About Éducaloi – Our Team

A team of 19 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

Content Planning and Production Manager

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

Head of Business Development, Communication and Philanthropy

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Francis Barragan

Corporate Strategy Advisor

Bio

Francis Barragan has degrees in both Civil and Common Law. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar as a lawyer in 2004. After his internship, he started studying for a Master’s in business law while also working on various mandates for a law firm. In 2007, Francis joined a federal commission of inquiry on national security matters. He later became in-house counsel for a not-for-profit organization. Francis Barragan joined Éducaloi in 2011 as a website writer. 

 

Dominique Boutin

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Sahra Chebli

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Sylvie Da Rocha

Project Coordinator

Bio

Sylvie Da Rocha began her career as a legal aid lawyer in 1994. She later worked for a housing committee and, subsequently, an oil company. Afterwards, she assumed the position of legal writer for a legal publisher. Over the last several years she has been actively involved in the literacy movement, which promotes the independence and social integration of illiterate adults. Driven by a desire to help improve access to justice, she joined the Éducaloi team in November 2013 as a project coordinator and plain language specialist.

 

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

Coming soon.

 

Alexandre Haslin

Content Editor

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Caroline Ouellet

Plain Language Specialist (On maternity leave)

Bio

Caroline Ouellet has been a notary since 2009. She has bachelor’s degrees in communications and law. During her law studies, she worked on several Éducaloi projects. She later joined a firm of notaries, working in the areas of real estate, family law and non-contentious matters (legal tasks not involving a dispute). She re-joined the Éducaloi team in January 2010. As a plain language specialist, Caroline Ouellet designs and produces legal information tools for the general public. She also acts as a consultant on the simplification of legal communications.

Please note that Caroline Ouellet will be on maternity leave until January 8, 2018.

 

Stéphane Ouimette

Manager, Information Technologies

Bio

Stéphane Ouimette has 20 years of experience in information technology. He started his career in the 1990s when Internet use was becoming widespread. Since then, he has developed an expertise in both the Web and computer hardware and software. He has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UQAM. Stéphane joined Éducaloi in May 2012. He ensures that the Éducaloi team has the information technology best suited to carrying out its mission. He also plays a supporting role in various Éducaloi projects.

 

Anie-Claude Paquin

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Anie-Claude Paquin became a lawyer in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil law and began her legal career as an intern in a firm specializing in intellectual property and business law. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications and has worked in the fields of media, television and cinema for several years. Anie-Claude joined the Éducaloi team in July 2013 as a plain language specialist. She develops legal information resources for the general public and also acts as a consultant in the area of plain language legal information.

 

Michaël Poutré

Head, Legal Content Update and Development

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

Coming soon.

 

Elizabeth Sigouin

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Coming soon.

 

Diane Skiejka

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.

Students

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

Here are our enthusiastic troopers:

  • Laurie Bigras, Université de Sherbrooke; 
  • Antoine Di Pietrantonio, Université de Montréal;
  • Anne-Sophie Doré, Université Laval;
  • Jennifer Drouin, Université de McGill;
  • Renaud Dumont-Dufresne, Université du Québec à Montréal;
  • Joëlle Duranleau, Université de Montréal;
  • Laurence Gascon, Université de Montréal;
  • Kimberly Jean-Baptiste, Université de Sherbrooke;
  • David Medcalfe,  Université de McGill;
  • Zoé Pouliot, Université de McGill;
  • Justine Vinette, Université de Sherbrooke.
 

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.