Who We Are



Amélie Neault

Administrative Coordinator

Émilie Béland

Youth Engagement Coordinator 



Amanda Wilson

Amanda is a Professor in the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University. Her areas of research include the food movement and carceral food systems, co-operatives and collective organizing, and questions related to prefiguration and enacting a politics of possibility. 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.


Julie Paquette

Julie Paquette is a professor at the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University. 


Krys Maki
Board Member

Krys Maki (they/them) holds a PhD in Sociology. Their areas of research include feminist movements, collective organizing around gender-based violence, poverty and social inequality, and critical surveillance studies. Before joining the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University they completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa on labour organizing and movement building within women’s shelters. In 2021, they published their first book Ineligible: Single Mothers Under Welfare Surveillance with Fernwood Publishing. Outside of academia, Krys worked as the Director of Research and Policy at Women’s Shelters Canada, a national non-profit network of violence against women shelters (2017-2022). Their activist scholarship is deeply informed by their work as a long-time organizer and activist with labour, anti-poverty, and feminist movements.


Michaël Séguin  
Board Member

Michaël Séguin is a professor at the School of Leadership, Ecology and Equity at Saint Paul University.


Jennifer Bruce 
Board Member

Jenn Bruce is a PhD Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Social Issues program at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Her doctoral research looks at how non-profit organizations can use a disability justice framework to deepen their impact and contribute to social change. Her professional background includes 6 years working in the disability sport sector in areas such as collective impact, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. She continues to engage and work with the non-profit sector on strategy development and organizational change. 


Philippe Dufort





Durand Folco



Main Address: 
The Atelier is accessible from 95 Clegg Street, Ottawa, ON. located on the street adjacent to Saint Paul University.

Mailing Address: 
223 Main Street, Ottawa, PO Box 83, ON, K1S 1C4

Phone number: 613-782-3006 (Voice mail)

Email: atelier@innovationsocialeusp.ca