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89th Congress of the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS)

From Monday 9 May 2022 at 8:45AM
To Friday 13 May 2022 at 5:45PM

The 89th Acfas Congress, organized in collaboration with Université Laval, took place from May 9 to 13, 2022 under the Sciences, innovations and societies theme.  

A full week of events and discussions on research and knowledge with more than 200 scientific symposia and Enjeux de la recherche, more than 600 free communications, about fifteen activities on the campus of Laval University or in the surroundings, and online and about ten Science-moi!

Several CIRANO researchers were present in various conferences.


As a source of research and innovation, health data is a common asset with great potential for improving care and social services. At the same time, this highly sensitive data requires robust rules and mechanisms to promote responsible and trustworthy practices by data trustees and users. Consequently, building a solid and lasting bond of trust with communities and populations requires the implementation of large-scale actions to promote the social and citizen acceptability of access and use of health data.

Professor François Laviolette, to whom this symposium paid tribute, spoke in this regard of the construction of "a healthy and serene social pact on our collective wealth represented by data", "a pact for which there will be trust, transparency, sufficient digital literacy and interpretability".

The objective of this conference was to contribute to answering several questions: how to understand and take into consideration the diverse and ever-changing concerns and expectations of Quebec citizens? What tools and methodologies should be deployed to build this social pact between populations and users of health data? What investments are required today to initiate and sustain such a large-scale project throughout Quebec?

Daniel J. Caron, professor at the École nationale d'administration publique (ÉNAP), Researcher and CIRANO Fellow, and Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin, professor at Polytechnique Montréal, Researcher and CIRANO Fellow, took part in a round table of experts on Health Data and Social Acceptability


Even today, people with disabilities represent one of the most disadvantaged groups in the Quebec labour market. According to the 2017 Canadian Disability Survey, there is still a 48% gap between the employment rates of people aged 20-64 with disabilities and those without disabilities. These differences persist despite the various laws, policies and measures implemented to support their preparation, integration and retention in the productive economy. In addition to questioning the effectiveness of these measures and policies, this state of affairs calls for a better understanding of the different realities that may disadvantage them at different times in their careers. This observation also leads us to propose new interventions that contribute to the development of a more inclusive labour market.

In order to report on the state of knowledge in this field, the Disability, Employment, and Public Policies Initiative (DEPPI) research team proposed the symposium entitled "Disability, Work, and Public Policies". This interdisciplinary and intersectoral scientific event aimed first of all to discuss the experiences of discrimination experienced by people with disabilities in employment or in the search for work, according to their age, gender, and socio-cultural background. This conference explored various themes such as the issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the interactions between the realities of sex, gender and work, the disclosure of disabilities, communication, and work-life balance. More specifically, it examined how these different elements influence the possibilities of obtaining and evolving in an employment environment that meets the needs and aspirations of people with disabilities and offers them the same professional development opportunities as others. Finally, the symposium discussed the different effects of existing policies and programs, as well as innovative practices on the search for and the occupation of a job by persons with disabilities.

Charles Bellemare, Professor at Laval University, Researcher and CIRANO Fellow presented the session DEPPI: A multidisciplinary research partnership to promote the employability of people living with physical disabilities

Charles Bellemare

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2004, Charles Bellemare is Full Professor in the Department of Economics at Université Laval. He is also a member of Disability, Employment, and Public Policies Initiative (DEPPI).

Holding a Ph.D. in Enonomics from CentER, Tilburg University, his research interests focus on the study of the economic performance of immigrants, microeconometric methods and behavioural and experimental economics.

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Daniel J. Caron

A CIRANO Researcher and CIRANO since 2015, Daniel J. Caron is Professor at the École nationale d'administration publique. He is also Holder of the Research Chair in Information Resource Development, Scientific Director of the Observatory of Public Administration, one of the co-chairs of the International Research Society of Public Management's Panel on Transparency and Open Government and a member of the Inter-University Research Centre for the Digital Humanities. He also teaches program evaluation at Carleton University's School of Public Policy and Administration.

Holding a Ph.D. in Applied Human Sciences from the Université de Montréal, he is interested in issues related to digital technology and the exploitation of information resources. His research work deals with open data, transparency, document management in organizations, information governance models, and public and administrative policies affecting document production in the digital age. Her areas of expertise also include program evaluation and aboriginal issues.

Prior to that, Mr. Caron worked for over 30 years in the Canadian federal public service, where he held a variety of positions, including Director of Information, Director General responsible for Access, Privacy and Information Management, and Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for federal public sector records. Prior to his retirement in 2013 as head of Library and Archives Canada, he led three major initiatives. The first, the "Digital Office" project, received an award from the information management community in 2013. The second initiative was a mandate to rethink the approach to recordkeeping and archival processes within the federal government and led to the Recordkeeping Directive. Finally, Mr. Caron led an initiative to reorganize the federal library system to optimize it through the increased use of digital technologies.

Mr. Caron has published articles in the field of public administration, most recently on information resource issues in academic journals such as Archival Sciences, American Archivist and Archivaria. In 2011, he published Web HT.0 - Pour une société informée : la pertinence numérique et ses défis pour les sociétés démocratiques au XXIe siècle at Hermann (Paris). In 2014, he published L'Homme imbibé. De l'oral au numérique : un enjeu pour l'avenir des cultures ? These two books address the multiple challenges facing memory institutions in the digital environment.

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Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2003, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRANO since 2016, has been leading the Baromètre CIRANO project on risk perception in Quebec, which annually collects data on Quebecers' concerns on 47 social issues since 2011, is responsible of the CIRANO Pole on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Intelligence and Main Researcher of the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation. Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and an associate researcher at the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).

Holding a Ph.D. in Management Science (in risks and insurance management) from École normale supérieure de Cachan, her research interests focus on risk management and decision-making in different risks and uncertainty contexts as well as public policies. Her research combines economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, survey data analysis, and more recently massive unstructured data analysis.

In 2008 she created the RISQH network to raise awareness and share experiences on risks management, and patient safety and quality of care in health care facilities.

She participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI.

She is also co-PI of the "Monitoring and Surveys" function at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology.

She has published numerous scientific articles, several books and more than 30 reports for government and other organizations. She has given more than a hundred conferences and is regularly solicited to speak in the media.

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