Martine Desjardins


Martine Desjardins holds a Master of Education degree from the Université de Sherbrooke. She was President of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ), Quebec’s largest youth association, from May 2011 to April 2013. For several years, some of which overlapped with her time in the student movement, she was a course lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke and Université du Québec à Montréal. She has also written columns for several Quebec media outlets. Ms. Desjardins has worked with youth in community settings in the north end of Montreal and, in 2016, served as a commissioner on the Commission sur l’éducation à la petite enfance.

Andréanne Beaudry

Commission des services juridiques

The Commission des services juridiques (CSJ) is responsible for enforcing the Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services in Québec. It also offers services to promote access to justice in family matters as provided for in the Act, namely, the Homologation Assistance Service (HAS) and the Service administratif de rajustement des pensions alimentaires pour enfants (SARPA), a child support recalculation service.

Élise Bonneville

Collectif petite enfance

The Collectif petite enfance is made up of partner organizations representing thousands of early childhood development advocates who are determined to make early childhood a priority for Quebec. The Collectif petite enfance is committed to taking the lead on various matters central to the future and well-being of young children across the province, from the womb through to preschool years.

Nicolas Bourgois

Collectif autonome des Carrefour jeunesse emploi du Québec

The Collectif autonome des Carrefour jeunesse emploi du Québec is a group of 24 youth employment centres (CJEs) with extensive  experience in helping youth enter the labour market. The mandate of CJEs is to promote the social and economic integration of young adults between 16 and 35 years of age by helping them find employment, return to school, start a small business or get back on their feet after a difficult time.

Jessica Côté-Guimond

Collectif Ex-placé DPJ

The Collectif Ex-placé DPJ brings together young adults who have been in the youth protection system. The group’s mission is to draw the public’s attention to the serious issues faced by children and young adults resulting from their experience with the Director of Youth Protection (DPJ) and Quebec’s youth centres.

Fannie Dagenais

Early Childhood Observatory

The mission of the Early Childhood Observatory is to disseminate the latest information on the development and well-being of young children in Quebec in order to promote sound decision-making and ensure that all children, regardless of the circumstances in which they are born and raised, can achieve their full potential.

Jérôme Di Giovanni

Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité dans la santé et les services sociaux

ACCÉSSS is a group of community organizations in Quebec whose goal is to advocate for the interests of ethnocultural communities in health and social services settings.

Caroline Dufour

Coalition Jeunes+

Coalition Jeunes+ is dedicated to preventing homelessness among Quebec youth and ensuring their rights are respected. The coalition employs a collective impact approach, working to engage key stakeholders in a concerted and constructive way to fight for the rights of young people.

Wyatt Dumont

First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) works with First Nations communities and organizations for the accessibility and development of health and social services adapted to community

Stéphanie Gareau

Marie-Vincent Foundation

In collaboration with its partners, the Marie-Vincent Foundation supports children and adolescents who are victims of sexual violence by providing the services they need under one roof. The Foundation helps prevent violence through education and
awareness and by treating children with sexual behaviour problems.

Martin Goyette

Professor, École nationale d’administration publique

Martin Goyette is the principal researcher of a longitudinal study on the future of youth in care in Quebec and France (EDJeP). He is also the research chair in health and well-being with the Chaire-réseau de recherche sur la jeuneusse (CRJ), as well as the research chair with the Chaire de recherche sur l’Évaluation des actions publiques à l’égard des jeunes et des populations vulnérables (CREVAJ). The research at CREVAJ focuses on young people transitioning to adulthood and the impact of public policies, with a view to consolidating and increasing the centre’s expertise in this area.

Sonia Hélie

Youth Protection Act researcher

The Quebec Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (QIS-2008, QIS-2014, FN/QIS-2019), Assessment of Impacts of Modifications to the Youth Protection Act, Quantitative (ÉLPJ, ÉLPJ2, ÉLPJ3). Research on youth protection service trajectories, youth protection practices and the epidemiology of maltreatment. The IUJD’s approach relies primarily on a clinical-scientific network that promotes close collaboration between clinicians and scientists.

Denis Lafortune

Institut universitaire jeunes en difficulté

The Institut universitaire jeunes en difficulté (IUJD) brings together researchers and professionals to conduct research and develop professional practices related to maltreatment, behavioural and social integration difficulties, and delinquency.

Julie Lane

Centre RBC d’expertise universitaire en santé mentale, Université de Sherbrooke

The Centre’s mission is to promote interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. It aims to pool the community’s expertise in order to respond as effectively as possible to the needs of children, teenagers and young adults who are experiencing or who
are at risk of developing mental health issues.

Louise Lemay

Researcher, Regroupement des équipes d’intervention jeunesse du Québec

The REIJQ is a provincial group committed to sharing, developing and promoting effective partnership practices within Quebec’s youth intervention teams (EIJs) to benefit youth with multiple and complex needs as well as their families. The group’s core focus is on actively contributing to research projects and strengthening collaboration with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), which has formally recognized the legitimacy of the organization. The REIJQ is led by a steering committee made up of EIJ coordinators and managers from CISSSs and CIUSSSs across Quebec, who have joined this intersectoral coordination network to
better address complex cases, as well as two researchers from the Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Montréal.

Geneviève Lessard

Recherches Appliquées et Interdisciplinaires sur les Violences intimes, familiales et structurelles (RAIV)

RAIV is recognized as a strategic cluster by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRSQC) and a research centre accredited by the Université Laval’s Research Commission. It brings together researchers, community and institutional
practitioners, and students with the shared goals of conducting research, providing training and transferring knowledge related to intimate, family and structural violence.

Geneviève Pagé

Équipe de recherche sur le placement et l’adoption en protection de la jeunesse

This research team’s main goal is to work with its partner communities to produce knowledge used to inform the development of policies and practices that will ensure the well-being and optimal development of children who are being fostered or adopted.

Marie-Andrée Perigny

Chair, Association des conseils multidisciplinaires du Québec

The Association des conseils multidisciplinaires du Québec (ACMQ) is Quebec’s largest interprofessional organization, representing more than 76,000 technicians and professionals in the province’s health and social services network. The ACMQ is guided by the values of engagement, dynamism and collaboration. Its mission is to support, represent and position multidisciplinary councils as key figures in the health and social services network.

Karine Poitras

Laboratoire de psychologie légale

The Laboratoire de psychologie légale aims to develop scientific knowledge to support legal and psychosocial professionals, as well as individuals and families involved with the civil and criminal justice systems. Composed of university and institutional researchers, this research unit is accredited by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The Laboratoire de psychologie légale also offers a variety of scientific training for students and professionals in the legal and psychosocial fields.

Cécile Rousseau

Scientific Director, Research and Action on Social Polarisation (RAPS)

The Research and Action on Social Polarisation (RAPS) team of researchers and practitioners addresses the tensions that cause our society to be divided on the basis of language, ethnicity,
race, gender and politics. They are members of the SHERPA University Institute.

Tanya Sirois

Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ)

The RCAAQ advocates for the rights and interests of Indigenous people living in cities and actively supports the development of Native Friendship Centres. These urban service hubs are a gathering place for Indigenous people, offering culturally relevant services and fostering harmonious cohabitation.

George Tarabulsy

Centre de recherche universitaire sur les jeunes et les familles (CRUJeF)

The CRUJeF’s mission is to produce applied knowledge about children and families in order to offer them improved psychosocial services for their development and well-being.