Vulnerability and Resilience in Pandemic Times

Date: September 13, 2023 | 1:00‒2:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Sandy Torres and Jean-Marie Chapeau


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This event is taking place in French with simultaneous interpretation in English. Click here to access the landing page for the French version.



How has the pandemic affected the most vulnerable people in Quebec?

The Projet résilience of the Observatoire québécois des inégalités has documented, from different angles, the short-term effects of the COVID-19 health crisis on populations whose incomes are considered low or modest in Quebec, in the bottom 40%.

During this webinar, Sandy Torres, Sociologist, and principal investigator of the project, will answer questions from Jean-Marie Chapeau, our Director Evaluating Impact. She will present the main learnings from Projet Résilience and help us better understand the needs of vulnerable populations and the interaction of vulnerability factors in the face of the pandemic and post-pandemic situation.

What are the persistent obstacles to maintaining or improving quality of life? What resilience strategies are used? What are the elements that tend to protect or, on the contrary, weaken us in the face of a health crisis? What short- and long-term policies and measures appear to be effective in mitigating the negative effects of the health crisis on vulnerable groups, particularly those at the intersection of several vulnerability indicators?

Based on the results of the study and discussions with the Observatoire’s partners, Sandy Torres will also share possible solutions for reducing inequalities in a post-pandemic context, and answer questions from participants.



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Sandy Torres, Researcher, Observatoire québécois des inégalités

Sandy Torres is a researcher at the Observatoire québécois des inégalités, where she focuses on socio-economic inequalities, housing inequalities, health inequalities and gender inequalities. She holds a doctorate in sociology and a certificate in professional writing.

For many years, she has worked as an applied social researcher and professional writer for various civil society organizations and institutions. Her work in Quebec (at national, regional and local levels) has focused on the impact of social and community housing, the fight against poverty, work-family balance and barriers to employment.


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Jean-Marie Chapeau,  Director of Evaluating Impact, Tamarack Institute

Deeply convinced that local and collaborative approaches are an essential lever in solving complex social issues, Jean-Marie has been involved in community development and social change for 25 years.

Jean-Marie mobilizes his experience, passion and curiosity to promote evaluation as a tool for empowerment in communities and to accompany individuals and groups in their learning processes. He is constantly seeking to build bridges between change-makers involved in inventing local solutions to poverty and exclusion.

He previously worked at Centraide of Greater Montreal, implementing innovative strategies and projects aimed at collective capacity building (training, coaching), particularly in social impact measurement, strategic learning and organizational development. In this role, Jean-Marie was responsible for the various evaluation and learning components of the Collective Impact Project (CIP), Montréal’s neighbourhood-based strategy to reduce poverty, and developed the evaluation capacity-building approach to support local participatory evaluation.

Jean-Marie is a graduate of urban planning and business management. In the early 2000s, he initiated the very first urban farming initiatives in Montreal. He also worked for several years in the field of strategic consulting and foresight in Paris (France).



We would like to thank the Observatoire québécois des inégalités and the Projet résilience for their partnership in this event.

Observatoire québécois des inégalités   Projet résilience



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