Lessons from Polling the 2018 Quebec Elections @ St Jax Montréal
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Sébastien Dallaire, President of Ipsos in Quebec, will provide his analysis of the key public opinion trends observed during the 2018 electoral campaign and discuss the accuracy of the final results.

Sébastien will also discuss the lessons learned regarding the polling methodology used during the campaign, as well as what the final results mean for the new government as it tries to live up to voters’ expectations.

Mr.Dallaire has agreed to send an email to our members containing his predictions one day before the provincial elections on October 1.

Sébastien Dallaire is the President of Ipsos Québec, Canada’s largest public opinion research firm. Through his 20 years of distinguished experience teaching and conducting public opinion research, Mr. Dallaire has become a highly respected and sought-after polling specialist.

In addition to his regular appearances on national and provincial media outlets as a polling analyst and commentator, he has been involved in designing, conducting and analyzing hundreds of research projects for prestigious Canadian clients in the private and public sectors.

Sébastien also manages the team involved in all political polling in Quebec, including its partnership with La Presse.

Islam 101 @ St Jax Montréal
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm

This talk will help us to understand the basics and allow us to ask questions about different topics including “The Role of Women in Islam”, “The Diversity in Islam” and “The Shia/Sunni Divide”.

Born in Pakistan, Shaheen came to Canada in September 1976 with four young children. 100% Homemaker till her children grew up, she got involved with several volunteer organizations to help other human beings, in particular women.

Shaheen holds a Diploma in Hotel Management. She enrolled in a “Psychology & Social work” program, but she was not able to finish, summoned to be by her ageing mother’s side. Later she was offered full time partnership in her husband’s ship brokering company (now retired).

Since April 2003 Shaheen has been involved with Toasmasters Club and achieved DTM. She is also involved in many other dialogue and advocacy groups. She is a National Board member and Secretary Montreal Chapter at She sits on the Board of West Island Citizen’s Advocacy & Abuse Table.

Shaheen believes in justice for all and will go to any length to achieve it.

World Scouting Today: Non-Formal Education Program @ John Simms Community Centre
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm

World Scouting today is not what you may think. Today’s Scouting is 110 years old, in 169 countries world-wide, with just over 50 million members of both genders. And Scouting is no longer a northern hemisphere, developed country movement. Over 80% of our members are in the developing countries worldwide. The young people in these areas face a constant struggle to avoid the perils of drug abuse and the influence of street gangs.

Some of these youths run the risk of becoming tomorrow’s terrorists. Today, Scouting is in the slums …opening the doors to schools; offering basic medical and health support; informal career advice; thus providing an alternative to the ever-present influence of drugs and crime. It is Scouting in the more affluent countries which can learn from these realities by supporting their partners in the developing world.

John Neysmith is a former member of the World Scout Committee, was Internal Auditor of the World Scout Movement, and was International Commissioner for Scouts Canada. He has spent significant time in a number of African countries supporting the management and financial aspects of their national associations.

Currently he is assistant director operations for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at which there will be 48,000 participants. He has been a volunteer in the Scouting movement for 50 years.

John has been involved in business and Scouting in the USA, Latin America, Africa, Central Europe and Asia. He has both a B.Com. and a B.A. degree.

Wine Tasting @ St Jax Montréal
Mar 2 @ 1:30 pm

Conventional, organic and natural winemaking techniques will be discussed… outlining the benefits and perils for all 3 of them. The three wines that represent each of these winemaking processes will be utilized in an effort to highlight the differences between them. Hopefully, this will encourage people to be more aware of vineyard practices and their use of additives in winemaking.

Jonathan Cercone has been working in the restaurant business for the past 13 years, all of them at the recently renovated Taverne restaurant in Westmount Square, where two years ago he became a partner.

That was the occupation that paid the bills through his political science degree and after a year and half of law school, he decided to make the restaurant business his career.

He is a self-taught sommelier and has been in charge of the wine program at the restaurant for six years.

Cognition and Aging: the Ugly, the Bad and the Good @ John Simms Community Centre
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm

We are all aware of the cognitive and motor changes that are part of the normal aging process, but when should we worry that perceived changes are harbingers of a more serious and perhaps precipitous decline. This presentation will focus on the cognitive changes associated with normal and abnormal aging.

Dr. Gabriel Leonard is a clinical scientist who coordinates the Montreal Neurological Hospital neuropsychology outpatient service.

He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and a neuropsychologist at the Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute. His interest is in the cognitive effects of neurological illnesses including MS, Parkinson’s, head trauma, and vascular problems. Recently he has completed data collection on motor sequencing and coordination in a cohort of 2000 normal subjects ranging in age from 6 to 90.

