Executive Summary

Caroline Matte is a partner at our Montréal office. She was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1995 and is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Université Laval. She specializes in health law and hospital liability, as well as privacy and access to information in the public and private sectors. In addition, she practices in civil and commercial litigation, especially in class actions and insurance cases.

Representative Work

  • Defends Québec hospitals on behalf of the Direction des programmes d'assurance de l'Association québécoise d'établissements de santé et de services sociaux (DARSSS).
  • Counsels and represents the McGill University Health Centre regarding all questions relating to health law and access to information issues. On several occasions, has represented that public body before Québec' Commission d'accès à l'information.
  • Advises and represents IMS Health-Canada Inc. (IMS of Canada Limited) before the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec and has also represented Novo Nordisk Canada Inc. before the same body.
  • Caroline has acted in major class actions connected with smoking.
  • Vast experience in the area of insurance law. Was responsible for many lawsuits in this area.Has represented, amongst others, Markel Insurance Company of Canada in matters involving issues of transportation law, and reviews insurance products for Axa Insurance Inc.
  • Has advised and represented Le Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) Inc. in various types of actions, particularly real estate issues. Has also provided counsel on real estate issues to various companies, such as the Bank of Montreal.
  • Acted for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regarding the non-renewal of CHOI-FM's licence, 2004-07 (Federal Court of Appeal/Supreme Court of Canada), with respect to the constitutionality of the non-renewals of the broadcasting licences and the constitutional right to free speech.
  • Defended an educational institution in a major class action.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Quand soins de santé et droit se côtoient : des problématiques d'actualité à leurs solutions juridiques," Borden Ladner Gervais' Healthcare Law Symposium, May 2014 (re current legal problems confronting the healthcare network).
  • Speaker, "La gestion des risques," Healthcare Law Symposium, June 2010 (re risk management in healthcare).
  • Speaker, "Les demandes manifestement abusives en matière d'accès à l'information," Convention of the Association sur l'accès et la protection de l'information (AAPI), April 2010 (re improper requests pertaining to access to information).
  • Speaker, "Prévention et gestion des risques de poursuite dans le domaine de la santé : Prestation sécuritaire des soins : Comment gérer les risques liés à la main-d'œuvre des agences," Canadian Institute, Montréal, December 2009 (re risk prevention and management in healthcare).
  • Speaker, "Les recours collectifs et l'industrie pharmaceutique," Programme de maîtrise en droit de la santé et politiques de la santé, Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke, winter 2009 (re class actions and the pharmaceutical industry).
  • Speaker, "Le regard des tribunaux sur les obligations des établissements de santé," Healthcare Law Symposium, February 2009 (re judicial review of healthcare institutions).