Access to Justice in English Forum

There are linguistic barriers for English-speaking Quebecers to access programs and services to ensure their rights are respected. The more vulnerable the population, the greater the barriers can be.

Entitled No Justice Without Access: Working Together to Ensure Access to Justice in English, the Quebec Community Groups Network held a community forum to  kickstart a conversation between the community and components of our justice system to break down barriers to services for English-speaking Quebecers. Held in April 20-18, the forum engaged a broad cross-section of the English-speaking community, legal experts, and justice system stakeholders to initiate dialogue on project priorities and suggest specific collaborative efforts between the community and the justice system that could improve access to justice in English in Quebec.

With dozens of participants from the community, as well as lawyers and officials from Justice Canada and Justice Quebec, the forum moved the project forward and set a solid foundation upon which to build on.  For more, please read this article in our April 2018 edition of Network News.

Steering Committee

  • Bruce McNiven

    DS Avocats Canada (Chair) 

  • Eric Maldoff

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

  • Jonathan Nuss

    Dentons (Vice-Chair)

  • Matt Aronson

    Kenneth S. Adessky Attorneys

  • Arthur Ayers

    Lawyer and president of the Regional Association of West Quebecers

  • Fo Niemi

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

  • Sarah Dougherty

    Lawyer, Head of Services for English-speaking CommunitiesÉducaloi

  • Geoffrey Chambers

    President, Quebec Community Groups Network

  • The Honourable Marlene Jennings

    Lawyer and former Member of Parliament

Work groups

Youth Protection/Young Offenders

Seniors Rights

  • Assunta Gallo

    Director of Youth Protection/Provincial Director, Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre – Youth Protection/Young Offenders

  • Cathy Di Stefano

    Coordinator of young offender services, Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre and Batshaw Youth and Family Services – Youth Protection/Young Offenders

  • Judy Martin

    Executive Director of The Hylcan Foundation, Board of Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre – Youth Protection/Young Offenders

  • Linton Garner

    Executive Director of the Regional Association of West Quebecers – Youth Protection/Young Offenders

  • John Dalzell

    Former Police Executive, Dalzell Consulting

  • Michael Udy

    President of Seniors Action Quebec

  • The Honourable Marlene Jennings

    Lawyer and former Member of Parliament

  • Ura Greenbaum

    Association for the Defence of People and Property Under Public Curatorship

  • Anne Mackay

    Program Coordinator, NDG Senior Citizens’ Council

  • Lynne Fornarolo

    Member of the Board of Directors of Seniors Action Quebec

    Management and Organizational Consultant

  • Calina Bao

    Owner Bao Tax, Accounting and Tax Services

Administrative Tribunals

  • Christopher Deehy

    Partner: Lapointe, Rosenstein, Marchand, Melançon

  • Danny J. Kaufer, Ad. E.

    Partner: Borden Ladner Gervais

  • Fo Niemi

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

  • Marie Senécal-Tremblay

    Citizenship judge – Citizenship Commission

  • Keith Hardie

    Director of Human Resources and Environmental Services- MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre