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, with the exception of the province of Quebec.

It is thanks to the FAJEF and its member associations that 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

Daniel Boivin

President

Daniel Boivin, a Franco-Ontarian, is a partner in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG: International Law Firm, and is a key member of the firm’s advocacy group.

Me Boivin’s practice focuses on health law and the defense of health professionals. He acts as counsel for the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). Over the course of his career, he has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Me Boivin is a part-time professor teaching evidence law and trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He also lectures on health law, the law of evidence and advocacy techniques to various organizations.

Me Boivin practices law in both official languages. His professional activities include the provision of constitutional law advice on linguistic issues.

A Committed Francophone

Throughout his career, Me Boivin has been heavily involved in defending access to justice for Francophones outside Quebec. Notably, he was president of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario and president of the Forum des juristes d’expression française de l’Association du Barreau canadien.

A culture enthusiast, he has served on the boards of several community organizations, including Unique FM – the Francophone community radio station in Ottawa, the Ottawa Arts Council and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Actively involved in amateur sports, he is president of the Outaouais Ski Zone.

Réjean Aucoin

Vice-president

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.

Involvement

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.

Francis Poulin

Secretary-Treasurer

Francis Poulin hails from Zenon Park, Saskatchewan. He is currently working in the Ottawa office of Power Law. He is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Law Society of Ontario, and the Law Society of Northwest Territories.

Me Poulin is an experienced litigator, focusing on administrative law, judicial review and appeals. He represents both institutions and individuals, in civil, commercial or public law. He regularly appears before all types of courts, both at trial and in appeal. He also helps his clients to settle without having to go to court.

Prior to joining Power Law, Me Poulin was a Crown Attorney for the Government of Saskatchewan. He has also worked as a lawyer at a national law firm in Regina. This has allowed him to work in several practice areas including: immigration law, education law, defamation law, negligence law and family law. He has appeared before trial and appeal courts in several provinces and territories, as well as before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Me Poulin is a Past President of the Association des juristes d’expression française de la Saskatchewan and of the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Section (Saskatchewan Branch).

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 Advisor, 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.