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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Shahad Salman


Ms. Salman holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in law and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2010. She co-founded Uena, an agency that redefines the way businesses and public institutions connect with a diversity of people through plural and evolving communications and public relations services. Over the years, Ms. Salman has been involved with several organizations. Among them, she is a member of the Committee on Racial and Social Profiling of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Quebec Bar and Chair of the Ethnocultural Diversity Committee of the Montreal Bar. She currently sits on various boards of directors, including the Maison secours aux Femmes and the Mouvement pour une démocratie nouvelle.

Réal Ménard


Mr. Ménard was mayor of the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve from 2009 to 2017, during which time he was also a member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal (2012-2017). He also served as vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Security in 2012 and 2013. As a member of the House of Commons (1993-2009), he was the first parliamentarian to introduce anti-gang legislation in the House of Commons in 1995. Mr. Ménard holds a master’s degree in political science, a law degree and a graduate certificate in public ethics.

Benoît Pagé

Member of the Board of Directors

After a teaching career in sociology, Mr. Pagé became director of studies before being appointed executive director of Collège Ahuntsic from 2013 to 2015. He is currently Director of the Pôle montréalais d’enseignement supérieur en intelligence artificielle, a network of researchers, teachers, professors and managers from twelve CEGEPs and seven universities on the Island of Montréal. Mr. Pagé holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in sociology and completed his doctoral studies in the same discipline.


Caroline Lin


Currently Chief Financial Officer at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Ms. Lin is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an MBA. She has over fifteen years of financial, accounting and management experience in Canada and Australia.


Marcel Savard

Member of the Board of Directors

A police officer with the Sureté du Québec for 38 years, including several years as Assistant Executive Director, Mr. Savard is a specialist in security, emergency measures and the fight against terrorism. Since 2015, he has been a class teacher at the École de police du Québec and also acts as a consultant-analyst in police operations at Radio-Canada. Mr. Savard is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the FBI Academy and the Canadian Police College.

Alisha Wissanji

Member of the Board of Directors

Ms. Wissanji is the founder of L’École des Grands, an extracurricular program, and the W Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to equality of opportunity and give vulnerable populations real access to educational success in order to prevent and reduce poverty. Being involved as a volunteer in several public interest organizations, she is the recipient of several awards, including an honourable mention from the Association de Pédagogie Collégial (AQPC). In addition, Ms. Wissanji holds a PhD in physics and a postdoctoral degree in mathematics and statistics, and is also a professor and researcher at Cégep Marie-Victorin.


Aïsha Fournier Diallo


Senior Legal Counsel at Desjardins Group since March 2013, Ms. Fournier Dallo is also Chair of the Board of Directors of T.R.A.C. (Street Work/Community Action). Ms. Fournier Diallo has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2007; she holds a bachelor’s degree in law.

Samuel Tanner

Member of the Board of Directors

Mr. Tanner is an associate professor at the School of Criminology of the Université de Montréal and a CÉRIUM researcher in international studies. His research expertise focuses on the impact of technology on security, violent extremism and social movements, digital culture and security, and transnational policing. Mr. Tanner holds a PhD in criminology.