Patrick Twagirayezu


Patrick joined Emond Harnden as an Associate after completing his articles and working as a summer student with the firm.

Fully bilingual, Patrick works with public and private sector clients in all aspects of labour and employment law, helping employers solve a wide variety of workplace issues. He also works in the areas of education law, civil litigation, privacy law, human rights law, administrative law and corporate governance.

Patrick is very active in the community and participates in countless fundraising and charitable events. He particularly works with numerous organizations in the Ottawa community on issues relating to youth poverty and civic engagement. He has been recognized by a number of organizations, levels of government, and stakeholders for his community work, including the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Governor general of Canada, United Way Ottawa, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario, and the World Economic Forum.


Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program in 2019.

During law school, Patrick was a teaching assistant in Alternative Dispute Resolution, a research assistant to the Vice-Dean of the French Common Law Program, and was a member of the Dean’s Honour List for academic excellence. Patrick was also highly involved in the Faculty’s community as a co-founder of the student newspaper, an executive member of a number of student groups, including the Common Law Student Society, and was an active student mentor.

Patrick was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020.

Patrick is a member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, the County of Carleton Law Association and the Canadian Bar Association.

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