We are pleased to welcome the newest members to the CCIC family! 

Brigitte Demers, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Specialist & Sector Hub Manager Program Manager

Brigitte Demers is a passionate and devoted expert in gender justice, seeking to collaborate with civil society partners to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and mainstream gender equality and human rights approaches in policies and practice.

Prior to joining the CCIC team, Brigitte was working for CLSC Quebec, where she implemented the PAPFC (Programme d’aide personnelle, familiale et communautaire) program with families experiencing violence and /or neglect, and taught psychoeducation at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

In her 20 years career, she has: operated as a gender and human rights consultant for organizations in Mexico; implemented a multi-level intervention program for rural women teachers in Chile; conducted several research projects using participation-action methodologies; and trained a variety of actors in related topics.

Brigitte has completed doctoral studies in critical criminology at the University of Montreal and is currently engaged in PhD studies at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her interests focus on international collaboration for transformative changes on GBV norms around the world. Brigitte speaks French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Renée Gendron, 2030 Agenda Research and Program Assistant

Renée has studied psychology, sociology and social sciences in Canada, England, and the Netherlands. She is pursuing a PhD in the humanities. Her thesis focuses on a new method of analysis for violent armed conflict and the application of this model of analysis to the conflict in Chechnya.

Renée’s worked on research contracts for the International Peace Institute, the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, and has conducted field research in the Caucasus. She has peer-reviewed published in the areas of conflict resolution, leadership, international relations, negotiations, and the Caucasus. She has co-authored an academic book on state-building in clan-based societies due to be released by Brill in late 2019 or early 2020. She is also a trained mediator.

Renée has had dual careers: business and research. She’s extended professional development training to a variety of audiences, developed accredited training content, and has given speeches to audiences of 800 people.

Arianna Laboccetta, Research Assistant

Arianna Laboccetta joins CCIC with a background in conflict studies, labour rights and community engagement. Prior to joining CCIC, she worked in municipal government and in consulting geared towards stakeholder and indigenous community engagement, and information management.

During her graduate studies, Arianna worked with the University of Ottawa as a research associate during which time she designed, led and supervised a research group geared towards networks for reconciliation, peace and development related to human rights and conflict resolution.

Arianna has experience in Quito, Ecuador where she volunteered with working children in a marginalized area. Arianna has also worked with the Federal Government at Bilateral and Regional Labour Affairs carrying out research and policy support related to labour rights, working children and the developing world.

Arianna holds a Bachelor’s in Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University and a Master’s in Conflict Studies from the University of Ottawa.