Noël obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from le Collège Universitaire de Saint Boniface and his LLB from l'Université de Moncton where, as part of his personal interests, he enrolled in courses dealing with the subject of human rights and fundamental rights.
After completing his Articles, he became a practicing member of The Law Society of Manitoba and an associate with the law firm of Perlov Stewart Lincoln. Noël practiced law for several years in a number of areas including real estate, commercial law, family law and civil litigation. In April of 1997, Noël left private practice and accepted a position with The Law Society of Manitoba in the Discipline Department as Complaints Investigator.
In March of 1999, Noël accepted a position with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission as Manager of Investigations and Mediations. Human Rights issues are very important to Noël and this position was an opportunity to become involved in an important way with our fundamental rights of equality. Another opportunity presented itself with the Court Challenges Program and in May of 2001, Noël joined the Court Challenges Program as the Executive Director.
Noël is also a member of the Association des juristes francophone du Manitoba, an organization representing an official language minority and is a Board member of Operation Go Home, an organization that helps street youth.
Ms Joanis received her law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School and has worked in the area of equality rights and human rights in various capacities. Ms Joanis worked with LEAF in Toronto and subsequently with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Following her term with the OHRC, Ms Joanis worked as a freelance editor/writer/consultant in the area of human and equality rights. One of her more recent projects involved revising the human rights and harassment policies for the Peel District School Board in Ontario and working with that Board to develop a comprehensive teacher's guide for creating an inclusive, non-discriminatory learning environment. Ms. Joanis is the director of the equality rights program of the Court Challenges Program of Canada .
Mr. Goulet received a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1992. Richard also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Essex in England . After completing his Articles, he was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992. Mr. Goulet has also worked with Aboriginal and environmental organisations, with an organisation representing an official language minority, and in publishing. Mr. Goulet is the director of the language rights program of the Court Challenges Program of Canada .
Mr. Oh joined the Court Challenges Program in August 2000 as a Legal Policy Analyst working exclusively in the area of Equality Rights. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba. Upon completion of his articles he was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in June 2000. He has experience with immigration and refugee issues, and has worked with immigrant communities both as an advocate and in the resettlement area.
Ms Arnal graduated from the St Boniface College with a diploma in Business administration and accounting, in June 2002. Since then, she has worked as a summer student for the city of Winnipeg, an administrative assistant for Envol FM, a community radio station, and a fund accountant for Investors Group. In October 2005, Ms Arnal joined the Court Challenges Program of Canada as a bilingual administrative assistant.