The Team

The chairholder

Gérard Duhaime

Gérard Duhaime

Ph.D. Sociology
M.A. Political Science
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext 402997

Gérard Duhaime is a sociologist (economic sociology) and political scientist (political analysis). He conducts research programme on social change, the economy, development, mass consumption and indebtedness.

He has been teaching sociology at Université Laval since 1988, initially within consumer sciences programmes, and since 2002 with the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He supervises the work of several post-graduate students, most of whom are participating in major research projects.

He has published several books and papers, edited collective works, and given many conferences. His books include: Arctic Food Security (CCI Press, 2008), La vie à crédit, consommation et crise (PUL, 2003), Le Nord, Habitants et Mutations (PUL, 2001), De l’Iglou au HLM, Les Inuit sédentaires et l’État-Providence (CEN, 1985).

Former president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), co-founder of the Circumpolar Arctic Social Sciences Ph.D. Network (CASS), member assigned by the International Council for Science to the International Polar Year Planning Committee, he played an important role in the integration of the social issues and communities of the North to the programme of the International Polar Year. He assumed many scientific and social responsibilities abroad (University of Lapland, Roskilde University), in Canada (University of Alberta) and in Quebec (Nunavik Commission). Finally, he held several positions in administration and scientific discussion at Université Laval before setting up the Louis-Edmond-Hamelin Chair for Nordic social sciences research, funds created for the purpose of supporting advanced studies, and being offered to create the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Aboriginal Conditions.

The results of the work he directs are covered by the press on a regular basis. The magazines Innovation Canada, Québec Science and Revue Notre-Dame have devoted articles to his background and to his works.

Director of the databanks

Andrée Caron

Andrée Caron

M.A. Sociology
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext 404730

Andrée Caron is the holder of a master degree in sociology. She has been working with the Chair since 2002, initially as a researcher and then as director of the ArcticStat and Nunivaat databanks, which she conceived and implemented in close collaboration with a team of computer specialists. She is responsible for the contents, development and update of the databanks. She directs a team of students charged with assisting her in this work. She is also responsible for the conception and implementation of the Chair's Internet site. Furthermore, she actively participates in several research projects conducted within the framework of the Chair's scientific programme, and she contributes to the academic supervision of the students.

Associated researchers

Roberson Édouard

Roberson Édouard

PhD. sociology

Roberson Édouard is working with the Chair in various capacities since 2004. He holds a doctorate in sociology of development (Université Laval, Québec). He teaches sociology and social sciences research methods at Université Laval, Université d’État d’Haiti and Cégep Garneau. For about ten years, he is studying various development issues including poverty, exclusion and violence. He has to his credit several books and articles, including Violences et ordre social en Haïti. Essai sur le vivre-ensemble dans une société postcoloniale (PUQ, 2013) ; Les soins de santé primaires. Critiques d’une orthodoxie (PUQ, 2010) ; Une société parallèle : la vocation du peuple? Essai sur le dédoublement de la société haïtienne (L’Harmattan, 2009).

Jean Robitaille

Jean Robitaille

Ph.D. Consumer Economics
M.A. Measurement and evaluation
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext 408390

Jean Robitaille is an economist specializing in the econometric modeling of consumer behavior. It is also psychometer (measurement and evaluation). His research interests cover matters such as assessing the economic value of household non-paid domestic production, debt and the use of consumer credit and the development of methodologies for assessing the cost of life between different geographical regions.

Since 1998 he teaches quantitative methods and microeconomic theory of consumer at the department of food economy and consumer sciences at Université Laval. In 2000, he received an award of excellence from the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI), together with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), for his research on the conceptual and empirical refinement of the methodological approach the opportunity cost for the assessment of the economic value of household production. He is the recipient of the teaching excellence award Paul-Gervais of 2002 and a teaching excellence award of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in 2003.

Daniel Troie

Daniel Troie

Bacc. Criminology
Phone: 514 647-1958

Daniel Troy made career with the Correctional Service of Canada as a Parole Officer for almost thirty (30) years. Graduated from Université de Montréal in criminology (Bachelor degree), he worked as first-line speaker. For much of his career, he served as Liaison Officer with the Prison des femmes (Maison Tanguay), the Waseskun Center and the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. It was at this time he was introduced to the realities of Inuit and Aboriginal communities. Since his retirement in 2011, he conducted as a consultant, working with BDL firm on behalf of the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau (KMHB), a full survey on the household composition in all Nunavik communities dwellings. Since September 2014, he works as a Research Associate and Field Coordinator for the survey Cost of Living in Nunavik.

Research professionals

Sébastien Lévesque

Sébastien Lévesque

M.A. Sociology
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext 405259

Sébastien Lévesque (M.A. Sociology) joined the Chair's team in 2011 and occupies a research professional position since 2014. His main areas of expertise are social statistics and questions related to social and economic inequalities in Indigenous contexts. As part of the Chair's work, he is involved in several research projects and is the lead analyst of the Nunivaat social statistics program.

