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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.

Benjamin Ducol

Deputy General Director of Strategic and Scientific Development

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.

Anne-Sophie Bedziri

Skills development advisor

Anne-Sophie Bedziri joined the CPRLV in January 2020. She has studied philosophy and history at Paris-Sorbonne University IV and holds a master’s degree in Political Science from University of Montreal. As a teaching assistant in the Political Science Department of the UdeM, then a research officer at the Peace Operations Network (ROP),  a research unit of the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM), from 2017 to 2019, Ms. Bedziri has taken an interest in issues related to radicalization and jihadism. She has published several scientific papers on these subjects.

Mathilde Chabot-Martin

Evaluation Intern

Mathilde is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in criminology at the University of Montreal with a specialisation in analysis. As a criminology student, she is particularly interested in the problematics of social exclusion, marginalisation and reintegration as well as feminist issues. For instance, she is a volunteer at the Cercle de Soutien et de Responsabilité du Québec, a social reintegration organization that accompanies sexual offenders after their release from prison. As an intern, she will do the evaluation of the CPRLV’s “Hexagon” pedagogical tool.

Marilou Favreau-Léger

Skills development advisor

Marilou Favreau-Léger has been at the CPRLV since January 2020. Holding a  master’s degree in Sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal, with a focus in Comparative Historical Sociology and the Sociology of Violence, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Comparative Politics and International Relations. In her recent work, she has been interested in state repression, processes of large-scale violence escalation, as well as dynamics of civil war onsets in democratic contexts.

Roxane Martel-Perron

Director of Education and Skills Development

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).

Schallum Pierre

Pedagogical 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.

Margaux Bennardi

Support and Community Engagement Coordinator

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.

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).

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.

Abraham Membreño

Support and Community Mobilization Officer

Abraham has more than 15 years of experience in intervention, community mobilization and support for diverse populations such as: citizen committees, street gangs, homeless people, people in social disruption and people living with addictions. A humanist by heart, he is interested in the development of the power to act individually and collectively. He believes that complementarity and collaboration between community actors are the key to real social transformation. In addition to his experience, Abraham has a bachelor’s degree in management and social development as well as a certificate in integral prevention, from the perspective of analysis of social issues. He is currently completing a special education technique.

Vanessa Reggio

Communications and Partnerships Advisor

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.

Anamaría Cardona

Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships

Since 2016, Anamaria Cardona has been working as part of the CPRLV team. She holds a master’s degree in Interculturality and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Social Communication. 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).

Khaoula EL Khalil

Communication and Journalism Intern

Due to her school education and her diversified background, Khaoula El Khalil has been confronted with different cultures and environments which have given her the opportunity to have a more open view of the world. This opportunity has stimulated her desire to look at international issues and more particularly at challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism. Khaoula is a graduate in political science at the University of Montreal (UdeM) and is an editor at the CAIUM (UdeM’s International Affairs Committee) as well as a coordinator of the CÉRIUM (Centre d’études et de recherches internationales) student conference for its seventh edition. She is also the events coordinator for MENA (UdeM’s Middle East and North Africa Association). Passionate about the quality of CPRLV’s work, Khaoula wanted to get involved as a Communication and Journalism Intern.

Johanne Martel

Administrative assistant

Since 2018, Johanne Martel has held the position of Administrative Officer at the CPRLV. She works in support of the administration of human resources and accounting under the General Administration. Her background in administrative techniques and university studies in human resources management, legal and social sciences as well as a solid professional experience provide the CPRLV an expertise in administrative management and office work.

Marian Misdrahi

Head of Evaluation and Scientific Support

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.

Gabriella Scali

Visual and Youth Projects Officer

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.