David Morin
Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke




David Morin is an Associate Professor at the School of Applied Politics at l’Université de Sherbrooke, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs at its Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences. His expertise and professional experience address national and international security. He is a UNESCO Co-Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, and in 2015 he co-founded l’Observatoire sur la radicalisation et l’extrémisme violent (OSR). OSR is a centre bringing together researchers and experts to observe, document, understand and analyze the phenomena of radicalisation and violent extremism. Morin actively contributes to the debate and dialogue in the Canadian context and conducts numerous public and scientific activities. Currently, he is co-president of the Dialogue+ project, which aims to prevent discrimination and radicalisation in Canada. He is also one of the initiators of Forum Jeunesse – Penser la démocratie autrement, a Quebec program aiming to defuse extremist dialogues that might otherwise lead to violence. In 2016, he was appointed as a member of the Scientific Committee for the UNESCO conference: Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together. Morin has rich and varied experience in project coordination for large international team projects alongside researchers in hands-on settings, as well as capacity-building in Africa.


Ghayda Hassan
Associate Professor
Director, CPN-PREV
Université du Québec à Montréal




Ghayda Hassan is a clinical psychologist and a professor of clinical psychology at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is the founder and director of the Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention or Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV). She is also a UNESCO Co-Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, and a researcher for SHERPA-RAPS, of the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest de l’île de Montréal. She has several national and international partnerships involved in research, clinical practice and community interventions. Her systematic reviews, research and clinical activities are centred on four overarching themes: 1) Social suffering, relationships between communities, and violent extremism; 2) Intervention in the context of armed conflicts and domestic violence; 3) Identity, sense of belonging and mental health of children and adolescents who are members of ethnic or religious minority groups; 4) The intervention and cultural sensitivity training of various professionals working with immigrants and vulnerable refugees. This program has four constituents: a) Systematic review of the literature outlining best practices; b) the reinforcement of intervention capacity via the training professionals accredited by the MSSS and the MÉES; c) Direct interventions via cooperation with community partners and; d) International partnerships for policy review and strategic planning.


Vivek Venkatesh
Associate Professor, Art Education
Director, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
Director, Project SOMEONE
Concordia University


Vivek Venkatesh is UNESCO Co-Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, director of the SOMEONE initiative and creator of the Grimposium festival and conference series. Vivek is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and an interdisciplinary applied learning scientist. His research and creative works investigate the intersection between classroom learning, public pedagogy and digital media – especially with respect to the sociocultural impacts of increased mobile and social media use in the broad context of citizen education. He is an Associate Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University in Montreal. His multidisciplinary research program has received funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada and the Research Council of Norway.


Sami Aoun, Ph.D

Full Professor
School of Applied Politics
Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences

Professor at the Center for Contemporary Religious Studies (CERC)
Université de Sherbrooke

Director of The Observatory on the Middle East and North Africa (OMAN), UQAM’s Raoul Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies.

Co-founder of The Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism (OSR)..

Major interests are applied politics, challenges and conflicts in the Middle East,
Ethics and international decision-making, democracies, the legitimacy of political systems, religion and modernity.