Dr Nicolas Mateesco Matte

Dr Nicolas Mateesco Matte

Niculae Mateescu was born in Romania in 1913 from where he obtained a doctorate in law in 1939. Dr Mateescu then obtained a doctorate in international law at the University of Paris in 1947. Accompanied by his wife, Monica Bünger, they chose Québec as a permanent place of residence in 1950 and received Canadian citizenship in 1956, when Dr. Matte was admitted to the Barreau du Québec. In 1962, at the age of 49, he took the civic name of Nicolas Mateesco Matte. He will be recognized in academia as Dr Matte.

In his 45-year career as a law professor and lawyer in Québec, Dr. Matte has earned an international reputation in the specialized field of air and space law. From 1951 to 1968, Dr. Matte was professor of law at the University of Montréal and its first holder of the chair of air and space law. In addition, from 1961 to 1975, he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IDAS) at McGill University to become its Director from 1976 to 1991. Ardent defender of the French language, Dr. Matte was one of the five appointed members of the Gendron Commission (1968-1972), which recommended that French become the official language of Québec. He also contributed to the training of illustrious Quebecois such as René Lévesque, Robert Bourassa and Pierre Elliott Trudeau and was the first to lay the French speaking foundations of international air and space law. Dr. Matte ended his distinguished career in 2009, at the age of 95, as legal counsel for the firm BCF Business Law in Montréal.

One of Dr. Matte's great achievements in Québec was to be one of the co-founders of the Cosmodôme de Laval, a unique institution in Canada. He actively participated in its realization from 1992 until its inauguration in 1994 in addition to being involved in the realization of its Science Museum. Dr. Matte is the author of a multitude of documents and works specializing in international air and space law, and the holder of several prestigious awards and honors including the Order of Canada (1976), the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec (2008) and the Edward Warner Award (2010) from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Died in 2016 at the age of 102, Dr. Matte was an essential partner in the development of the city of Brossard. Moreover, Boulevard Matte was dedicated to him on an honorary basis.

The memory of Dr. Matte remains through his children Anne-Karyne and Daniel, his son-in-law Jacques Latreille and his grandchildren Jordan-Nicolas and Mikaël-Darcy.

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