Ania Kolodziej

Lawyer

akolodziej@powerlaw.ca

Tel & Fax: 604-265-0341

Ania has a general litigation practice with particular experience in the areas of constitutional law, education law, and language rights.

Ania has extensive experience in civil litigation and strategy, which she gained working on one of the largest and longest education rights cases in Canada’s history. Ania’s strengths in complex, multi-party litigation include trial management, witness examination, extensive evidentiary record review, and lay and expert witness preparation.   

Ania also offers strategic consulting to public and private institutions, including school boards across Canada, and local and national not-for-profit organisations.

Before joining Power Law as a founding member in 2014, Ania practiced in a national law firm. Ania has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. Ania has advised and represented clients in matters before the Residential Tenancy Branch of British Columbia and the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.

Ania practices in English, French, and Polish.

Ania grew up in a suburb of Vancouver. She is a member of the Board of Directors of French for the Future, a national not-for-profit organisation that promotes bilingualism and linguistic duality among youth in Canada.

Law Societies

Ontario 2012

British Columbia 2013

Newfoundland and Labrador

Alberta 2017

Education

M.Ed., Education and Sustainability (University of British Columbia – candidate)

J.D. (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law – 2011)

LL.L (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law – 2011)

B.A. French and Political Science, with a concentration in Public Administration (Simon Fraser University – 2008)

Publications and conference presentations
  • Presentation: “Écoles de langue française, multilinguisme et langue de communication”, Grand rassemblement de l’éducation en français, Moncton, 6 May 2016 (with Mark Power and Marc-André Roy)

  • “Vers la reconnaissance d’un statut au français dans les instances civiles en Colombie-Britannique ?”, Canadian Bar Association’s online bulletin: La Clef – Bulletin de la Conférence des juristes d’expression française de common law (July 2012)

Cases
  • Sliwinski v Sliwinski, 2017 BCCA 146 (Appeal from an order dismissing the action on a determination that the Notice of Civil Claim was without merit, frivolous, vexatious, and an abuse of process)

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2016 BCSC 1764 (equivalency challenge to ministerial decisions as they relate to school funding) 

     

  • Sliwinski v Sliwinski, 2016 BCCA (Vancouver Registry, File No CA43769) (procedure)

     

  • Estate of Janet Wisser v Jadwiga Makarewicz coba JM Import Company et al, 2016 BCPC (Vancouver Registry, File No 14-48236) (estate litigation, constructive trusts, contracts)

     

  • Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v British Columbia (Education), 2015 SCC 21 (challenge to ministerial decisions as they relate to the funding of school facilities)

     

  • Gauthier v City of Lethbridge, 2015 ABQB (Lethbridge Registry, File No RVQ15GAUTHIERY) (standard of review, duty of care)

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia, 2013 SCC 42 (law of reception, admissibility of evidence in civil proceedings in British Columbia)

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2013 BCSC 1243 (mandatory injunction, stay of proceedings)

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2013 BCSC 1242 (equivalency challenge to ministerial decisions as they relate to school funding, application for interim relief)

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2013 BCSC 1739 (civil procedure, examination for discovery, production of documents and further responses to interrogatories)

Professional Affiliations
  • Association des juristes d’expression française de Colombie-Britannique

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

Before Power Law
  • Ania obtained a degree in political science and French from Simon Fraser University and was the first graduate of the French Cohort Program, a multidisciplinary program taught primarily in French offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In 2006, Ania spent a year abroad studying political science and international relations at L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Ania was convocation speaker in 2008 for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

  • Ania currently spends most of her time in Vancouver, but has spent time living, studying, and working in many cities across Canada, as well as in Poland.