A lawyer and mediator, Yolande James became the first Black woman elected to Quebec’s National Assembly, in 2004, and the first person from the Black community appointed to a Government of Quebec cabinet position when she was named Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities in 2007. Three years later she became Families Minister, responsible for the government’s third-largest portfolio after Health and Education. Among the many jobs she took on after leaving politics, her involvement in Bishop's University's Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion deserves special mention. In June 2021, Yolanda was appointed Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion, French Services, at Radio-Canada.
Policy Case Study: PPOL 632
Bachelor of Civil Law, Université de Montréal
Bachelor of Common Law, Queen's University