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Date: November 30th – December 3rd, 2018
Location: 11613 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6

Conference Program
This conference will be comprised of two interrelated sections – the first section, Prevention in Practice, will resemble a more traditional academic conference. The second section, Mind the Gap!, will bring together practitioners from diverse sectors and youth leaders to engage in an interactive two-day exercise to facilitate connections and knowledge sharing between them. The activities are designed to create bridges by building trust between practitioners and youth as well as reflect on how our realities influence our personal trajectories by shaping our social identities.

Prevention in Practice: National & International Approaches to P/CVE 

The conference will bring together leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers engaged with violent extremism. The primary goal of this conference is exchanging theoretical understandings from multiple disciplines and good practices related to the prevention of violent extremism across different disciplinary and geographic contexts.

A unique feature of the conference will be its ability to combine perspectives from academia, law enforcement, community groups, and non-government agencies. Furthermore, the examination of globalized and localized approaches to violent extremism, and other similar forms of crime and risk prevention will draw out good practices from different national contexts and areas of policy. Recognizing the noted preference for multi-sectoral approaches to prevention of violent extremism among policymakers, and the unique impacts of violent extremism in particular localities – this approach will help to further scholarly and practitioner knowledge.

Confirmed Panelists and Speakers Include:

Dr. Cécile Rousseau, McGill University 
Dr. Heather Lawford, Bishop’s University 
Dr. Bart Shchuurman, University of Leiden
Dr. Ghayda Hassan, Université du Québec à Montréal
Mr. Eric Rosand, Prevention Project 
Dr. Lorne Dawson, University of Waterloo 
Dr. David Eisenman MD, University of California Los Angeles 
Dr. Amarnath Amarsingam, University of Waterloo and Institute for Strategic Dialogue 
Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Valens Global LLC
Dr. Joana Cook, Kings College London
Mr. Fabian Wichmann, EXIT Germany 
Mr. Eric Rosand, Prevention Project 
Dr. Ryan Scrivens, Project SOMEONE
Dr. Yannick Veilleux-Lepage, Georgia State University
SIF Group – Student Commission 

Mind the Gap! Youth and Practitioners Summit

Youth are heavily targeted by all forms of extremism and hate speech. Many have profound and at times life-changing experiences of discrimination and exclusion and have, in this sense, a deep, existential knowledge of the dynamics of hate and extremism. Opening up the dialogue between youth and practitioners offers precious opportunities to:

1) think about common issues and explore ideas;
2) build capacities by improving personal and professional development (e.g., update knowledge in the field, learn new techniques and new tools);
3) improve collaboration between existing partners within practice environments (e.g., break down professional, geographical and organizational barrier; address the personal and institutional resistance against change);
4) improve developments in the practice (e.g. implement new processes; develop projects in a co-construction approach);

This Summit aligns, in at least five ways, with the best practice recommendations of several overarching studies and prevention policies. These stipulate that the best practices for the prevention of violent radicalisation include programs that:

1) are those developed by youth for youth;
2) are grassroots in nature and from community and civil society rather than top-down from governments who might not be perceived as legitimate actors;
3) are integrated in a broader civic engagement frame and not solely focused on violent radicalization;
4) proceed in highly flexible, diverse and entrepreneurial manner because there is no one trajectory or profile to radicalization; and
5) are supported in terms of expertise, financially and technically by “non-partisan” sectors such as funding agencies and academic based organisations.

**Please note that breakfast and lunch are included in the price of the ticket**


Extremism: Voices from Within and Without – June 20th @ Concordia University Cinema

Date: June 20th, 2018 at 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Concordia University Cinema – 1395 Blvd René-Lévesque West Visual Arts Building, Room: VA-11

What creates a radical extremist? How are the factors mitigated?
On June 20th, join us for an evening discussion about extremism in Quebec and Canada.

This free event will include the following panelists:

Ms. Ritu Banerjee, Senior Director for Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence at Public Safety Canada

Mr. Mubin Shaikh, a deradicalized ex-extremist turned undercover operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Mr. Maxime Fiset, former neo-Nazi skinhead, and organizer in Quebec’s far-right movement, now project associate at the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence

Mr. Brad Galloway, from the Organization for Prevention of Violence, Regional Co-ordinator for the Pacific Northwest district for the Against Violent Extremism Network, and affiliated with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism Security and Society.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ghayda Hassan, professor of clinical psychology at UQAM, founder, and director of the Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence, UNESCO Co-Chair for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, and a researcher for SHERPA-RAPS, of the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest de l’île de Montréal.

Landscape of Hate – June 22nd @ COOP Katacombes

Date: June 22nd, 2018 at 19:00
Location: COOP Katacombes, 1635 St. Laurent Blvd, Montreal, H2X 2S9 

Landscape of Hate is an improvised multimedia project with the objective of promoting and favouring the public voice in framing pluralistic dialogues about how we negotiate various forms of hate in our society. Our events typically consist of a combination of panel discussions, debates, art expositions, and performances.  Landscape of Hate performances includes a combination of original compositions of electronic music, audio samples, social media feeds, soundscapes and video projections. The lyrical materials are derived from data collected from the  Internet, research interviews and other public sources. Each performance is unique. Landscape of Hate played its debut show on May 9, 2017. A second concert was held on September 15, 2017, in Québec City. The next concert will be held on May 26, 2018, in Bergen, Norway.

The event is free as part of Concordia University’s Interdisciplinary Summer Institute (CUISI) titled Learning to Hate: Pluralism in an era of echo chambers, which is an intensive week-long seminar for professionals and advanced graduate students. Institute leaders will guide students in developing sustainable means for countering, preventing and combating online hate speech.







Pour une école antiraciste, inclusive et respectueuse des droits et libertés
Journées d’études pour, par et avec le milieu scolaire

Les 19 et 20 avril 2018

Salle Chaufferie (CO-R700) du Pavillon Coeur des sciences

175, Ave. Du Président-Kennedy, Université du Québec à Montréal

Organisées par l’Observatoire sur la formation à la diversité et l’équité (OFDE) et ses partenaires


Expert Days On The Prevention Of Radicalization And Extremist Violence

Canada Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV)

Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavillon Adrien-Pinard (SU)
100, Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Qc H2X 3P2

March 19th, 2018    
Workshops to discuss training program development and evaluation.

March 20th, 2018 
Workshops to discuss the results of systematic reviews conducted by the CPN-PREV team and establish a guidelines development group.

Systematic review #1:
Extremist online content and violent radicalization.

Systematic review #2:
Programs that aim to prevent violent radicalization and disengage individuals adhering to violent radical ideas/behaviors.

Building Connections: Preventing Violent Extremism In Canada

March 19th to March 23rd, 2018
Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence, the Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV), UQÀM and Concordia Universities as well as the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Concordia University
1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve W,
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8

March 22nd & March 23rd, 2018
Small Group Discussions and Introduction of Case Studies, Dr. Ghayda Hassan, director, and founder, CPN-PREV.