Jean-Sébastien Clément Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1994 - Quebec

Primary phone: +1 514-392-9567

Fax: +1 514-878-1450


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Primary office:  Montréal

Jean-Sébastien Clément

Jean-Sébastien Clément is a partner in Gowling WLG's Montréal office. For over 20 years, his practice has focused on Aboriginal law, with a particular emphasis on matters pertaining to self-governance, environment, natural resources, forestry, education, socio-economic development and administration of justice.

During his career, Jean-Sébastien participated in numerous litigation cases, including constitutional cases, in first instance and in appeal, all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

He has also been involved in negotiating and implementing various agreements, including the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the Paix des Braves Agreement, the Cree-Canada New Relationship Agreement, and the governance agreements with the Crees.

His practice allows him to address private law issues as well as public law issues for various Indigenous entities.

Prior to his involvement in Aboriginal law, Jean-Sébastien was a prison law practitioner.

He is also involved with Lawyers Without Borders Canada.

Jean-Sébastien plays double bass in various jazz, blues and other music ensembles in the Montréal area. He has played at concerts in Montréal and has recording experience.

Career & Recognition

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  • Various papers and columns in La Presse juridique.
  • Several publications related to the conferences outlined below.


  • Conference on business partnerships with Aboriginal communities (Canadian Institute, Montréal, February 10 and 11, 2015), "Impact of Recent Decisions on Partnerships"
  • Seminar on Aboriginal Justice (May 28, 2013), "Aboriginal Rights and Proceedings within the Penal Process"
  • Canadian Institute - Development to come in the Supreme Court of Canada (September 27-28, 2012), "Aboriginal Law, Consultation and Accommodations"
  • 10th Edition - Aboriginal Forum (Insight, March 19-20, 2012), "Upcoming developments in the Supreme Court of Canada: Manitoba Métis Federation, Ipeelee and Ladue"
  • Aboriginal Forum on Natural Resources and Territory Management (Insight - September 29, 2011), "Available remedies relating to Proven or Non Proven Rights"
  • Gowlings Environmental Law for Business - Forestry in Eeyou Istchee (James Bay) - The Cree-Québec Forestry Regime (May 12, 2011)
  • 9th Edition - Aboriginal Forum on Dialogue Between Courts, Canadian and Provincial States and First Nations: Where are we at? (March 21-22, 2011), "An Example in the Rio Tinto Decision"
  • Gowlings - Environmental Law Workshop - Recent Developments at the Supreme Court of Canada: Federal-Provincial Powers in Environmental Assessment and Consultation and Accommodation of Aboriginal Interests (March 15, 2011)
  • Aboriginal Forum on Natural Resources and Territory (September 27-28, 2010), "Upcoming developments in James Bay: Forestry and Police"
  • Main Points of the Supreme Court of Canada's Decision in AGQ v. Moses (Toronto, June 11, 2010)
  • Gowlings Environmental Law for Business 2010 - New Development in Canadian Environmental Assessment Law, First Nations Consultation (Toronto, April 29, 2010)
  • Eighth Edition - Aboriginal Forum on Modern Treaties and Natural Resources and Territory Development: from Social and Environmental Assessment to the Duty of Consultation and Accommodation (Québec, March 22-23, 2010), "Case-law upcoming developments at the Supreme Court of Canada"
  • First Edition - Aboriginal Forum on the Management of Aboriginal Claims and Litigations (February 23-24, 2010) "Developing Successful Tactics When Pleading Security for Costs"
  • Moses Appeal / Presentation at the CBA (November 5, 2009)
  • Consultation NPG re Aboriginal Law: The Basic Principles and Implications for Your Clients (October 22, 2009)
  • Fourth Edition - Aboriginal Forum on the Natural Resources and Territory Management (Insight, Montréal, September 23 and 24, 2008), "Regionalization of the Natural Resources Management: Impacts on Aboriginals"
  • Sixth Edition - Aboriginal Forum (Insight, Québec, March 27 and 28, 2008), "Does the Identity of the Aboriginal Interlocutor(s) Vary Depending on the Situations?"
  • Third Edition - Aboriginal Forum on the Natural Resources and Territory Management (Insight, Montréal, September 17 and 18, 2007), "Interim Guide Pertaining to Consultation of Aboriginal Communities: Qualities and Constructive Criticism"
  • Forum on Business Opportunities Related to Québec's 2006-2015 Energy Strategy (Canadian Institute, Montréal, December 5 and 6, 2006), "Partnerships with Aboriginals - Business Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities in the Development of Energy Projects in Québec"
  • Aboriginal Forum on Natural Resources and Territory Management (Insight, Montréal, October 5 and 6, 2005), "Paix des Braves Regime and the Obligation of Consultation and Accommodations"