Composed of experts active in various fields, the Scientific Committee has been assigned to prepare the opening morning of the Grand Rally for our Little One.

During their meetings, the Scientific Committee members have enjoyed very fruitful discussions, including diverse perspectives on indigenous nations, the perinatal and early childhood periods, families, community mobilization, work-family balance, urban planning and development, and the economy and public policies.

Presenting the results of their exchanges in a panel format, the Scientific Committee will give a brief overview of the progress and advances in early childhood development made to date in Québec, as well as highlight the challenges and opportunities that remain.


Julie Poissant, Ph.D.


Ms. Poissant is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Training, Université du Québec à Montréal. For more than 15 years, she has been contributing to knowledge transfer initiatives concerning child development that are applicable to and useful for government and institutional decision-making processes. Her research interests focus on the life course of children living in vulnerable contexts and on reducing social inequalities affecting health from an early age.

Sonia Daly, Ph.D. candidate


Ms. Daly is a consultant with Avenir d’enfants and a Ph.D. candidate in Community Psychology at UQAM. She has been assisting social development and early childhood professionals in their practice for over ten years; she collaborates in several knowledge transfer projects and regularly offers advisory and support services to decision-makers and committees of experts. She is also a blogger for Avenir d’enfants. Her doctoral thesis examines new ways of implicating families with young children in municipal life. She is a mother and stepmother of two girls aged ten and twelve

Fannie Dagenais, M.Sc.

is director of l’Observatoire des tout-petits, a project of the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. In this capacity, she manages communication campaigns geared to decision-makers, influential stakeholders, and the general public, in an effort to raise the stakes of early childhood issues in the media as well as among the priorities of governments and institutions. Having worked in the social and health sectors for 14 years, she has a wealth of experience in communications, marketing and management. She holds a master degree in Nutrition (Marketing and Consumer Behaviours) from the Université de Montréal.

Jean-Pierre Gagnier, Ph.D.

is a professor in the Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and a researcher at the Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l’enfant et la famille (CEIDEF). He is a conference speaker, trainer and consultant in Québec and in Europe, addressing topics related to working with families and the development of support measures for intervention staff.

Catherine Haeck, Ph.D

has been an associate professor in the Department of Economics, School of Management Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, since 2012. She has written about reduced-contribution childcare services, the federal and provincial parental leave reforms, the OLO prenatal nutrition program, and the intergenerational transmission of income patterns.

Paul Lewis, Ph.D.

is a full professor in the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Design, Université de Montréal, and Vice-rector (Alumni Relations, Partnerships and Philanthropy). His research interests concern youth mobility as well as health and urban environments.

Bertrand Perron, Ph.D.

a sociologist by training, has worked for the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ) since 2002. He coordinated the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development  (QLSCD) between 2003 and 2009. Since 2009, he has conducted longitudinal and social studies.  The studies he directs primarily concern child development, childcare services, families, education, and parenting.


Alain Poirier, M.D.

is an internal medicine and public health expert. A health advocate, communicator and campaigner for over 30 years, he used to be Québec’s Director of Public Health. At present, he is Medical Officer at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) and associate professor in the School of Public Health, Université de Montréal.

Nibisha Sioui, Psy.D./Ph.D.

Wendat and a member of the Anicinape Nation, is a clinical and community psychologist in private practice in Montréal who also works with Québec’s First Nations communities. She completed a doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research and intervention interests mainly focus on mental health prevention and promotion and on the resilience of indigenous individuals and families.

Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Ph.D.

is a full professor of Human Resources Management in the School of Administrative Sciences, Téluq, Université du Québec. She is director of the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) on the management of age and social time and, from 2002 to 2016, held a Canada Research Chair on the socio-organizational challenges of the knowledge economy. She conducts research in the areas of work-family balance, new forms of work organization (co-working, open space), telework, and nomadic work.

Early Childhood Week is an opportunity to raise awareness, promote dialogue and engage society about early childhood matters.