About Éducaloi – Our Team

A team of 30 specialists in law, communications and education 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, Lawyer, MBA

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, Lawyer

Content Director

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. 

 

Francis Barragan, Lawyer

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.

 

Fanny Bayle, Lawyer

Project Coordinator

Bio

Since joining Éducaloi in March 2019, Fanny has been involved in coordinating and developing a portfolio of projects for a variety of audiences. She also plays a role in the development, outreach and funding of services and projects for Éducaloi and for specific client groups.

A member of the Quebec Bar since 2015, Fanny gained extensive professional experience in private practice in the domain of professional liability law.

In 2014, she won the Fasken Martineau Cup, awarded to the best team in the Pierre-Basile-Mignault Moot Court Competition (civil law).

Fanny is currently completing a master's degree in management at HEC.

 

Kim Bélanger-Baillargeon

School Content Coordinator

Bio

With a background as a history and geography teacher, Kim is responsible for enhancing Éducaloi's teaching materials, creating new classroom activities for teachers and managing the content of Éducaloi's educationjuridique.ca website, a platform devoted entirely to legal education.

Working closely with Éducaloi's legal education consultant, Kim is also involved in broadening the organization's approach to legal education and its strategy for providing Quebecers of all ages with timely and useful legal information.

Kim brings creativity, energy and an unfailingly positive attitude to the Éducaloi team, which she joined in March 2019.

 

Lylia Benabid, Lawyer

Project Coordinator

Bio

 

 

Katia Bouchard

Advisor, communications and philanthropy

Bio

 

 

Isabelle Bourgeois

Legal Education Advisor, on maternity leave

Bio

In her role as an education adviser, Isabelle's mission is to develop and promote a shared vision and collaborative approach to legal education at Éducaloi. Drawing on her expertise, she supports and advises the Éducaloi team in the development of educational activities for the public and the creation of teaching tools designed to enhance the legal knowledge of citizens.

Isabelle has a graduate degree in education, a master's degree in international law, and has worked as a lecturer in political science, as an education consultant for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and, most recently, as an education specialist at Equitas.

Isabelle’s work reflects the organization's commitment to making legal education a key part of its development strategy. She joined Éducaloi in March 2019.

 

Dominique Boutin, Lawyer

Senior 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, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist, on maternity leave

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.

 

Mira Cliche

Project Coordinator

Bio

Coming soon...

 

Marjolaine Condrain-Morel, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

A plain language specialist, Marjolaine develops information content for the general public. A graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke, she practiced civil law for 10 years in private practice.

A member of the Quebec Bar since 2008, Marjolaine joined Éducaloi in October 2018. Dynamic and dedicated, she brings her expertise to numerous projects that contribute to enhancing access to justice.

 

Sarah Dougherty, Lawyer

Project Coordinator - 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

Coordinator - Web and Technology

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.

 

Manon Ferrand, Notary

Plain language specialist

Bio

Manon designs and creates legal information and education tools in different areas of law for a variety of audiences.

She obtained a master’s degree in law in France, a master‘s degree in criminology in Switzerland, and a master’s degree in notarial law from the Université de Montréal, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in law. Her research focuses on the social and historical roots of the notarial profession in Quebec.

A member of the Chambre des notaires since 2017, Manon has worked as a notary in private practice and as a researcher at McGill University’s Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law.

She joined Éducaloi in April 2018.

 

Vincent Fournier-Héroux, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

In his role as a plain language specialist, Vincent designs, develops and updates legal information content in different areas of law. After starting his career in a Legal Aid office, he moved into the fields of legal insurance and assistance. 

A member of the Québec Bar since 2016, Vincent joined Éducaloi in October 2018. Working closely with the staff person responsible for monitoring legal developments and legal validity, Vincent ensures that Éducaloi does not miss any changes or new developments in the law.

 

Leah Gardner, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist - Translator

Bio

Leah creates legal information and education tools, and provides services tailored to Quebec’s English-speaking communities.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in international development studies in 2007, and a degree in common law and civil law in 2015 from McGill University. She also completed the Intensive Semester in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Before studying law, Leah was the public education coordinator at a social justice non-profit in Montreal.  She has also worked in immigration law, aboriginal law and human rights law. Leah was called to the Quebec bar in 2017.

 

 

Richard Goldman, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist - Translator

Bio

Richard is a plain language specialist and translator. He provides support to Anglophone community groups across Québec offering legal information to the public.

Richard holds degrees in Civil Law, Common Law and Economics from McGill University. Admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1987, he has a wealth of experience in the community sector. Richard was Staff Lawyer at Project Genesis, a Montreal community group advocating for housing, welfare and other social rights. He also served as Coordinator of the Committee to Aid Refugees and Refugee Protection Coordinator for the Table de concertation des organismes au service de personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI).

Richard has been awarded the Médaille de St-Yves from Pro Bono Québec and the Prix Obiter Dictum from the Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l’immigration (AQAADI). He also helped establish the Just Solutions Legal Clinic of the Montreal City Mission, which promotes access to justice for migrants with precarious status, and he continues to serve as Supervising Lawyer for the Clinic.

