2013 Marc Laporta, MD, attends a global conference on the development of a French classification of mental and behavioral disorders, in Casablanca, Morocco.
2012 Marc Laporta, MD, visits PAHO in Washington, DC.
2011 The Centre publishes the Quebec-Catalonia Comparative Study.

End of the project “Integrating Mental Health into Primary Health Care in the Caribbean: A Demonstration Project in Belize and Dominica”. The report is published.

Marc Laporta, MD, participates to the Ninth Annual Mental Health Workshop in Belize.

The Centre translates the WHO document “mhGAP Intervention Guide” into French.

Meeting of the Canadian Collaborating Centres for Mental Health in Toronto.


Official visit to the WHO headquarters by Marc Laporta, MD.

Gaston Harnois, MD, attends a working group meeting of WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centers in Durham, North Carolina.

2010 The Centre is awarded a grant from the Department of International Relations of Quebec to undertake a comparative study of mental health in workplaces in Quebec and Catalonia.


Gaston Harnois, MD, meets with a French delegation mandated to study the Quebec model for mental health interventions in the workplace.

After 40 years at the Douglas, Gaston Harnois, MD, retires. Marc Laporta, MD, becomes director.

Marc Laporta, MD, goes to Barbados to a meeting on mental health in cases of emergencies and disasters.

Marc Laporta, MD, travels to Haiti as an expert consultant, following the earthquake of January 2010, to report on resources and needs in mental health.

Marc Laporta, MD, goes to Belize with a group of experts to train stakeholders across the country in mental health interventions in situations of natural disasters.

2009 Gaston Harnois, MD, goes to WHO Headquarters in Geneva. He acts as keynote speaker at the European Forum of Employee Assistance Programs involving representatives of 17 countries in Europe. He delivers a speech on The Challenge of Mental Health and its impacts on workers and the labor market: reality and prospects for 2015.

Gaston Harnois, MD, attends the 10th World Congress of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, in Bangalore, India.

Marc Laporta, MD, attends the meeting of the Canadian Collaborating Centres in Ottawa.

The Centre wins Quebec International Recognition Award, a prize for international influence, for its publication of the World Atlas on Intellectual Deficiency.
2008 Luc Danzon, Director General of the European Office of the WHO, visits the Montreal Collaborating Centre.

The Montreal Collaborating Centre hosts the WHO International Conference, which marks the launch of the joint WHO/WONCA report "Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective".
2007 The WHO publishes the "Atlas: Global Resources for People with Intellectual Disabilities" produced by the Montreal Collaborating Centre and the affiliated Centre de Réadaptation Lisette-Dupras and West Montreal Readaptation Centre. The atlas is launched during the 2nd International Conference on Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation in Bangkok. The authors of this work receive the Prix rayonnement international 2009.

Participation in a roundtable about stigmatization and mental health in Nice, France.
2006 Participation of Rémi Quirion, PhD, and Bill Wilkerson at the Washinton Conference on Occupational Absenteeism.
2005 Start of collaboration with the Toronto Collaborating Centre on research in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

On January 16, Gaston Harnois, MD, is named Personality of the Week by La Presse in recognition of his involvement in the PAHO/WHO Conference on Intellectual Disability and the adoption of the Montreal Declaration on Intellectual Disability.

Publication of a WHO guidance package on mental health policies and programmes in the workplace.
2004 On October 6, the Montreal Declaration on Intellectual Disability is adopted by the 65 participants from 17 countries who took part in the PAHO/WHO Conference on Intellectual Disability.

Contribution to the Guide des politiques et des services de l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé – La situation de la santé mentale.
2002 Gaston P. Harnois, MD, chairs the WHO Global Council for Mental Health's "Labour and Business Leaders for Mental Health" working group.
2000 The Montreal Collaborating Centre works with the United Nations NGO Committee on Mental Health and Human Rights to draft the UN's Mental Health Position Statement, which is presented to the Millennium Forum in May and published on September 19, 2001.

Publication of "Mental Health and Work: Impact, Issues and Good Practices".
1996 Representing the Montreal Collaborating Centre, Gaston Harnois, MD, is invited to address a joint meeting of the United Nation's NGO Committees on Mental Health and Human Rights at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Gaston Harnois, MD, is named a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the WHO initiative entitled "Nations for Mental Health." Its goal is to raise mental health awareness, create innovative approaches, lead innovation and promote service development to underserved populations in the world.
1990 Gaston Harnois, MD, signs the Caracas Declaration on the restructuring of psychiatric care on the basis of primary health care in the context of community-based services.
1984 The Montreal Collaborating Centre is visited by more than 50 partners from around the world: Indonesia, India, Venezuela, Finland, Belgium, Nicaragua and France.
1983 The Montreal Collaborating Centre hosts a three-week course on the organization and management of a psychiatric hospital and welcomes 26 representatives from 23 countries. Teaching staff include members of the UN, WHO, PAHO/Washington, Harvard University, the US National Institute of Mental Health, McGill University and Université de Montréal. For the occasion, the Collaborating Centre publishes a document entitled "Principles of Psychiatric Hospital Management."
1982 After consultation with the Canadian government, the Director-General of WHO designates the Douglas Mental Health University Institute as the first Collaborating Centre for research and training in mental health in Canada.