I’m really impressed with the level of energy and commitment around the Health and Wellbeing table and look forward to continuing collaboration between OLIP and OPH.

Marcela Tapia
Ottawa Public Health
My nomination is an indication that our hard work in building Canada is recognized. All we do is to serve the community in return for embracing us when we needed it.  

Mehdi Mahdavi
Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards Nominee
In our city’s history, immigrants have always played an important role. They build our economic prosperity, diversify our culture, contribute to our social vitality.

Jim Watson
Mayor of Ottawa
The City of Ottawa will continue to play a lead role in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy, just as we did in the founding of OLIP.

Steve Desroches
City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Ottawa
We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. WOW offers a platform for us to celebrate this history and the future it will help…

Alex Munter, Chair of the OLIP Council and President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
I was happy to see integration to Algonquin territory and indigenous culture related programming in 2014 WOW. Please continue to involve local Aboriginal organisations and…

Linda Manning
WOW 2014 participant, Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa
The work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
The WOW seminar on immigrant women’s nutrition and health was a step in the right direction towards closing the gap between academic researchers and service providers.

Josephine Etowa
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa

A Big Thanks to OLIP Students and Mentees

February 5, 2020

OLIP benefited from five students who contributed to OLIP’s work during 2019. Thank you Yara Rossi, Behar Emini, Ashma Huruse, Ismaeel Salad, and Nadira Kulane for your hard work! We were pleased to support your journeys to gainful and rewarding employment.

Yara Rossi

Yara worked with OLIP as Analyst and Information Manager from May to August, helping out with Welcoming Ottawa Week and its follow-up, as well as doing research to inform the development of an Ottawa Newcomer Youth Settlement and Integration Strategy. She came to OLIP through Experica, an employment program sponsored by Employment Ontario. Along with eight years of experience working in the field of refugees, migration and research, Yara has an M.A. and a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution.


Behar Emini

Behar worked at OLIP from February to June in a student placement from Carleton University. Along with helping to organize Welcoming Ottawa Week, Behar helped produce a research piece on the current realities of the social integration of Syrian refugees in Canada. Behar is pursuing his Masters in Anthropology, with a focus on quantitative and qualitative study of the Syrian refugee influx in Canada over the past few years.


Nadira Kulane

Nadira worked at OLIP in the winter of 2019 as an administrative assistant. Nadira was a key part of the OLIP team in planning for the 5th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum. She demonstrated quick wit and team work and was able to organize paperwork, develop analytical tools, and take notes. Nadira has an Honours B.A. in Psychology from Carleton University.