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. Contact Now 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. Contact Now 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. Contact Now 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. Contact Now 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. Contact Now 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. Contact Now 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 since 2002, 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. Contact Now 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. Contact Now Me Audrey-Ann Voyer Val-d’Or native, Ms. Voyer obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Biotechnology from the Université de Sherbrooke where she also completed a graduate diploma in Life Sciences and Law. This combined academic training allowed her to develop a varied skill set in the fields of Law and Science. Ms. Voyer was called to the Quebec Bar in 2012 and continues to further advance her legal expertise. Indeed, in conjunction with her work at the firm, she is currently writing her thesis in order to complete a Master’s degree in International Law with a focus on Environmental Law and Natural Resources. Upon returning to the region, Ms. Voyer joined the Cliche Avocats firm where she currently practises in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, contract law, civil liability as well as labour law. While she was employed in the Montreal region, Ms. Voyer was an active member of the Young Bar of Montreal. This involvement allowed her to work, amongst other things, on the issue of the employment situation among young lawyers as well as to participate in the Legal Clinic Telephone Line. Accessibility to justice is particularly important and motivated Ms. Voyer to get involved in the Juripop Legal Clinic as a volunteer lawyer at the Montreal Subway Legal Clinics and speaker for the Caravance 360o pour les ainés project during their visit in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Contact Now ME LUCIEN CLICHE JR. (1952-2018) Natif de Val-d’Or, Me Lucien Cliche jr., dès après avoir complété ses études en droit et ses cours à l’école du Barreau, s’est joint au cabinet Cliche et Cliche au cours du mois de mai 1978. Il venait rejoindre son père, ses frères et sœurs et autres collègues qui pratiquaient déjà depuis quelques années dans l’étude fondée par leur père, Lucien Cliche, en septembre 1941. Me Lucien Cliche jr. a œuvré pendant quarante (40) ans à titre d’avocat dans notre cabinet, portant dorénavant le nom de Cliche Avocats. Il a concentré sa pratique en matière de litige civil et commercial, ainsi qu’en droit des assurances, pour l’essentiel. Outre les dossiers majeurs qui se sont déroulés sous sa gouverne, Me Cliche s’est distingué par sa solidarité envers les membres de l’équipe, sa propension à aider tous les professionnels qui l’entouraient, jeunes ou moins jeunes, allant même jusqu’à transmettre ses connaissances et ses expériences à des professionnels œuvrant à l’extérieur de notre cabinet. Doté de solides valeurs humaines et familiales, Me Cliche a marqué, de façon incontestable, l’historique de notre cabinet par sa gentillesse, son sens humain et l’attention dont il faisant preuve envers ses client, particulièrement les plus vulnérables. Il aura été le membre de la famille Cliche ayant consacré la plus grande partie de sa vie professionnelle aux affaires du cabinet. Malheureusement, Me Lucien Cliche jr. est décédé le 16 décembre 2018. C’est avec tristesse que le personnel de Cliche Avocats, se résigne à devoir accepter son départ. Me Lucien nous manquera, et ce, tout autant sur le plan professionnel que personnel, notamment pour sa rigueur, sa solidarité, son professionnalisme et son amour pour notre profession. Nous saluons dignement sa mémoire.