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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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

OLIP Council Members

Marcia Aronson

Citizen

Naini Cloutier

Executive Director
Somerset West Community Health Centre

Naini Cloutier is the Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre. She has extensive experience…

Naini Cloutier

Executive Director
Somerset West Community Health Centre

Naini Cloutier is the Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre. She has extensive experience in immigrant issues, community development and management. Additionally, she has participated in various community planning bodies and boards in the area of accreditation, evaluation, funding and the non-profit sector generally. Naini holds a Masters degree in Public Administration.

Saint-Phard Désir

Executive Director, Conseil Économique et Social d'Ottawa Carleton
Co-Chair, OLIP's Socio-civic Integration Sector Table

Born in Haiti, Saint-Phard Désir came to Canada in 1990. He completed his education at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a Master in Business…

Saint-Phard Désir

Executive Director, Conseil Économique et Social d'Ottawa Carleton
Co-Chair, OLIP's Socio-civic Integration Sector Table

Born in Haiti, Saint-Phard Désir came to Canada in 1990. He completed his education at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a Master in Business administration. In 2004, commissioned by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, Saint-Phard was the author of the guide "Finding a job, practical guide for the French-speaking newcomers" to help French-speaking immigrants find work in their fields of expertise. Then he left Canada to work in different organizations including Lutheran World Relief in the United States. In February 2007, he returned to the Conseil Économique et Social d'Ottawa Carleton (CÉSOC). He was the Project Coordinator of the  Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’est de l’Ontario for five years and since July 2012 he has assumed the general management of CÉSOC.

Erin Fitzpatrick

Travailleuse sociale/Avocate
Connexion Ottawa

Erin Fitzpatrick

Travailleuse sociale/Avocate
Connexion Ottawa

Dora Gdoura

Manager, La Cité collégiale

Dora Gdoura

Manager, La Cité collégiale

Donna Gray

General Manager of Community and Social Services, City of Ottawa

Prior to Donna’s transition to the Community and Social Services Department on May 1, 2019, Donna served in a number of leadership roles in emergency…

Donna Gray

General Manager of Community and Social Services, City of Ottawa

Prior to Donna’s transition to the Community and Social Services Department on May 1, 2019, Donna served in a number of leadership roles in emergency and protective services, corporate services and most recently, as the General Manager of the Service Innovation and Performance Department. Donna’s transition to Community and Social Services comes at a time in her career where she is looking to get back to her community involvement and strengthen relationships and partnerships with the social service sector. Donna’s goal as the new General Manager of Community and Social Services is to build on the department’s momentum, bring positive change to those who need help and continue to advocate and care for the community’s well-being. Donna is a native to Ottawa. She is a graduate of Carleton University with Honours in Psychology and has obtained a Masters’ Certificate in Municipal Leadership.

Gina Grosenick

Project Manager
Connecting Ottawa

Gina Grosenick is the project manager of Connecting Ottawa, a project funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario to enable access to justice for individuals…

Gina Grosenick

Project Manager
Connecting Ottawa

Gina Grosenick is the project manager of Connecting Ottawa, a project funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario to enable access to justice for individuals that do not speak English or French or have language barriers as a result of a disability or sensory impairment. Gina Grosenick has 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit and community sector, as a lobbyist, communicator, executive, and project manager.   She has extensive experience working with and advising Boards and committees, managing government-funded projects and research, cultivating relationships with government officials and other stakeholders, navigating and communicating within the political process, and working with volunteers. Gina Grosenick holds a Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa and a M.A. and B.A (Hons.) in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary.  Her ongoing teaching and research interests explore strategic communication and advocacy practices to achieve social and political change. Dr. Grosenick is an avid volunteer and advocate for vulnerable populations in Ottawa.  She is currently a Board member on the Western Ottawa Community Research Centre, was the project manager for Broadening the Base, and was a long-standing member and Chair of the Management Board for Centre 454 in Ottawa.

