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
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
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
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
OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
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 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
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
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

Dr. Valerie Preston, Department of Geography, York University and Principal Investigator, Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada

November 14, 2017

Valerie Preston is the Principal Investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada partnership titled Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada. She is a professor in the Department of Geography at York University where she teaches urban social geography. Valerie has published extensively on issues related to migration and settlement in Canada.

She has been the director of two research centres, the Institute for Social Research and the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS). Valerie has also served as the Co-Chair of the CERIS Management Board, co-applicant for several research partnerships, and consultant, collaborator, and advisor with not-for-profit organizations and government. This experience has collectively provided her with the expertise to lead the Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada partnership in developing a robust body of evidence for policy development and program innovations that improve migrant resilience.

Collaborating with academics, researchers and community partners, Valerie leads the Migration and Resilience in Urban Canada partnership’s research programs and provides advice about knowledge mobilization. Through exchanging knowledge between academic institutions and government and non-governmental organizations, she looks at how to improve settlement outcomes, enhance well-being in the face of economic, political, social and cultural challenges and pilot strategies that facilitate the efforts of social institutions to promote resilience.