David Morin, Ph. D.

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

Ghayda Hassan, Ph. D.

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

Vivek Venkatesh, Ph. D.

Director, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance Associate Professor, Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts, Art Education. Creator, Grimposium Director, Project SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day) Co-Founder, Landscape of Hate

CO-HOLDERS/

David Morin is an Associate Professor at the School of Applied Politics at the University of Sherbrooke. His expertise and professional experience address national and international security. 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 radicalization and violent extremism. Currently, he is co-president of the Dialogue+ project, which aims to prevent discrimination and radicalization in Canada and he is also one of the initiators of Forum Jeunesse – Penser la démocratie autrement, a Quebec program aiming to defuse extremist dialogues leading to violence. He is an expert member of the Working Group for the establishment of the “Réseau francophone de prévention de la radicalisation violente” of international organization of the Francophonie (2018) and in 2016, he was appointed as a member of the Scientific Committee for the UNESCO conference: the Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together. Finally, in addition to many scientific activities, Professor Morin actively contributes to the debate and dialogue on these issues.

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 of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV). She is also a researcher for SHERPA-RAPS, of the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest de l’île of Montreal. 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. Her clinical and research activities focus on the interaction between culture, identity, mental health and violence among the specific groups studied.

Vivek Venkatesh is Associate Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts in the Department of Art Education at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, director of SOMEONE  project, co-founder/co-curator of the multimedia and musical projects Landscape of Hate and Landscape of Hope and founder of the Grimposium Festival and conference series. He is a filmmakermultimedia 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.

DIRECTOR OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY OF THE UNESCO CHAIR
Sami Aoun, Ph. D./

Sami Aoun is a full professor at the School of Applied Politics of the Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences and Professor at the Center for Contemporary Religious Studies (CERC) at the University of Sherbrooke. He is also Director of the Observatory on the Middle East and North Africa (OMAN) at UQAM’s Raoul Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and co-founder of The Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism (OSR). His 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.

GENERAL COORDINATOR
Sylvana Al Baba Douaihy/

Sylvana is an engineer with a master’s degree in Multimedia and Networks from l’Université des pères Antonins in Lebanon (2007). Although initially trained in multimedia engineering, Sylvana has a deep passion for politics, religion and modernity. For this reason, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in contemporary religious studies at Université de Sherbrooke, under the supervision of Professor Sami Aoun. Her thesis focuses on loyalties during the speeches of the Two-Year War in Lebanon from 1975 to 1976. Sylvana is also a teacher in the continuing education program in cyber security and integrated security at Cégep de Sherbrooke. Until recently, she was a senior security program planning officer with Canada Post Security and Investigative Services.

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR
Pablo Madriaza, Ph. D./

Pablo Madriaza is the General Coordinator of Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) and of UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism. He has participated in numerous research projects and publications on school violence, crime and the prison system. Recently, he has conducted various studies on preventing radicalization and violent extremism, social conflict and collective action, as well as the prevention of crime. He conducted a systematic review, an international study of front-line workers and intervention issues and a research action in order to develop a PVE program within the French Penitentiary Services for Integration and Probation (SPIP).

RESEARCHERS AND RESEARCH PROFESSIONALS/

Annabelle Brault – Collaborator, Project Someone

Annabelle Brault, MA, MTA is a resource-oriented music therapist, musician, researcher and educator. A full-time music therapy lecturer at Concordia University, she is interested in the use of music technology as a creative medium to instill social change. Alongside her teaching, she works as a music therapist with youth and caregivers. Her research and activist interests include harnessing the emancipatory power of music, resource-oriented approaches, as well as the use of music technology and performance in education. Her participation in the educational initiative Landscape of Hope led by Dr. Vivek Venkatesh as part of Project Someone embodies all of these interests, as unique audiovisual performances are used to explore resilience in the digital age. As professional musician using electronic music media, Brault collaborates with artists such as Justin Wright, Cedric Noel, Tambour, Landscape of Hate, and arc.

Caroline Deli – Research Assistant

Caroline Deli is a Ph.D candidate in criminology at Université de Montréal. Her thesis focuses on the radicalization process of far-right extremists by studying their life-course trajectories. After graduating in psychology, she completed a master’s degree in neuropsychology at Aix-Marseille University, in France. During her studies, she participated in research projects on sexual offending, neuroscience and bilingualism. She also had the opportunity to work in psychiatry and with children with learning disabilities.

Dan Mamlok – Postdoctoral Student, Project Someone

Dan Mamlok is a Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow at Project Someone. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His dissertation, Digital Technology and Education in the Age of Globalization, explored social and cultural aspects of integrating technology and education, and specifically dealt with questions regarding democracy, education, and citizenship. His research at Concordia University examines the influences of online and offline media on young children and the ways in which they develop understanding of the self and of the other, with the aim of building resilience against hate speech. He published several papers dealing with the challenges of advancing digital citizenship, as well as the importance of advancing a critical and agentical sense of democratic citizenship.

