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Louise Houle


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Louise Houle is an experienced counsel in the taxation team at Degrandpré Chait. Her practice focuses on tax and estate planning, especially for those families holding property in Canada, the United States and Europe. She advises immigrants on matters pertaining to trusts and guides them on their relocation to Canada.

Louise has extensive experience in legal asset management, in complex national and international business structuring and in succession planning. She is very familiar with matters relating to personal taxation and death taxes in Canada and the United States, inheritance and estate taxes in Europe and philanthropy, non-profit organizations and charities as well as Canada-United States cross-border tax planning.

Having always represented numerous foundations and charity organizations during her career, Louise Houle has been secretary of both the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation since 2001, and the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation since 1998. She has also held this position for the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation, from 1999 to 2015. Louise has been a member of the Board of Directors and other committees of Investissement Québec (2008 to 2010) and Desjardins Venture Capital (1994 to 2011). From 2004 to 2012, she has also served as member of the Board of Directors of Selwyn House School and The Study School Foundation.


1981 – Masters of Laws, LL.M., McGill University
1978 – Licentiate in Laws, University of Sherbrooke


  • Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) (2017 edition)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada® - Trusts and Estates (2013 to 2020 editions)

Professional Affiliations

  • Barreau du Québec
  • American Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF)


June 2017 – Cross-Border Estate Planning Issues and Adventures in Civil Law, conference organized by STEP Chicago, Chicago (Illinois)
February 2017 – Estate Planning for Canadians with International Assets, conference organised by the CIBC Tax and Estate Planning/Wealth Strategies Group, Toronto (Ontario)
January 2017 – Multi-jurisdictional Estate Planning for Canadians, conference organised par TD Wealth Management, Montreal (Quebec)
October 2016 – Multi-jurisdictional Estate Planning for Canadians, conference organised by the Canadian Tax Foundation, Toronto (Ontario)
September 2015 – Why the French cannot trust the Trusts, conference organised by 2015 Cidel Provence Conference, (France)
October 2013 – Cross-Border Planning for Canadians, conference organised by RBC Private Banking, Montreal (Quebec)