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Herman Deparice-Okomba

Executive Director

A political scientist, Dr. Herman Deparice-Okomba is a recognized specialist in intercultural relations, radicalization, terrorism, discrimination and community policing. Prior to joining the CPRLV in 2015, he was responsible for social issues (racial and social profiling, community outreach, crime prevention, etc.) at the Montréal police service (SPVM) for ten years, while simultaneously serving as the head of the SPVM employee foundation for three years. Dr. Deparice Okamba is currently a lecturer on terrorism and emergency management at several universities.

Lucie Joyal

Executive Secretary

Lucie Joyal holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and has considerable experience in the field of arts administration. She is also a certified member of The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Saskatchewan (ATIS), having worked for several years as a translator (from English to French) and editor. She has also done extensive volunteer work with various schools, sitting on governing boards and organizing activities for students.

Partnerships & Community Engagement

Anamaría Cardona

Partnerships & Community Engagement Manager

Anamaría Cardona holds a master’s degree in Interculturality and International Relations from the University of Strasbourg, France, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Sabana, Colombia. She worked in Europe and Latin America for a number of years in the field of communications. She has extensive experience in international development and violence prevention, working with the United Nations, local and national governments, and NGOs such as the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC).

Vanessa Reggio

Communications and Partnerships Coordinator

Vanessa Reggio graduated from HEC Montreal with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, in marketing specialization. She specialized in the development of marketing communications campaigns within non-governmental organizations. She is currently completing a certificate in public relations at the University de Montreal. In addition, Vanessa has been involved with Spanish-speaking immigrant communities in Montreal in order to help them ensure French linguistic integration.

Fabien Lesina

Graphic Designer

Fabien Lesina holds a diploma in Graphic Design from Collège Salette in Montreal where he also received training in web design and interactive media. Mr. Lesina has been working as a graphic designer since 2011.

Valérie Dinh

Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator

Having great compassion for humanitarian causes, Ms Valérie Dinh has always been actively engaged in organizations in support of youth and communities. Her social involvement strengthened her aptitudes in training and development, communication and human relations. Moreover, it provided her with deep understanding of community and institutional networks connected to youth services. Ms Valérie Dinh is currently pursuing her studies in human resource management at McGill University.

Zoë Freedman

Coordinator of the “What If I Was Wrong?” campaign

Zoë Freedman holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies from Dalhousie University. Currently completing a Law degree at McGill University, she is passionate about international public policy, access to justice, and the power of on-the-ground community work. She has worked extensively within the Montreal Jewish community as well as with Head & Hands/À deux mains, a holistic non-profit community organization for underserved youth.

Nour Halaima

Project Associate for the “What If I Was Wrong?” campaign

A graduate in Health Sciences, Nour Halaimia has chosen a new field of study and will start a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at UQAM in the Fall of 2018. Nour is a project associate for the CPRLV’s awareness campaign “What If I Was Wrong? When We Talk, We Learn!”, and she is actively involved in providing workshops to the campaign’s target audience.

Souraia Boumahdi

Project Associate for the “What If I Was Wrong?” campaign

Souraia Boumahdi is a student in Health Sciences and a project associate for the CPRLV’s awareness campaign “What If I Was Wrong? When We Talk, We Learn!”. As one of the young people involved in the development of this initiative, she plays an important role in the mobilization and the outreach aspects of the campaign.

Research and Innovation

Benjamin Ducol

Research and Support for Innovation Manager

Benjamin Ducol holds a PhD in Political Science from Laval University. He is currently an associate researcher with the Canada Research Chair on Conflicts and Terrorism, an associate researcher with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (CICC)—where he previously conducted postdoctoral research—and a member of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security & Society (TSAS). The author of numerous scientific publications, his fields of expertise and research preferences include militant jihadist radicalism, radicalization processes in the digital age, and the mobilization of victims of terrorism.

Gabriela Coman

Senior Research Fellow

Sociologist, and holder of a Ph.D. from the University of Montréal, Gabriela Coman has, through study in a diverse range of social and cultural contexts, acquired a wealth of experience in empirical research. Her research mainly focuses on the idea of shared community, as well as the socio-political aspects of urban management of cultural diversity. A key issue within this field is the study of the conflictual, even violent, interplay between local identities, political subjectivity, and global affiliations, in addition to research into the narrative and practical dynamics mobilized by different political actors.

Fabrice Leroy

Research Fellow

With master’s degrees in both Criminology and International Law, Fabrice Leroy’s academic and professional careers have provided him with extensive experience in a multicultural environment. Through his work with organisations such as Interpol (ICPO), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), he has developed considerable research expertise on terrorism, homeland security and radicalization.

