Meet our team.


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Christiane Saad, Director

Christiane Saad has been the Director of the University of Ottawa's Law Practice Program (LPP) since May 2018. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the French Common Law Program and her Licence en Droit (LL.L.) from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Montreal. 

Ms. Saad has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 2017. She is also a member of the Ontario Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Access to Justice in French, the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (Chair of the Access to Justice Committee), the Canadian Bar Association/Ontario Bar Association (Law Futures Committee, Official Languages Committee, Practice Management Section, among others) and the County of Carleton Law Association. She also serves on several community non-profit boards.

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Élodie Dezard, Assistant

Élodie Dezard studied law in Quebec and in Paris. She holds a master's degree in business law from the Université Panthéon-Assas and a certificate in civil law from the Université de Montréal. Before joining PPD, she worked as an interpreter for an administrative tribunal and as a substitute teacher for various school boards in the Outaouais region. She joined the PPD team in November 2019.

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Stanley Desmoulins, Legal Project Manager

Stanley Desmoulins holds a Juris Doctor of Common Law degree in French from the Université de Moncton and a Bachelor of Political Science degree from the Université de Montréal. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration publique of Québec and an MBA from UQÀM. Stanley Desmoulins has completed the University of Ottawa’s Law Practice Program. He enjoys promoting the French language without rejecting the English language. He loves law, project management, information technology, public administration and sports. In his spare time, Stanley Desmoulins is a member of Rotary International, serving others to promote integrity, mutual understanding, goodwill and peace. He is also a member of Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to improving the communication and leadership skills of its members.

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Curtis Whyte, Legal Project Manager

Curtis Whyte holds a Juris Doctor from the Université de Moncton (Common law in French) and a Bachelor in Laws and Justice from Laurentian University. Curtis is passionate about human rights and as such is an advocate for language rights, minorities, people with disabilities and workers. He is also interested in criminal and constitutional law and employment law. Curtis is always looking for innovative solutions and progress and as such, he takes great pleasure in helping his peers in any way he can.

Curtis has served as the Francophone liaison for the University of Sudbury's Resident Student Council.

In his spare time, he can be found biking around Ottawa or bike-packing in the beautiful Canadian wilderness. But when the weather is not permitting, he can be found playing board games with his friends.

Advisory Committee Members