About Éducaloi – Our Team

A team of 21 specialists in law and communications carries out the organization’s mission. Students in law and communications help us throughout the year. The team also works with many outside collaborators and volunteers.

Our Team

Ariane Charbonneau

Executive Director

Bio

Five years as Assistant General Director of Éducaloi prepared Ariane Charbonneau to assume its helm in February 2017. An entrepreneur at heart, a natural leader and network builder, she turns strategic vision into action.

Her excellent planning skills and enthusiasm help Éducaloi fulfill its mission and long-term strategic goals. A priority is to strengthen and expand the organization’s core financing to ensure its future.
   
Ariane will pursue Éducaloi’s philanthropic transformation using her solid business development skills and ability to bring people together. She has already built a strong network of enthusiastic ambassadors and supporters from law firms, government and the judiciary. 

 

An Exceptional Career

Ariane has had a rich professional career. She is a lawyer, has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1993 and holds an MBA from HEC in Montreal. Her early practice focused mainly on environmental and municipal law. She then worked in business development for a multinational firm, in Toronto and in Montreal, before joining Éducaloi in 2012. 

She was elected president of the Young Bar of Montreal in 1998 and held senior positions with The Bar of Montreal and the Barreau de Québec. She has been on the Board of Directors of Équiterre since 2013 and on the Board of Directors of the Office de la protection du consommateur since 2014.

 

 

Geneviève Benoit

Director, Content Planning and Production

Bio

An exacting professional with strong organizational skills, Geneviève manages and supports the creation of Éducaloi’s legal information and educational materials. 

Geneviève is strongly committed to Éducaloi’s mission and strives to make the organization’s expertise known to the legal community, the education sector and the public.  

Since joining Éducaloi, she has spearheaded various important projects. She has a wealth of experience as project coordinator and as head of youth and legal education programs. Geneviève helped establish Éducaloi’s solid reputation among educators. She developed an important partnership with the department of education, making room for legal education in the curriculum.

Her intellectual rigour, enthusiasm and organizational strengths will ensure Éducaloi achieves its strategic goals in the long-term.

Geneviève was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 2005 and since then, has used her passion and creativity to advance Éducaloi’s mission. 

 

Julie Bourbonnière

Director of Business Development, Communications and Philanthropy

Bio

Julie’s experience, training and skills are well-suited to Éducaloi’s mission. She is responsible for business development, internal and external communications and fundraising. Her goal is to increase Éducaloi’s reputation and ensure its future.

As part of the management team, she

  • develops partnership opportunities according to the organization’s strategic plan;
  • guides and oversees the communications team in promoting Éducaloi’s legal information and education resources, enhancing its reputation and completing corporate projects; and
  • seeks out opportunities with well-established philanthropic actors.

Julie began her career as a journalist and then worked in public relations and marketing. For over ten years, she nurtured relationships with journalists based on integrity, honesty and transparency.

She has an impressive background in the public and private sectors, having led successful communications and marketing campaigns for Bio-K+, Cavalia, Hotels.com, Canada Post, Rolls-Royce Canada and Moisson Montréal, Canada’s largest food bank. A seasoned, bilingual spokesperson, she has given over 400 interviews in Quebec, the United States and Europe.

She brings to Éducaloi her leadership qualities, her tenacity and ability to foster a strategic vision. She is curious and hard-working, interested in people, new projects and technology.

Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Université de Montréal, a graduate diploma in international journalism from Université Laval and a Master’s in communications from UQAM.

 

Francis Barragan

Corporate Strategy Advisor

Bio

Francis advises the Executive Director and the management team on corporate strategy and governance, internal and external relationships, as well as on student human resources.

Innovative and inquisitive, he is known for his empathy, team spirit, intellectual rigour and wisdom. He has successfully held numerous positions since joining Éducaloi which naturally led to his present role.

His noteworthy contributions include

  • supervising and mentoring a team of some 15 interns selected each year from various law faculties,
  • three years of ongoing update of Éducaloi’s Web content, and
  • creating spots on “legal myths” for the French television series Ruptures.

Francis was admitted to the Quebec bar in 2004. He has a Master’s in business law and a Juris Doctor in North-American common law. Before joining Éducaloi, he was legal counsel on the federal commission of inquiry on the Air India matter and at the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

 

Dominique Boutin

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Dominique creates legal information tools for adults and for youth.

