Richard Gaudreault


Cain Lamarre LLP
630 boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Suite 2780
Montréal, Québec H3B 1S6

Tel: 514-393-4580
Fax: 514-393-9590


Equity partner Richard Gaudreault has over 20 years experience in 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 sector specialization includes:

  • 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
  • “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
Cain Lamarre is one of the leading firms in Quebec in the area of labor and employment law, not only for the number and size of cases we handle, but also for the number of professionals we have dedicated to this area of expertise. Our labor and employment law clientele is highly diverse, ranging from public and broader public institutions to medium and big business.

The labor and employment law team includes more than 60 lawyers spread throughout our 18 offices. These professionals devote the lion’s share of their practice to this area of expertise, as collective agreement advisors and negotiators for employers or as attorneys before administrative authorities in cases of certification, arbitration, and challenges.

Like human resource management, labor and employment law is in constant flux. You can count on our legal advisors to guide and assist you, taking into account the latest developments in the field.

Our expertise covers various facets:

  • Employer representation throughout Quebec and the rest of Canada, notably with regard to grievances and complaints
  • Consultation and support for the negotiation, interpretation, and application of collective agreements
  • Vast experience in the following areas for employers:
    • Problems dealing with union certification and the scope of intent
    • Employment termination contracts and dismissal cases
    • Application of the Act respecting labour standards, the Labour Code, and the Canada Labour Code
    • Workplace harassment
    • Protection of personal information and access to information
    • Pay equity
    • Human rights and the duty to accommodate
    • Screening for workplace drug or alcohol use
    • Problems relating to absenteeism management and disability
    • CNESST financing
    • Cases of occupational accidents before administrative courts
    • Representation during labor conflicts
With more than 200 legal professionals, lawyers, and notaries on staff, Cain Lamarre is the firm best equipped to serve clients in all regions of the province.

Our Québec-wide presence allows us to keep a finger on the pulse in every region and maintain in-depth knowledge of the people, business partners, companies, and distinguishing features that make each region so unique. Which means we’re better able to take into account each client’s environment and realities to provide the services they need.

Cain Lamarre has more than 200 professionals on staff specializing in all areas of law and all sectors of the economy. Across Québec, our experts pool their skills and know-how to provide innovative and effective legal solutions to address the needs of our clients—institutions, businesses, and individuals alike.

Cain Lamarre also has a global presence through an alliance with TAGLaw, an international network of over 150 legal firms present on all continents, allowing us to serve you better in the United States, Europe, Asia, and around the world.

A recognized leader in the field of labor law, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2015)
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