Madelaine Desaulniers is a summer student in Gowling WLG's Calgary office. She is a goal-oriented individual who is studying law at the University of Victoria.
Madelaine has frequently worked as a data analyst and research assistant, tackling legal issues concerning Indigenous rights and health law. She previously worked for Castle & Associates, a boutique firm specializing in family law and civil litigation. Madelaine's work experience has shaped her into an energetic worker who emanates organization, strong communication and dedication.
She has been awarded the Gervin Metis Award for Distinguished Advocacy and Leadership, the One Heart for Reconciliation Award and the Law Society of British Columbia Indigenous Scholarship.
Madelaine has extensive volunteer participation with persons recovering from substance abuse, neural trauma and physical/sexual assault. She has consistently volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, analyzing policy concerning whether patients who have Alzheimer's or Dementia can consent to receive healthcare. Madelaine also wrote a report on the success of Indigenous restorative justice practices for crimes such as sexual assault and homicide. In 2017, she travelled to Africa to volunteer with the Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Program.
Prior to law school, Madelaine studied criminology and forensic sciences. She wrote a thesis on the reliability of neural scans in Canadian trials.
Madelaine is passionate about law because it is an instrument that can be used to integrate people, and a tool to overcome difficult barriers to further the public good. Her practice areas of interested include medical malpractice litigation, health law and Indigenous law.