The Challenge of Equality and Inclusion for Minority-Language Groups in Canada


Lawyers and business professionals


1 hour (EDI Professionalism)


1 hour





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This program discusses the value and best practices for workplace diversity and inclusion in relation to language minority rights in Canada.

You will first watch a case study featuring the Hot Docs original short documentary film L’Inspecteur from the Hot Docs series In The Name of All Canadians. Well before minority language educational rights were in place, the difficulties in teaching French in Manitoba public schools are recalled through a story of school inspectors in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The documentary film is followed by a post-screening discussion featuring a cross-disciplinary panel of lawyers, medical and healthcare professionals, and business professionals. They reflect on the value and importance of Canadian linguistic diversity and on best practices to promote workplace diversity and inclusion of linguistic minorities.

In order to receive your certificate of completion, you will have to complete a self-assessment test based on the topics discussed in the film and post-screening discussion.



  • Gain an understanding of the minority-language rights in Canada, particularly through the lense of challenges faced by
    French-speaking communities outside Quebec.
  • Learn about the value and importance of Canadian multiculturalism, bilingualism and linguistic diversity.
  • Identify best practices to foster inclusion of linguistic minorities and other minorities.
  • Understand how any form of discrimination, linguistic or racial, is damaging for the fabric of our society.
  • Identify the best practices to promote workplace equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of linguistic minorities and other


This program is an accredited and/or eligible learning activity for lawyers in Canada.

ONTARIO: This program contains 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Content accredited by the Law Society of Ontario.

ALBERTA: For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.

BRITISH COLOMBIA: This program is pending accreditation with the Law Society of British Colombia.

BARREAU DU QUÉBEC: This program is eligible towards substantive CPD requirements.

MANITOBA: This program includes a test and is an interactive online program eligible towards CPD requirements.

NEW BRUNSWICK: This program includes a quiz component and is an online interactive program that may qualify for CPD Credit Hours.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR This program is an interactive online course which is an eligible CLE activity.

PRINCE-EDWARD ISLAND: This program qualifies for Continuing Professional Development Hours.

SASKATCHEWAN: This program is a 1-hour Professionalism (“Ethics Hours”) CPD activity which is pending approval by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

OTHER CANADIAN LAW SOCITIES: This program may be an eligible CPD activity for lawyers in other Canadian provinces and territories.

OTHER PROFESSIONALS / FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS: This program may be an eligible CPE/CPD activity for other professionals in Canada and in foreign jurisdictions. It is recommended that you visit your professional organization’s website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPD requirements.

A program developed in partnership with


Garrick Apollon

Lawyer and Adjunct Professor, Telfer School of Management and Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (LLB, JD, LLM, LLCM)

A practicing corporate lawyer, Garrick is also a documentary filmmaker and a Fellow at Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education. An active legal scholar, Garrick has published in leading peer-reviewed American law journals in the fields of corporate governance and ethics, negotiation and dispute resolution. Garrick is past-Fellow of the FILM Initiative at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University.

Yves Le Bouthillier

Law Professor and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

A professor at the Faculty of Common Law and Vice-Dean of the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa, Yves Le Bouthillier teaches international law, specifically in the areas of international human rights law, international environmental law, and in related areas such as immigration and refugee law. Active member of the AJEFO -Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario.

Dr. Bernard Leduc

President and CEO, Monfort Hospital

Dr. Bernard Leduc took office as president and Chief Executive Officer of Hôpital Montfort, in Ottawa, in January 2010. Montfort is the Francophone Academic Hospital of Ontario. Under his leadership, the hospital received an Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada, in 2014 and again in 2018. This recognition reflects Dr. Leduc’s commitment to continuous quality improvement, with a focus on patient experience and safety. Dr. Leduc has 27 years of experience in the practice of family medicine. He obtained his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Queen’s University in 2010. In 2017, he received the Order of Ottawa and he was inducted in the FireStarter Hall of Fame by the Studer Group in 2018. Dr. Leduc sits on numerous Boards, including Health Standards Organization. He is also a surveyor for Accreditation Canada.

Sonia Ouellet


A former president of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO), Sonia Ouellet is currently vice-president of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. She remains an active member of the AJEFO.

Mark Power

Lawyer, Juristes Power Law

An Ottawa-based lawyer and a sessional professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, Mark Power concentrates his practice on litigation and dispute resolution in a number of public and private law fields, and has developed a large expertise and represented multiple clients in minority-language rights litigation in Canada.

Christiane Saad

Lawyer, Executive director of the Law Practice Program, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.

Christiane Saad is the Executive director of the Law Practice Program at the University of Ottawa. This program offers Canadian law school graduates (J.D. or equivalent) a new pathway to become a lawyer in Ontario. The purpose of the LPP is to facilitate the transition between law school and legal practice while obtaining the required experiential training. Active member of the AJEFO – Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario.

Marc Tassé

Consultant and Part-time Professor, Telfer School of Management (MBA, CPA, CA, CFF)

Professor Marc Tassé teaches accounting, forensic accounting and Corporate Governance and Ethics at the MBA program at the University of Ottawa. He’s regarded as a national and international expert in the field of Corporate Governance and Ethics. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant – Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) (Canada), a Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA) (USA), and a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) (USA). He also carries the designation of Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) (USA), and holds both a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Maxine Vincelette

Lawyer, Juristes Power Law

A lawyer with Power Law, Maxine Vincelette provides legal and strategic advice to educational institutions as well as not-for profit organizations, across Canada. She has acquired in-depth knowledge and experience in education law, including minority-language education, as well as language rights more generally.