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Team

Jacques Savard


Acting Executive Director

Jacques Savard was appointed on March 18, 2019 as Acting Executive Director of the CPRLV to administer the Centre and provide management expertise. Prior to his appointment, Jacques Savard held numerous positions in the fields of human resources, financial resources, material, informational and real estate resources, public works, urban planning, culture, sports and recreation. Until October 2018, he was Director of the Borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in the City of Montreal. Mr. Savard is a graduate of the École des relations industrielles of the University of Montreal.

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.

Anamaría Cardona


Head of Partnerships & Community Engagement Team

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).

Anaïs El Amraoui


Research Officer

Anaïs El Amraoui is currently completing a master’s degree in criminology at the Université de Montréal, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminology with a specialization in analysis and research. Her interests focus on initiatives to prevent radicalization leading to violence, and more specifically on their evaluation and the identification of good practices in the field. In particular, she worked on the implementation of the evaluation and the creation of collection tools for the “What if I Was Wrong?” campaign at the CPRLV. Anaïs is also a teaching assistant at the School of Criminology at the Université de Montréal and has worked as a research assistant at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (CICC).

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.

Marian Misdrahi


Head of Case Management Team


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.

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.

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 also holds a master’s degree in education and specialized training with a socio-cultural interest; she’s studying concepts such as racism and systemic discrimination.

Benjamin Ducol


Head of Research and Support for Innovation Team


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aurélie Girard


Research Officer

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.

Roxane Martel-Perron


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).

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.