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.

Team

Justin E. Kingston

President

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.

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Nadia Effendi

Vice-president

Originally from Edmundston, New Brunswick, and a resident of Ontario for over 20 years, Nadia Effendi is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She practices law in Toronto and Ottawa. She is also the Toronto regional leader for the Litigation Group and the chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Public Law Group. Nadia represents a wide range of clients, in English and French, in complex and often highly publicized proceedings, particularly in administrative law, constitutional law, and class actions.  

Nadia regularly appears before all levels of federal and provincial courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has also appeared before numerous administrative tribunals and inquiry commissions. She recently served as lead counsel to the Honourable Louise Arbour, appointed to conduct an independent review of harassment and sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence, and as lead counsel to the Honourable Thomas Cromwell, appointed to conduct a governance review of Hockey Canada.   

She regularly publishes and speaks on topics related to administrative law and appellate advocacy, including on the Canadian Bar Association’s Modern Law podcast. She is a member of the Appellate Advocacy Practice Group at the Advocates’ Society and a member of the Official Languages Committee of the Ontario Bar Association. She also serves on the board of directors of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO), formerly serving as its president, and currently as the chair of its Intervention Committee. She is also a former member of the Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee.  

Throughout her career, Nadia has received numerous awards, including the 2023 Order of Merit from the AJEFO, the 2023 Stronger Together Award from Women in Law Leadership, and the 2022 Litigator of the Year at the Canadian Law Awards.  

Nadia graduated (summa cum laude) from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa and is a former law clerk to the Honourable Michel Bastarache. Nadia resides in Toronto with her spouse and daughter.

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Marie-Eve Nowlan

Secretary-Treasurer

Marie-Eve is originally from Edmundston, New Brunswick. She completed her Juris Doctor at the Université de Moncton and was admitted to the Law Society of New Brunswick in 2021.  Before studying the law, she completed a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, majoring in political science with a minor in criminology. She is currently a lawyer at Fidelis Law in Moncton, but before everything else, Marie-Eve is the mother of one-year-old baby girl.

During her time at law school, Marie-Eve won third place at the Sopinka National Advocacy Competition and won the McKelvey Cup, and the title of best direct examination, at the Atlantic Advocacy Competition in 2020. 

When she has some free time, Marie-Eve sits on the Urban Growth Strategy Advisory Committee of the City of Moncton, on the Board of the Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick, the Board of McLaughlin Daycare and serves as secretary-treasurer at the Fédération des associations des juristes d’expression française de common law.  

Marie-Eve believes that justice and the protection of legal rights should be accessible to everyone, and that is why she chose to become a lawyer and practice mostly under contingency fee agreements, in both official languages.

Rénald Rémillard

Executive Director

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.

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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.