Our Staff

François Benoit
Lead 
francois.benoit@inspq.qc.ca
François Benoit has been working for health organizations in the fields of policy research and communications for more than twenty years. After completing his Master's in Sociology, he lectured in community health, health sociology and organizational sociology at the University of Montréal and at the business school of the University of Montreal.  More recently he was Director for Health Policy, Research and Special Projects for the Quebec Medical Association, where he collaborated with many provincial medical association members of the Canadian Medical Association.  After, he became a consultant and worked for the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Pointe-de-l'Île in the Montréal region. He has been with the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy since November 2006, and was named the Centre's Lead in October, 2007.
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François Benoit

Olivier Bellefleur
Research Officer
olivier.bellefleur@inspq.qc.ca
Olivier Bellefleur has been working at the Centre since 2010. His academic background is in philosophy (B.A., UQAM; M.A., Université de Montréal) and in environmental sciences (M.Sc., UQAM). His work at the Centre is focused in two main areas: (1) public policies informing the built environment, particularly traffic-calming policies as well as other policies that favour safe active and collective transportation, and (2) ethical issues in public health. He lives in Montréal's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood.
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Olivier Bellefleur
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François Gagnon
Research Officer
francois.gagnon@inspq.qc.ca
François Gagnon has been at the Centre since 2006. He has studied Criminology with a minor in Sociology (B.Sc.), and Communications (M.Sc. and PhD.). François has taught courses in research methodology and in media and popular culture at the Department of Communications Sciences at the Université de Montréal. His specific research interests include policies on the movement of goods and people and policies aiming to manage how people relate to psychotropic substances. François is developing knowledge for regional public health authorities and not-for-profit organizations on traffic calming in urban settings in order to clarify the dimensions of these policies and promote them if necessary. He lives in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, in Montréal.
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François Gagnon

Isabelle Hémon
Administrative Technician 
isabelle.hemon@inspq.qc.ca
Isabelle brings administrative, logistics and budgeting support to the Centre. She has also been involved in special projects such as the organization of the 2009 NCCs Summer Institute. She graduated from a French University where she specialized in organizational management. She learned her English in Ireland as a student, and later while working in the U.K. Before joining the NCCHPP, Isabelle was working in the area of training and consultation services where she dealt with customer services, administration and finances, and printed and Web communications. Isabelle enjoys time with her family, riding her bike, cooking and eating, yoga, and getting away by travelling or reading.
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Isabelle Hémon
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Marianne Jacques
Network Development Officer
marianne.jacques@inspq.qc.ca
Marianne has been working for the NCCHPP as a network development officer since 2007. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication and political science from the Université de Montréal where she also completed a Master's degree in political science. Before working at the Centre, she worked with Nicole F. Bernier on a research project examining welfare states and public health systems in Canada, England and Sweden. She also participated on a research project with Marie-Pascale Pomey on healthcare privatization in Canada. Her main research interests are: public policy analysis, public health, health promotion and prevention policies as well as health policies. Outside of work, she likes to do boxing, cycling and Pilates.
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Marianne Jacques
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Michael Keeling
Research Officer
michael.keeling@inspq.qc.ca
Michael has been with the Centre since 2007, working mainly on editing English-language versions of publications, and more recently in the project area of ethics. His academic background is in English literature (B.A., Toronto) and Philosophy (B.A., Victoria; M.A., Dalhousie) with interests in epistemology, language and ethics. Prior to joining the Centre, he worked in community development with a not-for-profit. He lives in Montréal.
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Michael Keeling
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Mylène Maguire - On parental leave
Information Specialist 
mylene.maguire@inspq.qc.ca
Mylène joined the Centre's team as an information specialist in 2013. From 2009 to 2013 she has been the communications coordinator for the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health. She has a bachelor's in Public Communications from Université Laval. Before joining the Centres, she worked as a communications and funding agent for a not-for-profit organization in Montreal, taught in South Korea, and completed a humanitarian project in Argentina.
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Mylène Maguire
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Pascale Mantoura
Research Officer
pascale.mantoura@inspq.qc.ca
Pascale joined the Centre as a research officer in 2013. She is trained as an occupational therapist (B.Sc), in community health (M.Sc.) and in Public Health (PhDc). After working as an occupational therapist (OTR) in the United States, she worked in international public health, namely in West Africa; as a technical Assistant in Guinea-Conakry, and in research within a project on public policies and exclusion in three west African countries. She then pursued her research interests in health promotion, namely on health inequalities, participatory research and its role in the local production of health. She has taught courses in research methodology, and qualitative research at the Master's level and for the 3rd cycle professional diploma. Her work at the Centre will involve population mental health, healthy public policies favouring mental health, and health inequalities. She lives in Montréal's Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood with her family.
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Florence Morestin
Research Officer 
florence.morestin@inspq.qc.ca
Florence Morestin joined the Centre in March 2009 following many years working in international public health. Florence is trained in political science (IEP Aix-en-Provence) and community health (M.Sc., Université de Montréal). Her work at the NCCHPP deals with analysis and synthesis methods appropriate to the study of public policy. Her work seeks to help public health actors collect relevant evidence on public policies and use it to inform decision makers. Florence also contributes to the Centre's expertise on knowledge sharing.
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Image - Florence Morestin
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Val Morrison
Research Officer 
val.morrison@inspq.qc.ca
Val has been a full-time research officer at the Centre since 2008. She has a background in sociology specializing in race and ethnic relations, popular culture, and cultural theory. She has taught courses in Canadian society, political sociology, and the sociology of sport, notably, and continues to be a regular part-time faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Her specific interests at the Centre are health and social inequalities. The projects she is involved with include one that examines the ways that not-for-profit organizations influence policy and another on the usefulness of the concept of wicked problems as a way of addressing health inequalities. Val lives in the Laurentians.
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Val Morrison
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Louise St-Pierre
Head of Projects 
louise.st-pierre@inspq.qc.ca
Louise St-Pierre has worked at the Centre from the beginning, having led the activities that led to its implementation. She has a Master's degree in Community Health from the Université Laval, where she also pursued a doctorate in the same program. Her areas of interest include the practice of health impact assessment, Health in all Policies (HiaP) strategies, and intersectoral governance. Louise collaborates internationally with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, where she is a member of a global work group on HIA. 

Louise St-Pierre



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