Since 2011, PROMIS has organized public conferences to discuss current issues.

Interested in our conferences? View our calendar to learn about the scheduling of upcoming conferences!

Here is a list of speakers that PROMIS has hosted to date:


Victor Armony, Professor of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Associate Director of the Observatoire du Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires sur la diversité de la démocratie (CRIDAQ)
 “A Portrait of Latin American Quebecers”
June 7

François Bédard, City Economist – Conseil emploi métropole, Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
“The Conseil emploi métropole: Your Ally in Immigrant Integration in Greater Montreal”
May 29

Sébastien Arcand, Sociologist, Professor, and Director of the Management Department at HEC Montréal
“Entrepreneurship to Promote the Regionalization of Quebec Immigration”
May 3

Neal Santamaria, Doctoral Student and MAS in Sociology, MA in Anthropology, and Researcher at the IRIPI
“Toward Innovative Immigration Regionalization Practices”
April 24

Fasal Kanouté, Professor, Faculty of Science and Education, Department of Psychopedagogy and Adult Education, Université de Montréal
“The Safety Net of Resilience around Parents of Immigrant Students”
March 22

Serge Nadeau, Associate Vice President, Institutional Research and Planning, University of Ottawa
Mohamed Soulami, Executive Director, Actions Interculturelles
“Costs and Benefits of Literacy and Basic Skill Training for Francophone Immigrants”
February 13


Mario Polèse, Professor Emeritus, INRS, Urbanisation Culture Societé Research Centre in Montreal
“A History of Sucessful Transition: Transformation of the Montreal Economy from the 1960s until Pesent”
December 5

Martin Frappier, Director, Communications and Research, Chantier de l’économie sociale
“Social Economy: A Collective Route for Immigrant Integration” October 24

Lise Gervais, Social Worker, Coordinator at Relais-femmes
“Autonomous Community Action in Quebec: Between the Utopia of a Better World and Program Management”
September 26

Mihai Ibanescu, Statistical Researcher, Institute for Entrepreneurship National Bank | HEC Montréal
“Immigrants and Entrepreneurship in Quebec”
June 8

Antoine Bilodeau, Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University and Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
“Quebec Attitudes toward Religious Symbols”
May 2

Mireille Paquet, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University and Director of Concordia’s Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation
“Public Administration of Immigration in Quebec”
April 12

Rachida Azdouz, Psychologist specialized in intercultural relations at the Université de Montréal
“Pluralism in Quebec: Live and Let Live, Live Like, or Live With?”
March 9


Éric Poirier, Lawyer, Doctoral Student at the Université de Sherbrooke and University of Bordeaux
“The Charter of the French Language: What Remains of Bill 101 Forty Years Later”
December 6

Jules Patenaude, Public Consultation and Participation Advisor
« La charte montréalaise des droits et responsabilités : la clé du mieux-vivre ensemble! »
November 22

Antoine Bilodeau, Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University and Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
“Sense of Belonging in Canadian Immigrants: A Look at Provincial Differences”
November 22

Rivka Augenfeld, Representative of the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI).
“Hosting People: Our History and Practices!”
Octobre 20

Olivier Arvisais, Lecturer, Department of Education and Pedagogy/Department of Didactics, Faculty of Science and Education, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
“Education in a Refugee Camp: Protection, Learning, and Academic Persistence”
September 20

Chedly Belkhodj, Professor and Director, School of Community & Public Affairs, Concordia University
“Desirable Migrants: International Students in Quebec”
June 9

Gina Lafortune, Ph.D., Department of Education and Specialized Training, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
“Migration Experience and School Integration of Haitian Students Immigrated to Quebec after the January 2010 Earthquake”
April 19

Nong Zhu, Associate Professor, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
“Income Inequality, Poverty, and Immigrants in Quebec”
March 31

Mireille Paquet, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Concordia University and Director of Concordia’s Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation
“The Provinces and the Federalization of Immigration in Canada”
March 9


Leïla Benhadjoudja, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, UQAM
“Women, Feminists, and Muslims”
December 8

Hassan Serraji, Speaker and Columnist for the Journal Métro
“Islam: Facts and Myths about Muslims Here and Abroad”
December 3

Thomas Gulian, Ph.D., Director of the Institut de recherche sur l’intégration professionnelle des immigrants (IRIPI)
“Social Innovation for Immigrant Integration in the Job Market: The Importance of Partnership”
November 19

Karine Manukyan, PROMIS Social Integration Advisor, Graduate of the Master’s program in social work at UQAM
“An Intercultural Approach from an Empowerment Perspective: Assisting New Immigrants in the Social Integration Process in Quebec”
October 29

Annick Lenoir, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Université de Sherbrooke
“Reflections on the Meaning of Immigrant Integration: The Case of the Sherbrooke Maghrébins”
October 1

Marie-Noëlle Fédronie, Faciliator and Speaker, Volunteer Bureau of Montreal
“Volunteering as a Back-and-Forth of Generosity”
June 10

