Françoise Susset, Psy. D.
Françoise Susset is a clinical psychologist and couple and family therapist with over 25 years of experience working with LGBT populations. Her clinical work centers on trans adults and teens, during transition and beyond. She also focuses on supporting gender creative children, helping families and schools challenge notions regarding sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Françoise is a member of WPATH and is past president of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH).
Marie de la Chenelière
Marie de la Chenelière works as a volunteer at the Maison Médicale Moulin de Lille, France as an expert of experience (“experte d’expérience”) with people questioning their gender or in transition. She works at the 59G21 mental health center in the Lille region, supporting staff to welcome transgender people respectfully and runs a wellness workshop: Gender and trans identity. She’s involved in the training in mental health of students in the DIU (Diplôme interuniversitaire de santé mentale Lille-Marseille) program.
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Devon Simpson, MSW
Devon Simpson, MSW. is a long-term Montreal based community worker, trans health advocate and harm reduction worker working with queer, trans, non-binary and questioning people and their families (both chosen and of origin). They have worked in a variety of settings including the Gender Advocacy Centre, Project 10 and Head & Hands. With a specific focus on ensuring access to support and care for people in the trans community. Until recently Devon held a clinical social work position at Clinique 1851 (CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal) facilitating access to trans affirmative health care services. They now work at McGill University’ Student Wellness Hub as Wellness Advisor (LWA) for Graduate Students.
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Dalia Tourki, Trans Advocate and Public Educator
Dalia Tourki works at the Centre for Gender Advocacy, and is a board member of LGBTQ action with immigrants and refugees (AGIR). She coordinated two academic research projects: the first one on the experiences of trans youth aged between 18 and 25 years old, and the second is about the realities of racialized LGBTQ migrants. She gives dozens of workshops on trans issues, and recently spearheaded a trial against the government of Quebec at the superior court. The trial seeks to invalidate 11 provisions of the Civil Code of Quebec that prevent the full participation of trans people in civil society. She is the co-author of two recently-published academic articles.
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Maxime Faddoul, MSW
Maxime Faddoul works as coordinator of emerging projects at the Coalition des groupes jeunesse LGBTQ+ (Coalition of LGBTQ + Youth Groups), in particular the project Jeunes LGBTQ2S+ en situation de précarité (LGBTQ2S + Youth in precarious situations). He is actively involved in trans communities, particularly with the organization: Euphorie dans le genre – Trans Pride. He holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in feminist studies focusing on clinical practices with trans people. In academia, he has served as coordinator of the research project: Au-delà des apparences : une enquête intersectionnelle sur la diversité de l’expérience des jeunes trans (Beyond Appearances: An Intersectional Inquiry into the Diverse Experience of Trans Youth). He has also participated in several initiatives to create spaces for counter-knowledge in academia as a trans student and precarious worker. For several years, he has been developing trans-affirmative training for health and social service providers.
Henri Labelle, BSW, psychotherapist
Henri Labelle, BSW. is a graduate in science from the University of Montreal and in social work from the University of Quebec in Montreal. He has also trained in psychotherapy specializing in personality disorders. Mr. Labelle has given several conferences and training sessions on current treatments in psychotherapy for personality disorders to students in mental health at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. He has also participated in the clinical supervision of junior social workers. At the beginning of his practice, he worked with the suicide hotlines and then as an intervener in at a crisis center. He then practiced for 6 years in the health services at the emergency psychiatric unit of Saint-Jerome Hospital as well as in the CLSC. For the past 10 years, Henri Labelle has been offering psychotherapy in the clinic he founded in the Laurentians. Recognized for his clinical skills, Mr. Labelle has been a social worker at the Metropolitan Surgical Center since the spring of 2018.
Dr. Charles-Olivier Basile, Family Physician
Charles-Olivier Basile is a McGill University graduate in family medicine. He has been following transgender and non-binary people in Montreal with a trans affirmative informed consent approach since 2017. He also practices in palliative care in Montreal.
Ashleigh Yule, MA., Psychologist
Ashleigh Yule is a registered psychologist and doctoral candidate in school/applied child psychology. She specializes in child and adolescent mental health with a focus in transgender health. Ashleigh provides gender affirming counselling, assessment, and consultation services for gender creative and transgender children, adolescents, and their families. She works in private practice in Calgary and as a visiting professional in remote and rural areas of Alberta. She also has a 20-year background in autism assessment, treatment, and research. Her research interests include facilitating health and wellbeing for transgender children and youth, and her dissertation research focuses on the experiences and perspectives of transgender autistic adults.
Lyne Chiniara, Pediatric endocrinologist
Lyne Chiniara graduated from the University of Montreal where she completed her MD in 2008, and her subspecialty in pediatric endocrinology in 2013. She completed additional training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in difference in sex development ( DSD) and in gender diversity. She is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Pedagogy of Medical Sciences at the Université de Montréal. She is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal and practices at CHU Sainte-Justine as pediatric endocrinology. Her research and teaching interests include DSD and pediatric gender dysphoria. Dr. Chiniara is actively working on the establishment of the multidisciplinary gender diversity clinic at CHU Sainte-Justine, as well as setting up the multidisciplinary team for the care of children with DSD.