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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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

Discussion Themes and Outcomes

March 6, 2013

Immigrants continue to face multidimensional integration challenges , which means that settlement in their newly adopted country can come with a very high “transition cost.” Forum participants discussed ways of improving supports to newcomers to enable faster transitions and, consequently, contributions to the Ottawa community in four specific areas identified by Forum panelists:

  • Leveraging immigrants’ entrepreneuria spirit – Orange Zone
  • Leveraging immigrants’ skills through internships – Blue Zone
  • Leveraging immigrants’ civic contributions for greater progress in equity and inclusion – Yellow Zone
  • Leveraging immigrants’ cultural contributions for greater vibrancy and shared sense of belonging to our city – Green Zone.

Group discussion evolved around two questions:

  • What is needed to leverage the selected contribution (entrepreneurial; employment skills; civic and cultural)?
  • Who is best to do it and what creative collaborations are possible to achieve the goal?

To access a brief introduction to the issues and a summary of each group’s discussion outcomes, click here.