Susan Ingram

Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Susan Ingram

Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Abdirizak Karod

Executive Director, Somali Centre for Family Services

Abdirizak Karod has been the Executive Director of the Somali Centre for Family Services since 1995. Abdirizak believes without employment, integration…

Abdirizak Karod

Executive Director, Somali Centre for Family Services

Abdirizak Karod has been the Executive Director of the Somali Centre for Family Services since 1995. Abdirizak believes without employment, integration will be difficult for newcomers because communities are not intermingling and sharing their unique cultures; and this will create isolation for both the immigrants and host community. Therefore, through his work at the Somali Centre for Family Services, he has built a very outstanding network of different organizations and has advocated on behalf of the community to employ immigrants. While working full-time and raising his family, he went back to university to achieve his Masters of Project Management. He is also certified change management professional.

Marianne Kayed

Manager, Continuing and Community Education, Co-Chair, OLIP Language Sector Table
Ottawa Catholic School Board

Marianne Kayed is the Manager, Continuing and Community Education at the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). This role targets…

Marianne Kayed

Manager, Continuing and Community Education, Co-Chair, OLIP Language Sector Table
Ottawa Catholic School Board

Marianne Kayed is the Manager, Continuing and Community Education at the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). This role targets lifelong learning opportunities for everyone in a family. The portfolio includes overseeing the largest provincially-funded adult English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Eastern Ontario, the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program, the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program, International Languages (elementary) program, summer camps and fee-based programs. She delivers innovative non-credit programming for immigrants, including several ESL/Skills classes (e.g. ESL for Building Interiors, ESL for Home Support Worker, etc.) and LBS work-preparation programs (e.g. landscaping, retail and custodial preparation). With degrees in modern languages, applied linguistics, and certificates in database and risk management, she has spent much of her career in ESL and literacy of adult immigrants and refugees, both in southern Ontario and Ottawa. She is a recognized national expert in the area of Canadian language benchmarks, essential skills and occupational use of language and has worked on several projects to set national standards for both regulated and non-regulated professions in Canada. She was the Senior Program and Partnerships Manager at the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks for over a decade. During that time, she lead national and provincially funded projects/resources and research with various sectors including nursing, physiotherapy, audiology/speech language pathology, engineers, the IT sector, trucking, tourism and red seal trades. The work produced fair, valid and reliable language assessments and professional standards to help newcomers meet defined, clear communication expectations for professional licensure and safe workplace practice. From 2011-2013, she worked at the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada where she was Senior Manager, Policy, responsible for accreditation, risk management and educational programming. Currently she is a director on the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks Board (member of the risk management/auditing and official languages advisory committees). She sits on the OCSB leading and learning committee. Marianne is a member of Hire Immigrants Ottawa (public sector table), the Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy and the Eastern Regional Partnership for Adult Educators.

Armand Kayolo

Program Director
Rideau Rockliffe Community Resource Center

Armand Kayolo is currently the Program Director at the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Center. Before graduating in social work from the University…

Armand Kayolo

Program Director
Rideau Rockliffe Community Resource Center

Armand Kayolo is currently the Program Director at the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Center. Before graduating in social work from the University of Ottawa in 2003, Armand had a university degree in psychoeducation from his home country and studied communication at St Paul University in Ottawa. He immigrated to Canada in 1995 and worked at St Paul University as an educational consultant. He worked for many years as a community organizer at the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Center before serving as program director. In 2010, he received the Community Safety Award from Crime Prevention Ottawa. His passion is to help members of his community.

Mercy Lawluvi

Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Organization
Co-Chair, OLIP Language Sector Table

Mercy Lawluvi

Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Organization
Co-Chair, OLIP Language Sector Table

Kenny Leon

Director of Communications, Ottawa Board of Trade

Kenny Leon joined the Ottawa Board of Trade as the Director of Communication in March 2011 and is responsible for…

Kenny Leon

Director of Communications, Ottawa Board of Trade

Kenny Leon joined the Ottawa Board of Trade as the Director of Communication in March 2011 and is responsible for the overall branding and communication of the organization, including its new initiatives to promote its advocacy efforts. Kenny has 18 years of experience in marketing and communications, both locally and internationally. He serves on several committees that actively advocate a diverse workforce in Ottawa.

Dawn Lyons

Director of Family and Community Health and Harm Reduction, Somerset West Community Health Centre

In February 2018, Dawn Lyons joined the Somerset West Community Health Center as Director of Community and Family Health and Risk Reduction. During her…

Dawn Lyons

Director of Family and Community Health and Harm Reduction, Somerset West Community Health Centre

In February 2018, Dawn Lyons joined the Somerset West Community Health Center as Director of Community and Family Health and Risk Reduction. During her career, she has accumulated over twenty years of management experience in community non-profit organizations serving different communities. Among her many experiences, she worked in particular as founding coordinator of three different community-based programs in the Halifax region and also worked for five years with homeless and at risk youth in the largest organization of health services. After moving to Ottawa, Dawn was hired by the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Center in May 2005 to manage their large team of community services, and thus to carry out the development and delivery of the Pathways Ottawa program. She holds a bachelor's degree in international development and a master's degree in social work.

Barbara MacKinnon

Executive Director
The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa

Barbara MacKinnon has worked in the community for over thirty years. Her passion for helping others led her to hold administrative director positions with…

Barbara MacKinnon

Executive Director
The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa

Barbara MacKinnon has worked in the community for over thirty years. Her passion for helping others led her to hold administrative director positions with three social and health organizations before becoming administrative director of the Children's Aid Society in 2003. As an adoptive mother of two children , Ms. MacKinnon felt challenged by the mission to protect children and young people and strengthen families of the Children's Aid Society. Its main objective has been to improve the work of the Children's Aid Society by establishing essential community partnerships in order to better help families in need and offer more care-oriented care options. Ms. MacKinnon has practical experience in responding to demographic changes in Ottawa and her approach to working with diverse communities has had a positive impact in the organizations she has led. She actively participates locally and provincially in a wide range of planning and coordinating organizations to improve services for families. Barbara MacKinnon's commitment to wanting to make a difference goes beyond her simple professional contribution since she is personally involved in many ways. For example, she participates in United Way committees, chairs the Growing Up initiative, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Crime Prevention Ottawa. Barbara MacKinnon holds a master's degree in social work and various management and business skills. Ms. MacKinnon has received various awards including that of Women of Merit from the Y for Nonprofit Organization Management, the Dr. TA Sweet Award from the Ontario Psychiatric Association, the Alumni Award from the University of Alberta for exceptional contribution by an Alma Mater. Most recently, she received an honorary diploma from Algonquin College as well as the Centraide Community Builder Award as Community Ambassador.

Elaine Medline

Vice-President, Communications and Engagement, Co-Chair, OLIP Health and Well Being Sector Table
Champlain Local Health Integration Network

Elaine Medline joined the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in 2006, and has contributed…

Elaine Medline

Vice-President, Communications and Engagement, Co-Chair, OLIP Health and Well Being Sector Table
Champlain Local Health Integration Network

Elaine Medline joined the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in 2006, and has contributed to a number of key LHIN initiatives in the areas of communications, mental health and addictions, and lung health. She became a member of the LHIN’s Senior Management Team in 2011. In addition to communications and community engagement, Elaine currently focuses on improving health services for immigrants and refugees, as well as Francophone communities. She is currently co-chair of the Health and Well-Being Sector Table of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership. In addition, Elaine is now working with Indigenous partners on a number of health initiatives. From 1999 - 2006, she worked at Ottawa Public Health, developing policies and programs related to tobacco control, environmental health, youth programs, harm reduction and health-care emergencies. Elaine has degrees in biology and medicine from McGill University, and a journalism degree from Carleton University. She began her journalism career in 1991 as a reporter at the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper in Prince Edward Island, followed by a five-year stint covering health policy and medical innovations for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper from 1992 - 97.

Kelly Mertl

Director, Community Initiatives
United Way Ottawa

Kelly joined United…

Kelly Mertl

Director, Community Initiatives
United Way Ottawa

Kelly joined United Way Ottawa in the role of Director, Community Initiatives in 2013 where she works with volunteers and key community stakeholders on strategies for labour market inclusion of people with disabilities and newcomers in Ottawa.  Her portfolio also includes working with partners to help reduce social isolation of seniors. Kelly leads the Employment Accessibility Resource Network which includes over 105 organizations, all focused on helping people with disabilities find employment through employer education and other activities.  She also convened the sector around United for Refugees, a partnership with key community organizations including the City of Ottawa, who all worked together to raise and allocate funds for the sponsorship and settlement of people affected by the Syrian crisis. Kelly has over 25 years of talent acquisition, people management and training and facilitation experience in the private sector.  Her breadth of experience and expertise, particularly in recruitment, diversity and inclusion initiatives, has been driven by her passion and desire to help make change happen in our community.  

