CRITS Symposium 2021 | Online

From 4 November 2021 to 5 November 2021

On November 4 and 5, the Research Centre on Social Innovations and Transformations (CRITS) will hold its third annual conference on power relationships in organizations.

The symposium aims to provide a space for dialogue and knowledge sharing among practitioners and researchers from diverse backgrounds on the issues, challenges and organizational practices around power issues in organizations. We also seek to initiate a dialogue on management models that could foster better democratic practices; on the challenges of the tension between collaboration and competition experienced by social organizations; and finally, on the concrete changes that  emerge from transformative practices. In addition to the opening conference by Isaac Getz, the symposium is structured around seven panels:

1- How to transform our modes of governance to promote self-management?
2- How to look at the accountability efforts of the traditional company?
3- How to transform boards of directors to foster democratic management?
4- How to rethink our institutions to foster social transformation?  
5- Power relations in a crisis context? Reflections from the health crisis.
6- How to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in organizations?
7- How to face the challenges of organizational transformation?

Here are the Zoom links for the different talks and panels:

For the Opening Conference, Thursday November 4, 10:30 am:

For the sessions 1-3-6:

For the sessions 2-4-5-7:

For the closing of the event:

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Detailed program

Thur. 4 November

How to transform the company that takes unconditional care of its employees and members of its ecosystem

Isaac Getz is an author, conference speaker, and currently holds the post of Professor in Leadership and Innovation at ESCP Business School. He has been Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Stanford University and at the University of Massachusetts. He graduated in Computer Science, then obtained a M.Sc. in Management Science, a Doctorate in Psychology and a post-doctoral degree (HDR) in Management. Dr. Getz conducts research and publishes on diverse topics related to innovation, corporate transformation, employee engagement, liberatind company and liberating leadership. He is an active speaker on the topics of innovation, liberating leadership, corporate transformation, and employee initiative. He has given executive conferences and training seminars for numerous companies and organizations. His work on innovation and corporate transformation has brought him into over three hundred companies on four continents.

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Session 1 – How to transform our modes of governance to promote self-management?
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Session 2 – How to look at the accountability efforts of the traditional company?
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Holacracy and et autonomie at NousRire
Joëlle Saey, Berlin School of Economics and Law/CRITS
Valérie Néron, NousRire
The Story of an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) between a Cree Community in Eeyou Istchee and a Mining Company or the Emergence of a Political Vision of Corporate Social Responsibility
Emmanuelle Champion, Université TÉLUQ
Brice Adanhounme, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Martin Dumas, Université Laval

Self-managed grocery stores: what transformative potential? The case of the self-managed grocery store Le Détour

Julie Courchesne, Saint Paul University

The mission-driven enterprise: analysis of the model’s shortcomings

Ben Messaoud Yassine, Université Laval / Université de Bordeaux
Margaux Morteo, Université Laval / Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Ivan Tchotourian, Université Laval

The liberated enterprise: the paradoxical universe of a managerial revolution
Chantale Jacques-Gagnon, Université Laval
Power in remittance organizations within African and Afro-Caribbean immigrant networks in Canada
Maximin Nkoue Banda, Saint Paul University


Session 3 – How to transform boards of directors to foster democratic management?
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Session 4 – Comment repenser nos institutions pour favoriser la transformation sociale ?
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Animated by: Laurent Levesque (IDEE) and Simon Tremblay-Pepin (CRITS) Public administrations should promote federations of worker cooperatives
Thomas Ferretti, London School of Economics
Julie Bruneau, cultural worker in self-managed artists centres in Quebec, graduate student in management of cultural organizations DESS (HEC) The Commons and the Social Solidarity Economy: Towards a Theoretical Articulation

Dan Furukawa Marques, Université Laval

Vincent Roy, CDROL Dans une perspective de justice sociale et environnementale, repenser le concept d’émancipation au sein des organisations agroécologiques
Stéphane Pisani, Université Laval
Sonia Vaillancourt, General director, Conseil québécois du loisir  


Frid. 5 November

Strategic Leadership: North-South Nursing Power Lever
Marcela Ferrada-Videla, Evy Nazon, Caroline Longpré, Université du Québec en Outaouais
Mirliana Marcela Ramirez-Pereira, Universidad de Chile
Natalie Figueredo, Universidad Católica del Uruguay
Edilma Suarez Castro, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá

Power relations in the context of implementing an emergency intervention program to reduce inequalities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: The experience of the CoVivre program
Joy Schinazi, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)

Possible Avenues to Foster Feminist Power in a Time of Pandemic
Geneviève McCready, UQAR

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Session 6 – How to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in organizations?
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Session 7 – How to face the challenges of organizational transformation?
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Fostering Inclusion in the Cultural Industries through Cultural Organizations
Julie Bérubé, Université du Québec en Outaouais
Léah Snider, Concordia University
Vivek Venkatesh, Concordia University
The Role of the Human Factor in the Success of Organizational Transformation

Radouan Hatim, Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières

Relais-femmes committed to a transformative process to “become an intersectional organization”: progress, challenges and difficulties encountered
Julie Raby, Relais-Femmes
Josiane Maheu, Relais-Femmes
Reflective Critique of a Cultural Change Management Experience in a Canadian Union

Gabriel Bergeron, Saint Paul University
Marquis Bureau, Saint Paul University

Exploring transformative organizational practices aligned with a model for disability justice
Jen Bruce, Saint Paul University

Organizational innovation in NPOs: a frank discussion on reefs, oases, and the navigation between both

Selma Tannouche Bennani, Humanovis
Marie Claude Lagacé, Humanovis

Faire place à l’expertise du vécu : conditions à l’inclusion des personnes en situation de pauvreté et d’exclusion sociale dans les espaces décisionnels de lutte à l’insécurité alimentaire
Bérenger Benteux, Université St-Paul et Université de Sherbrooke

Au milieu des bureaux empilés: open spaces of discussion as an opportunity for high school students to experiment with self-governance and care practices
Anouk Verviers, University of London


Carrefour alimentaire Centre-Sud : Transition  experience towards a co-direction
Vanessa Girard-Tremblay, co-director of Carrefour alimentaire Centre-Sud
Beccah Frasier, co-director of Carrefour alimentaire Centre-Sud
Gabriel Salathé-Beaulieu, administrator of Carrefour alimentaire Centre-Sud




Jamel Stambouli, Saint Paul University
Anahi Morales Hudon, Saint Paul University
Luc Audebrand, Laval University
Myriam Michaud, Laval University

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All panelists will be invited.