Speaker: Nathalie Des Rosiers
Title: “Why Massey? Journey and Destination”
Nathalie Des Rosiers was elected to the Provincial Legislature of Ontario in November of 2016 and re-elected in 2018. She served in the Wynne government as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and before that, as Parliamentary Assistant to Ministers of Energy, Intergovernmental Affairs, and before that to Minister of Housing and Women’s Issues.
Before her entry into politics, she was Dean of the Faculty of Law – Common Law at University of Ottawa (2013 – 2016). From 2009 to 2013, she was the General Counsel and Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She was also the Vice-President – Governance ( 2008 -2009), Dean of Law – Civil Law at University of Ottawa (2004 -2008)and the President of the Law Commission of Canada from 2000 – 2004.
She began her academic career at University Western. Throughout her career, she wrote in Constitutional Law (The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution, with Peter Oliver and Patrick Macklem (2017), women’s issues (L’indemnisation des victimes de violence sexuelle et conjugale (Prix Sir Walter Owen 2014)) and civil liberties (Putting the State on Trial, with Margaret Beare and Abigail Deshman,2015).
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, holds degrees from Université de Montréal, Harvard Law School, Université catholique de Louvain ( hon. causa). She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario ( L.S.M., Doct. Hon. Causa) and of the Barreau du Québec ( Ad.E.).