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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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

OLIP Council Members

Caroline Andrew

Director, Centre on Governance, U of Ottawa
OLIP Settlement and ICD Sector Table Co-Chair

Caroline Andrew is the Director of the Centre on Governance, School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. She studied political science at…

Caroline Andrew

Director, Centre on Governance, U of Ottawa
OLIP Settlement and ICD Sector Table Co-Chair

Caroline Andrew is the Director of the Centre on Governance, School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. She studied political science at the University of British Columbia (BA), Laval University (MA) and the University of Toronto (PhD).  Her research interests include urban development, municipal immigration and immigrant integration policies, gender and local governance, place-based policy and relations between community groups and municipal governments. Recent publications include: «Federal Policies on Immigrant Settlement» (2011) with Rachida Abdourhamane Hima in E.Tolley and R.Young, Immigrant Settlement Policies in Canadian Municipalities, McGill-Queens, p.49-72;  «Ottawa-Gatineau:Capital Formation » (2011) with Brian Ray and Guy Chiasson in Larry Bourne et al, Canadian Urban Regions: Trajectories of Growth and Change , Oxford University Press, p.202-235; «Federalism and Feminism: The Canadian Challenge for Women’s Urban Safety» (2010) in Melissa Haussman et al. Federalism, Feminism and Multilevel Governance , Ashgate,p. 83-96. Caroline Andrew is on the boards of the Lowertown Community Resource Centre and Women in Cities International and on the steering committees of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and the City for All Women Initiative in Ottawa.

Jim Boone

Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Jim Boone is a graduate from the Humber College Public Relations Diploma Program.  He started his career in Ottawa as a Manager at the Ottawa International…

Jim Boone

Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Jim Boone is a graduate from the Humber College Public Relations Diploma Program.  He started his career in Ottawa as a Manager at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.  He then launched the Ottawa Bluesfest on behalf of a local charity.  He has worked in the telecommunications sector as a manager at Stentor and in the medical education sector as the COO at the Canadian Resident Matching Service.  In 2012 he completed the Telfer Executive MBA program.  Along the way, Jim founded the National Hockey League Fans’ Association, which he operated for 15 years.  He has been working as the Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa since 2013.

Aaron Burry

General Manager
Community and Social Services, City of Ottawa

As the General Manager of the Community and Social Services department, City of Ottawa, Dr. Aaron Burry  is responsible for the delivery of the following…

Aaron Burry

General Manager
Community and Social Services, City of Ottawa

As the General Manager of the Community and Social Services department, City of Ottawa, Dr. Aaron Burry  is responsible for the delivery of the following services: Children’s Services, Community Development and Funding, Housing Services, Long Term Care and Social Services. Over the past 10 years, Aaron has lead and managed the delivery of social, recreation, health and dental services within the Ottawa community.  Aaron has been the General Manager of the Community and Social Services since March 2010.  Previously, he held the position of General Manager of Parks and Recreation from 2009 to 2010 and was the Director of Parks and Recreation from 2003 to 2009. Aaron continues to serve as the City’s Dental Officer of Health and holds a speciality certificate in public health dentistry.   Aaron holds MHA and MBA degrees from the University of Ottawa.  Aaron is dedicated to collaborating with diverse communities and organizations to build partnerships to provide human services that meet the needs of Ottawa residents. He is committed to service excellence and providing easy access to integrated and consistent social services. Description of CSSD The Community and Social Services Department, in collaboration with the Community, delivers and funds programs and human services to residents in need of child care, employment and financial assistance, housing services and long term care. The Department has the responsibility to administer and deliver provincially and federally legislated programs and services.

Naini Cloutier

Interim Executive Director
Lowertown Community Resource Centre

Naini Cloutier is the Director of Community Health Services at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. She has extensive experience in immigrant issues,…

Naini Cloutier

Interim Executive Director
Lowertown Community Resource Centre

Naini Cloutier is the Director of Community Health Services at Pinecrest-Queensway 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.

