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CATHERINE ST-CYR

PARTNER

Me Catherine St-Cyr

PRACTICE, INVOLVEMENT AND DISTINCTION

Catherine completed a bachelor’s degree in law and a notary law degree from the University of Sherbrooke. She represented her university in the Canadian Laskin competition, which consists in debating a current legal topic from the Federal Court of Canada. Today, she practises in the fields of real estate and asset protection. To offer complete services, she doesn’t hesitate to interact with clients’ advisors, allowing her to create close ties with partners in different fields. She has also acted as team captain in Relay for Life, and has participated in a 48-hour ride for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Most recently, she took part in Tremblant’s 24h: Sport for a Good Cause.

BACK-AND-FORTH

What do you listen to in your car? 

My latest discoveries or the most recent songs from my favourite artists. They need to be lively, but not too much. That helps me switch off for a bit.

Do you want kids?

Definitely. I can see myself being an accomplished businesswoman and devoted mother.

What led you to become a notary?

I wanted to help my clients protect what’s theirs. Working every day without knowing if you'll make it to the end of the month is stressful. I give them peace of mind: if something happens to them, their family, employees and business partners will be protected and safe.

Has your vision of the profession changed since you became an entrepreneur?

Yes. I understand my business clients better now, along with the stress they feel and their desire to protect their legacy.

What principle guides your actions?

When you try for perfection, you end up achieving excellence.

Catherine is a very resourceful woman—problems don’t stay unsolved for long when she’s around.

-
Timothée Vallée

Catherine is a great athlete who is not afraid to get involved with lots of charitable causes!

-
Jean-Philippe C. Boileau

CATHERINE ST-CYR

PARTNER

If we had to describe Catherine with just two expressions, they would be determination and always pushing her limits. Her experience has no doubt helped develop her desire for freedom and authenticity.

BALANCE THROUGH SPORTS

1.9 kilometres swimming, 90 km on a bike and 21.1 km running: that’s the challenge Catherine took on in completing her first half-Ironman in Mont-Tremblant in June of 2017. It was a challenge that required her to seriously push her limits! “It goes beyond physical strength. It’s mostly in your head. When you think you can’t do it, you actually can,” explains the athlete.

However, she makes sure to stay balanced to avoid “breaking the machine,” and so she can keep up the sport for a long time. For her, diet, rest and well-being are just as important as physical training.

When she has an evening of work ahead of her, and starts to feel tired late in the afternoon, she goes out for a run. Her stress and strain melt away to the rhythm of her strides. Then, after a light meal, she feels up to getting back to work, with a rested mind.

LOVING PARENTS

The young woman learned much from her parents, who taught her the value of perseverance and effort at a young age. In her words: "I am who I am today in part because of them."

AN ENRICHING EXPERIENCE

At the end of cégep, she took a year off to perfect her English while working as a nanny in the US. It was the best of both worlds: living with a well-to-do family and traveling, while also being paid.

She considers her travel experience to be both touristic and personally enriching. She learned not to judge people at first glance, and to identify their needs based on their situation and not solely based on her own perceptions.

She also draws a parallel between her work with children and her current clients. By decoding words and unspoken thoughts, she is able to identify true problems and come up with solutions that meet these needs.

FROM MONTRÉAL TO MONT-TREMBLANT

Upon completion of her studies, she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. Once again, the best of both worlds opened up to her: she could practise the profession she loves in a beautiful setting, near mountains and lakes. It was a choice that moved her away from her friends and family, but she is glad she made it.

WHEN FREEDOM AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP WIN THE DAY

Although she worked in a well-established firm with an excellent reputation, she felt like she had even greater potential, and aspired to a different practice that was a better fit for her.

Life just works out sometimes, because she quickly found partners with the same vision of the legal profession as her: a profession that can be practised by dynamic young people. After weighing the pros and cons of taking over a firm or founding one, the trio decided to create a company with a foundation to match their values and vision.

Despite the sacrifices and obstacles along the way, she never looked back. For her, every day brings a new challenge, which energizes her and pushes her to keep going. By founding VSB with Timothée and Jean-Philippe, she was able to stay herself and explore new paths in order to offer the best possible service.

