Notice: Please note that the program below has changed. 

08:30 Welcome and coffee
09:30 Opening remarks and exchange activity between participants* 10:20
10:20 Inaugural conference* (in French)
10:50 Coffee break
11:00 Round Table* (in French)
12:30 Lunch
13:40 Poster session and voting
14:55 Workshops
16:10 Coffee Break
16:30 Awards ceremony, closing ceremony
17:00 Celebration and end of the event

Activities marked with an asterisk * will be available on zoom for those registered with this option.


Building Bridges Collaboratively: Co-creating a Cultural Equity Resource

In Canada, more than one in five people have a disability. While the arts practices of people with disabilities and Deaf people and cultures are fairly well documented, there is a great need to develop knowledge specific to cultural equity practices for people of able-bodied diversity (Deaf, disabled, neuroatypical, and psychoatypical people) (Leduc et al. 2020).

The Cultural Equity Collaborative was established in June 2021 as part of the Canada Research Chair in Deaf Cultural Citizenship and Cultural Equity Practices programming to co-create a cultural equity resource. Bringing together some fifteen people, researchers, students, artists and cultural workers from the cultural milieu (theater, museum, artist-run center, cultural mediation organization, etc.), it is a true laboratory for social innovation through creative action research.

How do accessibility and cultural equity practices enable the enrichment of cultural citizenship? What are the main facilitators and barriers to the development of cultural equity best practices? In this paper, we will offer some possible answers. The participatory research process in which the group is engaged will also be presented.

  • Véro Leduc is a professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and holds the Canada Research Chair on Cultural Citizenship of Deaf People and Cultural Equity Practices.
  • Florence Lacombe is the co-coordinator of the Canada Research Chair in Deaf Cultural Citizenship and Cultural Equity Practices. She is a Deaf woman who is currently completing a major in French-Quebec Sign Language Interpretation at UQAM.



Participatory Research: Benefits, Opportunities, and Impacts

During this roundtable, 4 participatory research projects with people living on the margins will be presented to illustrate the benefits, opportunities, and spin-offs.

Guest speakers:

  • Carmen Oprea is the principal investigator of the Creative engAGE Living Lab project, she is an art therapist and associate professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University and an interdisciplinary researcher
  • Ginette Aubin is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and a researcher with the Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS). She has conducted projects with seniors living with mental health problems and their inclusion in community recreation centers.
  • Ducakis Desinat is a research coordinator and intellectual mediator at Exeko. He is currently leading a research project on citizen participation entitled “Supporting and accelerating innovative practices of citizen participation of youth in the context of interculturality in Montreal within the framework of Laboratoire vivant paroles partagées in collaboration with Erasme and the InterActions center.
  • Stéphanie Fecteau is an associate professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, co-director of the Groupe de recherche pour les adolescents-e-s et adultes autistes (GRAADA) and a regular research member of DI-TSA.
  • Normand Boucher is a political scientist and sociologist, graduated from Laval University. He is an associate professor at the School of Social Work and Criminology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Laval and a researcher at the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale.

Animated by :

  • William-Jacomo Beauchemin, General Coordinator, Exeko


Recruitment and free and informed consent: How can we adapt our practices to support satisfactory participation of people with intellectual disabilities in research?

The purpose of this workshop is to share experiences and good practices in the area of recruitment and free and informed consent in research with people with intellectual disabilities or with lower literacy levels. A few practices will be presented and commented on in order to stimulate reflection and discussion.

Facilitated by :

  • Elise Milot, consultant in intellectual disabilities and autism at Société Inclusive, Professor in social work, Université Laval and researcher at CIRRIS and the Institut universitaire en DI-TSA
  • Marie Lee Houde, research advisor for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Marie Grandisson, professor of occupational therapy, Université Laval and researcher at CIRRIS and the Institut universitaire en DI-TSA

It takes two to tango”: Becoming partner-stars by learning partnership literacy

Increasingly, researchers and community, public, private and even industrial actors are collaborating to enrich each other’s activities. However, many partners are in the early stages of their collaborations and would benefit from guidance to become more comfortable with different aspects of their partnership. Partnership literacy refers to the ability of partners to understand and communicate information through language in different media to actively participate in a partnership, particularly in a research context. The PSVI team wishes, in collaboration with its partners, to create and evaluate tools that will promote the acquisition of partnership literacy by researchers and the various actors in the partnership.

Animated by :

  • Marie-Eve Lamontagne

Beyond our differences: Strategies for better collaboration in participatory research

The objective of this workshop is to collectively identify the elements that lead to the emergence of barriers to inclusion and that encourage the emergence of prejudices. Case studies will be presented and analyzed in order to fuel reflection and discussion.

Animated by :

  • Olivier Bernard, doctor of sociology (Ph.D.), Professor in the Department of Sociology at Laval University


Methodology and implementation of the research project

This workshop aims to exchange and share methodological and practical approaches to conducting participatory research. Based on the experiences of the workshop participants, a mapping of the methodologies and practices used in participatory research will be developed.

Animated by :

  • William-Jacomo Beauchemin, General Coordinator, Exeko


The list of posters will be available soon