5 July 2016

From ending sexualised violence against Indigenous women to promoting gender self-determination, the outstanding research of our 2016 Trudeau scholars is crucial, ground-breaking and is getting noticed. From Québec City to Vancouver, these doctoral students have been celebrated widely by the higher ed community, as evidenced in the wide range of university news about their pressing work in the humanities and social sciences. Here's a roundup of stories from coast to coast:

In Québec, Antoine Pellerin of Université Laval hopes to propose new legal and administrative framework for public contracts that better balances the public interest and freedom of contract. Check out his interview in Le Fil.

Université de Montréal is home to two Trudeau scholars this year. While Sébastien Brodeur-Girard is researching ways to reconcile Western law and Indigenous legal traditions with the help of relational law, a theory that places relationships at the center of legal thought and practice, Samuel Blouin is analyzing how two approaches to assisted dying – Quebec’s and Vaud, Switzerland’s – are testing boundaries in medicine, law, and life itself. Read what UdeM news had to say about their work.

Anna Dion is seeking to improve the quality and access to maternity care for marginalized women in Canada, especially immigrant and refugee women, and at-risk adolescents. McGill University honored her scholarship with an article.

Cherry Smiley aims to help end sexualized violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Concordia University interviewed her in a great article.

Marie-Ève Desroches is investigating the factors that influence the adoption of inclusive municipal policies designed to reduce health inequity in Canada. Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) published a glowing piece about her work.

Over in Ontario, York University celebrated its three Trudeau scholars. Aytak Akbari-Divabar is investigating the intergenerational transmission of political trauma in authoritarian states, such as Iran, where public life is tightly controlled. Gerard Kennedy is exploring how Canadian civil procedure can be reformed to increase access to justice and improve relations among Canadians. Jesse Thistle is studying the lives of Metis people living on road allowances – makeshift communities built on Crown land along roads and railways on the Canadian Prairies in the 20th century. Read more about them in a York University article.

Similarly, University of Toronto proudly published a piece about its three Trudeau scholars. Christopher Campbell-Durufléanalyzes how new rules of international law resulting from United Nations climate change negotiations might allow Canada and other international actors to respond to climate change in innovative ways. Ido Katriis proposing an approach to promoting gender self-determination that accounts for the diversity of transgendered people’s unique challenges and values their lived experiences of the law. Cynthia Morinvilleis exploring the lived experiences of informal workers in the global South who extract rare metals from discarded electronic waste. Her research uses documentary filmmaking and photography to tell the e-waste story in a new way. Check out the article.

Heather Bullockis identifying the best ways to embed mental health policy into daily practice across the different layers of Canada’s social system. Her research was covered by McMaster University News.

On the West Coast, Pauline Voon is exploring how the link between pain management and addiction may affect risky drug use behaviours, health outcomes, and clinical practices and policies. Read more in an University of British Columbia School of Public Health news article.

Congratulations once again to these inspiring researchers and a huge welcome as our newest Pierre Elliott Trudeau community members!

Missed the 2016 scholar announcement? Catch up with the work of all of our outstanding Trudeau scholars online or follow us on Twitter or #PETFscholars for more updates! 

Cynthia Morinville

Cynthia Morinville (geography, University of Toronto) is exploring the lived experiences of informal workers in the global South who extract rare metals from discarded electronic waste. Her research uses documentary filmmaking and photography to tell the e-waste story in a new way.

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Samuel Blouin

Samuel Blouin (sociology and religious studies, Université de Montréal and Université de Lausanne): Drawing on field research, Samuel is analyzing how two approaches to assisted dying – Quebec’s and Vaud, Switzerland’s – are testing boundaries in medicine, law, and life itself.

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Heather Bullock

Heather Bullock (health policy, McMaster University) is identifying the best ways to embed mental health policy into daily practice across the different layers of Canada’s social system.

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Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle (history, York University) is studying the lives of Metis people living on road allowances – makeshift communities built on Crown land along roads and railways on the Canadian Prairies in the 20th century.

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Marie-Ève Desroches

Marie-Ève Desroches (urban studies, Institut national de la recherche scientifique) is investigating the factors that influence the adoption of inclusive municipal policies designed to reduce health inequity in Canada.

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Pauline Voon

Pauline Voon (population and public health, University of British Columbia) is exploring how the link between pain management and addiction may affect risky drug use behaviours, health outcomes, and clinical practices and policies.

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Cherry Smiley

Cherry Smiley (communications, Concordia University). Cherry’s research aims to help end sexualized violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

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Antoine Pellerin

Antoine Pellerin (law, Université Laval) is interested in the government’s power to contract and is examining the conditions required for this power to be exercised in the public interest.

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Christopher Campbell-Duruflé

Christopher Campbell-Duruflé (international law, University of Toronto) analyzes how new rules of international law resulting from United Nations climate change negotiations might allow Canada and other international actors to respond to climate change in innovative ways.

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Ido Katri

Ido Katri (law, University of Toronto) is proposing an approach to promoting gender self-determination that accounts for the diversity of transgendered people’s unique challenges and values their lived experiences of the law.

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Gerard Kennedy

Gerard Kennedy (law, York University) is exploring how Canadian civil procedure can be reformed to increase access to justice and improve relations among Canadians.

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Gillian McKay

Gillian McKay (public health, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) is researching ways to provide safe maternal health services during infectious disease epidemics in post-conflict countries such as Sierra Leone.

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Aytak Akbari-Dibavar

Aytak (international relations, York University) is investigating the intergenerational transmission of political trauma in authoritarian states, where public life is tightly controlled.

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Anna Dion

Anna Dion (family medicine, McGill University) is seeking to improve the quality and access to maternity care for marginalized women in Canada, especially immigrant and refugee women, and at-risk adolescents.

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Sébastien Brodeur-Girard

Sébastien Brodeur-Girard (law, Université de Montréal) is researching ways to reconcile Western law and Indigenous legal traditions with the help of relational law, a theory that places relationships at the center of legal thought and practice.

2016 Scholars