She first joined Éducaloi while a student and by the end of 2015 assumed a more important role in the organization, working on projects that support Éducaloi. Her contributions include

  • giving presentations to parents and youth workers,
  • creating innovative Web articles on the youth criminal justice system intended for youth in trouble with the law and their parents, and
  • designing infographics to illustrate the court process in divorce and legal separation cases.

Dominique worked for the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) and a housing committee. She was also an assistant editor for the Revue Québécoise de droit international.

Dominique received several academic awards and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2015. She is an empathic lawyer who brings her dynamic personality, good judgement and intellectual curiosity to her work.

 

Sahra Chebli

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Sahra designs and creates legal information tools for adults and for youth.

She has a master’s degree in public law and a master’s in private law from France, and completed an equivalency program at Université de Montréal.

Following her studies at the École du Barreau, Sahra was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2014. She then practised law with a firm known for its expertise in class actions and civil litigation.

Committed to the importance of improving access to justice, she joined Éducaloi in 2016.

 

Sarah Dougherty

Head of Services for English-speaking Communities

Bio

Sarah has a long history of community involvement and extensive work experience as a lawyer, journalist and translator.

This background has given her an intimate understanding of Quebec’s English-speaking communities and how to tailor Éducaloi’s services to their distinct needs.

Sarah is responsible for

  • developing a knowledge base about Quebec’s English speakers,
  • creating a plan to meet their needs,
  • coordinating all of Éducaloi’s services in English (website, print publications, services for schools, etc.),
  • building partnerships with organizations serving English-speakers, and
  • representing Éducaloi on important justice-sector committees where services in English are discussed.

Admitted to the Quebec bar in 1988, Sarah practiced law for many years in the areas of commercial litigation and constitutional law. She later co-authored a study on minority-language education rights for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada.

Sarah then worked for ten years as a business and sports journalist for daily newspapers and for various magazines and websites. At the same time, she was a freelance legal translator.

Aside from her law degree, Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a Master's degree in journalism.

She joined Éducaloi in 2009.

 

Frédéric Dubeau

Legal Communication Assistant

Bio

Frédéric is a paralegal and Web professional. He helps maintain Éducaloi’s website and publishes legal content on various platforms. His dual competencies allow him to do both legal research and Web analytics, suggesting appropriate solutions. Working with the Manager, Information Technologies, he is also actively involved in the organization’s technology

Frédéric has a CEGEP diploma in paralegal studies and worked four years reviewing financial documents for a large translation company. He joined Éducaloi in 2016.

 

Joëlle Duranleau

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Alexandre Haslin

Content Editor

Bio

Alexandre is a journalist. He works with Éducaloi’s plain language specialists to develop clear, accessible legal content. He supports them in implementing effective content strategies and editorial guidelines.

He is responsible for

  • organizing and writing the “In the News” section of Éducaloi’s website,
  • writing content for the site and other platforms, and
  • the organization’s social media presence.

Alexandre has a Master’s degree in literature and the media and was as a journalist in France, reporting on education and training. He then worked in radio in Quebec and joined Éducaloi in 2016.

 

Maryse Lafrenière

Communications Advisor

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Chantal Lamarche

Project Coordinator

Bio

Coming soon...

 

Michèle Moreau

Special Projects Coordinator

Bio

Qualifying herself as a lawyer-manager and social entrepreneur, Michèle has worked in the field of access to justice for a decade. She was the founding Director of Pro Bono Québec and the Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal, as well as the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Michèle joined Éducaloi as a Special Projects Officer in December 2017. She brings her extensive experience to the organization through a variety of mandates such as fundraising, human resources and events.

Boasting an impressive professional network, Michèle is known for her strong interest in collaboration, her passion for innovation and creativity, her recognized leadership, her keen political sense and her problem-solving skills.

A member of the Quebec Bar since 1990, Michèle practiced law in private practice and as a corporate counsel, gaining solid experience in labor relations, which led her to teach law in this area at the École du Barreau.

Since the beginning of her practice, Michèle has been actively involved with various legal organizations including the Young Bar of Montreal, the Barreau du Québec and the Mile-End Legal Clinic. She served as President of the Quebec Division of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2011, she received a Merit for her outstanding contribution to the Bar of Montreal.

 

Anie-Claude Paquin

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Anie-Claude creates legal education tools to help educators introduce the law to high-school students. She stays abreast of students’ interests and ensures that Éducaloi’s teaching resources remain current.

