The Carrefour des savoirs is an initiative aimed at the professional development of graduate students, so that they can improve their employment prospects, whatever their career path. Through workshops, mentoring and internships, students can experiment with and hone cross-disciplinary skills such as project management, communication, leadership, creativity and many others. Le Carrefour des savoirs is driven by collegiality, collaboration, integrity and openness.
The Carrefour des savoirs is a consortium of five Montreal health and social services research centers: CReSP, CREGÉS, CRIR, CRIUGM and SHERPA. It is funded by the FRQ-S.
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The Carrefour des savoirs is based on three principles that will guide the service offering.
Students are encouraged to get involved in their professional development right from the start of their academic career.
Learning through practice
Skills are often acquired through practical experience (workshops, internships). This experiential learning is the driving force behind the Carrefour des savoirs.
A culture of learning
The development of cross-disciplinary skills is essential to the learning process. Faculty and students alike will be made aware of the importance of developing this type of skill to foster a rich and diversified career.
The Carrefour des savoirs carried out a pooling exercise on the values that should guide action.
These four values stood out:
Coordinator of Carrefour des savoirs
Danielle Filion holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the Université de Montréal. She worked as a community organizer in the health and social services network, before moving into teaching social work techniques. Before embarking on the adventure of setting up Carrefour des savoirs with Patrick, Danielle previously spent eight years as manager and then director of programs in Quebec at Mission Inclusion.
Project Manager of Carrefour des savoirs
Patrick Hébert is currently a Master’s candidate in career counselling. He has worked in the health and social services network for nearly twenty years. He specializes in developing the potential of individuals and organizations. He is a consultant to Canadian career development organizations and offers training in this field. A professional coach since 2021, he helps managers overcome professional challenges. It is with enthusiasm and dynamism that he joins Danielle to embark on the Carrefour des savoirs adventure.
” Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involved me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin