Ms. Thermitus was called to the Québec Bar in 1988 following civil law studies at the University of Ottawa. Before her appointment she practised as a litigator with the Québec Regional Office of the Department of Justice Canada.
As Chief of staff for the Deputy Minister of the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada in 2003, Ms. Thermitus oversaw policy and strategic planning from 2004 to 2006. As chief negotiator for the federal government in the matter of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, she took part in the historic settlement of lawsuit by former residential school students.
Between 2004 and 2010, she was Chair of the Québec Bar Association’s cultural communities committee. She was among the first to raise awareness about racial discrimination in the profession and in the legal system. In addition to providing training on these issues she spearheaded the development of a course on the social context of law which has been incorporated into the mandatory curriculum of professional training at the Québec Bar Association.
Her master’s thesis in law at McGill University (2013) focused on human rights, in particular, racial discrimination, racist speech and defamation. She has edited several briefs for the Barreau, including on racial profiling and racial discrimination. In 2014, she played a key role in the project which led to the Québec Bar Association report on ethno-cultural diversity: For an Inclusive Profession.
Ms.Thermitus was awarded several awards and distinctions, including the Lawyer Emeritus Distinction (Ad.E.) and prestigious Mérite du Barreau (2001), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), the Leadership Award on Employment Equity and Diversity (2010 and 2016) and Black History Month (2012). In 2015, she was among the 40 laureates honoured by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse on the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
The National Assembly of Québec voted unanimously for her appointment on February 7 and she took office on February 20, 2017.
Vice-president responsible for the youth mandate
Mr. Picard was appointed Vice-president responsible for the youth mandate of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse by the Québec National Assembly on June 12, 2013 and took up his post on September 12, 2013.
Before his nomination, he had been Executive Director of the Centre jeunesse de la Montérégie for the past 11 years.
A graduate of the Université Laval, Mr. Picard holds a master’s degree in psychology (1978) and a diploma in administration (1985) and worked in Québec’s youth protection network for more than 40 years.
He began his career at Mont d’Youville (Centre jeunesse de Québec) where he held several positions, including psychology intern, consulting psychologist and clinical coordinator. In 1989, he was appointed Director of professional services with the Pavillons Laforest inc. in Drummondville and in 1992 worked for the Department of Health and Social Services as an expert with the youth clientele. He has also been Director of Youth Protection (DYP) for the Québec region (1996-1999), DYP of the Laurentian region (1999) and Executive Director of the Centre jeunesse des Laurentides (2000-2002).
Mr. Picard was a member of the boards of the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec and the Association des directeurs généraux des services de santé et des services sociaux du Québec where he was named President in April 2011.
He has been awarded several prizes, including the Prix Persillier-Lachapelle – reconnaissance de carrière – of the Department of Health and Social Services (2011), the Advocacy Prize of the Child Welfare League of Canada (2011) and the Prix de reconnaissance de carrière of the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec (2010).
Other members of the Commission
Mr. Fortin holds a PhD in medicine from the Université de Montréal (1968) and two Québec medical specialist certificates in pediatrics and neurology. Since 1974, he has been an Associate of the Royal College of Medicine of Canada. Mr. Fortin is also assistant clinic professor at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine since 1987. He was a member (1987), and honourary member (since 2010) of the Conseil des médecins, dentistes et pharmaciens of the CHU Sainte-Justine.
He was a clinic professor with the Pediatric Department of the Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine (2010), associate professor with the Department of Psychology at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2001-2010), director and neuropediatrics consultant at the Clinique de pédiatrie sociojuridique and with the Programme santé enfance jeunesse (1990-2008) at CHU Sainte-Justine, Director of the spina-bifida clinic at the Centre de réadaptation pédiatrique Cardinal Villeneuve (1976-1986) and member of the Pediatric Department of the CHU Laval (1974-1987).
In 2002, he was awarded the Child Advocacy Award by the Canadian Pediatric Association.
A lawyer by training Ms. Fournier holds a PhD in law and is a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Civil law section since 2014 where she teaches family comparative law, rights and freedoms and critical law theories. She was assistant professor (2007-2010) and associate professor (2010-2014) and, since 2012, she holds the Research Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law, focusing on the rights of women and children, religion and secularism and the right to equality.
She has written several works, including Mariages musulmans, tribunaux d’Occident : les transplantations juridiques et le regard du droit (Les Presses de Sciences Po Paris, 2013). In 2014, she was invited to join the prestigious Governor General’s leadership forum on women. She was also awarded the annual Prize of the Canada Arab Chamber of Commerce in the "academic excellence and contribution to humanity" category.
Isa Iasenza holds a sociology and industrial relations Bachelor’s degree and was a management consultant with the community and ethnocultural partnership sector at the Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Institut universitaire from 2009 to 2013 and from, 1994 to 2009 was planning, programming and research officer. From 1988 to1996, she was coordinator of the Bureau des services aux communautés culturelles with the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
She was also a program adviser with the Health and social services council of metropolitan Montreal (1984-1988), management consultant with the directorate general of the Santa Cabrini Hospital (1985-1986) and human and community relations officer at the Centre des services sociaux du Montréal Métropolitain (1976-1985).
A lawyer by profession, Mr. Giroux practiced law for more than 30 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Séminaire Sainte-Marie of Shawinigan in 1968, and a Licentiate in Laws in 1972 from Université Laval. After becoming member of the Barreau du Québec in 1974, he opened a law firm with partners in Shawinigan. Between 1978 and 1982, he was city councillor for the City of Shawinigan. During his career, Mr.Giroux was also administrator of the former Centre hospitalier Sainte-Thérèse, now the Centre régional de santé mentale. He was also a founding member of the residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) Joseph-Garceau, both located in Shawinigan.
He was appointed member of the Commission de la protection des droits de la jeunesse in 1988 and is member of the Commission since the two organizations merged in 1995.
Jocelyne Myre holds a graduate degree in andragogy, a bachelor degree in social work and a bachelor degree in education from the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Mrs.
Myre worked for 20 years as educational consultant in adult education. She was also a member of the Implementation Committee of the Université du Québec à Hull (now UQO) and lecturer in the special education program at Cégep de l’Outaouais.
Involved in her community, Mrs.
Myre was president of the Board of Directors of the CLSC de la Désert (Maniwaki) and has been member of many health and youth organizations in the Outaouais region.
Still actively involved in her community, she is a member of the Haute-Gatineau Sector Council for the Association des retraitées et retraités de l’éducation et des autres services publics du Québec, in addition to volunteering at the Maniwaki Hospital.
She was appointed member of the Commission de la protection des droits de la jeunesse in 1985 and has been member of the Commission since the two organizations merged in 1995.
Mr. Sioui holds a Master’s degree in specialized education-psychoeducation and a PhD in social services. He is a professor at the unité d’enseignement et de recherche en sciences du développement humain et social of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (since 2007).
He was also a lecturer and professor with Université de Sherbrooke’s Department of Psychoeducation (1994-2007). He held the position of psychoeducator at the Centre de développement et de formation de la main-d’œuvre huron-wendat (2000-2004) and at the Centre jeunesse de Québec (1980-2000).