Jeffrey Dale

Co-founder and Corporate Director, Odawa Group Inc

Jeffrey Dale is currently the co-founder and a corporate director for the Odawa Group Inc a financial services company, Snowy Cloud Inc a management consulting…

Jeffrey Dale

Co-founder and Corporate Director, Odawa Group Inc

Jeffrey Dale is currently the co-founder and a corporate director for the Odawa Group Inc a financial services company, Snowy Cloud Inc a management consulting company and a consulting partner of Welch LLP Chairman’s View Program. Prior to Odawa Group, Mr. Dale was an executive for a number of companies in Ottawa’s robust Technology sector including OCRI, KOM Networks, Peleton Photonic System and SHL Systemhouse.  From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Dale was Chairman of the Board of Centillion Industries a publically traded company on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V:CID).  Mr. Dale is an active member of the Ottawa community and volunteers his time for a number of community service activities.

Saint-Phard Désir

Executive Director
CESOC

Born in Haiti, St-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…

Saint-Phard Désir

Executive Director
CESOC

Born in Haiti, St-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, St-Phard Désir 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 CESOC. He was the Project Coordinator of Francophone Immigration support network of East Ontario for 5 years and since July 2012, he assumed the general management of the organization.

Leslie Emory

Executive Director
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services

Leslie has been the Executive Director at Ottawa Community Immigrant Services since 2013, before which she served as the Manager of Community Economic…

Leslie Emory

Executive Director
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services

Leslie has been the Executive Director at Ottawa Community Immigrant Services since 2013, before which she served as the Manager of Community Economic Development for the agency.  Prior to transitioning to the social services sector, she was the President and Co-founder of a company offering IT integration solutions to the private and public sectors across Canada. Leslie has a Masters of Social Work with a specialization in social service leadership. She is the President of the Board of World Skills Employment Centre, a founding and Executive Member of Refugee613 and the Eastern Regional Director for the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Leslie has a passion for social innovation initiatives addressing barriers to integration for newcomers to Canada.

Jane Fjeld

Associate Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Jane Fjeld’s current position is Associate Executive Director of Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.  Her  previous work experiences have included being…

Jane Fjeld

Associate Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Jane Fjeld’s current position is Associate Executive Director of Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.  Her  previous work experiences have included being the Provincial Youth Priority Knowledge Exchange Manager with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a 6 month secondment with the Roberts/Smart Centre as an Interim Executive Director, an 18 month secondment with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long - term Care as well as being the Executive Director of the Eastern Ontario Young Offenders Services and the Executive Director of Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa.  Jane holds a Master Degree in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa.

Clara Freire

Manager, Client Service Strategies, City of Ottawa

Clara Freire is currently employed as Manager, Client Service Strategies, at the City of Ottawa.  In this capacity she manages various community engagement…

Clara Freire

Manager, Client Service Strategies, City of Ottawa

Clara Freire is currently employed as Manager, Client Service Strategies, at the City of Ottawa.  In this capacity she manages various community engagement and strategic initiatives.  She is currently responsible for managing the City’s role in the Community Development Framework, development of the City’s Older Adult Plan, the Aboriginal Working Committee and other initiatives such as the Equity and Inclusion Lens implementation.  Clara has worked for the City for over 11 years and, prior to her current position, worked in the area of housing and homelessness both with the City and in the community.   She has a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Lynn Graham

Private Citizen, Chair of the Education Sector Table

Lynn Graham’s current volunteer community work includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Youth Services Bureau and the Board of Directors…

