About the FAJEF
The Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law (FAJEF) was founded in 1993. It is a leading national Canadian justice-related organization.
The FAJEF defends and promotes access to justice in French in provinces and territories with an English-speaking majority across Canada.
Thanks to the FAJEF and its member associations, Francophones living in minority situations have greater access to justice in French, in Canada.
In order to carry out its mandate, the FAJEF intervenes before the Supreme Court of Canada and conducts advocacy activities. It also organizes training activities, seminars, promotional campaigns and research projects.
Justin E. Kingston
Justin E. Kingston is a proud Franco-Albertan and partner at the Edmonton law firm of McCuaig Desrochers LLP. His practice focuses primarily on estate law, corporate law, real estate transactions and employment law. Mr. Kingston works with a diverse client base, including individuals and corporations. In addition, he serves his clients in both official languages and therefore has a practical interest in issues of access to justice in French.
Mr. Kingston has been active in the Francophone community since his youth. For example, he served on the Board of Directors of Francophonie jeunesse de l’Alberta. After completing his law degree, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta (AJEFA) and assumed the presidency in 2018. He has also been involved in the legal community, serving on the organizing committees of certain subsections of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta (North).
In addition to his many professional and volunteer activities, Mr. Kingston has taught an introductory business law course at Campus Saint-Jean, the francophone faculty of the University of Alberta. More recently, he teaches an introductory course in language rights at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.
Réjean Aucoin was born in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, where he has practiced law since 1993, focusing primarily on linguistic and constitutional rights.
During his career, he led the Deveau and MacKenzie cases, which dealt with the right to have a trial in French. He also led the Doucet case, forcing the RCMP to actively offer services in French to travelers crossing the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Prior to practicing law, he worked as a journalist with the Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse, was a radio producer for Radio-Canada, as well as a regional coordinator for the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, and Executive Director for the Association touristique de Chéticamp.
Me Aucoin was the founding president of the Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse. To this day, he continues to sit on its board of directors.
He also served as Vice-President of the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Vice-President of the Société nationale de l’Acadie, president of the Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada and founding president of the Conseil économique de Chéticamp. He currently sits on the board of the Community Radio Fund of Canada.
Me Aucoin received the Community Development Award from the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
He is also an author of children’s books, including Le tapis de Grand-Pré, which won the Prix France-Acadie in 1986.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Law from the Université de Moncton and studied journalism for two years in Paris.
An outdoor enthusiast, Me Aucoin is a fan of cycling and cross-country skiing.
Rénald Rémillard is from St. Boniface, Manitoba. He is the Executive Director of the Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law inc. since 2008, and of the Centre canadien de français juridique inc. since 2010.
Me Rémillard has also been a lecturer for more than twenty-five years, during which time, he has taught various courses in Public Administration, Business Administration, and Political Science at the Université de Saint-Boniface.
Prior to his work with the FAJEF and the CCFJ, Me Rémillard did legal research for the Institut Joseph-Dubuc from 1990 to 1994. He then held the position of Director of Political and Legal Affairs for the Société franco-manitobaine from 1994 to 1998, and then Language Rights Director of the Court Challenges Program of Canada from 1998 to 2000. After briefly working at the Internal Trade Secretariat as Senior Policy Analyst, he was Director of the Institut Joseph-Dubuc from 2002-2008.
A Wealth of Education
Me Rémillard completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Université de Saint-Boniface in 1984, a Bachelor of Law at the Université de Moncton in 1987, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Manitoba in 1989, and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Political and Administrative Sciences at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) in 1993. He was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1990.