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Me Lucien Cliche Jr.

Me Lucien Cliche Jr., who has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1978, works primarily in the areas of civil law, commercial and banking law, , and insurance law. Over the course of his practise, he has developed extensive talents as a negotiator in several major files, having negotiated and finalized numerous significant litigation settlement transactions. He has also handled many files calling for the involvement of a variety of experts such as doctors, engineers, architects and chemists.

Me Cliche, who is also very socially committed, sat for many years on the board of directors of Val-d’Or’s Music and Dance School, as well as the board of directors and executive of the City of Val-d’Or’s Parks and Recreational Spaces Corporation. He was a school commissioner for the de l’Or-et-des-Bois School Board for over 10 years and also held a position on the board of directors of the Community Legal Centre of Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

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Me Pierre Matte, associé

Me Pierre Matte, who has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1987 and the Law society of Upper Canada (Ontariobar) from 1988 to 2015, began his legal career by articling for one year with the Ontario law firm of Perley-Robertson, Panet, Hill and McDougall in Ottawa. In 1988, he returned to Abitibi-Témiscamingue to practice business law, with a particular emphasis on securities law, corporate law and labour law. He has represented numerous financial institutions before the courts and within the scope of financial transactions involving small and medium-sized businesses in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and throughout Québec. He is known to assists a number of businesses and companies in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and throughout Québec with implementation of preventive measures aimed at avoiding various legal problems. and also advising and assisting businesses clients in connection with asset-based or share-based corporate financing, sale or acquisition transactions.

Me Matte have sat on, among other, the Suretyship committee of the Quebec Bar, the board of directors of the Val-d’Or Hospital Center, Val-d’Or regional airport inc., Nordic mining transit center inc., and drilling and mining equipment manufacturing companies and have been a member of the Économic commission of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Regional Conference of Elected Officers as well as of the board of directors of Tour cycliste Abitibi Inc., of which he was the corporate secretary. He also serves as president of the BUREAU DE PROMOTION DES EXPORTATIONS DE L’ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE, a non-profit organization also known as « 48th North international », since 2016.

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Me Érika Marier, associée

Me Erika Marier, who originally hails from Québec City and settled in Val d’Or in 2001, earned her Bachelor of Law degree from Laval University and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 2001. Me Marier, who has been in private practice for over 16 years and joined Cliche Avocats. as a partner in 2011, practices primarily criminal and penal law and has solid experience representing clients before the courts at all levels.

Me Marier, who is very socially committed in the Vallée-de-l’Or region, has sat on the boards of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Source Gabriel Palliative Care Centre, the La Piaule de Val-d’Or Homeless Shelter and currently sits on the board of directors of the Industrial Development Corporation of Val-d’Or. She is also a member of the  General council of the Association québécoise des avocats et avocates de la défense as the representative of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

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Me Pascal Jolicoeur, associe

Me Jolicoeur is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 2003. He has practised at Cliche Avocats since completing his articling period in 2002 with the firm.

His practice focuses primarily on criminal and penal law and he is regularly required to represent clients before the courts, particularly before the Court of Québec, as well as before the Superior Court of Quebec and the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Me Jolicoeur, who is fluently bilingual, can provide his services in English or French and is at ease pleading before the courts in either of the official languages.

In addition, Me Jolicoeur is highly involved in the Val d’Or community. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Comedy Festival for a number of years. He is also an active member of the Kinsmen Club of Val-d’Or, whose mission is to raise funds from within the Val-d’Or community so that it can be reallocated to those most in need. Me Jolicoeur was president of the Club from 2007-2008 and chaired the 2011 Super Salon Kinsmen.

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Me Sylvain Labranche, associé

Me Labranche is born in Ville-Marie, in the Témiscamingue area, and is an experienced litigator who has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1992. Me Labranche focuses his practice in the area of labour law, health and safety law, mainly for private employers and public institutions, and civil law. He thus represents a number of corporations in matters involving commercial law, contracts as well as  civil liability.

Since the fall of 2007, Me Labranche has held the position of municipal prosecuting attorney for the cities of Val-d’Or and Malartic, the municipalities of Rivière-Héva and Belcourt and the Regional County Municipality of the Vallée-de-l’Or. He also represents the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions in connection with all penal offences brought before the Val-d’Or municipal court.

Further, in recent years, Me Labranche has held one of the positions of corresponding syndic for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region on behalf of the Office of the Syndic of the Québec Bar.

Over the years, Me Labranche, who is very socially committed, has sat on numerous boards of directors of Val-d’Or organizations. He is an active member of the Richelieu Club of Val-d’Or and participates in various activities as host or master of ceremonies.

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Me Marie-Hélène Bastien

Born in Amos, Me Bastien completed her legal studies at Laval University in Québec City, concentrating in civil law, banking law and corporate law. During her studies, she was a research assistant, which allowed her to deepen her knowledge of consumer law and the law dealing with loans to individuals. She also sat on several committees, including the Investment Fund Committee of Laval University’s Law Faculty.

Me Bastien, who has been a member of the Québec Bar since 2009, articled at Cliche Avocats. and has continued to practise her profession with the firm, where she focuses primarily on civil law, commercial and corporate law and in litigation.

In addition, Me Bastien is currently pursuing a Certificate in aministration at Laval University which allows her to become familiar with accounting and management notions, both of which are significant advantages in her daily practice and other professional endeavours.

Me Bastien has also been involved in her profession as members of the board of directors of the Quebec Young Bar Association of and as a member of the District Council (board)of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Bar. Me Bastien is currently member of the organizing committee of the Fair of wines, beers and liquors of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and of the board of directors of Legal Aid of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and of the Quebec Bar Committee on Suretyship Law.

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Me Samuel Bérubé de Deus

Born in Val-d’Or, Me Bérubé de Deus got his law degree at Laval University in Quebec City. At the same time, he enriches his academic course by studying psychology and criminology. Finally, he completed his legal training at the Québec Bar School in 2015.

It is during this same year that he was joining the Cliche Avocats firm as an articling student and then as a lawyer since the December 2015.

Since his beginning with the team, Me Bérubé de Deus has shown skills in various areas of the law, including criminal law and labour law, areas for which he has developed a keen interest and shown high abilities.

During his studies, Me Bérubé de Deus has been an active member of the Association of young lawyers of Québec, a non-profit organization representing the interests of students to the School Bar of Quebec as Vice President for public relations.

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Me Antoine Nolet-Godbout

Me Antoine Nolet Godbout was born in Val-d’Or. He completed his law degree at Université Laval in Québec City, place where he also did his bar admission course at the École du Barreau du Québec. During his academic course, Me Nolet Godbout worked with the firm Cliche Avocats as a student during the summer periods. It is also with this same team that he completed his professional training in 2014.

Today, Me Nolet Godbout practice primarily in corporate, commercial and civil law. In 2013, he has done a several weeks immersion in the United States to refine his mastery of the English language, which represents a considerable asset in his current practice. Being a musician since a young age, Me Nolet Godbout combines passion and social involvement by serving on the Board of Directors of the Festival de la relève indépendante musicale en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FRIMAT), where he holds the presidency.

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Me Sylvie Gourd

A native of Rouyn-Noranda and returned in Abitibi-Témiscamingue since January 2009, Me Sylvie Gourd obtained her Law degree at the University of Quebec in Montreal and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2002.

Working in private practice for over 13 years, she practiced in the Montreal area in fields of labor law, immigration law, Industrial accidents and occupational diseases Act (health and safety) and the Automobile Insurance Act (SAAQ), in administrative law, family law and in youth protection.

Since her return to our region, she practices primarily in family and matrimonial law, youth protection and administrative law.

During her practice years in the Montreal region, Me Gourd has been a member for five years and president of the board of directors for three years at a non-profit organization named Comité d’actions des citoyens et citoyennes de Verdun (CACV) in Montreal and was a volunteer lawyer for the Small Claims Court in association with the Young Bar Association of Montreal for the preparation of the parties (plaintiff or defendant) to their hearing, for 5 years.

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Me Alain Lortie

Born in Malartic and admitted to the Québec Bar in 1977, Me Lortie practised civil, banking, insurance and municipal law. However, it is in the field of labour law that he distinguished himself and earned an enviable reputation.

Me Lortie, a skilful negotiator, has concluded numerous major collective agreements on behalf of employers, for clients in a variety of fields of activities, including municipalities and mining companies. He has been involved in the arbitration of a number of grievances, either as a lawyer or assessor. Me Lortie has also acted as arbitrator in order to settle disputes under the Act respecting the Barreau du Québec, as well as in other areas of law, at the request of the parties involved in disputes.

He is currently counsel in our firm. Me Lortie, who is still actively practising law, now devotes his talents and expertise exclusively to labour law matters, focusing particularly on the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

He continues to be a constant source of valuable advice and expertise to all members of our firm.

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