Matthew Sherrard Partner

Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Year of Call: 2008 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2008 - Quebec

Year of Call: 2007 - Nova Scotia

Primary phone: +1 514-392-9428

Fax: +1 514-876-9028


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Primary office:  Montréal

Matthew Sherrard

Matthew Sherrard is a partner in Gowling WLG's Business Law Group in Montréal, practising primarily in the areas of Indigenous law and governance. He provides strategic advice on a variety of commercial matters, and also has particular expertise regarding governance, health and social services, public security, as well as local and regional government.

Matthew works closely with Indigenous clients on a variety of governance matters, including negotiations with provincial and federal governments, nation-to-nation agreements, board governance, and legislative drafting.

Matthew also assists Indigenous clients in relation to commercial agreements and government relations matters. He has also advised extensively on renewable energy projects, including on environmental matters, power purchase and impact and benefit agreements.

Previously, Matthew worked at a national law firm in Montréal, as well as at a major firm in Atlantic Canada. He also clerked with a senior judge at the Federal Court of Canada.

Prior to his legal career, Matthew was responsible for international exchange projects in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, and was also involved in a World Bank project in India. In addition, he participated in the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building, and in the International Committee of the Red Cross in Halifax.

Matthew practises law in English and French, and is also fluent in Spanish.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (non-practising member)


  • "Hydro Québec issues RFP for 6 MW of wind energy," Gowlings, October 2015
  • "Developing and Financing Wind Projects in Canada: Aboriginal Considerations," Gowlings, May 2014
  • "Québec Issues Call for Tenders to Procure 450 MW of Wind Energy Capacity," Gowlings, January 2014
  • "Québec Wind Tender Moving Forward: Québec Confirms Call for Tenders by December 31, 2013 to Procure 450 MW of Wind Energy Capacity," Gowlings, November 2013
  • "Public Consultation on Energy Issues in Québec," Gowlings, August 2013
  • “Québec Advances in Procurement of Additional Wind Energy,” Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Energy Law Review, August 2013
  • "Québec Announces Procurement of 800 MW of Wind Energy,” Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Energy Law Review, May 2013
  • “Québec Announces Procurement of 700 MW of Wind Energy,” Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Energy Law Review, July 2012
  • "Quebec Launches Solar Pilot Program", Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP Energy Law Review
  •  Contributor to Gowlings' "Solar Energy in Canada: A primer on legal and business issues", March 2012
  •  Contributor to Gowlings' “Wind Energy Law: A primer on global legal and business issues”, September 2011
  • “Aboriginal Involvement Key to Wind Project Acceptance,” North American Windpower, March 2013
  • “The Big Chill?: Contextual Judgment after R. v. Hamilton,” co-authored with Professor Richard Devlin and published in the Dalhousie Law Journal, 2005


  • "Developing and Financing Wind Projects in Canada: Aboriginal Considerations," poster presentation, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) conference, 2014
  • Aboriginal Siting Considerations: Due Diligence, poster presentation, Canadian Wind Energy Association conference (CanWEA), 2014
  • "Due diligence of Aboriginal rights for mining projects" Insight, Mining Forum, May 29, 2012
  • "Available remedies for violation of proven or non proven rights", Insight, Aboriginal Forum on natural resource and land management (with Jean-Sébastien Clément), September 29, 2011
  • Lectured on Aboriginal law and energy matters at the University of Windsor and HEC Montréal, in addition to speaking at conferences on these topics