two new team members during the pandemic was another challenge for the legal team at BRP, as they had to do everything via videoconference. Morel and her team also work closely with BRP's HR department, giving full support on Julie Morel client easier in terms of defending cases as a business partner, but also trying to think outside the box," says Morel. "We not only defend, but we also try to prevent cases." In the months ahead, Morel hopes to prioritize work-life balance and the mental health of her team. She also aims to give her team exposure to significant cases and the opportunity to advance their careers. "It's important to know that someone can replace me one day because it shows you are a good mentor when you have someone that's ready to replace you," she says. PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY The legal team at BRP works to ensure that products are safe and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations established for the protection of consumers. • Offers safe products and ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; • Integrates state-of-the-art product safety principles in all product- related areas, including design, engineering, testing, procurement, manufacturing, marketing and after- sales services; • Provides clear and accurate product safety information to customers; • Undertakes appropriate and timely investigations and corrective actions, when necessary, in response to product safety concerns.

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