0.050.09975 0

Conference: Facilitate the Access to Quebec Data: How and to What Ends? »


Wednesday 30 Nov 2016
From 7:30AM To 2PM

Event organized in collaboration with



CIRANO and QICSS wanted to address in an informed manner with experts and stakeholders the following key issues on access to data:

  • What are the benefits of increased access to data for research?
  • How can we share more data to researchers while protecting the privacy of the respondents?
  • Can the expanded access to data systems that exist elsewhere serve as models?
  • How to finance the establishment of an expanded access environment to Quebec data for researchers and what are the steps involved?

Lynn Barr-Telford

Lynn Barr-Telford works for Statistics Canada.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Daniel J. Caron

A researcher and CIRANO Fellow since 2015, Daniel J. Caron holds the Chaire de recherche en exploitation des ressources informationnelles at ÉNAP, where he studies the impact of digital technologies on the functioning of government and public agencies from an information perspective. He teaches public administration and program evaluation and is also an Associate Professor at Carleton University and an Associate Research Fellow of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital (OBVIA). He founded and co-directed the Information Governance Collection at PUQ. His career has been between research, teaching and management. He spent more than 30 years as a federal public servant in various senior positions. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Université Laval and a doctorate in applied humanities from the Université de Montréal.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2003, Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRANO since 2016, has been leading the Baromètre CIRANO project on risk perception in Quebec, which annually collects data on Quebecers' concerns on 47 social issues since 2011, is responsible of the CIRANO Pole on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Intelligence and Main Researcher of the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation. Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She is also a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and an associate researcher at the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).

Holding a Ph.D. in Management Science (in risks and insurance management) from École normale supérieure de Cachan, her research interests focus on risk management and decision-making in different risks and uncertainty contexts as well as public policies. Her research combines economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, survey data analysis, and more recently massive unstructured data analysis.

In 2008 she created the RISQH network to raise awareness and share experiences on risks management, and patient safety and quality of care in health care facilities.

She participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI.

She is also co-PI of the "Monitoring and Surveys" function at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology.

She has published numerous scientific articles, several books and more than 30 reports for government and other organizations. She has given more than a hundred conferences and is regularly solicited to speak in the media.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Rita de Santis

Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions

[ - ]
[ + ]

Benoit Dostie

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2001, responsible of the CIRANO Pole on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Intelligence and Main Researcher of the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation, Benoit Dostie is Full Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal and Academic Director of the Centre interuniversitaire québécois de statistiques sociales (CIQSS).

He also holds the Power Corporation of Canada Chair in Labour Relations, Compensation and Benefits.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University, his research interests are labour economics and applied econometrics.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Pierre-Yves Geoffard

Pierre-Yves Geoffard is Professor at the Paris School of Economics.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Raphael Lalive

Raphael Lalive is Professor at the University of Lausanne.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Philip Merrigan

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2018, Philip Merrigan is Full Professor at the Department of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion of the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Université de Montréal, his research interests are labour economics, econometrics, macroeconomics, family work supply and sports teams.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Pierre-Carl Michaud

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2012, Vice-President Strategy and Government Relations and Main researcher of the theme Health, Pierre-Carl Michaud is Full Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at HEC Montréal. He is also holder of the Research Jacques-Parizeau Research Chair in Economic Policy and Scientific Director of the Retirement and Savings Institute at HEC Montréal.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from CentER,Tilburg University, his research aims to understand specific behaviours over the life cycle, including those related to savings, insurance and pension plans, as well as investments in health and the economic consequences of demographic change.

His work has been funded by many organizations and his research is published in the best journals in economics, demography and public health. In 2018, he received the Marcel-Dagenais Prize from the Canadian Society of Economics for his research.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Claude Montmarquette

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow from 1994 to 2021, Claude Montmarquette was Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, he held the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Chair in Experimental Economics at the Université de Montréal and was President and CEO of CIRANO for more than seven years.

Over the course of his career, Professor Montmarquette has been a visiting professor at several universities. He has chaired and participated in numerous committees for the Government of Quebec and has served on many others, both nationally and internationally. He was an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1998) and a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. He also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal the same year. Claude Montmarquette received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McGill University in 2013. In 2016, he was appointed Commander of the Order of Montreal. In 2019, he was named an Officer of the Ordre National du Québec and received the Gérard Parizeau Prize for his work in educational economics.

He is the author or editor of 11 books, 90 scientific articles, and more than 60 public policy papers.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Diane Poitras

Diane Poitras is Vice-President of the Commission d’accès à l’information.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Rémi Quirion

Chief Scientist of Quebec, Government of Quebec.
President of the 3 Boards of Directors, Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Member of the Board of Directors, Centre Jacques Cartier.

Professor Rémi Quirion is the Chief Scientist of Quebec since July 2011.  Full Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, he was Scientific Director of the Douglas Institute Research Centre (1996-2011).

In April 2009 he accepted the position of Associate Dean (Life Sciences and Strategic Initiatives), Faculty of Medicine, and Senior University Advisor (Health Sciences Research) at McGill University in addition to the position of Executive Director of the CIHR International Collaborative Research Strategy for Alzheimer's Disease, positions from which he resigned upon his appointment as Chief Scientist in 2011.

He is the Chair of the Boards of Directors of the three Quebec Research Funds (Health - Nature and Technology - Society and Culture).

Rémi Quirion has received numerous distinctions including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Danielle St-Laurent

Danielle St-Laurent works at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Aklilu Tefera

Aklilu Tefera is the Director of Policy Research and Analysis Branch within the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Lars Vilhuber

Lars Vilhuber has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Universität Bonn, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada. He has worked in both research and government. He has consulted with government and statistical agencies in Canada and the United States.

His interest in statistical disclosure limitation issues is a consequence of his other research interest: working with highly detailed longitudinally linked data to analyze the effects and causes of mass layoffs, worker mobility, and the dynamics of the local labor market.

He is presently on the faculty of the Department of Economics at Cornell University, a Senior Research Associate at the ILR School at Cornell University, Ithaca, Executive Director of ILR’s Labor Dynamics Institute, and affiliated with the U.S. Census Bureau (Center for Economic Studies, CES).

Over the years, he has also gained extensive expertise on the data needs of economists and other social scientists, having been involved in the creation and maintenance of several data systems designed with analysis, publication, replicability, and maintenance of large-scale code bases in mind.

[ - ]
[ + ]


7:30 - 7:55
7:55 - 8:00
Welcoming Remarks
8:00 - 8:30
Rémi Quirion
8:30 - 10:00
New Developments in Data Access
Benoit Dostie, Aklilu Tefera, Lynn Barr-Telford, Lars Vilhuber
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:45
Data as a Source of Public Policy Improvement
Pierre-Carl Michaud, Pierre-Yves Geoffard, Raphael Lalive, Philip Merrigan
11:45 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:00
Roundtable: How to take action?
Claude Montmarquette, Rita de Santis, Diane Poitras, Daniel J. Caron, Danielle St-Laurent
14:00 - 14:00


1130 Rue Sherbrooke O #1400, Montréal, QC H3A 2M8, Canada