Our Staff

Olivier Bellefleur

Scientific Lead

Olivier is the Scientific Lead for the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP). He is in charge of the Centre’s scientific direction, administrative management and for mobilizing its Advisory Board. He joined the NCCHPP in 2010 as a Scientific Advisor and was appointed Lead in 2017. His academic background is in philosophy (M.A., Université de Montréal, doctoral studies, McGill University) and in environmental sciences (M.Sc., UQAM).

Nicole F. Bernier

Expert Scientific Advisor

Nicole joined the NCCHPP in 2021. She holds a PhD in political science from the Université de Montréal. Upon completing her thesis, she pursued postdoctoral work in public health and in healthy public policy. She has practical and academic experience, having worked as a university professor and as a researcher, as a research director for a Canadian policy think tank and also as an expert scientific advisor at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. At the NCCHPP, she works on Health in All Policies, Analyzing Public Policies and reducing Health Inequalities.

Natalia C. Botero

Scientific Advisor

Natalia holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of the Andes (Colombia) and a master’s degree in sociology from Université Paris III, Sorbonne (France). After working in different organizations on global health and health promotion, she joined the NCCHPP in 2022. At the NCCHPP, she works on the Health in All Policies project and supports the activities of the Global Network for Health in All Policies Secretariat.

Caroline Cambourieu

Expert Scientific Advisor

Caroline joined the NCCHPP in 2021. She is a health economist and public policy analyst. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics and a doctorate in Public Health from the Université de Montréal. She is interested in the organization, governance and financing of health care systems as well as related public policies. Knowledge transfer is important to her. She has a particular attachment to university teaching, which she enjoys. At the NCCHPP, she is involved in the Public Health Infrastructure Project, working on issues such as public health training capacity in Canada and public health governance.

Marianne Jacques

Scientific Advisor and Coordinator

Marianne holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science and a Master’s degree in political science from the Université de Montréal. She joined the NCCHPP in 2007. She coordinates the processes associated with the Centre’s scientific program, accountability, evaluation and the projects that are co-led with the five other National Collaborating Centres. Marianne also provides project management on complex files. Finally, she coordinates the activities of the Global Network for Health in All Policies Secretariat and contributes to the Health in All Policies project.

Michael Keeling (on sabbatical leave)

Scientific Advisor

Michael joined the NCCHPP in 2007. In Public Health Ethics, he works to develop and share ethics resources and approaches for everyday practice in public health. His work on Climate Change focuses on ideas, policies, measures and actions to inform policy approaches to mitigate the exponentially-increasing risks, especially to health equity, arising from global heating. His academic background is in English literature (B.A., Toronto) and philosophy (B.A., Victoria; M.A., Dalhousie). His work is also informed by past experience in community development with a not-for-profit.

Rébecca Kossa

Scientific Advisor

Rébecca holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in land use planning from Université Laval. For her end of degree project, she completed a health impact assessment. Before joining the Centre, she worked at the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation on the development of their flood protection plan. Rébecca also has work experience in the field of community and social housing. At the NCCHPP, she works on the Climate Change project developing actions-cards to integrate health concerns into climate change adaptation strategies and policies.

Mylène Maguire

Communications Officer

Mylène joined the Centre’s team as a communications officer in 2013. From 2009 to 2013 she worked as the communications coordinator for the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health. She holds a bachelor’s in public communications from Université Laval. At the NCCHPP, she is responsible for disseminating and promoting resources, developing various communications tools (communications plan, videos, promotional tools) and managing digital activities (website, social media). She also supports the team with webinar hosting and online course development.

Laila Mahmoudi

Scientific Advisor

Laila is trained in public health (M.Sc, École de Santé Publique de l’Université de Montréal), public administration (M.A.P, École Nationale d’Administration Publique) and political science (B.A, Université de Montréal). She is interested in innovative approaches to health promotion that allow for systematic action on the social determinants of health. After having collaborated on evaluative research projects on prenatal nutrition and mental health, she joins the NCCHPP and will contribute to the Health in All Policies project.

Camille Mercier

Scientific Advisor

Camille holds a bachelor’s degree in applied public policy and a master’s degree in international and public policy from the Université de Sherbrooke. Before joining the Centre, she worked at the Public Health Agency of Canada on the implementation of COVID-19 border control measures and completed an internship at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie with the public health surveillance team. At the NCCHPP, she works on the Health in All Policies project by exploring the effects of budgetary restrictions on public health governance and particularly on intersectoral governance.

Florence Morestin

Scientific Advisor

Florence is trained in political science (IEP Aix-en-Provence) and community health (M.Sc. (Hon.), Université de Montréal). She joined the NCCHPP in 2009 following many years working in international public health in which she acquired experience in intervention in the field, in policy development, in research and in knowledge sharing. At the NCCHPP, she is in charge of the Knowledge Sharing project, that focuses on ways to have public health knowledge considered in the context of public policy development. She also contributes to the project Analyzing Public Policies.

Val Morrison

Scientific Advisor

Val has been a scientific advisor at the NCCHPP since 2008. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from Concordia University and pursued PhD course work and comprehensive examinations in social stratification, cultural theory, and research methodology in the sociology department at Carleton University. Her projects at the Centre have mostly been in the area of Health Inequalities: intersectionality; policy approaches to reducing health inequalities; and wicked problems. Recently, she has contributed to the project Analyzing Public Policies, by looking into public policy competencies for public health, and to the Population Mental Health and Wellness project by working on wellbeing budgets.

Hélène Poliquin

Expert Scientific Advisor

Hélène joined the NCCHPP in 2020 to work on wellbeing budgets, especially in a perspective of promoting Population Mental Health and Wellness. She holds a PhD in clinical sciences from the Université de Sherbrooke and wrote her thesis on the meaning of health and taking care of self for persons who inject drugs. She holds expertise in the fields of harm reduction and prevention of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.

Martin Renauld

Expert Scientific Advisor

Martin joined the Centre in 2021 after having taught at different post-secondary institutions. He holds a BA (Bishop’s University) and a Master’s (Université de Montréal) in history as well as a political science minor (Université Laval). He completed a PhD in sociology (University of Buenos Aires) and post doctoral work at the Chaire de recherche en Mondialisation, Citoyenneté et Démocratie (UQAM). His research has mainly focused on extractivism, citizen mobilization and collective action. At the NCCHPP, he works on the Health in All Policies project.

Ludwine Wandji Tchatat

Scientific Advisor

Ludwine Tchatat holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Montréal. She joined the Centre in 2021 after a few years of scientific research at the university as well as working in the community on issues of psychosocial wellbeing and domestic violence. At the NCCHPP, Ludwine works on policy transfer across jurisdictions and is also interested in Analyzing Public Policies and policy processes.

Chantal Théberge

Financial Management Officer

Chantal began working with the NCCHPP in 2019 as a Financial Management Officer, providing financial management support to meet the Centre’s various objectives. Previously, she has gained experience working for two multinational companies, two Canadian cooperatives, and with the INSPQ since 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Université Laval and is a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) (l’Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés).