Mathieu Dufour

Associate researcher

Mathieu Perron-Dufour is an associate professor in the Département des sciences sociales at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, where he has been teaching for four years. Before that, he was a professor at John Jay College (City University of New York) and Dalhousie University, and also taught in China. He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his dissertation was on the dynamics of international financial crises. Mathieu has written several peer-reviewed article on that topic, as well as other subjects pertaining to public policy, with a particular focus on income distribution. He sits on the board of the Institut de recherche et d’information socioéconomique and the editorial board of the journal Studies in Political Economy.

Julie Chateauvert


Julie Chateauvert is assistant professor in the Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation. She completed a PhD in Arts Studies and Practices at UQAM and then a postdoctoral position at the Paris 8 University’s Critical Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Dynamics team. Her work has focused on narrative creation in Sign Languages. She is interested in how artists resist not only the marginalization of their languages ​​but propose a new perspective on the world which transforms body norms and fuels a rethinking of the relationships between linguistic and cultural majority and minorities. Her research interests also include practice-based research methodologies, power relations, leadership, and accessibility in organizations. She published “Le tiers synesthète : espace d’accueil pour la création en langue des signes” in the journal intermedialités, issue 27, and “Création en langue des signes : intermédialité et proxémie” in Discours et représentations du handicap, edited by Soline Vennetier and Céline Roussel (Éditions Garnier Classique).  She is also a researcher associated with the disability and society program of the EHESS (Paris) and the Labex Art H2H through her participation in the project Traduire la performance/performer la traduction.

Martin Blais


Martin Blais is a Professor teaching foundational courses at the undergraduate level across several disciplines.  He was a long-time Professor in the School of Social Communications at Saint Paul University; he now teaches in the School of Counseling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at the same university. His energies are primarily directed towards the mentoring and training of students. Although his main intellectual interest is the theory of communication from an interdisciplinary perspective, he also has a long-held interest in the rather dysfunctional functioning of organizations.

Philippe Dufort


Philippe Dufort holds a PhD from the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge, UK. He is an Associate Professor at the Elisabeth-Bruyère Social Innovation School at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. He studies the epistemological underpinnings of strategic innovation, with a particular interest in the translation of reflexive military knowledge into forms that are useful to social movements. He is an associate researcher at the Colombian Superior School of War. He acted as an Associate Editor of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA) from 2009 to 2013 and was the founding director of the Elisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation in 2015. Apart from his experience in academic research, he has previously worked as a journalist in Latin America, a human Rights observer in conflict zones, and as a contrat analyst for the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

Nadia Duguay

Community-based researcher

Nadia Duguay is the co-founder of Exeko – an organization that uses artistic and intellectual creativity in support of inclusive and emancipatory social transformation. Member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Observatory of Cultural Mediation Practices (OMEC), the Quebec Network for Social Innovation (RQIS), and the Board of Directors of the Caisse Solidaire Desjardins Desjardins, she also sits on various advisory committees including the Chagnon Foundation’s Éclaireur Group and the Rideau Hall Foundation. She is also Ashoka Fellow. Her interests include research practice and inclusive social development, cultural and intellectual mediations, and social innovations rooted in a social justice perspective. She is co-author of “Entre innovation sociale, pluralité de l’exclusion & transformation culturelle” in the Social Innovation Review (2017).

Jonathan Durand-Folco


Jonathan Durand Folco is an Assistant Professor in the Elisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. His research interests include participatory and deliberative democracy, municipal politics, the commons, ecological transition and degrowth. He is the author of À nousla ville! Traité de municiaplisme, published by Écosociété in 2017.

Lauren Michelle Levesque


Lauren Michelle Levesque holds a PhD in Theology/Spirituality and is an assistant professor in the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University. She works on arts-based research, engaged scholarship, musical performance, nonviolent social change and space. She is co-coordinator of the Engaged Pedagogy stream in the Center on Social Innovation and Transformation. In 2016 she co-edited the book Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation: New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories published by Equinox.

Julie Paquette


Julie Paquette holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Ottawa and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université de Montréal (2012-2014) at the Center for Intermediate Research on Arts, Letters and Techniques, and at the Canadian Center for German and European Studies, where she interrogated the question of new fascism in the thinking of the intellectual, poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975). Her most recent research focuses on the resurgence of fascism in contemporary time periods; the ethics surrounding new technologies as well as the intercession between art, ethics and politics, based on scandal theories and a conception of freedom of expression as non-domination. She is the author of “Theater and Marxist heresies: Pasolini must be what the Pasolini is not”, in The theaters of Marx, edited by O. Neveux and published in 2019 at the University Presses of Rouen. She also published “From Disciplinary Society to Algorithmic Society: Ethical Considerations around the Big Data Challenge” in Issue 9 of the French Journal for Media Research.

Assistant Professor at the School of Ethics, Social Justice and Public Service at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, she is co-director of the Center for Research in Public Ethics and Governance (CRÉPuG) and a member of the board of the Mauril Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop.

Christelle Paré

postdoctoral researcher

Christelle Paré completed a PhD in Urban Studies at INRS (Montreal) and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Comedy Studies Research at Brunel University in London, UK. Her research interests focus on the articulation of humor and society. In partnership with F. Brouard, she conducted a survey on the socio-demographic portrait and gender equality of Quebec’s creators of humor, with support from the Sprott Center for Social Enterprises (SCSE / CSES), Carleton University, Brunel University London and the Humor Industry Research Group (GRIH). In 2016 she published “L’industrie québécoise de l’humour comme champ du politique : Groupes d’intérêts et quête de légitimité ” with C. Poirier, in Dufort J. and L. Olivier (eds) Humour et politique : De la connivence à la désillusion, with Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

Jamel Stambouli

Jamel Stambouli holds a PhD in Management -HEC Montréal. His doctoral research explored the importance of sociocultural factors in organizations and discussed the influence of spirituality and religious values on entrepreneurs and management organizations. Many of his writings have been published in the form of reports and book chapters. His current research interests include immigrant entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and the development and management of social and solidarity economy organizations. He has professional experience in the industry and has been a consultant to both national and international organizations. He has also acted as a coach for several entrepreneurs.

Simon Tremblay-Pepin


Simon Tremblay-Pepin is a professor at the Élisabeth Bruyère School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University. His research interests are the democratization of the economy, critical media studies and public finance. He is the co-author of Du vin et les jeux: le virage commercial de la SAQ et de Loto-Québec published by Lux in 2019 and he edited Dépossession: une histoire économique du Québec contemporain, Volume 1: Les Ressources, published by Lux in 2015.

Amanda Wilson


Amanda Wilson holds a PhD in Sociology, with a Specialization in Political Economy. Her areas of research include the food movement and alternative food networks, co-operatives and collective organizing, and questions related to prefiguration and enacting a politics of possibility. Prior to joining the School of Innovation at Saint Paul University her undertook a community-based PostDoctoral Fellowship at Lakehead University’s Centre for Sustainable Food System Research and Engagement, working with Food Secure Canada on food movement mobilizations in national food policy. Outside of academia, she has worked with several non-governmental organizations in the areas of policy analysis, research, network coordination and popular education, and is a long-time community organizer and activist in Ottawa. In 2018 she coedited a special issue of Canadian Food Studies entitled Building an Integrated National Food Policy for Canada.