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
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
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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. Welcoming Ottawa Week offers a platform for Ottawa residents to celebrate both this…

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 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 Chair
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
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
Welcoming Ottawa Week is wonderful platform to demonstrate our city’s longstanding openness to immigration and commitment to supporting newcomers’ successful integration. …

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

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.