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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.

Marian Misdrahi

Programs Coordinator

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.

Anamaría Cardona

Communications and Intercultural Relations Officer

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

Communication and Partnership Officer

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 Relations Officer

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.

Research Team

Benjamin Ducol

Research Team Leader

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.

Alexandre Chevrier-Pelletier

Research Officer


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.


Fabrice Leroy

Research Officer

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.

Prevention and Skills Development Team

Linda Corsius

Prevention and Skills Development Team Leader

Linda Corsius explored the role of children in armed conflicts and crime prevention during her undergraduate studies in Criminology and master’s degree in Conflict Studies. She subsequently worked as a public safety researcher and with community police for ten years, developing youth and community prevention programs. She is regularly involved in crisis management work with community organizations and marginalized populations.

Roxane Martel-Perron

Interim Prevention and Skills Development Team Leader

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

Community Development Psychologist

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 Advisor

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.

Maxime Fiset

Prevention Officer

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.

Psychosocial Intervention Team

Farid Bekal

BA in psychology, Psychotherapist

Farid Bekal holds an undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Algiers, and has earned a reputation for excellence based on his work with troubled youth. In particular, he has worked as part of a school screening and support unit for traumatized and underprivileged children. He has also provided psychological support to individuals and groups experiencing psychological trauma as a result of natural disasters and extreme personal situations.

Perrine Renouf

Psychosocial Worker

Perrine Renouf holds a Master’s (M2) degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology (Free University of Brussels) and a Diploma in Criminology Applied to Mental Expertise (Descartes University, Paris V). Her clinical practice has a combined focus on mental health and forensic social work, and she has developed significant intervention expertise with persons displaying a variety of mental, personality or addictive disorders, as well as considerable skill regarding the provision of parenting support in situations involving child protection. Ms. Renouf has extensive experience conducting systemic individual and family interviews, and assisting families coping with the court-ordered placement of children.

Anaïs Ledezert

Social Worker

Anaïs Ledezert has a degree in Social Work and is a member of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and Family and Marriage Therapists (OTSTCFQ). She has developed extensive expertise in intervention, support and social reintegration working with individuals dealing with diverse difficulties (homelessness, employment, etc.) Anaïs Ledezert has also received recognition for her skills in crisis management and conflict resolution.