Marie-Hélène Haché is one of Greater Moncton’s Top 20 under 40

May 23, 2024

Marie-Hélène Haché

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On May 22, 2024, our principal lawyer Marie-Hélène Haché, was awarded the prize of Greater Moncton’s top 20 under 40 by the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce.

Marie-Hélène earned a Bachelor of Social Science, Specialized in Criminology, with minors in both psychology and sociology from the University of Ottawa. She worked as a counsellor for teenagers and their families for a few years and completed a certificate of laws part time. I then enrolled in Law School and completed a Licence of Laws (LL.L) at the University of Ottawa. During her studies, Marie-Hélène Haché worked on various family law and bioethics issues including custody, parenting and the right to know one’s origins, children’s rights, assisted reproduction and the Quebec Act Respecting End-of-Life Care as a research assistant. Marie-Hélène also completed an internship with the Linguistic Rights Support Program and was employed with the Professional Development Centre of the Civil Law Section. 

Life eventually brought her home to New Brunswick to care for her ailing mother and she completed her Juris Doctor at Université de Moncton. Her education enables her to practice law in both civil and common law jurisdiction. She was called to the New Brunswick Bar immediately after her articles in June 2016 and Solicitor Haché’s legal career began solving complex civil litigation cases focusing on contracts, property and torts while working for a top ranked litigation boutique, Foster and Company and a major Atlantic-wide firm, Stewart McKelvey. She started practicing family law to obtain Courtroom experience and developed a passion in helping families transition to their new normal, becoming her main practice focus. In her early years of practice, between 2016 and 2020, she was Deputy-Clerk of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal. In June of 2021, Marie-Hélène Haché founded Momentum Legal Solutions in a desire to drive a boutique firm with best practices and top-tier client services in family law, litigation and equine law. She continuously pursues further education and specializations above and beyond the basic requirements, including the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Chef de file program offered by the Regroupement des gens d’affaire de la capital nationale, various programs for Business Strategic Planning and regular coaching. She has been a keynote speaker for the Canadian Bar Association and commented on CBC’s La matinale on two occasions. Marie-Hélène Haché’s opinions have been published in LexisNexis Lawyer’s Weekly and Astheure. Since 2021, she teaches to upcoming lawyers and contributes to the Law Society of New Brunswick’s Bar Admission’s Program. In 2022, she was recruited as a teacher by the Centre canadien de français juridique to provide training in French legal terminology to provincial and territorial department of justice employees, provincially appointed judges, police, and private sector lawyers across Canada.

Marie-Hélène Haché’s social involvement include:

  • January 2024 – Present: Board Member, New Brunswick Codiac Reiners Association (NBCRA): Organize and attend various events for the Club, I was recruited to help with strategic planning and provide input on legal affairs.
  • May 2023-Present: Ethics Committee – Law Society of New Brunswick: The Ethics Committee reviews the Law Society of New Brunswick’s Code of Professional Conduct and recommends any changes that the Committee feels necessary. The Committee does not make rulings on ethical issues. In response to requests from the Executive and/or Council or on its own initiative, the Committee will advise the Executive and/or Council on ethical and professional responsibility issues and on the measures to ensure that members have a better understanding of the Code of Professional Conduct and other ethical principles. This Committee also acts as advisor to the Society and its staff on matters of unauthorized practice.
  • 2021-Present: Teacher – Bar Admissions Program, Law Society of New Brunswick: Teach various sessions to articling students regarding ethics, negotiations, litigation, conflict resolution and family law.
  • 2019-Present: Supervisor and Mentor – Pro-Bono Students Canada: Supervise and provide mentorship to students completing a project assigned by the Association.
  • 2016 – Current: Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • 2016 – Current: Member, Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick (AJEFNB)
  • 2022 – Mentor to 8 prospective lawyers during their articling period.
  • 2015-2017, 2018-2020 CAIW – Canadian Association of Insurance Women and New Brunswick Association of Insurance Professionals
  • 2016-2017: Constitutional Law and Human Rights Section of the Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick Chapter: Secretary
  • 2017-2019: Board Member, Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association (FTRA) Organize and attend various events for the Club, I was recruited to help with strategic planning and provide input on legal affairs.
  • 2015-2018: Centre d’accueil et d’accompagnement francophone des immigrants du Sud-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick (CAFI) : I was elected as board member in 2015 and later became President of the board in 2016.
  • Between 2009 and 2014, she was involved in various student organizations and sat on a number of boards, including Travaille en Cour (2012-2014) an association which organized Moot Court events, of which she was the co-founder, La Rotonde (2011-2013), the University of Ottawa’s Student Journal, where Marie-Hélène Haché sat on the board as secretary and member of the executive Committee, the University of Ottawa Debate Association, and CIME, where she Organized the Ottawa Convention and represented Canada at the New York Convention and prepared submissions for the UN.

Marie-Hélène Haché won the following awards:

  • Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement Award for Leadership in the Community, 2014: recognizes a Student who have made outstanding volunteer contributions in their community and showed leadership and enriched the lives of others through their generous gifts of time and talent and through their involvement with civic, charitable and social causes.
  • AEEDCO scholarship for Exceptional Contribution to Student Life, 2014: awarded to a student who made an exceptional contribution to the student life at the Law Faculty.
  • Carmen Principato Scholarship, 2011 : formerly awarded on merit to children of Union Members that met a grade threshold, showed outstanding community involvement, maintained employment throughout their studies.
  • Bourse de la francophonie, 2005 & 2006 – Awarded to francophone student of the University of Ottawa meeting a grade threshold.
  • Finalist for the CLCW leadership and community involvement in both 2013 and 2014, with double nomination– awarded to a student nominated by one faculty member, in their second of third year of the Licence of Laws Program, who demonstrate their leadership, involvement, charisma and team spirit.

Marie-Hélène says one of the main reason why she opened Momentum was to do law differently and do business differently from the typical and rigid law firm model. She wanted to be an employer who provides flexibility, balance and global compensation tailored to individual needs. Since opining in June of 2021, Momentum went paperless, implemented a hybrid work policy, adopted the four-day work week and recognizes the privilege to disconnect at night and on weekends. Momentum’s team is continuously growing. Momentum is the living proof that is possible to provide excellent service to our clients, increase profits while creating a healthy environment where everyone can grow and feel valued. Haché is committed to remove barriers for young lawyers. Momentum business made contributions to non-profits such as the Canadian Red Cross, Crossroads for women, the NBCRA, and the Havelock Horse Show. Marie-Hélène is a certified Yoga Teacher (200 Vinyasa YTT-RYT) and is working on Yoga for Equestrians Workshops. She plans on teaching to vulnerable communities, such as women victim of violence. All workshops proceeds will go to charity. She is always seeking to grow, personally and professionally, through courses, research and self-study, various experiences and reflection.

Congratulations Marie-Hélène.