Jason Wallin – Collaborator, Project Someone

Jason Wallin is a Professor of Media and Youth Culture in Curriculum in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. Over a decade of international field research into extreme music cultures and youth created an opportunity to address problems of sexism, racism, and fascism intimate to the concerns of black metal producers and consumers. At Project Someone, he coordinated and contributed (with Jessie L. Beier, University of Alberta) to the development of an anti-hate graphic novel informed by youth interviews on personal experiences of hate and hate speech. The ‘anti-hate comic’ project has seen extensive contact with the public, having been exhibited around the world, profiled in numerous media interviews, and having comprised a visual centerpiece to UNESCO’s summit on radicalization and extremism in Montreal, Canada.

Jihan Rabah – Co-Investigator, Project Someone

Jihan Rabah is Co-Investigator for Project Someone. She is also Vice President, Research and Analysis at eConcordia/ KnowledgeOne Inc., the online learning services provider for Concordia University (as well as for other high-profile educational and commercial institutions), which caters for the development, production, hosting, and operational support of e-courses and commercial training programs. She  has a Ph.D in Educational Technology from Concordia University and her professional experience has included bringing together research, practitioner, and policy-maker perspectives to the issues of: (1) integrating innovative digital technologies in educational environments to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of learning outcomes and (2) using educational technologies as means to activate citizenship and peace-building skills.

Kathryn Urbaniak – Program Manager, Project Someone

Kathryn Urbaniak has been program manager of Project Someone since 2014. There, she has overseen the design and development of the Project Someone portal and content. She has also led various projects in the domain of primary prevention including the Massive Open Online Course titled “From Hate to Hope : Building Understanding and Resilience.” Additionally, Kathryn has managed 20+ public engagement events under the Someone and Grimposium banners. She is an experienced learning experience designer, instructor and researcher with degrees in educational technology, information technology, and business. She has authored publications in the domains of online hate, online community and education. Kathryn has trained over 1,000 teachers in 40 countries and also acted as a Canadian advisory committee member on the development of the international standard ISO 29993 (education and learning services).

Lydie Belporo – Coordinator of PREV-IMPACT Project

Lydie Christelle Belporo has a  master’s degree in international relations and another in law from Université de Montréal, and has published a book and numerous articles on the responsibility of multinationals for human rights violations. She has held research and coordination positions with the Réseau des opérations de paix de l’Université de Montréal and the International Bureau for Children’s Rights in Montreal for a project in Burundi. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Criminology at Université de Montréal and her research interests focus on trajectories leading to violent radicalization and extremism.

Marie-Eve Carignan – Head of Media Division

Marie-Eve Carignan (Ph.D in Information and Communication) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Université de Sherbrooke. She has extensive professional experience in communications with small and large organizations, including the Conseil de presse du Québec, where she was a senior analyst and communications manager. Her research focuses mainly on the impact of the media in society, which leads her to focus on journalistic practices, ethics and professional conduct, risk and crisis communication and media content analysis, including coverage of topics related to religion, terrorism and radicalization. She has collaborated on several collective works and published in national and international journals in communication, journalism and history.

Marie-Laure Daxhelet – Coordinator of UNI-PREV Project

Marie-Laure Daxhelet is a psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). As part of her doctoral thesis, she focused on the issue of child soldiers, more specifically on the identity transformations experienced by them following military enlistment. Since 2016, she has been the principal researcher and trainer of the RAPS team, a group of multidisciplinary researchers challenged by the growing polarization of society around identity issues and various manifestations of violent radicalization. As part  of the UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair) she is co-researcher and coordinator of an action research project on the prevention of violent radicalization in Quebec universities.

Maxime Bérubé – Postdoctoral Student, Project Someone

Maxime Bérubé is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Concordia University and University of Waterloo, working with Project Someone and the UNESCO-PREV Chair to create social education strategies to prevent radicalization and violent extremism. He has a Ph.D in criminology from Université de Montréal, where he also works as a lecturer teaching about terrorism, counterterrorism, intelligence and investigation strategies. His dissertation explores the diversity of jihadist influence activities, looking at an extensive sample of English-language videos. He is co-editor of a book titled Délinquance et innovation [Delinquency and Innovation] and his research interests focus on influence activities leading to violence, computational propaganda, social movements and open source data analysis.

Mélina Girard – Research Assistant

In addition a year of study in psychology, Mélina Girard is currently doing an undergraduate degree in criminology with a specialization in analysis at Université de Montréal. Her research interests revolve around criminology, victimology and psychology. More specifically, she is interested in the process of criminalization, as well as the macro-social factors that impact variation in crime.

Sarah Ousman – Research Assistant

Sarah Ousman is a Ph.D student in the Department of Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) under the supervision of Ghayda Hassan (UQÀM) and Anne Crocker (Institut national de psychiatrie légale Philippe-Pinel de Montréal). Sarah is interested in clinical intervention in the context of radicalization leading to violence, and her doctoral thesis will focus on the assessment of the risk of violence related to radicalization and violent extremism. Sarah is also responsible for Mapping for the Canadian Practitioner Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV).