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.