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Jorge Virchez

Jorge Virchez 

Full Professor

Northern and Community Studies - Geography



P-330B, R.D. Parker Building 

Sudbury Campus


705.675.1151 ext 3359705.675.1151 ext 3359

705.675.1151 ext


I have been working at Laurentian University since 1991, I teach in the Geography Program which is part of the School of Northern Development, in both official languages, English and French. Most of my classes are in Regional Studies (The Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa) as well as the Sub-Arctic.  My research: I am working in the Postcolonial healing landscapes and mental health in remote indigenous communities in the subarctic in Ontario. Canada. Canadian Studies in the Americas and Europe.

For the past seven years I have been working on a project on poverty and homelessness and migration in Sudbury, as well as in Northern Ontario and in Latin America. 

I also work closely with the Canadian studies centers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay.

My involvement in the community as a member of the Board of Junction Creek Stewarship, The Good Food Box and the World University Service of Canada of Sudbury has been very fulfilling.



M.Sc (Laval)

Ph. D  (Laval)


  • The poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Latin American Studies               
  • Asian Studies
  • Environmental remediation
  • Arctic


GEOG 1027F Introduction à la géographie humaine

GEOG 2246F Géographie du Canada

GEOG 3606E Geography of the European Union

GEOG 3826E Brazil and South America

GEOG 4995 Directed Studies


  • BooK/Livre: Vuong, T. H et Virchez, J. 2004. Communauté économique de l'Asie-Pacifique. Essai d'anthropologie économique et de géographie politique. Presses Inter-Universitaires Quebec p.150
  • Chapter/Chapitre: Marquina-Marquez, A; Ruiz-Callado, R & Virchez, J. 2013. El Sistema de reserva indigena como organizacion social de tutela estatal. Dans: Fabra, A & Gimenez A. (Eds). El cambiante mundo de las organizaciones: Teorias, metodologia e investigacion. Editorial Universitat Jaume 1. pp: 603-626
  • Chapter/Chapitre: 2013. In Percorsi migratori della contemporaneita. forme, pratiche, territori. CUEC eds. University Press Italia pp: 65-81..
  • Chapter/Chapitre: Cachon, J-C; Cotton, B & Virchez, J. 2012. The Impact of Mega-Retail Stores on Small Retail Businesses: The Case of Sudbury, Northern Ontario. In: Changing Economic Environment and Performance of the Nations Canada and India. Ed by Joshi, Hejazi & Bhadarka pp: 34-41
  • Chapter/Chapitre: Virchez, J. 2010. La soberania del Artico canadiense. In: La Circumpolaridad como fenomeno Sociocultural (Pasado, Presente, Futuro) Editorial CICLOP Argentina. pp 234-266
  • Edtor/Editeur: Luanco, M. 2012. The Story of an Encounter. Edited and Translated by Thomas Gerry and Jorge Virchez. Scrivener Press.
  • Paper/Article: Marquina-Marquez, A; Ruiz-Callado R & Virchez, J. 2013. Impacto y consecuencias sociales contemporaneas de las politicas de tutela estatal en las reservas indigenas canadienses. Revista Internacional de Organizaciones No 10. pp 85-107
  • Paper/Article:  Marquina-Marquez; Virchez, J & Ruiz-Callado. 2012. Environmental Health, Indigenous Identity, Cultural Representation and the Production of Ecological Consciousness in Northern Ontario. In International Journal of Sustainable Development pp 231-240
  • Paper/Article: Virchez, J & Faucheux, M. 2012. Life in the James Bay Lowland. Past, Present and Furute. Revista Mexicana de Estudios Canadienses, Num 22, Fall/Winter. pp: 29-53
  • Paper/Article: Virchez, J & Alarcon, M. 2009. Perdiendo el control de la Economia. Canada vende, Estados Unidos Compra. Revista Mexicana de Estudios Canadienses. No 17 pp 57-86
  • Paper/Article: Virchez, J & Brisebois, R. 2007. A Historical and Situational Summary of RElations between Canada and the First Nations: The Case study of the Community of Kashechewan. Revista Mexicana de Estudios Canadienses Numero 14