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Chantal Tie has taught Immigration and Refugee Law with Michael Bossin as a part-time professor since 1995. She wrote her LLM thesis on the Charter, racial discrimination and Canadian immigration and has a particular interest in equality rights for immigrants, women and other disadvantaged groups. She maintains an active administrative law litigation practice, including litigating cases which raise Charter at all court levels. She has acted as counsel in a number of important Charter cases, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. She currently divides her time between the Human Rights Legal Support Center, where she is Counsel representing applicants before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and South Ottawa Community Legal Services, where she practices primarily immigration and refugee law.
Chantal worked for Dr. Barry Commoner at the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems in St. Louis, Missouri on a Program of Environmental Education for graduate students from developing countries funded by the United Nations Environment Programme prior to becoming a lawyer. She is the immediate past chair of the Court Challenges Program of Canada and has served two terms on the Legal Program Committee of LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) which litigates cases which raise issues of women’s equality rights. She currently sits on the Legal Aid Ontario Test Case Committee which approves funding for all test cases and inquiries in Ontario.
Since 2003, Chantal has been working as a senior technical advisor with the International Development Committee of the Canadian Bar Association. Her work includes a CIDA funded project in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, where she is helping improve access to justice through the creation of a national community based legal aid system which is responsive to the needs of women and children.
Chantal lives in west Quebec on a commercial organic beef farm with her husband and two sons.