Alex Wood

Research Fellow

Alex Wood holds a Master’s degree in International Studies, jointly issued by Laval University and the Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) de Bordeaux. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Leeds in the UK. Mr Wood’s interest for History also took him to the University of Toronto, where he participated in an academic exchange programme. His contemporary research interests include non-state violence, hate crimes and incidents, as well as political extremism. Before joining the CPRLV, Alex worked on various projects at the Chaire de recherche sur les terrorismes et les extrémismes (Research Chair on Terrorism and Extremism), based at Laval University.

Training and Skills Development

Roxane Martel-Perron

Training and Skills Development Manager

Roxane Martel-Perron holds master’s in Administrative Science, International Development and Humanitarian Aid Management and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from University Laval in partnership with the EGADE Business School (Mexico) and the University of Costa Rica. Roxane has a long-standing interest in violence and crime prevention, having collaborated with the United Nations, local and national governments, as well as NGOs such as the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime. She has developed and implemented prevention projects having to do with security sector reform, local safety audits, citizen consultation and the prevention of risk behaviours in schools in Canada, Latin America and North Africa.

Pascale Leblanc

Psychologist and Public Sector Training Coordinator

Pascale Leblanc is a psychologist with a master’s in Psychology of Human Relations with a specialization in Intercultural Relations from the University of Sherbrooke, as well as a Diploma in Adult Education from Nova Scotia’s St. Francis Xavier University. For over 15 years, she has worked with government agencies, private enterprises and international cooperation organizations to promote the development of intercultural skills. Pascale Leblanc is also a lecturer at the University of Montréal where she teaches courses on intercultural competence, and has worked internationally, primarily in Nicaragua and Benin.

Ulrich Bounguili

Education and Community Sector Training Coordinator

Mr. Bounguili holds a master’s degree in education. His vast teaching experience has enabled him to develop several training programs and tools, while exploring the issues of resilience and school dropout in urban and rural contexts alike as well as among First Nations populations. Mr. Bounguili also writes poetry.

Alexandre Chevrier-Pelletier

Private and Community Sector Training Coordinator

Alexandre Chevrier-Pelletier is a political scientist who graduated from the School of Applied Policy at the University of Sherbrooke. His rich expertise in the field of prevention of radicalization and his experience in the world of academic research have lead him to explore further public safety issues, including violent radicalization and its prevention. Mr. Chevrier-Pelletier has also worked at the Observatoire sur la radicalisation et l’extrémisme violent (Observatory on radicalization and violent extremism), in partnership with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC), and at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC). Alexandre Chevrier-Pelletier has contributed to the drafting of several publications on radicalization leading to violence, as well as prevention policies in this area.

Maxime Fiset

Project Associate

Maxime Fiset studied political science and geography at Laval University in Quebec City, after spending several years as an important figure of the far right movement in Quebec City. His journey enabled him to move away from his political extremism, and to put his experience to use in order to prevent radicalization leading to violence.

Case management and social reintegration

Marian Misdrahi

Case Management and Social Reintegration Manager

Marian Misdrahi holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Montréal. An expert on social inequalities, discrimination and identity, she has worked as a researcher on homelessness and mental health, as well as on the racial profiling of young offenders in Quebec. A native of Mexico City, she taught Sociology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and has also been a lecturer at the University of Montréal.

Margaux Bennardi

Info-Radical Coordinator and Psychosocial Worker

Margaux Bennardi holds a bachelor’s degree in sexology from the University of Quebec in Montreal, and is a member of the Ordre professionnel des sexologues du Québec (Sexologists of Quebec Corporation). Ms. Bennardi acquired expertise in the community services field as a Senior Programs Coordinator for LOVE (Leave Out Violence), while working with young actors, receivers or witnesses of violence. Margaux is currently completing a master’s degree in education and specialized training with a socio-cultural interest; she’s studying concepts such as racism and systemic discrimination.

Ferroudja Ait Ouarab

Assessment Project Coordinator and Psychosocial Worker

Ms. Ait Ouarab holds a degree in clinical psychology from Mouloud Mammeri University, Algeria. As a complement to this diploma, she has a certificate in mental health (foundations and practices of intervention) from the University of Montreal. For seven years, she’s gained a wealth of experience as a prison psychologist in Algeria. Her duties have led her to assist people in need, using an approach based on autonomy and psychosocial reintegration to improve their social functioning and enable them to solve their problems, while improving their interpersonal relationships and teaching them to express their emotions as well as their needs. Over the course of her career, she has developed an expertise in the evaluation and the prevention of auto-/hetero-aggression.