Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday, October 11, 2018 that the Governor General has appointed Common Law alumna and Honour Society member Josée Forest-Niesing (LL.B. 1988) to fill one of two vacancies in the Senate.
Ms. Forest-Niesing is a proud Franco-Ontarian of Métis heritage who has defended and promoted access to justice in both official languages throughout her career. She is a 2006 recipient of the AFEFO’s Order of Merit, and she was inducted into the Common Law Honour Society in 2013.
Ms. Forest-Niesing will join fellow alumna Dr. Yvonne Boyer (LL.M. 2003 and LL.D. 2011), who was appointed to the Senate in March 2018, Kim Pate (D.U. 2012), who was appointed in October 2016, and Murray Sinclair (D.U. 1999), who was appointed in April 2016.
Biographical information (from the release):
Josée Forest-Niesing lives in Sudbury, Ontario. A lawyer by profession, she began her career in family law and continued to specialize in estate law, real property law, insurance law, civil law, education law and employment law.
She led numerous cases through trial in Sudbury and surrounding jurisdictions, as well as in Toronto. In addition, she has been a Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court judge and a member of several professional associations and committees.
Ms. Forest-Niesing is proud to be Franco-Ontarian and to have recently discovered her Métis heritage. She is very dedicated to, and has passionately defended and promoted, access to justice in both official languages throughout her career. In addition to practising law for nearly 20 years at a law firm providing services in French, she has contributed to her community as a member or chair of numerous boards of directors, including the Art Gallery of Sudbury, the Carrefour francophone de Sudbury, and the University of Sudbury. She was also appointed to the Ontario Arts Council in January 2018.
As a student, she was a member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). She became a member of its board of directors, eventually serving two terms as its president. She subsequently joined the board of directors of the Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law in order to pursue the same objectives on a national level. She was the founding chair of the Centre canadien de français juridique as well as chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Official Languages Committee.
Congratulations to Ms. Forest-Niesing on her appointment to the Senate!
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