Spry Memorial Lecture 2014

Monday, march 10 at 6pm, Université de Montréal, Room C-3061, Carrefour des arts et des sciences, Lionel-Groulx Pavilion, Montreal, QC, Canada.


Alain Gravel (Radio-Canada, Enquête program)

Marie-Claude Denis (Radio-Canada, Enquête program)

André Cédilot (formerly of La Presse, co-author of the best-seller Mafia Inc.)

Kathleen Lévesque (La Presse, formerly of Devoir)


Alain Saulnier (Visiting professor in the Department of Communication and formerly of Radio-Canada)


The revelations of the Charbonneau Commission and the arrests of the Unité permanente anti-corruption (UPAC) are largely due to the work of investigative journalists in Quebec over the past five years. Radio-Canada’s Enquête program and the daily newspapers La Presse and Le Devoir have been instrumental in this regard. In their own way, journalists have helped to lift the veil on corruption and on the hidden financing of political parties. In this way, they have helped to clean up democratic mores in Quebec and to establish stricter rules for awarding public works contracts. Hats off to these investigative journalists!

he Graham Spry Foundation, the Department of Communication and the DESS in Journalism of the Université de Montréal are proud to present journalists Marie-Maude Denis and Alain Gravel of Radio-Canada’s Enquête program, Kathleen Lévesque, formerly of Le Devoir and now an investigative reporter for La Presse, and finally André Noël, a journalist with La Presse who became an investigator for the Charbonneau Commission in June 2012.

A roundtable discussion moderated by Alain Saulnier, former director general of information at Radio-Canada and visiting professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Montreal, brought together the four journalists on March 10, 2014, 6 p.m., at the Crossroads of Arts and Sciences, Room C-3061.