Olivier Bellefleur is the administrative and scientific lead of the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy. He joined the Centre iin 2010 as Scientific Advisor and was appointed Lead in June 2017. As research officer he worked primarily in two areas: public health ethics, and the built environment. His academic background is in philosophy and in environmetal sciences. He lives in Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.
Colin Busby is a Research Director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). Before joining the IRPP, he was the Associate Director of Research at the C.D. Howe Institute. He has also worked at Industry Canada and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. While he writes broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy. He has authored, co-authored or directed many peer-reviewed papers, chapters in academic publications, and op-eds for the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star. He has been invited to federal House and Senate committees to speak on a range of economic issues. Colin holds a BComm from the University of Alberta and an MA in economics from University of Ottawa.
Lori Goodhand is a public health community organizer for the CIUSSS – CODIM. Over the past 25 years, Lori has supported people living with mental illness in the community, developed community capacity building programs and worked with colleagues, community organizations and citizens to develop new resources. As a community organizer for the CIUSSS’s mental health and public health programs, she collaborates with stakeholders to improve the living conditions and health outcomes of residents and is involved with creating supported housing projects, developing collaborations to improve the trajectory of care and access to services and organizing knowledge transfer workshops for community partners. With a BA in Applied Human Sciences, Lori began her career as a case manager on an intensive community support team at the Douglas Mental Health Institute and later became the coordinator of the Public Education Program for AMI Quebec. Committed to addressing social inequalities and poverty, she is passionate about public education, social policy and working with others to build communities where all members can thrive.
Véronique Fournier est Directrice, Centre d’Écologie Urbaine de Montréal (Urban Ecology Centre of Montréal). Véronique Fournier est titulaire d'une maîtrise en travail social-économie sociale et d'une formation de premier cycle en organisation communautaire. Reconnue pour son engagement dans sa communauté, elle a siégé comme conseillère de ville de 2009 à 2013 dans l'arrondissement du Sud-Ouest. Elle a présidé le Comité consultatif d'urbanisme du Sud-Ouest et assumé de nombreuses fonctions au niveau montréalais. Ces expériences, jumelées à sa formation universitaire, lui ont permis d'enseigner à l'Université du Québec à Montréal les pratiques démocratiques, et les enjeux organisationnels et de gouvernance dans le secteur à but non lucratif.
François Lagarde M.A., is a Communications and Social Marketing Consultant, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Management, Evaluation and Policy, School of Public Health at University of Montréal. He has exceptional experience and achievements in practicing and teaching communications, social marketing and advocacy. Since serving as Vice-President of ParticipACTION in the 1980s, he has acted from 1991 to 2012 as a specialized consultant for more than 170 community, public and philanthropic organizations at every level. Between 2012 and 2022, he played a major role at the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation as Vice-President, Communications and member of the Executive Committee. Through his work, he has contributed to the design, implementation and evaluation of many social and behavioural change initiatives. François Lagarde is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Montréal, where he teaches social marketing since 1999. He received the University of Montréal Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has built up a solid reputation both nationally and internationally. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, he has taught in all the Canadian provinces as well as in 12 other countries. He has written some 90 publications (articles - most in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and guides). Mr. Lagarde is a member of the Editorial Board of Social Marketing Quarterly, and of the Editorial Advisory Committee of The Philanthropist. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Institut Mallet, on the Local Advisory Council of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy as well as the Board of the Public Health Research Centre (University of Montréal).
Goshia Miszkurka leads a multidisciplinary team within the Social Determinants of Health Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Social and Preventive Medicine department at the University of Montreal. She started her career in public health research at the University of Montreal, during which time she authored and co-authored publications in two fields: global health with a focus on the burden of chronic disease in low and middle income countries, and social epidemiology investigating mental health and socioeconomic factors among immigrant populations in Canada. She joined PHAC in 2009 and is currently leading a collaborative pan-Canadian project on measuring health inequalities. Her Health Equity and Policy Research team focuses on monitoring and reporting on health inequalities through the publicly available Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities Data Tool , and on research on equity oriented interventions.
Patrice Allard, Chef de division, Service de la diversité et de l'inclusion sociale, Ville de Montreal
Mathieu Masse Jolicoeur travaille depuis vingt ans comme professionnel et analyste des politiques publiques. Mathieu a travaillé dans plusieurs domaines dont : l’éducation, la culture, le transfert de connaissance, la santé, etc. Il a aussi une large expérience dans le domaine de la recherche et de l’enseignement, étant chargé d’enseignement dans plusieurs universités montréalaises. Cumulant des connaissances approfondies en analyse des politiques publiques, évaluation de programme, organisation de la santé, santé publique, administrations publiques, éducation, transfert de connaissances, gouvernance, management et ressources humaines, Mathieu essaye, du mieux qu’il peut, de contribuer au développement de la santé publique. Il est actuellement à l’emploi de la direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.
Andrea Clarke – Senior Director of Community Engagement and Social Impact Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Concordia University.