Marileine Baribeau

Marileine Baribeau

M.A Psychoeducation
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext 405614
Marileine Baribeau has been part of the Chair team since 2016. She holds a master's degree in psychoeducation from the Université de Montréal. After 7 years working in the health and social services sector, she completed 48 credits in the sociology master program at Université Laval, during which she joined the Chair as a student and research assistant, working in particular on the question of social housing in Nunavik. Since the fall of 2019, she is a professional researcher and works in collaboration with the chair holder, as well as with other professionals of the team, on the success of the various research projects of the Chair.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Karen Everett

Karen Everett

PhD. Canadian Studies
Phone: 418-656-2131 ext 404729
Karen Everett is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with the Chair and is associated with the WAGE (Wealth of the Arctic Group of Experts) project. Prior to this, she was a Research Scholar with the Arctic Futures Initiative at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. Karen completed her PhD at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University (Ontario) where she studied border management in the Canadian North. She is also a Fellow at the Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI) and a member of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security. Her research interests include Arctic economy, governance, and security.

Administrative assistant

Lise G. Fortin

Lise G. Fortin

Phone: 418-656-7596

Lise Girard-Fortin has been administrative assistant at the Chair since its creation. She has the same functions at the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research of Université Laval. Her extensive experience allows the members of the Chair to carry out their work in the best administrative and logistical conditions possible.

The students and research assistants

The Chair welcomes post-graduate students involved in work that is generally related to the scientific programme. Not only are they invited to participate in the work of the Chair, but also to integrate its approaches, methods, and results to their own research. They collaborate in all the phases of the work, including the production of research reports and scientific papers, as well as in the scientific meetings of the teams. They enjoy the benefit of a stimulating academic environment, well-equipped installations and state-of-the art computer equipment, and they are encouraged to publicize their work through participation in the seminars, symposiums and congresses on campus and elsewhere in the world.

Fabian Enrique ALVAREZ VACCA

Ph.D. Sociology
Subject: The repercussions on the identity of Atikamekw society at the arrival of colonial action and the imposition of modernity


Ph.D. Sociology
Subject:The intentionality of Pierre Perrault's Abitibi survey (1971-1983)


Ph.D. Sociology
Subject: Identity and social representations in contemporary Indigenous theater

Étienne CANTIN

Ph.D. Sociology
Subject: Socio-economic conditions of circumpolar Arctic households


M.A. Sociology
Subject: The impacts of mining development on well-being: the case of the community of Malartic


M.A. Sociology
Subject: Kanaka Maoli's homelessness women


Ph.D. Sociology
Subject: Pre-committed expenditures and the freedom of arbitration of Québec and French households in the preparation of their budgets

Sajjad Taghizadeh IMANI

Ph.D. Sociology
Subject: Trends in Poverty and Inequality in First Nations Communities in Canada (2001-2016)


Ph.D. (custom) Art and Medicine in Nordic Socio-Cultural Context
Subject: The medical diagnostic approach seen as artistic production method : contributions to the photographic and image domains, from an art and science interaction perspective


Ph.D. Sociology
Subject: Education among Aboriginal peoples. Comparative study between the Amerindian peoples of French Guyana and the Quebec Aboriginal peoples


Le 25 novembre 2021
, l’Université Laval a attribué un Doctorat Honoris Causa à Davianna Pomaika’i McGregor de l’Université d’Hawai’i à Mānoa. Professeure, militante et pacifiste, Davianna est l’exemple de l’universitaire engagée dans la réappropriation de la terre, de la culture et de la souveraineté des Kanaka Maoli. Pour souligner la reconnaissance d’une carrière exceptionnelle nous vous invitons à visionner deux vidéos dans lesquels ses accomplissements sont illustrés : A Conversation with Protect Kaho`olawe Ohana Practitioners and Activists (2020); Aloha Aina Debate (2015).

Opitciwan devient la première communauté autochtone au Québec à créer son propre système de protection de l’enfance. L'annonce a été faite le mercredi 10 novembre 2021 à Wendake, où une conférence de presse s'est tenue. L’adoption par le Conseil de bande d’Opitciwan de sa propre loi sur la protection de l'enfance a été rendue possible grâce à la loi fédérale C-92 entrée en vigueur en janvier 2020, qui reconnaît les compétences des Autochtones, des Inuits et des Métis en matière de services à l’enfance et à la famille. Des articles sur cet événement historique peuvent être consultés sur le site de Radio-Canada, La Presse, Le Soleil et sur Newswire.

Le comité organisateur du 22ième congrès d'Études Inuit lance un appel à propositions. Le congrès aura lieu du 6 au 9 avril 2022 à Winnipeg sous le thème, Auviqsaqtut. Ce thème signifiant "travailler ensemble pour construire un igloo" réfère au partage des connaissances intergénérationnelles et à la construction de quelque chose ensemble. Un attention particulière sera portée aux propositions mettant en valeur le savoir inuit. La date limite pour soumettre une proposition est le 30 novembre 2021. 

L'Arctic Demography Index (ADI) est un projet international soutenu par le Groupe de travail sur le développement durable (GTDD) du Conseil de l’Arctique qui analyse les tendances démographiques dans les régions de cinq pays l'Arctique (la Russie, le Canada, la Norvège, la Suède et la Finlande). Gérard Duhaime, le titulaire de la chaire, fait partie de l'équipe de direction. La plateforme web de l'ADI est maintenant disponible et peut être consultée ici. 

Le Centre interuniversitaire d'études et de recherches autochtones (CIERA)
propose un stage postdoctoral de 50 000$ pour l'année 2022-2023. Ce stage vise à encourager le nouveau ou la nouvelle doctorant.e à s’ouvrir aux recherches du centre en participant aux travaux de ses membres. La date limite pour soumettre sa candidature est le 15 décembre 2021. De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur le site du CIERA.