0.050.09975 0

Symposium: COVID-19 - How International Scientific Research Efforts are Moving us Towards a Safer Future

Conference of Montreal of the International Economic Forum of the Americas

Tuesday 15 Dec 2020
From 4:40PM To 5:30PM

Event organized in collaboration with


Roundtable organized by CIRANO as part of the 26th edition of the Conference of Montreal of the International Economic Forum of the Americas


Never before has medical research had such an impact on the economy, on employment, on the way we live, collaborate, trade and interact. The world's most creative and eminent scientists have joined forces to save lives during COVID-19 pandemic, provide safe opportunities for workers and citizens to interact and guide public health decisions. Where is the science on understanding the spread of the virus, vaccines, treatments for those affected, testing and tracking strategies? What challenges do we still need to overcome in order to visit our loved ones and return to work safely? What factors have enabled such rapid advances in research? What have been the greatest challenges in enabling this unprecedented international and multidisciplinary collaboration? What are the opportunities for the scientific community to continue its concerted efforts to contribute to the physical, mental and social health of populations?


Louise Roy, Chairman of the Board, CIRANO

Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation
Guy Rouleau, Director, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Chief Executive Officer, CIRANO
Eric Salobir, President, Human Technology Foundation

Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist, Québec

Moderated by Anne-Marie Hubert, Canada East Leader, EY




Conference of Montreal Website




Look back at the event

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.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Anne-Marie Hubert

As a member of the EY Global Advisory Council from 2007 to 2009 and EY Canada’s Executive Committee from 2009 to 2015, Hubert established a reputation for challenging the status quo to make it easier for all the firm’s people to offer exceptional client service, positively impacting our economy and our communities. From 2002 to 2006, she led EY Canada's gender equity initiatives and served as the Canadian representative on the EY Americas Gender Equity Task Force. In December 2006, she received EY’s Rosemary Meschi award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in the Americas. In December 2011, she was recognized for the fourth time as one of Canada’s 100 Top Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and in June 2012, she was selected as one of three Champions of Women in Business leaders chosen by Catalyst Canada. In June 2015, Hubert was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the advancement of women in business. Hubert chairs the Public Policy Forum and serves on the boards of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal, and the Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal. After graduating from the University of Ottawa in 1985, Hubert earned her CA (now CPA) designation in 1987 and a fellowship from the Ordre des comptables professionnels du Québec in 2004.
[ - ]
[ + ]

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.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Janet Rossant

President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

[ - ]
[ + ]

Guy Rouleau

Director, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

[ - ]
[ + ]

Louise Roy

A corporate director and international consultant, Louise Roy is currently Chair of the Board and a Visiting Fellow at CIRANO.

Louise Roy has held́ senior management positions in the urban transportation, air transportation and communications industries. She waś CEO of the Société de transport de Montréal (1985-1992), Executive Vice President for the Americas of Air France at its Paris headquarters (1994-1997), CEO of Telemedia Communications Inc. (1997-2000) and Executive Vice President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) (2000-2003).

Since September 2003, Ms. Roy has been a Visiting Fellow at CIRANO and, since 2012, she has chaired the Board of Directors of this Center for Applied Research in Public Policy. She was Chancellor and Chair of the Board of the University of Montreal from 2008 to 2018 and was named Chancellor Emeritus.

During her career, she has also served as a director of Power Financial Corporation and Intact Financial Corporation, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Montreal International, Provigo Inc, Laurentian Bank of Canada, Videotron Ltd. and Domtar Corporation. She has chaired the Board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a cultural granting organization. Ms. Roy is currently a director of the Opéra de Montréal, the Montreal International Music Competition Foundation (MIMC) and the Montreal Airport.

[ - ]
[ + ]

Eric Salobir

President, Human Technology Foundation

[ - ]
[ + ]