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 OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
The WOW seminar on immigrant women’s nutrition and health was a step in the right direction towards closing the gap between academic researchers and service providers.

Josephine Etowa
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa
OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
All the WOW events that I went to were great – WOW does give a sense of a community trying to improve its attraction and retention!

Caroline Andrew
Professor, University of Ottawa
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
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
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 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.

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

Jean-Pierre Niyitanga

Communications & Events Officer

Jean-Pierre has over 10 years of experience in the field of journalism and communication. Mostly recently, he worked with two national associations where…

Jean-Pierre Niyitanga

Communications & Events Officer

Jean-Pierre has over 10 years of experience in the field of journalism and communication. Mostly recently, he worked with two national associations where he took charge of communications and marketing initiatives including developing and implementing communication strategies, content creation as well as social media management. An excellent communicator and avid storyteller, Jean-Pierre is fluently bilingual and a dedicated self-starter who can work both independently and as a member of a team. Jean-Pierre holds a master of Journalism from Carleton University.

Monica Cruz Bolanos

Partner Relations Officer

Monica Cruz has over 13 years of international experience in strategic policy analysis and multi-sector partnership building, geared towards achieving…

Monica Cruz Bolanos

Partner Relations Officer

Monica Cruz has over 13 years of international experience in strategic policy analysis and multi-sector partnership building, geared towards achieving sustainable development goals and social inclusion. As a former diplomat for the Foreign Service of Costa Rica, she served in China, Belgium and Canada, where she fostered collaboration initiatives and the exchange of best practices with government officials, non-governmental organizations, private sector and civil society. Passionate about social justice, she promoted equal access to healthcare and education, gender equality and innovation as drivers of change. Monica also has experience in consolidating national positions for multilateral cooperation negotiations in the framework of international fora, such as: the European Union (EU), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB). She holds a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and Bachelor’s degrees in Law and International Relations.

Andrea Pierce

RCIC, MBA, PMP, CRM-IIPER, LEED AP BD+C, CEM
Equity Ottawa Project Lead

Andrea served in a number of leadership roles in the Technology, Energy and Infrastructure sectors in both United States and Canada. She is a Ottawa native…

Andrea Pierce

RCIC, MBA, PMP, CRM-IIPER, LEED AP BD+C, CEM
Equity Ottawa Project Lead

Andrea served in a number of leadership roles in the Technology, Energy and Infrastructure sectors in both United States and Canada. She is a Ottawa native and a graduate of Carleton University with a double major in Economics and Sociology and minor in Statistics. She obtained her MBA from the University of Phoenix and Masters Certificate in Leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University.  Andrea advocates on behalf of Racialized and Immigrant population and brings an intersectional lens as a black immigrant woman.  She uses data and research to advocate for economic inclusion and development.

Muna Osman


Researcher & Impact Analyst, Equity Ottawa

Muna is a research methodologist specializing in equity, inclusion, anti-racist approaches and broadly social and cross-cultural psychology. She has a…

Muna Osman


Researcher & Impact Analyst, Equity Ottawa

Muna is a research methodologist specializing in equity, inclusion, anti-racist approaches and broadly social and cross-cultural psychology. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and has published in psychological journals on ethnocultural diversity, mental health, and youth civic engagement. With extensive theoretical and research experience in qualitative and quantitative methodology, she is passionate about the value of data and research in understanding and improving the lives of immigrants and racialized communities in Ottawa. She draws on her training in data analysis, visualization, and statistical techniques to answer timely questions about equity.