The OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
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
All the WOW events that I went to were great – WOW does give a sense of a community trying to improve its attraction and retention!

Caroline Andrew
Professor, University of Ottawa
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 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
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
The target beneficiary of the work of OLIP is the whole community. In this short period we have planted together important seeds for Ottawa’s development.  

Dick Stewart
OLIP Council
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
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
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

Agenda: The 4th Biennial Ottawa Immigration Forum

November 8, 2017

Theme:  Pathways to Integration: Learning Forward
Monday, November 20, 2017, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Bayview Yards, RBC Foundry Room, 7 Bayview Road, Ottawa

8:00 am Arrival, Registration, Breakfast and Interactive Engagement with Youth Futures
9:00 am Opening Remarks
Sarah Onyango, Master of Ceremony/Facilitator
9:10 am Welcoming Remarks
Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
9:15 am


Thoughts from OLIP Partners

Charting our Progress through Complexity
Alex Munter, Chair, OLIP Council and President and CEO, CHEO and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre

Access to Talent: A Top Priority for Ottawa’s Business Community
Ian Faris, President and CEO, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Executive Member, Local Employment Planning Council

Importance of Local Collaboration to Promote Newcomers’ Health and Well-Being
Chantale LeClerc, CEO, Champlain Local Health Integration Network

9:40 am Keynote Speech: Assuring Newcomer Success: Challenges and Opportunities 
Dr. Valerie Preston, Department of Geography, York University and Principal Investigator, Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada
Q&A Moderator:   Sarah Onyango
10:30 am Break and Networking
11:00 am Participant Discussions (Breakout Sessions)

Employment: Bridging Skills Demand and Immigrants’ Talent
Facilitators: Kelly McGahey, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations,
Hire Immigrants Ottawa and Ingrid Argyle, Program Manager, Ottawa Employment Hub

Refugee Settlement and Transition to Integration
Facilitator:  Joan Riggs, Catalyst Research and Communications

12:30 pm Lunch and Entertainment
1:00 pm Expert Panel: Linking Policy and Practice


Yvonne Ferrer, Director, Refugee Settlement Unit, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Dr. Trina Foster, Executive Director at Ontario Centre for Workforce InnovationLeslie Emory, Executive Director, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Dr. Josephine Etowa, Professor, University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Loyer DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing

Facilitator:   Jennifer Ditchburn, Editor-in-Chief, Policy Options

2:25 pm Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP

2:30 pm Adjournment


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