Caroline is originally from Edmonton and Regina, and now lives in Calgary.
Caroline is an associate professor and director of the pan Canadian French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
She is also a member of the consulting committee of Jurisource.ca, a pan Canadian database of legal terminology and resources, where she is responsible for making recommendations to the Board to improve content and awareness of the website.
Before joining the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Caroline worked as bilingual legal counsel for the Alberta Court of Appeal. In this position, she gained considerable experience in appeal matters. Caroline also previously worked as a tax lawyer in Calgary.
Caroline served as law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Caroline practices in English and French.
Presentation: “L’importance de la formation en common law en français”, Congress of the Centre canadien de français juridique, January 2020, Victoria
Presentation: “La modernisation de la Loi sur les langues officielles”, Congress of the Association canadienne française de l’Alberta, November 2019, Calgary
“Increasing the Opportunities to Study Law in French”, Canadian Parents for French Magazine, Fall 2018
Presentation: “L’accès à la justice en français et la formation des étudiants bilingues dans les universités anglophones de l’ouest canadien”, Annual conference, Department of Justice – Official Langages Branch, September 2018, Ottawa
Presentation: “Canadian Universities and the Syrian Refugee Crisis”, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2016, Calgary
Presentation: “L’accès à la justice en Alberta”, Annual Congress of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta, June 2016
Presentation: “Canadian Universities and the Syrian Refugee Crisis”, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary, June 2016
Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2020 SCC 13 (equivalency challenge to ministerial decisions as they relate to school funding, Historic victory on language rights at the Supreme Court of Canada)
Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia(Education), 2018 BCCA 305 (equivalency challenge to ministerial decisions as they relate to school funding)
Her Majesty the Queen v Richard Lee Desautel, Supreme Court of Canada (Docket number 38734), (Aboriginal mobility rights)
Québec (Attorney General) (Ministry of Natural Resources) v Corneau, Quebec Court of Appeal, File number: 0005-MNC (Métis status under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982)
Caroline holds a Masters in law from Harvard University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded a scholarship from the Fondation Ricard. Her thesis focused on tax law (“The treatment of income deposit securities in the US and Canada” (2007)).
During law school, Caroline received numerous awards, notably the Yvon Blais award for the highest cumulative average in the French Common Law Program, the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and Contribution to the Faculty of Law (2006), the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Award (2006), the Ogilvy Renault Award for the highest cumulative average in the French Common Law Program after three semesters (2005), the Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP award for the highest average in Corporate Law (2005) and the University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship (2004 and 2005).
During her studies in law, Caroline was a research assistant for Professor Gabrielle St-Hilaire in tax law and assisted Professor Denis Boivin with the drafting of an article on compensating children in tort law.
Caroline was also a research assistant at the South Pacific University in Vanuatu and helped manage the Faculty of Law’s legal aid clinic web site.
Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta