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Waterloo Region Committee

OJEN’s Waterloo Region Committee is made up of volunteers from both the justice and education sectors. We organize local programs and activities to connect students and teachers to the legal community and justice education, and are always open to new ideas. Our chair is Justice Jennifer Breithaupt Smith of the Superior Court of Justice.

If you are a teacher teaching law, civics, history, family studies, or any subject with a legal component, and you haven’t already connected with the committee, we’d like to know you! Please contact Erik King at to join our mailing list. We are also seeking more teachers to join the committee itself, which meets every other month. If you are a legal professional within Waterloo Region, we would love to have you involved!


Undergraduate Mock Trials Canada – Waterloo Region

Founded in 2012, UGMT (Undergraduate Mock Trials Canada) Criminal Division is a unique mock trial competition at the undergraduate level, taking place each Fall and Winter term of the year, and hosted by students at the University of Waterloo. The competition has recently branched out to include students from various universities in Ontario including the Universities of … Learn More

Mooting – Waterloo Region

  The OJEN Waterloo committee is looking to gauge and develop interest in mooting for high school students. In a moot, teams of students argue an appeal case before judges, taking the positions of appellant and respondent. Typically, the case is a recent Supreme Court decision with a strong dissent. While mock trials simulate the … Learn More

Kitchener-Waterloo Youth-Police Dialogue

The OJEN Youth-Police Dialogue (YPD) program is an interactive justice education series designed to promote positive interactions, build knowledge, challenge perceptions and enhance skills to foster greater relations between youth and police in communities across Ontario.  Over the course of this project, youth will meet with Youth Police Dialogue Facilitators, police officers, and lawyers to … Learn More

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Braiding Diversity into Justice Online

On Thursday, March 4, the Waterloo OJEN Committee welcomed young women from diverse backgrounds to participate in an online version of their highly successful Braiding Diversity into Justice initiative.  The program, which has run annually since 2018, encourages racialized and marginalized young women to consider careers in the justice sector. Students between the ages of … Read More

2019-2020 Waterloo Region Poster Challenge Winner

Every year, grade 5 students from around the province take part in OJEN’s Poster Challenge Program! Working with their teachers and with OJEN materials to learn about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the students choose the Charter right that means the most to them and design beautiful posters that represent why that right … Read More

Waterloo Region Mock Trial 2020

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) for High School Students is a partnership between the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). We invite high school students to find their local mock trial competition, register a team, and participate in the province-wide tournament. The OBA and OJEN launched the competition for Waterloo Region … Read More

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