Hindia Mohamoud

OLIP Director

Hindia Mohamoud has close to twenty years of experience with building community solutions through research, partnership development, and program design. …

Hindia Mohamoud

OLIP Director

Hindia Mohamoud has close to twenty years of experience with building community solutions through research, partnership development, and program design.  She is currently the director of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, where she is responsible for facilitating the establishment and implementation of community-wide vision and strategy for improving the settlement and integration of immigrants in Ottawa.  Previously, she worked as the director of research at the Social Planning Council and as a director of impact and investment at United Way/Centraide Ottawa. Hindia’s academic background is varied - she holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa and various diplomas in business, management, technology, and communication.  She is also fluent in four international languages, including both official languages. Hindia is widely engaged with local social development process and activities.  For example, she is a member of the City for all Women’s Initiative (CAWI) and a regular volunteer at a local food bank.

Michael Molloy is the co-author of “Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-80” and has 40 years of experience in international…

Michael Molloy

Citizen

Michael Molloy is the co-author of “Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-80” and has 40 years of experience in international and refugee affairs. Mike was Ambassador to Jordan (1996-2000) and Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (2000-03).  As Director of Refugee Policy, 1976 -1978, he led design of the refugee provisions of the 1976 Immigration Act, including the Convention Refugee and Designated Classes, the private refugee sponsorship program and the WUSC refugee student program. In 1979 and 1980 he coordinated the Indochinese refugee program that brought 60,000 refugees to Canada. He was directly involved in the Czechoslovakian (1968) and Uganda Asian (1972) refugee movements, was Counsellor for Humanitarian Affairs at the Canadian Mission in Geneva 1981-84, and managed immigration and refugee operations in Jordan, Syria, East Africa and Ontario. He is President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society.  

Dragana Mrdjenovic

Manager, Settlement and Integration Program
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Dragana Mrdjenovic has worked for over 10 years in the immigrant-serving sector in language training and employment and recently as the Manager of the…

Dragana Mrdjenovic

Manager, Settlement and Integration Program
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Dragana Mrdjenovic has worked for over 10 years in the immigrant-serving sector in language training and employment and recently as the Manager of the Settlement and Integration Program at the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. She is an avid advocate for personal and economic empowerment of immigrants through effective and timely interventions of community programming. As a relationship builder with innovative approach, she draws upon her professional and personal experiences as an immigrant and continuous learning from front line workers to improve how the sector engages and supports immigrants. Dragana has participated in numerous working groups, conferences, initiatives and encouraged creative dialogues in order to go beyond the status quo.  Dragana has a BA in Linguistics and Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Carleton University.

Alex Munter

President and Chief Executive Officer, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
Chair, OLIP Council

Alex Munter is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the…

Alex Munter

President and Chief Executive Officer, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
Chair, OLIP Council

Alex Munter is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in health and social services realm. He became Chair of the OLIP Council in 2016, after representing the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) as an OLIP member. As the chair of the OLIP Council, Alex presides over multi-sectoral collaborations to strengthen Ottawa’s capacity to attract, settle, and integrate newcomers in all aspects of community life. Alex was Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain LHIN — the provincial government agency responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in the region. He strengthened the region's health system by making strategic investments at hospitals and community-based agencies in all areas of our region. As Executive Director of the YSB, Alex grew the organization, adding services and expanding its reach. It won recognition for its ground-breaking work in addressing youth mental health issues and introducing measures to improve the agency's governance, efficiency and service quality. Prior to taking the three CEO roles in which he has served, Alex was a City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa for 12 years, including six as head of the city's health and social services. Alex has won numerous awards from a wide range of organizations for his contributions to the community and is a proud member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.  

