Francis Poulin

Lawyer

fpoulin@powerlaw.ca

Tel & Fax: 613-702-5569

Francis is an experienced litigator, with particular experience in administrative law, judicial reviews, and appellate advocacy. Francis regularly appears before all levels of court (trial and appellate), and also assists clients in settling their disputes outside of court, where possible.

Francis represents both institutional clients as well as individuals, in both civil, commercial, and public law matters.

Before joining Power Law, Francis worked as Crown Counsel for the Government of Saskatchewan and before that, for six years in the Regina office of a national firm. In those positions, he worked on a wide range of matters, including immigration, labour and employment, education law, defamation, negligence and, family. He has appeared before trial and appellate courts in several provinces and territories, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as provincial tribunals and the Federal Court.

Francis practices in English and French, and is conversant in Spanish.

Francis comes from Zénon Park in Saskatchewan. He now lives in Ottawa. In his spare time, Francis enjoys playing hockey and golf.

Law Societies

Ontario 2009

Saskatchewan 2010

Education

J.D. (American University, Washington College of Law – 2008)

LL.B. (University of Ottawa – 2008)

B.A. Major in History, Minor in Philosophy (University of Ottawa – 2003)

Cases
  • P.A. v Saskatchewan Government, 2016 SKQB 390 (judicial review, international adoption)

  • Tim Bodnarchuk v Professional Conduct Committee of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics, SCC leave application No. 36657 of 2016 (standard of review, professional competence)

  • Charles v Hernandez Becerra, 2016 SKCA 163 (bankruptcy law, exemption legislation)

  • Caron v Alberta, 2015 SCC 56 (constitutionality of unilingual legislation in Alberta)

  • Commission scolaire Francophone du Yukon v Tribunal d’Appel de l’Éducation du Yukon, 2015 YKSC 24 (education law, administrative law)

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

  • Commission scolaire francophone, Territoires du Nord-Ouest, et al v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories, et al, SCC leave application No. 36337 of 2015 (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief and an injunction)

  • Commission scolaire francophone, Territoires du Nord-Ouest, et al v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories, et al, 2015 NWTCA 1 (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v Yukon (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 25  (judicial impartiality, section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)

  • Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories et al, SCC leave application No.  36338 of 2015 (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories et al, 2015 NWTCA 2 (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories et al, 2014 NWTSC 25 (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Lawless v Conseil scolaire Fransaskois, 2014 SKQB 23 (human rights, education law)

  • Conseil scolaire Fransaskois v Saskatchewan, 2014 SKQB 285 (education funding, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • R v Caron, 2014 ABCA 71 (constitutionality of unilingual legislation in Alberta)

  • Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v Yukon (Attorney General), 2014 YKCA 4 (judicial impartiality, section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)

  • Conseil scolaire Fransaskois v Saskatchewan, 2013 SKCA 35 (education funding, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Conseil scolaire Fransaskois v Saskatchewan, 2013 SKQB 211 (education funding, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories et al, 2013 NWTCA 3 (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Obasogie v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 IADD No 204 (IRB) (Federal Court judicial review, immigration)

  • Alade v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 845 (Federal Court judicial review, immigration)

  • Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories et al, 2012 NWTSC 43 (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Commission scolaire francophone, Territoires du Nord-Ouest, et al v Attorney General of the Northwest Territories, et al, 2012 NWTSC 44, (section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Conseil scolaire Fransaskois v Saskatchewan, 2012 SKQB 393 (education funding, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Conseil scolaire Fransaskois v Saskatchewan, 2012 SKQB 217 (education funding, declaratory relief, injunction)

  • Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v Yukon (Attorney General), 2011 YKSC 57 (judicial impartiality, section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)

  • Conseil scolaire Fransaskois v Saskatchewan, 2011 SKQB 21, (education funding, declaratory relief, injunction)

Before Power Law
  • Before his legal career led him to practice at a national firm in Regina and as Crown Counsel for the Ministry of Justice, Francis articled in the Ottawa office of another national firm. While in Ottawa, Francis also worked as a Political Analyst at the Privy Council Office and as a Page and Executive Assistant at the Senate of Canada.

  • Francis has also spent time in Washington, DC. While there for a portion of his legal studies, Francis worked as a research assistant for the Public International Law and Policy Group.

Professional Affiliations
  • Canadian Bar Association, past chair Immigration Section Saskatchewan

  • Fédération des association des juristes d’expression française de common law (FAJEF), secretary

  • Association des juristes d’expression française de la Saskatchewan (AJEFS), past chair

  • Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO)