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Herman Deparice-Okomba

Executive Director

Herman Deparice-Okomba, Ph.D., is a political scientist and recognized specialist in the prevention, intervention and management of situations of radicalization and violent extremism in both public and prison environments. Founder of the CPRLV, he is an expert recognized by several international organizations and governments in the implementation of policies, counter-narrative strategies and mechanisms for managing and assessing the risk of radicalization and violent extremism.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of the CPRLV, he was responsible for social issues at the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (racial and social profiling, community relations, crime prevention, etc.) Concurrently, he spent three years as director of the SPVM Employees’ Foundation.

A committed, autonomous and creative researcher and manager capable of transforming strategy into achievable and comprehensive objectives, Mr. Okomba is also a lecturer at several universities, where the subjects taught are related to terrorism and emergency management.

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 Team

The Partnerships and Community Engagement Team’s mission is to develop awareness-raising activities with the general public and more targeted audiences (e.g. youth) on issues relating to radicalization and violent extremism. This team raises awareness through activities on identity issues, critical thinking, digital learning, etc. The team also helps develop community relations, partnerships and collaborations, create awareness campaigns and implement individual social reintegration projects taken on by the CPRLV, with an emphasis on community and civic engagement. This team is also in charge of the communications of the CPRLV, the creation and dissemination of information and tools.

Anamaría Cardona

Partnerships & Community Engagement Manager

Experienced manager, Anamaría Cardona holds a master’s degree in Interculturality and International Relations from the University of Strasbourg, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Sabana. 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in marketing, from HEC Montréal, as well as a public relations certificate from the Université de Montréal. She specializes in the development of communication and marketing strategies for international, public and governmental organizations. Ms. Reggio has also developed expertise in the operationalization and execution of prevention, communication, awareness and outreach strategies with respect to the issues and challenges of preventing radicalization and violent extremism for a diverse clientele. She is currently pursuing her studies towards a certificate in digital content and community management from McGill.

Audrey Hachey

Community engagement and youth projects coordinator

Audrey Hachey holds a master’s degree in Social Work and Community and International Development from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Ottawa. She has worked as a social worker in various fields and countries before reorienting herself to project management and community development. In addition to working with the United Nations, Audrey Hachey has developed a particular interest and skills in program evaluation. In recent years, she has worked as a facilitator and project manager for the organization ENSEMBLE pour le respect de la diversité.

Valérie Dinh

Community engagement and youth projects 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 Université Téluq.

Hajar Azimani

Project Associate, Community Engagement

Hajar Azimani has developed an expertise in providing assistance and support to victims of criminal acts while working at IVAC (Indemnisation des victimes d’actes criminels – Compensation for victims of crime). Ms. Azimani is deeply involved in the community when it comes to social justice and bringing communities together. Very involved in Montreal’s youth community, Ms. Azimani is readily available to act as a spokesperson in order ensure that the concerns and expectations of young people are given a fair hearing, thus contributing to the consolidation of our togetherness.

Gabriella Scali

Graphic Designer

Gabriella Scali is a graphic designer and artist constantly seeking to capture how the world is visually constructed through its shapes and colours. During her university studies in photography at Concordia, she studied graphic design for a year at Bauhaus University in Germany. When she graduated, she then decided to sharpen her technique with a computer graphics training at the Centre de formation professionnelle de Verdun (CFPV) in Montreal. Many of her works have been published in various print and web publications, and she has participated in numerous exhibitions in Quebec and Germany.

Research and Support for Innovation Team

The Research and Support for Innovation Team aims to provide expertise on issues pertaining to radicalization and violent extremism at the local level, in addition to bridging the link between academic research and the needs of front-line practitioners. This practice-oriented research approach leverages scientific knowledge to ensure that prevention practices are based in science and evidence.

Benjamin Ducol

Research and Support for Innovation Manager

Benjamin Ducol holds a Ph.D. 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. Mr. Ducol stands out for his abilities as a team manager in multidisciplinary fields of research.