Carl Nicholson

Executive Director
Catholic Centre for Immigrants

Carl Nicholson is the Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (since 1994) and Executive Director…

Carl Nicholson

Executive Director
Catholic Centre for Immigrants

Carl Nicholson is the Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (since 1994) and Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Foundation (since 1996), overseeing an annual operating budget of $10 million and a staff of 100 people who serve 6,000 clients per year who are immigrants and/or refugees. A graduate of Carleton University and a Certified Fundraising Executive, Carl has an extensive background (40 years) in the not-for-profit sector in leadership positions. Carl sits on several boards including Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI), Vice-President of World Skills, Past-President of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Executive Member of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership Council, Member of the Executive of Refugee 613 and member of the Ottawa Police Services Board. Carl has been recognized widely for his contributions to the community. In 2003 he was recognized by United Way/Centraide Ottawa with a Community Builder Award as part of the partnership with LASI. In 2004 he was given the Investing in People Award by the Community Foundation of Ottawa and was awarded the Diocesan Order of Merit by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa. In 2006 Ottawa Life Magazine named him one of the Capital’s 50 top people who make a difference. The National Institute of Jamaican Canadians presented him with the Lignum Vitae award in 2007. Carl was recognized by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa with the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good award in 2008. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Ottawa Community Leadership award bestowed by the “Dream Keepers” in honour of Martin Luther King Jr; the Mayor of Ottawa inducted Carl into the Order of Ottawa in 2013. More recently, the United Way presented him with a 2016 Community Builder of the Year award as part of a group which worked to receive Syrian refugees in Ottawa. In 2017 Carl received the Ontario 150 award for his work to improve the Ottawa Centre community. He was the recipient of an Honourary Degree from Algonquin College in 2018.        

Dennise Taylor-Gilhen

Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Ottawa

As Vice President of Community Impact, Dennise Taylor-Gilhen is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support effective planning,…

Dennise Taylor-Gilhen

Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Ottawa

As Vice President of Community Impact, Dennise Taylor-Gilhen is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support effective planning, resource investment, and partner and community relations that respond to Ottawa’s most pressing and complex social issues. Dennise first joined United Way Ottawa’s Community Impact team in 2003 where for four years she worked closely with community partners on issues related to Mental Health and Addiction, Poverty, and Crisis, returning in 2015 to join United Way Ottawa’s senior management team. With many years of experience working in the social services and health charity sector, she believes that it is only when we hold important conversations with our diverse and inclusive community that we are able to work better together and achieve positive change. Dennise has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Ottawa, along with a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan and in 2018, she became the first Canadian to graduate from United Way Worldwide’s Advance Leadership Program.  

Laurent Touchant

Agente de développement communautaire, Centre de ressources communautaires Rideau-Rockcliffe

Laurent Touchant

Agente de développement communautaire, Centre de ressources communautaires Rideau-Rockcliffe

Mengistab Tsegaye

Executive Director, Co-Chair, OLIP Economic Integration Sector Table
World Skills

Mengistab Tsegaye has worked over 25 years in the newcomer’s settlement and integration sector, and he was an immigrant himself.  He has a Social Work…

Mengistab Tsegaye

Executive Director, Co-Chair, OLIP Economic Integration Sector Table
World Skills

Mengistab Tsegaye has worked over 25 years in the newcomer’s settlement and integration sector, and he was an immigrant himself.  He has a Social Work background and extensive experience in employment issues and the challenges newcomers face. Mengistab's past and present settlement and community involvement includes:
  • Board member, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI),
  • President of the Eritrean Community of Ottawa,
  • Member of the Ontario works monitoring committee,
  • Board member, Ottawa Carleton Housing Authority,
  • Chair of settlement .org,
  • Chair of Algonquin College Community Collaboration Committee, and
  • Member of the Employer council of champions in Ottawa.
Mr. Tsegaye is co founder and Executive Director of World Skills,  an organization that provides employment services to newcomers in Ottawa.

Deborah Tunis

OLIP Chair

Ms. Tunis brings over 40 years of leadership experience in the Canadian public service in a variety of policy areas, including immigration, international…

Deborah Tunis

OLIP Chair

Ms. Tunis brings over 40 years of leadership experience in the Canadian public service in a variety of policy areas, including immigration, international trade, social development and housing. In 2015, Ms. Tunis was named Special Coordinator for Syrian Refugee Resettlement, helping to lead the initiative that welcomed tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada. In this key role, she coordinated provinces, municipalities, settlement agencies, donors and others to provide supports to Syrian refugees.