Since May 2019, Richard has brought this commitment to social justice, and access to justice for the vulnerable and marginalized, to the service of Éducaloi’s mission.

 

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 worked as a journalist in France, reporting on education and training. He then worked in radio in Quebec and joined Éducaloi in 2016.

 

Paolo Miriello

Administrative Coordinator

Bio

A member of the team since July 2018, Paolo is at the very heart of Éducaloi’s operations. Having graduated with honours in Business Administration, Paolo performs administrative tasks that support management and employees alike.

Rigorous, professional and creative, Paolo's mandate includes developing tools for the future to improve internal processes. Having overhauled Éducaloi’s inventory and direct mail processes, Paolo will be tackling other projects to facilitate management of the organization.

 

Jade Motard

Communications Advisor

Bio

Coming soon

 

Zoé Pouliot-Masse, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

Zoé first worked at Éducaloi in 2016 as a law student. She then graduated with degrees in Civil and Common Law from McGill University. Zoé also has a degree in International Relations and International Law from UQÀM.

Zoé did her legal internship with the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) and joined the Quebec Bar in 2018. She rejoined the Éducaloi team in February 2019.

As a plain language specialist, Zoé develops and designs different legal content and information tools. She also plays an important role validating the legal content of Éducaloi materials.

Meticulous, curious and always enthusiastic, Zoé contributes to the ever-increasing quality of Éducaloi’s work.

 

Michaël Poutré, Lawyer

Chief Plain Language Specialist

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, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist, on maternity leave

Bio

Émilie designs and creates legal information tools for various audiences.

She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2014. She was awarded the Bar of Montreal prize for the highest-ranking student throughout the bachelor degree.

She began her legal career with legal aid in Montreal and then practised in family law and youth protection at a law firm.

Émilie has a Masters in Criminology and was a lecturer at Université de Montréal in the Certificate in Victimology program.

She worked with Éducaloi while a student and then joined the organization as a plain language specialist in November 2017.  

 

Patricia Richard

Chief Content Manager

Bio

Patricia has a B.A. in Communications, a degree in journalism and extensive experience in publishing and management.

With the editorial team, Patricia is responsible for optimizing and distributing Éducaloi's legal information content on its website and on social media, as well as through Éducaloi’s different partner organizations. She is also involved in the design, editing and management of legal information projects tailored to different groups and using a variety of media platforms.

Patricia’s greatest joys are solving a writing, design or information architecture problem, as well as constantly learning about the law from her legal colleagues!

 

Guillaume Rondeau, Lawyer

Plain Language Advisor

Bio

Guillaume coaches Éducaloi’s team of legal plain language specialists and ensures their skills are up-do-date. He fosters strategic thinking and improved work practices, while ensuring that the team explains the law in everyday language. 

Known for his analytical skills, rigour and versatility, Guillaume also helps public and private organizations simplify their legal communications. He trains and gives conferences to legal professionals and the public. Being a good communicator, he often explains the law in the media.

Guillaume is committed to improving access to justice. These are some of his achievements:

  • He wrote and updated these Protégez-Vous legal guides: an estate guide in 2016, a guide on early childhood in 2014 and a guide on consuming goods and services in 2011.
  • Working with the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la Jeunesse, he created a guide simplifying the Quebec Charter of human rights and freedoms.
  • He has worked with various organizations to simplify legal information documents such as contracts, forms, questionnaires, presentations, pamphlets, guides, videos and Web content, and magazine and newspaper articles.

Guillaume was admitted to the Quebec bar in 2010 and worked in labour law for the Quebec civil service. He joined Éducaloi later that year.

 

Pénélope Roussel, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist

Bio

A graduate of the Université de Montréal, Pénélope develops legal information content for a variety of audiences. Very familiar with community and non-profit organizations, she has worked with vulnerable persons in Quebec, in Guatemala, as a volunteer for Lawyers without Borders, and in Mexico, as a volunteer with a migrants’ rights organization. Pénélope also has experience in the areas of family and housing law.

Pénélope joined the Quebec Bar in 2018. She has brought her dedication, attentiveness to the needs of others and diverse background experiences to the service of Éducaloi’s mission since October 2018.

 

Benoît Rullier

Project Coordinator

Bio

Coming soon...

 

Diane Skiejka, Lawyer

Plain Language Specialist - Translator

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.

 

Rodney St-Louis

Customer Service Agent

Bio

A member of the Éducaloi team since February 2019, Rodney responds to external requests for information and services and manages different customer service mandates. Rodney holds a DEC in management and a certificate in entrepreneurship. He also gained extensive experience during his seven years as a customer service advisor at Desjardins.

Studious, responsible and creative, Rodney is also a committed community volunteer working with youth, seniors and the Haitian community in Montreal.

Students

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

Here are our enthusiastic troopers:

  • Audrey Ladouceur, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Janie Lambert-Roy, Université de Montréal
  • Justin Ly Harvey, Université de Montréal
  • David Medcalfe, 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.