QUÉBEC CITY, July 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - At the most recent meeting of its members, held in Saskatoon, the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel (CACC) presented its prestigious Dennis Theman Award jointly to the Association des juristes de l'État (AJE), which represents most lawyers and notaries in Québec'ss public and para-public sectors, and the Association des procureurs aux poursuites criminelles et pénales (APPCP), which represents the province's Crown prosecutors. The two Québec associations, which recently signed new agreements introducing significant improvements to their members' working conditions at the end of a long, harsh and highly mediatized labour dispute, were honoured for their perseverance, determination, unshakeable strength and unity.
The CACC, which represents the interests of most of Canada's Crown prosecutors and Crown counsel, introduced the Dennis Theman Award to recognize, honour and celebrate the work of devoted Crown prosecutors and Crown counsel who have shown outstanding dedication to their roles and who have given exceptional support to and promoted and defended the interests of their fellow prosecutors and counsel. At the Award ceremony, the CACC President, Rick Woodburn, observed that the AJE and the APPCP now serve as models for the members of Canada's other associations of Crown prosecutors and counsel. "These two organizations exemplify the values that the Canadian Association is built upon, while maintaining their individuality. They are unique examples of how unity can work to achieve the impossible dream."
As for the presidents of the recipient associations, Christian Leblanc (APPCP) and Sébastien Rochette (AJE), they thanked the CACC for its unflagging support, and expressed gratitude to the members of their respective associations for their efforts and determination during their historic battle for recognition of their profession's value in the public and para-public sectors.
Who are the CACC, the AJE and the APPCP?
The CACC, presided by Rick Woodburn, brings together the associations of Crown counsel and/or Crown prosecutors from the ten Canadian provinces and from the federal government (http://www.cacc-acje.ca/fr/index.php/).
The APPCP, presided by Christian Leblanc, represents criminal prosecutors (Crown prosecutors) in Québec (roughly 550 members) (http://www.procureurs.ca).
The AJE, presided by Sébastien Rochette, is accredited to represent the lawyers and notaries employed by Québec Government departments and numerous public agencies. It has six negotiation units: the Civil Service, the Agence du Revenu, the Autorité des marchés financiers, Investissement Québec, the Québec Ombudsman and the Régie de l'énergie (roughly 1,150 members) (https://www.aje-qc.org/)
SOURCE: Association des juristes de l'État (AJE)
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