Our Staff

Olivier Bellefleur
Lead
olivier.bellefleur@inspq.qc.ca

Olivier Bellefleur is the administrative and scientific Lead of the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy. He joined the Centre in 2010 as scientific advisor and was appointed Lead in June 2017. As research officer he worked primarily in two areas: public health ethics, and the built environment. His academic background is in philosophy (B.A., UQAM; M.A., Université de Montréal, doctoral studies, McGill University) and in environmental sciences (M.Sc., UQAM). He lives in Montréal's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.
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Maroine Bendaoud
Expert Scientific Advisor
maroine.bendaoud@inspq.qc.ca

Maroine Bendaoud received his PhD in Political Science from the Université de Montréal. Prior to working for the CCNPPS, he has held postdoctoral research positions at McMaster University and at UQAM. Over the years he spent in academia, he did research stays at several universities including Berkeley, Yale and Sciences Po Paris. His work on housing policy has been supported by scientific funding agencies at the federal and provincial levels, in addition to being published in Canadian and international research outlets. Maroine won the Francesco Kjellberg Award for an Outstanding Paper Presented by a New Scholar at the congress of the International Political Science Association. His current work at the CCNPPS aims to document models to support or facilitate the action of a network on public policy in public health in Canada.
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Thierno Diallo
Expert Scientific Advisor
thierno.diallo@inspq.qc.ca

Thierno Diallo joined the NCCHPP's team as a scientific advisor in June 2018. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva. He completed his doctorate on the use of health impact assessment (HIA) to assess the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation policies. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Université Laval, his research focused on the integration of HIA into the urban planning process in Québec City. His work at the Centre will involve HIA and Health in All Policies approach. He lives in Montréal.
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Assia Iguedjtal
Administrative Agent
assia.iguedjtal@inspq.qc.ca

Assia joined the NCCHPP in December 2019 as an administrative agent. She has considerable experience in office administration. From 2011 to 2019, she worked for the Saudi Arabian embassy in Algeria as a secretary-translator for the cultural attaché. She holds a bachelor's degree in translation (French, Arabic and English) from the University of Algiers I. Assia likes travelling with her family and reading. She lives in Montréal.
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Marianne Jacques
Scientific Advisor
marianne.jacques@inspq.qc.ca

Marianne has been working for the NCCHPP since 2007. First as a network development officer and then as a Program Manager. 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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Michael Keeling
Scientific Advisor
michael.keeling@inspq.qc.ca

Michael Keeling has been with the Centre since 2007, working primarily in the area of public health ethics but also editing the Centre's publications in English. He has contributed to various publications, workshops and webinars introducing applied ethics for a public health context. 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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Mylène Maguire
Communications Officer
mylene.maguire@inspq.qc.ca

Mylène joined the Centre's team as a communications officer 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. Mylène enjoys the bicycle paths and green spaces of her Ahuntsic borough, in Montréal's where she lives with her family.
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Pascale Mantoura
Scientific Advisor
pascale.mantoura@inspq.qc.ca

Pascale joined the Centre as a scientific advisor 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
Scientific Advisor 
florence.morestin@inspq.qc.ca

Florence Morestin joined the NCCHPP in 2009 following many years working in international public health. Florence is trained in political science (IEP Aix-en-Provence) and community health (M.Sc. (Hon.), Université de Montréal). Her work at the NCCHPP aims to develop public health actors' skills in two areas: policy analysis (how to assess the effects of a public policy as well as its feasibility and acceptability) and knowledge sharing (how to approach political circles to bring public health knowledge to their attention in the context of public policy development).
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Val Morrison 
Scientific Advisor 
val.morrison@inspq.qc.ca

Val has been a full-time scientific advisor 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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Hélène Poliquin 
Scientific Advisor 
helene.poliquin@inspq.qc.ca

Hélène joined the NCCHPP in 2020 to synthesize knowledge pertaining to public policies surrounding the adoption of wellbeing budgets by varied Canadian and international jurisdictions. Prior to joining the NCCHPP, she occupied varied functions in public health, mostly in the fields of harm reduction and prevention of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. She holds a PhD in Clinical Sciences from the Université de Sherbrooke and wrote her thesis on the meaning of health and taking care of self for persons who inject drugs. She is also a lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke School of Nursing. 
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Chantal Théberge
Financial Management Officer
chantal.theberge@inspq.qc.ca

Chantal began working with the NCCHPP in 2019 as a financial management officer, providing financial management support to meet the Centre's various objectives. Previously, she has gained experience working for two multinational companies, two Canadian cooperatives, and has been with the INSPQ since 2006. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Université Laval and is a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) (l'Ordre des comptables professionnels agrées). She is from the lower St-Lawrence region, and likes to enjoy the great outdoors, whether on a road or mountain bike, in the Québec City area where she lives.
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