Lynn Graham

Private Citizen, Chair of the Education Sector Table

Lynn Graham’s current volunteer community work includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Youth Services Bureau and the Board of Directors of the Champlain Community Care Access Centre, where she was chair from 2008 to 2012. For twelve years, until 2006, Lynn was a school board trustee, first with the Ottawa Board of Education and, following amalgamation, with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She played a key role in the establishment of the OCDSB’s Advisory Committee on Children and Youth at Risk and she served three terms as chair of the OCDSB. She has held volunteer governance positions with other organizations, including the Parent Preschool Resource Centre, Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa, and Christie Lake Kids. Lynn’s post graduation employment was with CUSO. She was a secondary school teacher in Ghana, West Africa, and later a staff member of the CUSO national secretariat in Ottawa, administering the programs in West Africa and assisting CUSO committees at Canadian universities and colleges. In subsequent years, Lynn became a federal government employee with the Department of National Health and Welfare and afterwards with the Department of Manpower and Immigration. Lynn holds a Master of Social Work Degree. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Colleen Hendrick

Manager
Strategic Community Initiatives, City of Ottawa

Colleen Hendrick, Manager of the City of Ottawa’s Strategic Community Initiatives Branch, has 30+ years of municipal social services expertise including…

Colleen Hendrick

Manager
Strategic Community Initiatives, City of Ottawa

Colleen Hendrick, Manager of the City of Ottawa's Strategic Community Initiatives Branch, has 30+ years of municipal social services expertise including management of Social Service Centres; Employment Programs; Homelessness Prevention Programs; Community Funding and Cultural Services. The Strategic Community Initiatives Branch provides leadership on key City wide strategies and supports to youth; older adults; immigrants; aboriginal households; public engagement; community development and social policy initiatives, etc.

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.

Armand Kayolo

Program Manager, Rideau Rockliffe Community Resource Centre

Armand Kayolo is now working as Program Manager at Rideau Rockliffe Community Resource Center.  Before his graduation from Ottawa University, in 2003,…

Armand Kayolo

Program Manager, Rideau Rockliffe Community Resource Centre

Armand Kayolo is now working as Program Manager at Rideau Rockliffe Community Resource Center.  Before his graduation from Ottawa University, in 2003, in Social Services, he studied communication at St-Paul University/Ottawa while having another university degree in Psycho-education from his home country. As an immigrant, he came to Canada in 1995 and worked at St- Paul University/Ottawa as an Academic Counselor. He served, for many years, as a Community Developer before his actual position at the same Centre.  In 2010, he received the Community Safety Award from Crime Prevention Ottawa.  Serving his fellow community members is a passion for Armand.

Kenny Leon

Director of Communications
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Kenny Leon joined the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Communication in March 2011 and is responsible for the overall branding and communication…

Kenny Leon

Director of Communications
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Kenny Leon joined the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Communication in March 2011 and is responsible for the overall branding and communication of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, including new initiatives to promote the advocacy efforts of the Chamber. Kenny counts of 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

Interim Director of Community Health
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Dawn Lyons possesses an Honors B.A. in International Development and a Masters Degree in Social Work.  Her employment history includes more than 20 years…

Dawn Lyons

Interim Director of Community Health
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Dawn Lyons possesses an Honors B.A. in International Development and a Masters Degree in Social Work.  Her employment history includes more than 20 years of management experience with community-based non-profit organizations serving diverse communities.   Dawn’s experience includes work as the founding Coordinator of three different community based programs in the Halifax area, as well as five years working with homeless and at risk youth through the City’s largest youth serving organization.  After moving to Ottawa, Dawn was hired by Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) to manage their large community services team and, subsequently, to spearhead the development and delivery of the Ottawa Pathways Program.  Dawn has been Program Manager of the Ottawa Pathways Program for the past seven years and has recently been seconded for a one year period to work as the Interim Director of Community Health with PQCHC.

