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


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 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.

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.

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).