Aurélie Girard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Politics from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in International Studies from Université Laval. She has a multidisciplinary profile that combines practice and theory in order to target social phenomena in their current forms and their possible mutations. In her thesis, Aurélie Girard worked on the far-right and the issues raised by this political trend, in particular by analysing the narratives used by these groups to legitimize the use of violence. After having been involved in non-profit organizations in the fields of the environment and international solidarity, she now focuses on various issues related directly or indirectly to the phenomenon of radicalization, such as hate crimes, restorative justice and the far-right in Quebec and elsewhere.
Head of Training and Skills Development Team
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).
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.
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.