Annual Summit

2017: Improving Public Access to Mental Healthcare

FRESQue has chosen its theme for the year- Improving Public Access to Mental Healthcare. We see this theme as not only touching on treatment, but on prevention, financing, research, mental health of professionals, etc... 


Final Report 2017 (French)


Final Approved Recommendations (French, to be translated)  


Final Recommendation Booklet for Summit 2017 (English only; rationales and references in French version)  


Final Recommendation booklet for Summit 2017 (French only) 


Memoranda Submitted 2017


Agenda and location


It will be held March 11 and 12, 2017, at the University of Montreal.


To reserve your spot, please fill out this registration form


See the next section for the Call for Submissions. 


Agenda and our Speaker Bios will be posted soon!


This year, our Speakers will include Dianne Lamarre, PQ Health Critic; Amir Khadir, Quebec Solidaire MNA; and Dr. Lucie Nadeau, Transcultural Psychiatrist from McGill. More TBD! 

Call for Submissions for the Annual Summit

We invite all interested parties to submit recommendations via email by the 18th of February, 2017. All individuals, organizations, and patient groups are invited to submit recommendations. These recommendations will be voted on during our annual summit, the 11 and 12 of March, 2017. Our theme this year will be "Improving Public Access to Mental Healthcare."


An example of a submission can be found here.


Patient groups, experts in health policy, professional associations, and the general public are invited to send us their recommendations. The summit will be open to all those who wish to participate, and those attendees not sent by our member associations may participate as observers with speaking rights.


All recommendations submitted will be merged into a final document by our research committee, which will also check and add citations and ensure a final common format. The research committee will not actively filter out any recommendations, but may merge similar recommendations in order to improve the efficiency of summit proceedings and the coherence of the final document.


Recommendations are due February 18th and should adhere to the following format:

  • A brief introduction of the group or individual submitting the recommendations
  • A brief comment on the main concerns in access to primary care that the recommendations seek to address
  • A numbered list of recommendations. Each recommendation should be accomppanied by a short paragraph presenting a rationale for the recommendation. Any citations or references used should be listed after the recommendation in which they are used.
  • There is no maximum or minimum length, but we encourage concise, clear documents. They may be submitted to

2016: Improving Access to Primary Care

The FRESQue held its first summit April 23rd and 24th in Montreal. This summit aimed to encourage reflection on the question of what methods Quebec can adopt to improve access to primary care. During the summit, recommendations based off of the most up-to-date evidence and the diverse experience of the participants were presented, discussed, and adopted.


 The final recommendations (English) can be found here. 


Recommendation Book: click here. Unfortunately we are not yet able to translate the Recommendation Book; it is in French and will be translated after the summit. (Last updated April 17th) 


The original memoranda can be found here.




Guest Speakers:


Keynote Speaker: Vincent Dumez


Vincent Dumez, (M. Sc.) earned a bachelors in finance and a masters in management sciences from HEC Montreal. Until 2010, M. Dumez was an associate at a management consulting firm and for 13 years worked as a strategic counsellor for major Quebec corporations as they transformed significantly. 


Living with three chronic conditions for several decades- and therefore a frequent user of health services- M. Dumez engaged actively in promoting the concept of the patient as a partner. This engagement was notably illustrated in his master's thesis but also by his interest in patient training, by his work with different community organizations, and by his participation as a speaker at several national and international forums.


This path eventually led him, in October 2010, to create and become director of the patient partnership program at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal. Mr. Dumez today co-directs a larger group, the "Direction Collaboration et Partenariat", with Dr. Paule Lebel. Since 2015, he is also responsible, with Dr. Antoine Boivin,  for the research strategy on partnership with patients and the public of the SOUTIEN Unit, which is focused on the Quebec patient.  


Mr. Dumez also collaborates on projects related to patient engagement with institutions such as the Ministère de la santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec (MSSS), the Instituts de Recherche en Santé du Canada (IRSC), l’Institut National d’Excellence en Santé et Services Sociaux (INESSS) and the Fondation canadienne d’amélioration des soins et services. He sits on the governance committees of several of these organizations.


Guest: M. Gaétan Barrette 

M. Gaétan Barrette, Minister for Health and Social Services, will be present to hear the FRESQue's recommendations and will address the Summit on Sunday.  


Guest: Diane Lamarre


Holder of bachelors and masters degrees in pharmacy, Diane Lamarre is renowned for her concern for patients and her goal of finding better ways to help them. Previously President of the Ordre des Pharmaciens du Québec, Diane Lamarre is now the PQ deputy for the Taillon riding. 


History and mandate

Uniting future professionals in occupational and physical therapy, kinesiology, medicine, speech­language pathology, pharmacy, psychology, nursing and social work, the, the Quebec Health Professional Students' Roundtable aims to formulate and adopt recommendations in order to positively impact Quebec health policy and the work of the Minister for Health and Social Services. Founded in January 2016, the Roundtable brings together future health professionals from across Quebec and acts as a non-hierarchical, inter-professional and democratic forum. Composed of 23 university-level health professional student associations, the Roundtable represents its members to the government and to Quebec society. The FRESQue is an active advocate for the health profession students' vision of a more effective, efficient, just, and accessible healthcare system.


Thank you to our wonderful supporters!


Platinum partner:

Quebec Medical Association


Silver partners: 

Students' Society of McGill University

Canadian Federation of Medical Students 

Ordre des Infirmiers et Infirmières du Québec

Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec

McGill Alumni Association 


Please contact Jessica Ruel-Laliberté, Roundtable co-founder, at if you are interested in supporting our inter-professional student initiative.


A partnership and advertisement plan can be made available to you on demand.