Admission to the bar
LL.B, Université de Montréal, 2004
DESS (Diploma of Specialized Higher Studies), Law and Health Policy, Université de Sherbrooke, 2015
Matthieu enjoys adding his deadpan humour to any situation. In the throes of a complex case, and with the inherent seriousness of the law profession, this personality trait lends well to achieving the best solutions through the most agreeable means (or the least disagreeable, depending on where you sit!).
Matthieu’s clients and colleagues appreciate his availability and his reliability. He is driven by teamwork and his greatest joy is achieving goals through fruitful collaboration.
Matthieu is passionate about the arts, which is perhaps his source of inspiration when it comes to creative problem-solving in the face of complex questions and issues.
Matthieu earned his law degree at Université de Montréal and also obtained a specialized graduate degree in health law and policy. He joined Monette Barakett as an intern in September 2006. He has been practising law ever since and became a partner in 2016. He is very involved in the firm’s committee work, including the work of its marketing committee and information technology and artificial intelligence committee. He acts as lead for the firm’s labour law reports and is co-author of the work on human rights and labour relations entitled Les droits de la personne et les relations du travail.
Matthieu devotes himself primarily to labour law but his practice also extends into health and social services law and civil litigation.
He is called upon to advise and assist managers and executive officers in both the public and private sectors, primarily from the health and social services network, the daycare sector (specifically with CPEs, a provincial network of non-profit childcare centres), and from small and medium-sized businesses.
Matthieu therefore works actively with several employers in managing their day-to-day labour relations. He also acts as a consultant and helps develop the best strategies and solutions to address the various issues arising from litigious cases. He waits for the right moment to negotiate agreements and regularly represents employers before the courts.
Matthieu also serves as spokesperson during collective bargaining, both locally on behalf of many CPEs and regionally before CPE consortiums, as well as within the health and social services network, and for employers in the private sector.
Contributor to semi-annual updates of the book on human rights and labour relations Les droits de la personne et les relations du travail
published by Éditions Yvon Blais
Co-author of Droit de la santé - Lois et règlements annotés, Bulletin Droit de la santé BDS, and Droit de la santé en bref
published by Éditions Yvon Blais
Co-author of a collective work on health law entitled Droits et politiques de la santé
published by LexisNexis (2014).
Invited speaker for training sessions on topics such as:
Enjeux juridiques des réseaux sociaux et surveillance des salariés
Les enquêtes et l’imposition de mesures disciplinaires
La gestion de l’absentéisme
Le harcèlement psychologique
Les antécédents judiciaires
La gestion des griefs du dépôt jusqu’à l’arbitrage
L’architecture du réseau de la santé (Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal et Université de Sherbrooke)
Achievements, implications, awards
Matthieu’s great interest in labour relations led him to become a registered member of Québec’s order of certified human resource professionals (CRHA). He also serves on the labour relations committee of Québec’s employers council (CPQ) and participates actively in various consultations on matters relating to grievance arbitration and other current issues from the field of labour law.
Manifestly results-driven and solution-seeking, Matthieu sees his clients as partners and works with them to understand their concerns and proactively address their needs. Matthieu is himself a faithful partner to a great many employers, to whom he consistently makes himself available armed with his years of experience and knowledge of the labour world.
Matthieu was included in the 2021 edition of The Best LawyersTM in Canada in the field of Labour and Employment Law.