Wilfried Mabondzo

Research fellow

Wilfried Armel Mabondzo holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Montreal. He has a rich and extensive experience in several fields of activity, including research in applied socio-anthropology, university teaching, socio-cultural project management, training and skills development. Author of several scientific publications, his fields of research include the anthropology of development, and intercultural management.

Sébastien Boussois

Associate Fellow

Sébastien Boussois holds a doctorate in political science. He is a research associate at the CECID in Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), and at the Université du Québec à Montréal (OMAN – Université de Montréal), an expert in terrorism and radicalization, and an analyst of the Middle East and of Euro-Mediterranean issues.

In 2016, he published a book entitled “France-Belgique, la diagonale terroriste” with Asif Arif (prefaced by Marc Trévidic). Since 2015, his research has focused on: the geopolitics of jihad, the evolution of radicalization profiles, the diversity of types of radicalisation, the connections between Europe and the Maghreb with respect to terrorism, the Euro-Mediterranean approach to the prevention of radicalization, the public response in Europe, and the importance of the role of families in the process of radicalization leading to violence.

A member of the Board of Directors of SAVE BELGIUM, a CPRLV partner organization, Mr. Boussois has published numerous articles, opinion-pieces, and books on the subject and has given many conferences in Europe and in the Maghreb, as well as various one-day training workshops to institutions, prefectures, town halls, and educational and professional staff in the youth sector.

Zoë Freedman

Research Officer – Legal matters

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.

Training and Skills Development Team

The Training and Skills Development Team provides training to front-line professionals and other types of practitioners on the subject of radicalization leading to violence (for example, to help them understand and distinguish this phenomenon from other social phenomena, such as fundamentalism or mental health), on its diverse manifestations (isolating behaviour and its progression), and on the appropriate case management practices for a wide range of situations and contexts.

Roxane Martel-Perron

Training and Skills Development Manager

Roxane Martel-Perron holds a master’s degree in Management of International Development and Humanitarian Action – International Profile from EGADE Business School, Mexico, and Universidad de Costa Rica. Currently pursuing her master’s degree in criminology at the University of Montreal, she takes an interest in the disengagement trajectories of former members of extreme right-wing movements in Canada. Ms. Martel-Perron has been interested in prevention for several years, having collaborated with the United Nations, local and national governments, as well as NGOs, including the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime. She has developed and implemented prevention projects in Canada, Latin America and North Africa, regarding security sector reform, citizen consultation and the prevention of risky behaviour at school, amongst others. She is a member of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism Network, Security & Society (TSAS).

Ulrich Bounguili

Education and Community Sector Training Coordinator

Ulrich Bounguili holds a master’s degree in education and Ph.D. in French Language and Literatures. 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.

Schallum Pierre

IT &Training Advisor

Postdoctoral fellow at the Montreal École Polytechnique, Schallum Pierre is an associate professor at the Institut des sciences, des technologies et des études avancées d’Haïti (ISTEAH). He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Laval University (Quebec City) where he was also a member of the Ethics Committee in Psychology and Education Sciences. He is interested in encryption methods and innovative techniques, such as social engineering, used in the field of cyber-radicalization and which have been the subject, notably, of the course “Social communications and social media” which he gave at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

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 Team

The Case Management Team carries out interventions and provides support for radicalized individuals or their loved-ones. They are responsible for coordinating the CPRLV’s social reintegration approach (psycho-social and community development). It is a hub of activity, directly tied to the Info-Radical platform that the CPRLV manages for all of Quebec, and is a gateway for individuals or professionals seeking help for potential situations of radicalization.

Marian Misdrahi

Case Management Manager

Marian Misdrahi holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Montréal. 
Possessing strong management skills and 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.

Lala Zoubida Maallah

Case Management Professional and Assessment Project Coordinator

Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Lala Zoubida Maallah possesses a rich knowledge of biopsychosocial and psychopathological processes. She has developed her expertise on radicalization through her research work with several organizations, including the SHERPA team. Her experience in the community is complementary to the skills she’s acquired during her clinical training in the field of psychology.