Barbara MacKinnon

Executive Director, Ottawa Children's Aid Society

Ms. MacKinnon has served the Ottawa community for over thirty years. Her passion for helping others has lead her to Executive Director positions at three…

Barbara MacKinnon

Executive Director, Ottawa Children's Aid Society

Ms. MacKinnon has served the Ottawa community for over thirty years. Her passion for helping others has lead her to Executive Director positions at three social and health organizations prior to joining the Children's Aid Society in 2003 as Executive Director. As an adoptive mom of two children, she was drawn to the Children’s Aid Society’s mission of protecting children and youth from abuse and strengthening families. Her primary goal has been to enhance the work of the Society by developing essential community partnerships to better support families in need and increasing family based care options, through foster, kin and adoption for children and youth in the care of the Society.  Ms. MacKinnon has first-hand experience responding to the changing demographics of Ottawa and her approach to working with diverse communities has positively impacted the organizations she has led.   She is active locally and provincially on a range of planning and co-ordination bodies to improve the service system for families. Her commitment to making a difference goes beyond her professional contribution as Ms. MacKinnon personally volunteers her time and expertise in various capacities. To name a few, she sits on United Way Committees, Chairs the Growing Up Great Initiative, and is on the Board of Directors of Crime Prevention Ottawa. Ms. MacKinnon has a Masters of Social Work and a range of business and management qualifications. Ms. MacKinnon has received a number of awards for example the Women of Distinction Award for non-profit management, the Dr. T.A. Sweet Award from the Ontario Psychiatric Association, the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Alma Mater.  Most recently she has received an honorary degree from Algonquin College and the United Way Community Builder Award as the Community Ambassador.

Norah Marsh

Superintendent of Instruction
Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Norah has been a Superintendent of Instruction with the OCDSB since September 2014. She is also the Chair of the Ontario Institute for Education Leadership…

Norah Marsh

Superintendent of Instruction
Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Norah has been a Superintendent of Instruction with the OCDSB since September 2014. She is also the Chair of the Ontario Institute for Education Leadership and Past-President of the Ontario Supervisory Officers’ Association. Prior to returning home to Ottawa, she was the Superintendent of Education for the Limestone District School Board for seven years. There she was primarily responsible for student achievement at the secondary level, K-12 Aboriginal Education and school operations. Norah was a secondary school administrator in the greater Kingston area for 10 years, serving in both rural and urban schools. As a teacher, Norah taught English, history and drama. She dedicated most of her teaching career to creating integrated programs for students who were most at risk of not completing high school. Norah holds an Honours degree from University of Ottawa and Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees from Queen’s University. She is the mother of two daughters.

Jack McCarthy

Executive Director, Somerset West CHC
OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table Chair

Jack McCarthy has been the Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) since 1989. In these 23 years Jack has lead the organization…

Jack McCarthy

Executive Director, Somerset West CHC
OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table Chair

Jack McCarthy has been the Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) since 1989. In these 23 years Jack has lead the organization through two major expansion initiatives including the purchase of both 55 Eccles in 1993 and our new location at 30 Rosemount Avenue in 2012. Under Jack’s leadership the Rosemount CHC (Hintonburg Hub) is a project that will see expanded access to service in our community, a strategic priority of SWCHC since 2007. At the same time the Centre has significantly expanded its program base, providing a vast range of health and social services targeted to the needs of residents in west central Ottawa. From 2004 to 2011, Jack was the Chairperson of the Canadian Alliance of Community Health Centre Associations (CACHCA), a pan-Canadian advocacy body for CHCs. He was a member of the steering committee which organized a very successful international conference “CHCs: Acting today; shaping tomorrow” held in Toronto in June 2011. The conference was a collective effort involving CACHCA, the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) and the National Association of CHCs (NACHC) in the United States. At the conference Jack received the Joe Leonard Award honouring individuals “who have made outstanding contributions to community health, shown outstanding leadership with respect to health policy, health promotion and disease prevention, or furthered the recognition of the social determinants of health on a community, provincial, national or international stage”. In 2011, Jack received the Joan Gullen award from Family Services Ottawa in recognition of his contribution to the process of Social Justice in the communities of Ottawa. Jack is a past chairperson of both the Ottawa Hospital Community Advisory Committee and the Central Ottawa Community of Care Advisory Forum for the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. As well, he is involved in several research projects pertaining to primary health care and the link between primary health care and public health. Prior to being at Somerset West CHC, he was the founding Executive Director of Carlington Community Health Centre in Ottawa and worked previously with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa and the Social Services Department of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton. Jack obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1977. The major focus of his studies was in community development and social planning, which remain at the foundation of Jack’s passion for social justice and equality in health care for all Canadians.

