Coordination Committee2019-05-08T17:15:09+00:00

Coordination & Operations Committee

The Coordination and Operations Committee (COC) is chaired by the Project Director and includes the four Cluster Co-Leads (two academic and two ESPO) from each research cluster as well as representatives from IRCC and Statistics Canada. The COC is the decision-making body that oversees all research and operational activities of the Coalition.

Project Director

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Michael Ungar

Project Director, CYRRC at Dalhousie University

Biography:

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Since 2002, Dr. Ungar has directed the Resilience Research Centre, designing multisite longitudinal research and evaluation projects in more than a dozen low, middle, and high-income countries, with much of that work focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, and adult populations experiencing mental health challenges. His studies have focused on the resilience of children and families involved with child welfare and mental health services, refugee and immigrant youth populations and community resilience, including resilience to violent extremism. Dr. Ungar has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience and is the author of 15 books for mental health professionals, researchers and lay audiences. These include Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home, The Social Ecology of Resilience: A Handbook for Theory and Practice for researchers, and Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs, a book for clinicians. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

Dr. Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Since 2002, Dr. Ungar has directed the Resilience Research Centre, designing multisite longitudinal research and evaluation projects in more than a dozen low, middle, and high-income countries, with much of that work focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, and adult populations experiencing mental health challenges. His studies have focused on the resilience of children and families involved with child welfare and mental health services, refugee and immigrant youth populations and community resilience, including resilience to violent extremism. Dr. Ungar has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience and is the author of 15 books for mental health professionals, researchers and lay audiences. These include Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home, The Social Ecology of Resilience: A Handbook for Theory and Practice for researchers, and Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs, a book for clinicians. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

Cluster Co-Leads

Each of our research clusters is chaired by two academic co-leads and two service provider co-leads. Co-leads work together to ensure that research produced in their cluster responds to the CYRRC’s mandate and the cluster’s research priorities.

Broader Economic, Social and Political Factors

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Abdie Kazemipur

Professor of Sociology and Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary

Biography:

Dr. Abdie Kazemipur is currently professor of sociology and the Chair of Ethnic Studies at the University of Calgary. Originally from Iran, he came to Winnipeg in 1993 to do his PhD in sociology at the University of Manitoba. In 2012-13, he served as Stephen Jarislowsly Chair in Culture Change and Immigration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he conducted research on issues related to retention and integration of immigrants. He has also been the founding academic director of two Statistics Canada Research Data Centres at University of Lethbridge and Memorial University. His research is in two distinct areas: the socio-economic experiences of immigrants in Canada, and the socio-cultural developments in the Middle East, on which he has published eight books, in English and Farsi; he is currently working on a new manuscript titled Sacred as Secular: Secularization under Theocracy in Iran. Dr. Kazemipur’s works have been recognized through many awards, including the 2015 John Porter Award by Canadian Sociological Association and the 2018 Researcher Award by the Canadian National Metropolis.

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Daniella Bagmeijer

Research and Policy Officer at AAISA

Biography:

Daniella Bagmeijer is the Research and Policy Officer at the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA), a regionally and nationally recognized leader in the settlement and integration sector. Originally from the Netherlands, Daniella completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Mount Royal University, and returned to Maastricht for graduate school. She graduated with a double Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Human Development through a joint program specializing in Social Protection Policy from both Maastricht University and the United Nations University. As an immigrant to both Colombia and Canada, Daniella is passionate of the work that AAISA does representing immigrant-serving agencies and organizations that work with newcomers across the province. In addition to immigration policy, Daniella is also interested in social justice, equality, and access to healthcare.

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Ljudmila Petrovic

Research and Information Coordinator at AMSSA

Biography:

Ljudmila Petrovic is the Research and Information Coordinator at AMSSA, British Columbia’s umbrella association of immigrant and refugee settlement support services in British Columbia. Her role includes maintaining Settlement Net (AMSSA’s weekly bulletin on settlement news), knowledge mobilization, coordinating with community researchers, and developing resources (including Migration Matters information sheets). She holds a B.A. from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing an MA in counselling psychology with a research focus on intergenerational trauma, gender-based violence, trauma of displacement, and counselling that is informed by gender and cultural analysis. She has done frontline work with at-risk youth, and women and children escaping violence. Her passion lies in social justice, anti-violence work, and mental health.

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Yoko Yoshida

Associate Professor at Dalhousie University

Biography:

Yoko Yoshida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include social statistics, integration processes of immigrants and socio-economic inequality. Over the past several years she has been engaging with research on measuring multi-dimensional immigrants’ integration, immigrants’ settlement in Atlantic Canada, social and economic activities of immigrants who come under the sponsored family streams, and impacts of family and gender in settlement processes. Through these projects with a regional focus, she has established research partnerships with provincial and federal offices, including the NS Office of Immigration, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and Statistics Canada. She is a co-investigator of Pathways to Prosperity, and also serves as a board member to the Canadian Population Society.

