Appointment to CRIR: Thomas Gulian Ph.D. Social Innovation Broker

Social Innovation Broker Service to strengthen services at CRIR


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR) is pleased to announce the creation of a new “Social Innovation Broker” service, a joint initiative of the Université de Montréal and its affiliated institutes, centers and schools, including CRIR, in partnership with Axelys, the Quebec public research promotion company.

Welcome to CRIR Thomas!

Thomas Gulian holds a Ph.D. from the University of Montreal (political science, 2010). He worked for more than 12 years at a college centre for social innovation at the Collège de Maisonneuve (Institut de recherche sur l’intégration professionnelle des immigrants, IRIPI). He was a researcher and director. He has developed and conducted action research and social innovation projects in partnership with many organizations (businesses, community organizations, public and parapublic organizations).


What is the commercialization of research in the context of CRIR’s activities?

  • It is the mobilization and application of the results of research conducted at CRIR in order to have a positive impact on the health of populations and society more generally. In the context of CRIR, particular attention will be paid to the mobilization and application of research results leading to social and techno-social innovations. This refers to any new approach, intervention, cutting-edge practice or technology aimed at having positive impacts on the sensory, motor and cognitive functions and activities of people with physical disabilities and on their participation and social inclusion. This also includes the evaluation and implementation of best clinical and organizational practices in rehabilitation services.

Why use this service?

  • Because you want to develop concrete impacts of your research on the health of populations and their benefits for society in general.
  • Because you want to develop collaborative research with external partners and you have questions about the various elements to consider in the development of such projects, including intellectual property issues.
  • And much more!

Click here for learn more about the “Social Innovation Broker” service offer (pdf).  A Word version of the document is also available upon request.

To make an appointment or contact him:

This service is complementary to those offered by Alida Esmail, Partnership and Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator (

Do not hesitate to contact Thomas and Alida simultaneously if you are unsure about a request.