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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 Executive

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.  

Caroline Andrew

Director
Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa

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, University of Ottawa

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.