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New Vice-president of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse takes office

On the picture: Philippe-André Tessier.

Montréal, December 18, 2017 — Mr. Philippe-André Tessier, the new Vice-president responsible for the Charter mandate of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse took office today, following his nomination by the Québec National Assembly on December 7, 2017.

Prior to his appointment, Mr.Tessier was Practice Group Leader of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro’s Labour Law Group, acting both as a lawyer and as a Certified Industrial Relations Counsellor. A graduate of Université de Montréal, he is a member of the Québec Bar and a member of Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et relations industrielles agréés du Québec (Quebec order of chartered human resources and industrial relations advisors). He is also a certified director of the Collège des administrateurs de société. Listed since 2012 as a leading transportation law practitioner by Best Lawyers in Canada, his practice focuses on labour and employment law under both federal and provincial jurisdictions.

Mr. Tessier is very active in his professional order having been president of the Young Bar of Montréal (AJBM), secretary and treasurer of the Council of the Bar of Montreal and member of the Executive Committee and the General Council of the Barreau du Québec. He was also a member and secretary of Éducaloi's board of directors and was until his appointment, chairman of the board of the Société québécoise d’information juridique (SOQUIJ).

Mr.Tessier was also very involved in the college and university student movement during his studies and chaired the Accreditation Committee established under the Act Respecting the Accreditation and Financing of Students’ Associations.

“I wish to extend a warm welcome to the new Vice-President and I believe he will be an important asset to the Commission”, said today Acting President of the Commission, Camil Picard.

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Human Rights and Youth Commission) ensures the promotion and respect of the principles set out in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. It also ensures that the interests of children are protected and that their rights recognized in the Youth Protection Act are respected and promoted. In addition, the Commission oversees compliance with the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.

Meissoon Azzaria
514 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, ext.210

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