Access to Justice in English

The purpose of QCGN’s Access to Justice in English Initiative is to to engage the justice system to improve access to justice for the English-speaking communities in Quebec. Specifically, we seek to:

  • Raise awareness about access to justice in English in Quebec;
  • Engage the justice system to improve access to justice in English in targeted areas;
  • Mobilize community resources across Quebec to improve access to justice in English in Quebec;
  • Refer English-speaking individuals and groups to appropriate justice resources; and
  • Enhance the QCGN’s analytics and reporting capacity about the state of access to justice in English in Quebec and the progress being made to improve it.

During a Community Forum held in April 2018, members of the English-speaking community of Quebec decided that administrative justice, youth and family matters, and seniors’ rights shall be the main areas of focus. Consequently, the project has four committees: Steering, Administrative Justice, Family and Youth, and Seniors. These committees gather practitioners, professionals, advocates, and outstanding community leaders from across the province working for the rights of the English-speaking communities in Quebec. The work of the committees is supported by a professional staff composed of a Director for Access to Justice, a Project Coordinator and two Research Fellows.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the Department of Justice of Canada for their funding and contributions to this initiative.

Steering Committee

  • Bruce McNiven

    Lawyer, DS Avocats Canada (Co-Chair) 

  • Janice Naymark

    Lawyer (Co-Chair)

  • Arthur Ayers

    Lawyer and president of the Regional Association of West Quebecers

  • Sarah Dougherty

    Lawyer, Head of Services for English-speaking CommunitiesÉducaloi

  • Eric Maldoff

    Lapointe, Rosenstein, Marchand, Mélançon | Board of the Quebec Community Groups Network

  • Jonathan Nuss

    Lawyer

Committees

Youth and Family

Seniors

  • Nora Demnati

    Lawyer

  • Raeanne Francis

    Managing Director, Black Community Resource Center (BCRC)

  • Linton Garner

    Executive Director of the Regional Association of West Quebecers

  • Rachel Hunting

    Executive Director, Townshippers’ Association

  • Judy Martin

    Executive Director of the Hylcan Foundation, Board of Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre

  • Walter Duszara

    Vice- President, Seniors Action Quebec

  • Anna Farrow

    Executive Director, English-speaking Catholic Council

  • Jody Lessard

    Executive Director, North Shore Community Association

  • Kathleen Tansey

    Lawyer

Administrative Tribunals

  • Janice Naymark

    Lawyer

  • Richard Janda

    Associate Professor, McGill University Faculty of Law

  • Fo Niemi

    Co-Founder/Executive Director Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR)

  • Michael Smith

    Executive Director, Jamaican Association of Montreal

  • Ari Sorek

    Associate Lawyer, Dentons

Access to Justice in English Staff

  • Juan Pinto

    Director of Access to Justice

  • Eunice Leyva Garcia

    Research Fellow, Access to Justice

  • Ryan David Yevcak

    Research Fellow, Access to Justice

  • Ivy Bogdaneris

    Project Coordinator, Access to Justice