Yolande James, speaker, lawyer-mediator and political commentor
As a figure present in the media world, both in English and French, Yolande James, speaker, is well-known for her dynamism, her contagious energy as well as her accurate analyses on politics and society issues.
In 2007, at the age of 29, Yolande James was the first person from the black community to become a Cabinet Minister of the Quebec government, as the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities. Furthermore, she was the youngest woman taking part to the first Quebec’s Joint Council of Ministers. Thereafter, she acted as Quebec’s Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities until she retired from politics in 2014.
Yolande James’s Keynotes presentations :
- Duration : 45-75 minutes, adaptable to your needs and preferences
- Keynotes available in both English and French
- A preparatory call with the speaker is planned to select and adapt the content of the presentation
WOMEN’S POSITION IS EVERYWHERE
As the daughter of a teacher and a chemist, Yolande learned from an early age the importance of taking her place, to step back and analyze situations, and to express herself. Throughout her career, she had her share of disappointments and failures and became aware that these resilient setbacks are only the starting points to build projects and fulfill dreams. In this conference, she will explain what today women, facing society issues and their ever greater expectations, will have to find within themselves in order to be everywhere and stand out in all spheres of society. There’s no secret formula, only positive attitudes.
THE HIDDEN WORTH OF IMMIGRATION
As the Minister of Immigration during the issues surrounding the ‘‘reasonable accommodations’’ that resonated across the Quebec province, Yolande James, speaker, knows more than anyone else the value of immigration in today’s province of Quebec. During this conference, she will share her strategies in order to attract, retain, and integrate talent abroad in your reality, whether it is a corporate, associative, or cultural one.
MEDIATION IS THE KEY TO OVERCOME ANY CRISIS
As a lawyer and mediator, Yolande often has to settle disputes in civil, commercial, or employment cases. With this conference, Yolande wishes to assist organizations with their positioning in order to anticipate potential crisis and use mediation as part of the solution. Based on her experience in media and mediation, she will also share anecdotes, stories, and examples of litigation settlement.
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Yolande James’s Biography :
Yolande James is a lawyer by training and became in 2007 the first person from the black community to become a Cabinet Minister of the Quebec government, as the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities. During the issues surrounding the ‘‘reasonable accommodations’’ that resonated across the Quebec province, she was responsible for the implementation of the Bouchard-Taylor recommendations (namely the tool development for a successful diversity management). She was also the Minister of Family in 2010, where she managed one of the biggest government’s portfolios, second to healthcare and education, at the climax of the child-care space allocation method revision.
She retired from politics during the 2014 general election, after giving birth of her son, and joined the political commentator team on the TV show called: Les Ex on RDI channel as well as Power and Politics on CBC.
Meanwhile, Yolande James, speaker, is also a lawyer and mediator, accredited for civil, commercial, and employment litigation cases.
- Public affairs and politics
- Cultural diversity and immigration
- Law and mediation
- Commercial, civil and business mediation
- Women empowerment
Also available to host
*Available in both English and French
Wireless headset microphone
Small table or lectern (for notes and a water bottle)