These latter data are relevant to normal aging, which is also an interest of Dr. Leonard.

Understanding Extreme Violence: An Introduction to Murder @ John Simms Community Centre
Apr 9 @ 7:41 pm

Professor Shtull will provide insight into the various forms of murder including mass shootings, intimate partner homicides and serial killings. The general characteristics, patterns and trends  of these crimes will be discussed.

Penny R. Shtull, Ph.D. is a professor of Criminal Justice and the former Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in the School of Justice Studies at Norwich University in Vermont.

In addition to publications in police, criminological and psychological journals and texts, Dr. Shtull has consulted for various organizations and state agencies including the New York City Police Department; the Criminal Justice Research Center; the Vermont Department of Corrections; the Vermont Children’s Alliance and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program.

Professor Shtull is a Past President of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences and was the recent recipient of their 2018 Fellow Award for “outstanding teaching and scholarship.”

Dr. Shtull has taught a course on murder for the past 20 years and is a sought after expert on violent crime.

She often appears in the news media and has been featured as the expert/ criminologist on the A&E true crime documentary The Killer Speaks. Her most current publications address violence and campus public safety and criminal behavioral profiling.

You Be The Judge @ McGill Faculty Club
May 14 @ 7:30 pm

Me Goodwin will present the details from one of her cases along with the pertinent jurisprudence. Then the audience will be divided into groups (jury) whose task it will be to determine whether or not the protagonist is guilty. Once deliberations are completed, the foremen of each group will deliver their verdicts along with the reasons underlying their decisions.

Finally, Me Goodwin will announce the actual verdict in the case and explain the law as it applies to the matter at hand.

Elisabeth Goodwin obtained her licence in law (LL.L) in 1994 from the University of Ottawa and has belonged to the Quebec Bar since 1996. She is a member of Grey Casgrain, a boutique law firm in Montreal with a 5.0 Google Review rating.

Me Goodwin has a diverse litigation practice and represents her clients at all levels of court as well as assisting them through alternative resolution processes.

In addition, Me Goodwin sits as a member of the Disciplinary Council of the Quebec Bar and teaches civil procedure at the École du Barreau. She presides over the administrative, constitutional and human rights committee of the Canadian Bar, Québec division and coaches a team of students from McGill University in national pleading competitions.

Me Goodwin is a Governor of the Fondation du Barreau and presides over the governing committee of the YMCA Board of Directors. Her hobbies include bicycling, snorkelling and skiing.

Humanizing Medicine: Lessons Learned from a Nun’s Journey from McGill to Building Family Medicine in San Paulo, Brazil @ Auditorium at St. Mary's Hospital
May 28 @ 7:30 pm

The McGill University Department of Family Medicine and the St. James Literary Society are pleased to present the Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld Annual Distinguished Lecture in Family Medicine.

Sr. Monique Bourget, the Medical Director of Santa Marcelina Hospital in Brazil, will explore her journey from her medical training at McGill University to her work in San Paulo, where she developed community-based family health programs. She will share her experiences in family medicine, how she fit that in with her calling and the work she is currently doing. This public lecture will allow Sr. Monique to convey her dedication and passion providing inspiration and hope for patients and families here in Montreal.

Refreshments will be served.

Photo: Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation

McGill graduate 1992 in Family Medicine; Masters in Epidemiology; immigrated to Brazil; Director of the Santa Marcelina Primary Health Care network since 1996 and of a tertiary care teaching hospital in São Paulo.

When Sr. Monique Bourget arrived in Brazil nobody there knew what a family physician was. Over time, working diligently, she eventually helped establish the different criteria for the recognition of Family Medicine as a specialty.

The health care teams were made up of one physician, one nurse, two auxiliary nurses and a few community health agents to serve areas of 1000 households. They began with only 11 physicians since that kind of work was not thought of as being very attractive. Eventually, the idea took off and now there are 1500 such teams.

In 1998, Sr. Monique helped open a new community hospital, Hospital Santa Marcelina – Itaim Paulista. She took over technical direction of the facility, which houses close to 300 beds with services in obstetrics, internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Seven years later, Sr. Monique was appointed medical director of the teaching Hospital Santa Marcelina de Itaquera, with more than 700 beds. Sr. Monique also helped initiate the hospital’s residency training programs which emphasize humanization, social responsibility and palliative care.

Of interest to the general public as well as to health-care professionals, this Distinguished Lecture Series in Family Medicine was inaugurated in 1990 and was made possible by an endowment by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld, a Montreal family physician. He was a staunch supporter of a number of educational activities and this lecture series is another example of his generosity.