Elaine Medline

Communications Director, Champlain LHIN

Elaine Medline joined the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in 2006. She was instrumental in helping to establish a new health clinic in…

Elaine Medline

Communications Director, Champlain LHIN

Elaine Medline joined the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in 2006. She was instrumental in helping to establish a new health clinic in Ottawa for government-sponsored refugees, and has also been involved in mental health and addictions initiatives. Elaine became a member of the Champlain LHIN’s Senior Management Team 2011 and now focuses on public affairs and communications. From 1999 to 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. Previously, she was a health reporter at the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

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.

Alex Munter

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

Alex Munter is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience…

Alex Munter

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

Alex Munter is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in health and social services realm. Alex was Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (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 Youth Services Bureau (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 (CCI) and the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Foundation (CCIF) overseeing…

Carl Nicholson

Executive Director, Catholic Centre for Immigrants

Carl Nicholson is the Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) and the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Foundation (CCIF) overseeing an annual operating budget of $8.0M, and a staff of 85 people who serve 7,000 clients who are immigrants and/or refugees. Carl is a graduate of Carleton University and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector in leadership positions (37 years including 16 years in CUSO Africa). He has maintained his own successful fundraising and management consulting company since 1989. Carl sits on several Boards including:  Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI); Treasurer of World Skills; President of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI); the Executive of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership Council; Making Ottawa Safe Together (MOST); Treasurer of the Human Resources Sector Council for the Voluntary Sector; Vice President of Watercan (which delivers $2M/year in clean water and hygiene to 3 East African countries); Co-chair of the Governing Council of the Welcoming Communities Initiative; and the Ottawa Police Services Board. Carl has been recognized several times for his contributions to community.  In 2003 he was recognized by United Way/Centraide Ottawa with a ‘Community Builder Award’ as part of the partnership Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI); in 2004 Carl 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 as one of the Capital’s 50 top people who make a difference; in 2007 he was presented with the Lignum Vitae award by the National Institute of Jamaican Canadians. More recently Carl was recognized by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa with the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good award (2008), and he was the 2011 recipient of the Ottawa Community leadership award bestowed by the ‘Dream keepers’ in honour of Martin Luther King Jr.  

Michael Oster

President
Ottawa Community Loan Fund

Michael Oster was appointed President of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund in December 2011, launching his encore career. With Cisco Systems Canada until…

Michael Oster

President
Ottawa Community Loan Fund

Michael Oster was appointed President of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund in December 2011, launching his encore career. With Cisco Systems Canada until December 2010, he was National Director, Public Sector Business Development at the time of his planned early retirement. In this role he led Cisco Canada’s vision, strategy and execution for the Education and Government vertical markets and related Community priorities, and contributed to Cisco’s worldwide Corporate strategy. Michael’s focus on the Education Vertical enabled Cisco Canada to achieve record market share, growth and customer success in Education. A 27-year veteran of the Canadian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, Michael joined Cisco in 2000 and spent eight years in Sales before moving into Business Development.  Michael began his ICT career with IBM then joined Sun Microsystems, for each company holding multiple roles with progressive responsibilities in both Ottawa and Toronto.  Michael’s further credentials include a decade of international experience with technology start-ups focused on Internet middleware and network management before joining Cisco. Michael is a former Director of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, and the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL), a consortium of Canadian Universities. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, an active Community volunteer (e.g. Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Sustainable Living Ottawa East) and Board member (e.g. Ontario Social Economy Roundtable), and is frequently asked to advise entrepreneurs.

