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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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

Moderated Panel Discussion on Attraction and Retention of International Students in Ottawa

July 18, 2013

International students constitute a major area of migration growth in Ottawa. At the end of 2012, the number of active international student visas in force, over 8,500, exceeded the intake of immigrants for that same year by some 2,500. Current domestic and international policy directions support the idea of students as a ‘preferred’ immigration stream and an ideal pathway for recruitment into Canada.

As such, developing shared understanding on what is needed to create the right conditions for attracting and retaining international students was a key objective of the 2nd Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum.

An expert panel, moderated by Dr. Chedly Belkhodja, a Professor of Political Science at Moncton University addressed this pertinent topic and answered the questions from the audience.  Panelists representing local institutions of higher education reflected on their respective institution’s learning on best approaches to recruit and integrate international students and the opportunities and challenges that they face. The members of the panel were:

Gary Slater, Professor of Physics and Associate Vice-President International, University of Ottawa
John Nelson, Manager of the International Student Services Office at Carleton University
Gilles Tousignant, International Project Manager at La Cité Collegiale
Christine Peachey, Manager, International Partnerships and Programs, Algonquin College
Mohammed Alshaebi, Programming Coordinator, International Student Centre, Carleton University Student Association

The full coverage of panel discussion on attraction and retention of international students and the Question & Answers with the audience is provided in the following video.