Maxine Vincelette

Lawyer

mvincelette@powerlaw.ca

Tel & Fax: 613-702-5573

Originally from greater Montreal, Maxine provides legal and strategic advice to educational institutions, including pre-school, “K-12”, and postsecondary institutions, as well as not-for-profit organisations, across Canada. She devotes a portion of her practice to labour and employment law.

Prior to joining Power Law at the firm’s founding, Maxine worked as a litigation associate in the Vancouver office of a national firm, where she also completed her articles.

Maxine has quickly gained considerable experience in civil litigation and strategy. She began her career as a key member of a team working on the largest and most complex education rights trial since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Maxine’s litigation experience includes trial management, extensive evidentiary record review, and lay and expert witness preparation.

She has acquired in-depth knowledge and experience in education law, including federal-provincial funding agreements, minority-language education guaranteed by legislation and Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as language rights more generally. She assists institutional clients in securing capital and operational funding.

Maxine has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Maxine is passionate about human rights, including minority rights, the freedoms of expression and association, and public international law.

Maxine practices in English and French. She is fluent in Spanish.

Law Societies

British Columbia 2013

Ontario 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador 2016

Education

J.D. (University of Ottawa – 2012)

B. es arts (Université du Québec à Montréal – 2006)

Publications and conference presentations
  • Presentation: “Teaching Culture and Religion: How Education can Foster Understanding of Diversity without imposing Ideologies”, CAPSLE (3rd April 2017) (with Jennifer Klinck)

  • Presentation: “Le droit au Yukon. Notions de bases et ressources”, Association franco-yukonnaise et Association des juristes d’expression française de la Colombie-Britannique (2016)

     

  • Book Review: “La réparation en common law et en equity by Denis Boivin” (2012-2013) 44 Ottawa LR 379

     

  • Presentation: “L’élargissement du concept d’obligation fiduciaire au profit des communautés de langue française en situation minoritaire dans leurs relations avec l’État”, Association francophone pour le savoir (“ACFAS”) conference, Université Laval, 9 May 2013 [unpublished]

     

  • Presentation: “Le statut du français devant les tribunaux en Colombie-Britannique”, POL 329F – Langue et Politique au Canada, Simon Fraser University (10 November 2013)

  • “L’élargissement du concept d’obligation fiduciaire au profit des communautés de langue française en situation minoritaire dans leurs relations avec l’État” (2012) 63 UNBLJ 368 (with Mark Power and François Larocque)

Cases
  • 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)

     

  • Morasse v Nadeau-Dubois, 2016 SCC 44 (contempt of court for media statements, freedom of expression)

     

  • 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 de l’école Rose-des-vents et Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v British Columbia (Education), 2015 SCC 21 (challenge to ministerial decisions as they relate to the funding of school facilities)

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

  • 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)

Before Power Law
  • During her legal studies, Maxine was awarded the Gowlings Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing (2013), the Language Rights Prize from the University of Ottawa, Common Law Section (2012), as well as the University of Ottawa Professional Training Award.

  • During her legal studies, Maxine served as research assistant to Professor Mark Touffayan, providing support in drafting a reference book on public international law, as well as a teaching assistant in a mandatory course on civil procedure.

  • Maxine was a member of the team representing the University of Ottawa at the Jean-Pictet Moot Court Competition in international humanitarian law (2011), and at the Charles-Rousseau Moot Court in International Public Law (2012).

  • During her undergraduate studies in international relations and international law at the Université du Québec in Montreal (UQAM), Maxine was actively involved with the Revue québécoise de droit international, notably as a member of its Editorial Board (2008-2009).

  • Maxine studied for six months at the Universidad nacional autónoma de Mexico in Naucalpan (Mexico State).