AcknowledgementsJanuary 10, 2018
We truly appreciate the valuable insights of the forum’s speakers: Mayor Jim Watson; Alex Munter, Chair, OLIP Council and President and CEO, CHEO and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre; Ian Faris, President and CEO, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Executive Member, Local Employment Planning Council; Chantale LeClerc, CEO, Champlain Local Health Integration Network, Dr. Valerie Preston, Department of Geography, York University and Principal Investigator, Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada; Yvonne Ferrer, Director, Refugee Settlement Unit, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; Wendy Vuyk, Associate Director and Coordinator, Eastern Ontario Region, Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation and Dr. Josephine Etowa, Professor, University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
We also wish to recognize the contribution of our skilled facilitators: Ingrid Argyle, Program Manager, Ottawa Employment Hub, Kelly McGahey, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Hire Immigrants Ottawa, Jennifer Ditchburn, Editor-in Chief, Policy Options and Lynne Tyler, Catalyst Research and Communications.
We also wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to organizations that contributed to the forum: Champlain Local Health Integration Network, Local Employment Planning Council, University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Royal Bank of Canada for their contributions and sponsorship of today’s forum. Without their support, the 4th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum would not have been possible.
Hosting our forum involved a great deal of hard work in the background, so we wish to Joycelyn Glover, our event planner and OLIP staff Denise Deby, Hodan Egale and Suzanne Charest, along with Hawo Suleiman, Liliose Umubyeyi and Abeer Alqaisi who volunteered at the forum.
It’s only because of your time, engagement and commitment, that we were able to have this wonderful rendez-vous, which we have every two years. All of this will ultimately help strengthen our common understanding in support of local planning and actions for newcomers, as we chart the way forward in building the foundation for a stronger and more diverse Ottawa.