Marilou Gagnon

Marilou Gagnon joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2013 for a first mandate and a second mandate in 2015. She currently serves as Chair of the Board.

Marilou is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa and Director of the Unit for Critical Research in Health. Her work is underpinned by critical and sociopolitical approaches. Her fields of study include questions related to the body and technology, power and discourse, and social justice. As a member of the University Chair in Forensic Nursing, she is working on a number of projects on HIV criminalization, HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings, and human rights.

Marilou served on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC) and was elected twice consecutively as Quebec representative (2009–2013). She also served on the board of the Bureau Régional d’Action Sida (BRAS) in Gatineau (2012-2014). She continues to work with CANAC as Expert Advisor: Policy, Research and Advocacy.

Marilou completed a Nursing degree at John Abbott College in 2002, a baccalaureate degree in Nursing at Université de Montréal in 2005, and transferred to the Ph.D. Nursing program at University of Ottawa in 2006. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Act Up-Paris and postdoctoral studies at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, in 2010.

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