CATHERINE ST-CYR

PARTNER

If we had to describe Catherine with just two expressions, they would be determination and always pushing her limits. Her experience has no doubt helped develop her desire for freedom and authenticity.

BALANCE THROUGH SPORTS

1.9 kilometres swimming, 90 km on a bike and 21.1 km running: that’s the challenge Catherine took on in completing her first half-Ironman in Mont-Tremblant in June of 2017. It was a challenge that required her to seriously push her limits! “It goes beyond physical strength. It’s mostly in your head. When you think you can’t do it, you actually can,” explains the athlete.

However, she makes sure to stay balanced to avoid “breaking the machine,” and so she can keep up the sport for a long time. For her, diet, rest and well-being are just as important as physical training.

When she has an evening of work ahead of her, and starts to feel tired late in the afternoon, she goes out for a run. Her stress and strain melt away to the rhythm of her strides. Then, after a light meal, she feels up to getting back to work, with a rested mind.

LOVING PARENTS

The young woman learned much from her parents, who taught her the value of perseverance and effort at a young age. In her words: "I am who I am today in part because of them."

AN ENRICHING EXPERIENCE

At the end of cégep, she took a year off to perfect her English while working as a nanny in the US. It was the best of both worlds: living with a well-to-do family and traveling, while also being paid.

She considers her travel experience to be both touristic and personally enriching. She learned not to judge people at first glance, and to identify their needs based on their situation and not solely based on her own perceptions.

She also draws a parallel between her work with children and her current clients. By decoding words and unspoken thoughts, she is able to identify true problems and come up with solutions that meet these needs.

FROM MONTRÉAL TO MONT-TREMBLANT

Upon completion of her studies, she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. Once again, the best of both worlds opened up to her: she could practise the profession she loves in a beautiful setting, near mountains and lakes. It was a choice that moved her away from her friends and family, but she is glad she made it.

WHEN FREEDOM AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP WIN THE DAY

Although she worked in a well-established firm with an excellent reputation, she felt like she had even greater potential, and aspired to a different practice that was a better fit for her.

Life just works out sometimes, because she quickly found partners with the same vision of the legal profession as her: a profession that can be practised by dynamic young people. After weighing the pros and cons of taking over a firm or founding one, the trio decided to create a company with a foundation to match their values and vision.

Despite the sacrifices and obstacles along the way, she never looked back. For her, every day brings a new challenge, which energizes her and pushes her to keep going. By founding VSB with Timothée and Jean-Philippe, she was able to stay herself and explore new paths in order to offer the best possible service.

Me Catherine St-Cyr

PRACTICE, INVOLVEMENT AND DISTINCTION

Catherine completed a bachelor’s degree in law and a notary law degree from the University of Sherbrooke. She represented her university in the Canadian Laskin competition, which consists in debating a current legal topic from the Federal Court of Canada. Today, she practises in the fields of real estate and asset protection. To offer complete services, she doesn’t hesitate to interact with clients’ advisors, allowing her to create close ties with partners in different fields. She has also acted as team captain in Relay for Life, and has participated in a 48-hour ride for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Most recently, she took part in Tremblant’s 24h: Sport for a Good Cause.

BACK-AND-FORTH

What do you listen to in your car? 

My latest discoveries or the most recent songs from my favourite artists. They need to be lively, but not too much. That helps me switch off for a bit.

Do you want kids?

Definitely. I can see myself being an accomplished businesswoman and devoted mother.

What led you to become a notary?

I wanted to help my clients protect what’s theirs. Working every day without knowing if you'll make it to the end of the month is stressful. I give them peace of mind: if something happens to them, their family, employees and business partners will be protected and safe.

Has your vision of the profession changed since you became an entrepreneur?

Yes. I understand my business clients better now, along with the stress they feel and their desire to protect their legacy.

What principle guides your actions?

When you try for perfection, you end up achieving excellence.

Catherine is a very resourceful woman—problems don’t stay unsolved for long when she’s around.

-
Timothée Vallée

Catherine is a great athlete who is not afraid to get involved with lots of charitable causes!

-
Jean-Philippe C. Boileau

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