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RICHARD
Gaudreault

Title: lawyer, equity partner Year of call: 1993

Expertise: labor and employment law  |  administrative law

Equity partner Richard Gaudreault has over 20 years experience in human rights law and labor and employment law, a field where he is recognized as a leading practitioner. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada and appears in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as “repeatedly recommended.” He frequently acts as negotiator in collective bargaining and as a strategic advisor in the planning and reorganization of human resources for small, medium, and large businesses.

He is also a sought-after speaker and trainer. His talk, “Collective bargaining: More strategy, fewer tactics,” has proven especially popular. He is an experienced litigator who has appeared before various administrative tribunals, the Labor Relations Board, the Superior Court of Québec, the Québec Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Richard is a graduate of the negotiation program at the American Institute for Legal Education.

His fields of specialization include:

  • Public Administration (municipal, provincial, federal)
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Trade
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Chemicals and Bio-industries
  • Health and Social Services
  • Telecommunications and Technology

Assistant: Suzie Auger

Expertise

  • Labor and employment law (competition and duty of loyalty, federal labor law, human rights, collective bargaining, collective labor relations, individual labor relations)
  • Administrative law (administrative remedies)

Education

  • LL.B., Université de Montréal (1992)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Montreal) (2013 to present)
  • Heenan Blaikie (Montreal)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • “How to be a better negotiator,” a training sessions for Cain Lamarre 2016 Labor and Employment Symposium (Montréal, Québec City, Saguenay, Val-d’Or, and Sept-Îles)
  • “Negotiating and implementing major change: what you need to do to prepare,” or how to foster acceptability in labor relations, 2016 Rendez-vous des relations du travail, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA)
  • “Acceptability in collective bargaining,” a presentation for the Cain Lamarre 2015 seminar on labor and employment Symposium (Montréal, Québec City, and Saguenay)
  • Training on collective bargaining best practices for the management committee of a large oil and gas company, January 2015
  • “Maintaining employee motivation and improving leadership,” collective bargaining training for the management and negotiating committees of a leading company
  • Creating value through collective bargaining, CCH-Wolters Kluwer conference, November 2013 (Quebec City) and December 2013 (Montreal)
  • Resolving today’s collective bargaining challenges, round table, CCH conference presided over by lawyer Louis Leclerc, November 2013 (Quebec City) and December 2013 (Montreal)
  • Collective bargaining: More strategy, less tactics, 2013 labor relations Rendez-vous, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA)
  • Collective bargaining: More strategy, less tactics, 2012 international French-language human resources conference, Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA), most popular talk at the 2012 conference
  • “Negotiating in concert,” a talk to the management and union negotiation committees of a major manufacturer, 2012
  • The year in labor and employment case law, a lecture at Centre de formation patronale et syndicale
  • Subcontracting and transfer of part of a business, a talk at the Insight conference
  • Employee obligations after job termination, a talk at the Lorman Education Services conference
  • From Place des Arts to Walmart: Employers’ rights to close their place of business, a talk to the Association du Jeune Barreau de Montréal
  • Reflexion on employers’ rights to close their business, a talk presented to the Canadian Bar Association
  • The duty to accommodate in a unionized workplace, a lecture given at Centre de formation patronale et syndicale
  • Managing the workplace and recourse for the victim during the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint, a talk presented during the Infonex conference
  • The Labour Standards Act: provisions against discriminatory treatment based on date of hire, a talk at the Lorman Education Services conference
  • Droit du travail, volume published in the Collection de droit series, Éditions Yvon Blais, Quebec Bar School (2007 and 2008)
  • Course taught at HEC Montréal and Université de Montréal on managing collective agreements
  • Course taught at HEC Montréal and Université de Montréal on collective agreement negotiation
  • Course taught at École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP) on collective bargaining
  • Course taught at Université de Montréal school of industrial relations on administrative tribunals

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Former member, board of directors, Fondation Jean Duceppe
  • Former member, board of directors, Fondation de la Maison du Père
  • Former member, board of directors, Festival international de la littérature

Distinctions

  • Recognized for his expertise in labor and employment law by The Best Lawyers in Canada (2013-2014)
  • A recognized leader in the field of labor law, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2015)