André Gariépy, Esq., Complaints Commissioner, Recognition of Professional Qualifications, Office des professions du Québec
“Issues and Perspectives: The Recognition off Professional Qualifications and the Role of the Complaints Commissioner in Relation to Regulated Occupations”
May 12

 Jrène Rahm, Faculy of Science and Education, Université de Montréal 
“Extracurricular Activities for a Community School: An Overview of Challenges and Possibilities in the Context of Multiculturalism and Oppression”
April 28

Annick Germain, Professor and Researcher in charge of the Observatoire métropolitain de l’immigration
“Immigrants and Urban Spaces: Immigrants as Urbanites and Builders of Montreal”


Bob White, Director, Laboratoire de recherche en relations interculturelles (LABRRI)
“Intercultural Quebec: Circumstances, Actions, Policies”
March 19

Catherine Gail Montomery, Professor, Department of Social and Public Communication, Université du Québec à Montréal
“History of Migration: Narrative Stories and the Value of Family Memory”
February 17

Stéphane Paquin, Professor, l’École nationale d’administration publique.
“Social Democracy 2.0: Quebec Compared to Scandinavian Countries”
November 25

Rivka Augenfeld, Consultant and Trainer – Policies, Programs, and Procedures
“The Issue of Refugee Protection in Canada: Recent Changes to Immigration Law and Consequences Thereof”
November 4

Louise Dionne, Coordinator, Comité d’action contre la traite humaine interne et internationale
“The Trafficking of Women: Modern Slavery”
May 8

Yolande Geadah, Independent Researcher and Author 
“Honour Crimes”
March 6

Jean Dorion, Sociologist and Politician 
“Inclusion: What Kind of Secularism for Quebec?”
February 20

Djemila Benhabib, Journalist and Essayist
“How to Live Together in a Pluralist and Multi-Ethnic Society?”
February 6


Pierre Beaucage, Anthropologist and Professor, Université de Montréal
“Indigenous Relations in Contemporary Quebec”
June 6

Robert Vézina, President, Conseil supérieur de la langue française
“The State of Quebec French 35 Years After Bill 101”
May 22

Roger Côté, Community Organizer and Director of MultiCaf 
“Historical Development of Organizations in Côte-des-Neiges Communities”
May 16

Jean-Louis Coté, Screenwriter, and Producer 
“Boomerang Generation,” a social phenomenon affecting all of Quebec’s communities. Episode 3 of a documentary series.
April 24

Marc Lamarche, Geomorphologist and Archeologist 
“A Brief History of Quebec: Geology and Ice”
April 16

Roland Tremblay, Prehistoric Archeologist 
“The Indigenous Cultural Landscape in Northeastern North America at the Time of European Contact”
April 4

Gérard Bouchad, Historian, Writer, and Professor at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 
“What is the Future of Interculturalism in Quebec Following the Bouchard-Taylor Commission?”
March 20


Mathieu Bock-Côté, Sociologist and Columnist 
“The End of the Cycle and the Origins of Quebec Malaise”
November 22

Mario Polèse, Professor and Researcher at the Urbanisation Culture Societé Research Centre (INRS)
“Major Trends in the Development of Non-Metropolitan Quebec”
April 15

Pierre Dubuc, Director, Founder, and Editor in Chief, L’aut’journal
“Alternative Media in Quebec”
April 4

Martin Petitclerc, History Professor at UQAM and Researcher at the Centre d’histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS) and the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES)
“Social Movements and Popular Struggle in Relation to the Quebec State in the Twentieth Century”
March 27

Daniel Salée, Professor of Political Science, School of Community & Public Affairs, Concordia University
“Politics, Culture, and Identity: Understanding State Logic in the Management of Ethnocultural Diversity in Quebec”
March 7

Jean-Louis Coté, irector, Screenwriter, and Producer 
“Boomerang Generation,” a social phenomenon affecting all of Quebec’s communities. Episode 1 of a documentary series.
January 31


Ignace Olazabal, Anthropologist and Gerontologist, Researcher and Projet Coordinator at the Forum des citoyens aînés de Montréal (FCAM), and Associate Professor at UQAM
“Elderly Immigrants: Issues and Challenges”
December 13

Jean-Louis Coté, Director, Screenwriter, and Producer 
“Boomerang Generation,” a social phenomenon affecting all of Quebec’s communities. Episode 2 of a documentary series.
October 6

Mamoudou Gazibo, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal
“Political Change and Crisis in Africa: From Ivory Coast to Sudan”
May 3

Benoît Dubreuil, Philosopher, and Guillaume Marois, Demographer
“The Imaginary Remedy: Why Immigration Will Not Save Quebec”
April 5

Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Professor of Political Science at the Université de Montréal and Scientific Director of the Réseau francophone de recherche sur les opérations de paix, CÉRIUM 
“The Arab Spring: New Political Issues in Arabic-Speaking Countries (North Africa and the Middle East)”
March 24

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