Bernard Roy

Director of Education, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

Bernard Roy has been Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) since 2010. With 33 years of experience in education…

Bernard Roy

Director of Education, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

Bernard Roy has been Director of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) since 2010. With 33 years of experience in education and school administration, he has the strong background needed to meet the challenges of overseeing Canada’s largest French-language school board outside Quebec. Mr. Roy’s career with the CECCE began in 1981. Since then, he has held positions including teacher, secondary school principal, and Superintendent of Education. Under Mr. Roy’s leadership, the CECCE’s schools have experienced dramatic growth: some 2,500 additional students over 4 years. Several new schools are under construction, including one secondary school in Kanata and another in the south end of Orleans. As well, major work is underway on certain more well-established schools, such as École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne in Ottawa’s Lowertown. Mr. Roy has spearheaded files promoting student success, including the implementation of the new technological vision for secondary schools and 21st-century learning. He is also recognized for his leadership on issues of sound management and governance.

A social worker by profession, Dick spent 33 years in municipal government in Ottawa in both front-line and senior management role, including as Commissioner…

Dick Stewart

A social worker by profession, Dick spent 33 years in municipal government in Ottawa in both front-line and senior management role, including as Commissioner of Social Services with the Region of Ottawa–Carleton and General Manager of the People Services Department for the City of Ottawa. Since retiring in 2002, Dick has devoted his energy to community issues and the community service sector. He sits on the boards of the Sector Council for the Voluntary and Not-for-Profit sector in Canada, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, West End Legal Services of Ottawa, and The Council on Aging of Ottawa.  He is also on the Steering Committee of the Ontario Non-Profit Network.

Mengistab Tsegaye

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

Mengistab Tsegayehas 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, LASI World Skills
OLIP Economic Integration Sector Table Co-Chair

Mengistab Tsegayehas 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. Mr. Tsegaye'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
  • Member of the Employer council of champions in Ottawa
Mr. Tsegaye is co founder and Executive Director of LASI World Skills- an organization that provides employment services to newcomers in Ottawa.

Francine Vachon

Community Development Manager, OCH, East District

Francine Vachon is the Community Development Manager for the East District with the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. Prior to joining Ottawa Community…

Francine Vachon

Community Development Manager, OCH, East District

Francine Vachon is the Community Development Manager for the East District with the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. Prior to joining Ottawa Community Housing, Francine worked in the field of Housing and Homelessness. She values self-determination, working and learning together and ensuring that inclusion is at the core of building strong communities.  

Mark Zarecki

Executive Director, Jewish Family Services

Mark Zarecki, MSW, RSW, is a graduate from the McGill School of Social Work, as well as the Institutional Administration program at ConcordiaUniversity. …

Mark Zarecki

Executive Director, Jewish Family Services

Mark Zarecki, MSW, RSW, is a graduate from the McGill School of Social Work, as well as the Institutional Administration program at ConcordiaUniversity.  His 22 year tenure with the Hillel Jewish Students Organization saw him actively involved in both the Ethiopian Jewry movement and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, where he helped  hundreds of refugees find sanctuary in Canadian Jewish communities as well as in Israel. Presently the Executive Director of Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, Mr. Zarecki initiated the Ottawa Jewish community’s poverty relief initiatives, and a full service seniors social service department.  As a partner in the Local Agencies Serving Immigrants coalition, Mr. Zarecki helped to create, develop and supervise the World Skills Employment Project for New Canadians, which is now an autonomous organization with its own budget. When it became a stand-alone agency Mr. Zarecki became Vice President. As well, Mr Zarecki was awarded the 2003 Queen’s Jubilee medal for his contribution to social service in Canada. Mr. Zarecki has also gained recognition for his mentorship of the Somali/Muslim community of Ottawa, which recently won the highly prestigious 2003 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation for innovation and success in combating racism in Canada. He is currently involved in developing agency-to-agency relations with the Shia Muslim community. Mr. Zarecki is fluent in English, French and Yiddish.