Montréal – A Data Story on Ethnocultural Diversity and Inclusion in Canada

A data story: A discussion with Statistics Canada

These half-day events on Ethnocultural Diversity and Inclusion in Canada will feature a keynote presentation by Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada on the evolution of ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity and its measurement with a focus on Canada's three largest metropolitan areas: Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

To this end, the address will overview the inherent challenges and opportunities embedded in the measurement of diversity and highlight some of the very real socio-economic disparities observed on the road to inclusiveness and integration. In short, whether for the measures, trends, or issues, if you are interested in Canada's diversity and inclusiveness, join us and find out more!

An expert panel discussion and question period will follow immediately after the presentation. You are encouraged to provide your input and contribute to Statistics Canada's modernization efforts on these very important topics.

You may also follow the discussion stream via Statistics Canada's Facebook page.

We sincerely hope you will join us in what will undoubtedly be a thought-provoking and fruitful discussion.

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Grande Bibliothèque du Québec

Cost: Free

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Photograph of Anil Arora

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada

Anil Arora earned a Bachelor's of Science degree at the University of Alberta, then went on to study computer science and received a graduate certificate in public sector management and governance from the University of Ottawa. He joined Statistics Canada in 1988 and moved up the ranks to become Assistant Chief Statistician of the Social, Institutions and Labour Statistics Field in 2008. After a few years spent as Assistant Deputy Minister at Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada, Mr. Arora was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada in September 2016.

Master of ceremonies

Martine Lamontagne

Martine Lamontagne, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Statistics Canada

Martine Lamontagne has a vast experience with Statistics Canada having started with the department during the 1991 Census in the Regional Census Office located in Montreal where she held a position of supervisor at the Census Help Line. After the 1991 Census she went back to University and obtained her degree in Industrial Relations in 1992. From May 1992 to the present day, she held many positions in collection and census operations such as Data Collection Manager, Program and District Manager and Regional Assistant Director to name a few. Ms. Lamontagne was appointed Regional Director for the Eastern Region on October, 2012.


Jean-Pierre Corbeil

Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Assistant director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Statistics Canada

Jean-Pierre Corbeil is Assistant director in the Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division and is in charge of the Center for Ethnocultural, language and immigration statistics at Statistics Canada. After having completed a B.A. and M.A. at McGill University, he earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the Université de Montréal. He has been working in the field of Language Statistics and studying Canada's linguistic dynamics for over 20 years. He has published numerous monographs, articles and studies on Canada's language dynamics. In addition to studying language dynamics, his fields of interest are, among others, immigration, ethnocultural diversity, categorisations and social representations in intergroup relations.


Rachad Antonius

Rachad Antonius, Sociology professor, University of Quebec at Montréal (UQAM)

Rachad Antonius is a sociology professor at the University of Quebec at Montréal (UQAM). He earned a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Manitoba and holds a PhD in sociology from UQAM. Professor Antonius is an associate member of CELAT, the Centre de recherche Cultures – Arts – Sociétés at UQAM. His most recent publications focus on Arab and Muslim minorities in Quebec and Canada, their interactions with the majority population, how they are portrayed in the media, ethnic relations in Quebec, racism and discrimination, measuring inequality, political conflicts in the Middle East (more recently Arab revolts), and quantitative methods in social research.

Rachida Azdouz

Rachida Azdouz, International affairs vice-rectorate, University of Montréal

Rachida Azdouz earned degrees in psychology and education. She works in the international affairs vice-rectorate at University of Montréal. Ms. Azdouz is an author, clinician, independent researcher, media analyst and instructor. She has been published by Éditions Yvon Blais (co-author of a collective work on reasonable accommodation, 2007), by Presses de l'Université du Québec (a collective work on immigration stories, 2014), and by Presses de l'Université Laval (a collective work on socially engaged knowledge, 2016). She has also penned a number of articles on secularism and integration policies. Ms. Azdouz has been both an active player and an observer in education for the past 25 years, and in 2018, she published an essay entitled Le vivre ensemble n'est pas un rince-bouche.

Bishop Thomas Dowd

Bishop Thomas Dowd, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Montréal

A native of Montréal, Bishop Dowd studied at Concordia University, obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce in 1992. He then worked in the field of telecommunications for 3 years. Bishop Dowd began his studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1995 at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal (M.Div. 2000). He received Licentiate in Theology from the Université de Montréal (2002) and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Université de Strasbourg (2018). Bishop Dowd was ordained a priest on December 7, 2001 and a bishop on July 11, 2011. He is presently Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Montréal.

Annick Germain

Annick Germain, Professor-researcher, INRS-Urbanisation Culture Société

Annick Germain holds a doctorate in Sociology and is a professor-researcher at the INRS-Urbanisation Culture Société. She taught for more than a decade at the Institute of Urbanism and the University of Montreal. She has directed the Metropolis Research Centre of Quebec- Immigration and metropolis. Her research explores social patterns occurring in urban environments such neighbourhoods, public spaces and living quarters. She has a particular interest in the study of these phenomena within the context of immigration and ethnicity. Annick's recent publications focus on Montreal, cosmopolitanism, cohabitation in multiethnic neighbourhoods and the management of diversity on a municipal level, including religious diversity.

Frantz Voltaire

Frantz Voltaire, Director, CIDIHCA

Frantz Voltaire obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History at Universidad de Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science at Flacso in Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations at Université du Québec (UQAM) and Doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal. He has given lectures and conferences in various universities. He has published numerous articles and written the books Black Power in Haiti and A Brief History of Blacks in Canada. He has produced and directed various documentaries. He was the founder of the Human Rights Film Festival in Montreal and was Chief of Staff for Haitian Prime Minister Robert Malval. He is also director of the International Center for Documentation and Information on Haitian, Caribbean and Afro-Canadians.

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