Me Mélanie Bénard is a human rights lawyer and a disability rights activist based in Montreal. She obtained her law degree from McGill University in 2012, and she articled at the health law firm Ménard, Martin Avocats. Melanie was a Board member of RAPLIQ (the Regroupement des activistes pour l’inclusion au Québec) from 2011 to 2013. Before law school, she worked at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) and at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Melanie has presented her comparative disability law research at numerous conferences and in the media.
Michel Lemay is an actuary in the field of life insurance for individuals. He holds a BSc in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal. He participated in various projects for universal accessibility for the Association des personnes handicapées de Drummond and in different organizations in Montreal. He is interested in new media and their utility for universal accessibility.
Pierre Lemay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics from Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s degree in public administration from École nationale d’administration publique. He also did a short graduate program in management of performance and continuous improvement at Université Laval. In 2008, he received the Hommage Bénévolat Québec Award from the Quebec ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity which recognizes his many volunteer involvements.
Laurence Parent is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Concordia University. She has an MA in Critical Disability Studies from York University and a BA in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal. Laurence lives in Montreal and is passionate about disability activism, disability history and mobility. She is currently working with the m.i.a. collective and is a member of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group at Concordia. Laurence is the co-founder of the Facebook group Transport mésadapté.
Marie-Eve Veilleux is a disability activist and a Bioethics student at Université de Montréal. She has a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology, a Certificate in Translation and a Graduate Diploma in Translation from McGill University. Marie-Eve works as a Translation Coordinator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. As a board member of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance between 2009 and 2015, Marie-Eve promoted patient participation in scientific research. Marie-Eve co-founded the Facebook group Transport mésadapté in 2013.