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3rd International Conference on the Child:

MAY 21 - 23, 1997


  • Discuss the present situation surrounding current reproduction technologies and adoption – the practices and the risks.

  • Discuss the ethical issues surrounding the new techniques of reproduction and adoption and how to proceed while respecting the rights and best interests of the child.

  • Discussion about the identity of the child, i.e., filiation, the search for one’s origins, the integration of the child into the family, the challenge of integrating children of an ethno cultural origin that is different from that of the adopting parents.

  • Children’s rights, parental rights and responsibilities, government responsibilities.

Proceedings of the symposium are for sale at Click here to purchase.


  • Professor ÉMÉRITE CLAUD SUREAU, M.D. Medical Academy of France, Institute Théramex, Paris
  • LOUISE VANDELAC, Ph.D. Sociology Professor, University of Quebec in Montreal
  • MARSHALL D. SCHECHTER, M.D. Professor Emeritus of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
  • ELIZABETH BARTHOLET, M.A. Law Professor, Harvard University
  • CHRISTINE OVERALL, Ph.D. Professor, Philosophy Department, Queen’s University


  • WILLIAM S. ROWE, D.S.W., Committee Chairman, Director, School of Social Work
  • Honorable Justice JEAN-LOUIS BAUDOUIN, Quebec Court of Appeal
  • PIERRE R. BÉLANGER, Ph.D., Vice Principal & Dean, Research, McGill University
  • LAURIER BOUCHER, President, Professional Order of Social Workers of Quebec
  • OSCAR D'AMOURS, Judge, Coordinator of the Court of Quebec
  • JANEL GAUTHIER, Ph.D., President, Canadian Psychological Association
  • ANDRÉE GENDREAU, Ph.D., President, Association des sociologues et anthropologues de langue française
  • Honorable ALAN B. GOLD, O.C., O.Q., Q.C., Senior Counsel, Goodman Phillips & Vineberg
  • CLAUDE MASSE, Attorney, President, Quebec Bar Association
  • EUGENIA REPETUR MORENO, SW., MSW (Equiv.), Executive Director, Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • JANET MORRISON, M.A. C. Psych. Assoc., President, Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child, Therapists
  • WILHELM B. PELLEMANS, M.D., President, Association des médecins de langue française du Canada
  • STEPHEN J. TOOPE, Ph. D., Dean, Faculty of Law, McGill University
  • JEANNE D'ARC VAILLANT, LL.L., General Director, Quebec Federation of CLSCs


  • WILLY APOLLON, Ph.D., Committee Chairman, Research Director, Groupe interdisciplinaire freudien de recherches et d’interventions cliniques (G,LF.R.J.C.)
  • PETER ALIIK-PETERSENN, B.A., LL.B., Barrister & Solicitor, Director, O.P.C.R., British Columbia
  • NORMAND BASTIEN, LL.L., Attorney, Youth Division Director, Legal Community Center of Montreal
  • SOLANGE CAILLÉ, B.A., Social Worker
  • KATHERINE CONNELL, LL.L., Attorney, Swift & Associates
  • DOMINIC A. D'ABATE, Ph.D., Mediation and Family Counselling Center
  • RICAARDOE DI DONE, Founding President, O.P.C.R, President, Organizing Committee
  • ANGELA FICCA, LL.M., Attorney, O.P.C.R
  • MARIE GAUDREAU, LL.L., Attorney, Lavery, Dc Billy
  • SYLVIA KIRSTEIN, M. Ed., Program Manager, Batshaw Youth and Family Centers, Adoption and Youth Protection Treatment Teams
  • HUGUES LÉTOURNEAU, LL.M., Attorney, Cousineau, Primeau & Associés, Montreal Youth Centers of Montreal
  • JULIEN LORD, M.D., M. Ed., Director, Fertility Clinic, Notre-Dame Hospital, Professor, University of Montreal
  • JEAN-FRANÇOIS MALHERBE, Ph.D., Dean., Faculty of Theology, University of Sherbrooke
  • S.M. MOHANNA, M.D., F.R,C.P.C., F.A.C.P.M., Director, O.P.C.R., Ontario
  • UWE NEUMANN, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Director, O.P.C.R, Alberta
  • JULES NUNGISA, Ph. D.,Demographer
  • FRANÇOISE-ROMAINE OUELLETTE, Ph.D., Professor, INRS, Culture et Société
  • WILLIAM S. ROWE, D.S.W., Director, School of Social Work, McGill University
  • CAROL CUMMING SPEIRS, M.S.W, Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University
  • ABE WORENKLEIN, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Professor, Dawson College, Professor, Concordia University


  • RICAARDOE DI DONE, Committee Chairman, Founding President, O.P.C.R.
  • SYLVANA CARPANZANO, Sales Manager, Marriott Château Champlain
  • CHARLES CARUANA, C.A., Chartered Accountant, Rubano Scalia Pasqua
  • J. CONSTANT DI GIROLAMO, Conference Coordinator, O.P.C.R.
  • ANGELA FICCA, LL.M., Attorney, O.P.C.R
  • BRIGITTE JALBERT, Administrative Director, O.P.C.R
  • TONY MANGLAVITI, LL.L., Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, Montreal Children’s Hospital
  • Lieutenant ROBERT POËTI, Chief of Montreal-Metro Station, Quebec Provincial Police
  • VICTOR SALVAGGIO, LL,B., Attorney, Heenan Blaikie
  • ANDRÉ VERRET, M.B.A., Fund Raising Advisor, O.P.C.R