Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it’s all up to the participants.
Jean Marc Bougie is third of a family of 4 boys. He holds diplomas in Legal Sciences (UQAM) and in Theology (St. Paul University). His professional background is in work relations and communications management. He was incarcerated for 4 years for an economic crime. He is involved in his community as a meal delivery volunteer, in accompanying former inmates and he assists isolated and socially excluded individuals in filling tax forms and similar documents.
Jimmy Ung has worked at the intersections of education, culture, politics, policy development and community engagement. He has held positions at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian Parliament, as well as with international charity Free The Children. Passionate about learning from people, Jimmy has also ridden a motorcycle across the Americas, conducting photo interviews with 150 individuals in the 18 countries he visited, for which he recently self-published a book titled “Americano”.
Accessibility info: Café l’Artère is on the ground floor and can be accessed by a ramp. There are two gender-neutral washrooms equipped with grab bars.