Her contributions include

Anie-Claude worked in media and audiovisual production at Société Radio-Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil law and was admitted to the Quebec bar in 2012. She practised law at a firm specializing in intellectual property law before joining Éducaloi in 2013.

 

Michaël Poutré

Head, Legal Content Update and Development

Bio

Michaël keeps up with developments in the law and how they affect the daily lives of Quebecers. He is responsible for ensuring that Éducaloi’s legal information is always relevant and up-to-date.

His skills provide useful support to the team’s numerous projects. He is a good communicator and uses his skills in these ways:

  • He regularly writes articles for print media and speaks on television and radio to explain legal concepts in everyday language.
  • He gives workshops to judges on using plain language in their written decisions.
  • He is actively involved in developing legal content for Éducaloi’s website.

Michaël has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2012. In addition to his law degree, he has a certificate in philosophy and a CEGEP diploma in multimedia arts. While studying law, he worked at LexUM’s legal information lab and in a law firm. He then worked three years as a legal researcher at the Quebec Court of Appeal. Michaël joined Éducaloi in 2015.

 

Émilie Raymond

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Patricia Richard

Editor in Chief

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Guillaume Rondeau

Chief Plain Language Specialist

Bio

After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Law at the Université de Sherbrooke, Guillaume Rondeau completed his Bar internship in labour law with the Quebec civil service. In 2010, he was admitted to the Quebec Bar as a lawyer. He later joined Éducaloi as a plain language specialist. He creates legal information resources for the general public, and provides specialized training on various legal topics.

 

Judith Rouan

Head of Youth Programs and Legal Education

Bio

Judith develops and coordinates legal education, one of Éducaloi’s main activities. Long committed to social justice and passionate about education, she plays a key role at Éducaloi. Her responsibilities include

  • making educators aware that legal education is important for developing well-rounded citizens,
  • creating tools for teaching youth about their rights and responsibilities and their role as citizens, and
  • ensuring that Éducaloi remains a leader in legal education.

Judith has a master’s degree in contemporary history. She taught history and geography for over ten years in France and worked for different organizations dedicated to social justice in education. She was awarded the Solidaires Empowerment prize by Centraide of Greater Montreal for creating education programs on the rights of youth and their parents in the school environment. She joined Éducaloi in 2017.

 

Elizabeth Sigouin

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Elizabeth designs and creates legal information tools for adults and youth, notably in criminal law.

Her contributions include

  • developing legal information and education tools for Indigenous peoples,
  • creating legal information tools on the youth criminal justice system intended for youth in trouble with the law and their parents, and
  • designing teaching guides to help educators introduce law to high-school students.

Elizabeth has a master’s degree in Indigenous law and earned several awards for academic excellence. She is devoted to the well-being of society’s must vulnerable citizens and worked for an organization helping vulnerable pregnant women.

Elizabeth was admitted to the Quebec bar in 2001. She was a legal researcher at the Quebec Court of Appeal and then entered private practice, specializing in criminal law. She joined Éducaloi in 2016.

 

Diane Skiejka

Translator and Plain Language Specialist

Bio

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in psychology, Diane Skiejka earned degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University. She has extensive experience in private practice, specializing in trade-mark law at a major law firm. She has been a tutor on trade-marks for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Diane left private practice and helped structure a small business venture. She later returned to McGill to study translation, completed a practicum with the Translation Bureau and worked as a freelance translator. She also narrated a collection of children's audio books. Diane joined Éducaloi in 2014 as a translator and plain language specialist. She translates and creates legal information resources in plain language.

 

Diana Toffa

Project Coordinator

Bio

Coming soon.

Students

Throughout the year, interns and students from different universities work with Éducaloi.

Here are our enthusiastic troopers:

  • Amélie Guillemette, Université de Sherbrooke; 
  • Alexandra Bahary, Université du Québec à Montréal;
  • David Medcalfe, Université de McGill;
  • Mélyssa Mongeau, Université de Sherbrooke;  
  • Étienne Morin-Lévesque, Université de Montréal;
  • Rita Nehmé, Université de Montréal;
  • William Rodier-Dumais, Université de Montréal;
  • Caroline Zechel, Université McGill
 

Volunteers and Collaborators

We count on many volunteers and collaborators to help us create legal information materials. We could not carry out our mission without their generous contributions of time and their creative, writing and technical production skills.