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
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 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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. WOW offers a platform for us to celebrate this history and the future it will help…

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 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 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
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 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
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
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 Secretariat

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.

Bill Shields

OLIP Associate in Facilitation and Governance

For the past twenty years, Bill has provided organizational consulting support to organizations in the non-profit and public sectors. For ten of these…

Bill Shields

OLIP Associate in Facilitation and Governance

For the past twenty years, Bill has provided organizational consulting support to organizations in the non-profit and public sectors. For ten of these years Bill was a founding partner in the collaborative work group and now practices as an independent consultant. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Bill served as the Executive Director of a national professional association, The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, for twelve years. Bill’s formal education involved undergraduate studies in Literature, Psychology and Theology. He received a B.A. (English) from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Theology degree from St. Paul University, Ottawa. Over the past fifteen years, Bill has been engaged in an intensive program of self-directed study in the areas of adult education, personal development, organizational learning and leadership. Bill is currently a member of the Association for Creative Change in Organizational Renewal and Development; and the Organizational Development Network of Ottawa.

Denise Deby

OLIP Equity Ottawa Coordinator

Denise Deby has more than 20 years of experience collaborating with others to address social challenges and promote diverse perspectives. Her expertise…

Denise Deby

OLIP Equity Ottawa Coordinator

Denise Deby has more than 20 years of experience collaborating with others to address social challenges and promote diverse perspectives. Her expertise includes program design, management and evaluation, network and partnership development, organizational capacity-building, research and analysis, writing and communication. During 15 years with the International Development Research Centre, she developed several multi-partner, multi-sector initiatives on health equity, municipal governance and social development. Denise has also worked as a researcher, commentator, evaluation facilitator and freelance writer focusing on local and international social and environmental justice, health, urban and community issues. She holds a multidisciplinary Master of Arts degree in International Affairs and certificates in French and in Writing for Publication. Her volunteer work extends to community development, housing, education and human rights. As Equity Ottawa coordinator, Denise facilitates a multi-sector partnership of organizations working toward equity and inclusion, supporting partners’ shared learning and leadership, progress monitoring, engagement and outreach.

Rashmi Luther

OLIP Associate in Knowledge Mobilization, Equity & Inclusion

Over the past 30 years, Rashmi has been actively involved in social justice issues in the Ottawa community. These encompass areas such as poverty, youth,…

Rashmi Luther

OLIP Associate in Knowledge Mobilization, Equity & Inclusion

Over the past 30 years, Rashmi has been actively involved in social justice issues in the Ottawa community. These encompass areas such as poverty, youth, immigrants, refugees, women and violence, policing, health and social services, education, municipal government, and housing. Much of her work has focused on encouraging and assisting local agencies, institutions, organizations and boards to promote and support policy and program development, curriculum development, and changes to organizational cultures and practices that will further meaningful equity and inclusion for racialized communities in Ottawa. Her commitment to these issues has been expressed through her work as Coordinator of a local education and advocacy group known as the National Capital Alliance on Race Relations (NCARR) and as a Consultant with the Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat. From 1991 to 2014, these issues have also been at the forefront in her teaching and research work as Lecturer and Race Equity Coordinator with Carleton University’s School of Social Work. In these various capacities, Rashmi has had valuable opportunities to work collaboratively with different local, provincial, national and international government bodies, as well as organizations/institutions, professional associations, and grassroots community groups. Rashmi has also served as a Board member with Ottawa Community Immigrant Services (OCISO), Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, Catholic Centre for Immigrants, and as President of Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. As well, for the past several years, she has been actively involved in a book project that will highlight the voices, experiences and journeys of racialized women in Canada. In recognition of some of her contributions to the Ottawa community, Rashmi received a Woman of Distinction award in 1994 and served as a Women of Distinction Ambassador in 2003.

Kareem El-Assal

OLIP Senior Research Fellow

In addition to advising OLIP on policy and research, Kareem El-Assal is the Director of Policy & Digital Strategy at CanadaVisa. CanadaVisa’s…

Kareem El-Assal

OLIP Senior Research Fellow

In addition to advising OLIP on policy and research, Kareem El-Assal is the Director of Policy & Digital Strategy at CanadaVisa. CanadaVisa's mission is to help make the Canadian dream a reality for newcomers from around the world. Since beginning his immigration career in 2010, Kareem has authored over 100 publications and successfully organized 15 events featuring government ministers and leaders from a variety of sectors. Kareem writes frequent commentaries on Canadian immigration and is often called upon by the media, business groups, and government to share his policy insights.

Nyamulola Kambanji

WOW Project Manager

Nyamulola holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Electronic Commerce from the University of New Brunswick. She has 18 years combined…

Nyamulola Kambanji

WOW Project Manager

Nyamulola holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Electronic Commerce from the University of New Brunswick. She has 18 years combined experience working in banking, research and not for profits, both in Zambia and Canada. Her expertise includes community partnership development, program management, research, creative design and photography. During the last 7 years, she has worked on key government funded projects mandated to improving immigrant integration in Ottawa. In the last 3 years, she has worked as the lead for the Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) initiative and played a critical role in its expansion and subsequent success. In addition, Nyamulola is a freelance photographer and her work is showcased in the photo exhibit “Faces and Stories of a Welcoming City” (2016 and 2017). She is also the founder of “Immigrants of Ottawa” a project that showcases the contributions and successes of new Canadians.  

Chidera Eke

OLIP Administrative Officer

Chidera graduated from Carleton University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Law. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management with combined…

Chidera Eke

OLIP Administrative Officer

Chidera graduated from Carleton University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Law. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management with combined years of experience working in the banking & finance sector, project coordination, administration & research and data analysis. She joined OLIP in 2019 seeking volunteer opportunities as a means to advocate for change in areas pertaining to equity & inclusion in relation to human rights & social justice. She is passionate about human rights activism & continues to strive for change; through outreach programs aimed at empowering youth & new-comers in efforts to express themselves & reach self-actualization.

Joycelyn Glover

Associate, OLIP Strategic Events

She’s has over fifteen years of international and local experience in the private, government and non-profit sectors. She has a strong interest and experience…

Joycelyn Glover

Associate, OLIP Strategic Events

She’s has over fifteen years of international and local experience in the private, government and non-profit sectors. She has a strong interest and experience in social development and successful integration of members of a community. She’s the owner and CEO of Business Radiance, a one stop shop for communications, events and resource development. She specializes in writing effective and compelling content as well as organizes classy events to engage people, increase visibility, raise funds and celebrate causes. A remarkable donor and partner steward, raising over $100,000 through targeted communications and events