Language, Literacy and Learning

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Johanne Paradis

Professor at University of Alberta

Biography:

Johanne Paradis is Professor, Department of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, at the University of Alberta. Paradis studies bilingualism and second language acquisition in children with typical development and children with developmental disorders. Her primary research focus concerns children learning English as a second language with typical development: How these children approach native-speaker competence, what unique language development profiles they display, and the factors explaining why some individual children learn English faster than others. Concerning children with atypical development, Paradis’ research has focused on two key issues: the capacity for bilingualism shown by children with developmental disorders, and what language measures best differentiate English second language children with typical development from those with language disorder. Paradis is first author of the 2011 book, Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning (2nd edition, Brookes Publishing). Paradis is currently the Editor of Journal of Child Language. Paradis and colleagues have a website of resources for assessment with children leaning English as a second language, the CHESL Centre (www.chesl.ualberta.ca ).

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Lisa Rochman

Associate Dean of Immigrant Education at NorQuest College

Biography:

Dr. Lisa Rochman holds a PhD in Linguistics and Standard 3 Certificate from TESL Canada in teaching English as second language. Dr. Rochman is the Associate Dean of Immigrant Education in the Faculty of Foundational, Career and Intercultural Studies at NorQuest College, Edmonton. Her portfolio focuses on programs for newcomers to Canada with an emphasis on English as a second language, literacy learning and workplace Essential Skills. Dr Rochman served on the board and as president of the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) professional organization from 2015-2018. Dr. Rochman was the 2012 recipient of the Carolyn Dieleman Award from ATESL for making an impact on innovative and quality English as a second language and literacy programming in Alberta.

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Mazen El-Baba

Founder and Director of H-appi

Biography:

Mazen is pursuing a Doctor in Medicine degree at the University of Toronto. He is the Founder and Director of H-appi, a not-for- profit organization that aims to destigmatize addictions and mental health illnesses in the Middle East and Africa. He manages a diverse team of leaders and ensures that all campaigns are positively impacting our society. Mazen leads an annual summer camp program for refugee children that focused on literacy, integration, and well-being. Mazen continuously expends his efforts to introduce social change by facilitating workshops on diversity, human rights, and leadership. Mazen is passionate about global health, medicine, research, and travelling.

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Xi (Becky) Chen

Associate Professor at University of Toronto

Biography:

Dr. Xi Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE/University of Toronto. Her research focuses on bilingual and ELL (English Language Learner) children’s language and literacy development. She is interested in how children develop literacy skills simultaneously in their first language and second language, and whether these skills transfer between the two languages. Recently her research has explored how to identify bilingual children at-risk for reading difficulties in order to provide them with timely interventions. She’s also started to study Syrian refugee children. This line of research will look at their language and literacy development in English and Arabic, as well as their mental health.

Social Integration, Rights, Culture and Security

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Howard Ramos

Professor and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University

Biography:

Dr. Howard Ramos is a political sociologist who investigates issues of social justice and equity. He has published on social movements, human rights, Indigenous mobilization, environmental advocacy, ethnicity, race, and Atlantic Canada. He completed his PhD and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University and holds a BA from York University. He is currently working on projects looking at Atlantic Canadians, secondary cities, state funding of NGOs, environmental advocacy, tourism development, and integration of immigrants and refugees. Dr. Ramos is also working to promote knowledge mobilization and translation of issues related to refugee children and youth.

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Lori Wilkinson

Professor at the University of Manitoba

Biography:

Lori Wilkinson is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba and the Director of Immigration Research West, an academic and community think-tank concerned with issues related to successful settlement and integration. Her research interests include labour market integration among refugees, school-to-work transitions among immigrant and refugee youth, racism and inequality. She has co-authored two books, The Research Process and Understanding Social Statistics, both published by Oxford University Press. She has most recently published her work on refugees in the following venues: Migration Policy Institute, Journal of Canadian Ethnic Studies, Migration, Health and Survival: International Perspectives and Immigrant Youth in Canada.

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Nabiha Atallah

Advisor, Strategic Initiatives at ISANS

Biography:

Nabiha Atallah is Manager of Communications & Research at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). She has worked in immigrant settlement for over twenty-two years and prior to that, she taught English as an Additional Language at Red River College in Winnipeg, as well as in Vancouver and Cairo.

Nabiha has been a Director of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and has also managed projects for the Atlantic Population Table and the Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies.

She has been active in the Canadian Metropolis and Pathways to Prosperity research networks and has presented at national, and international conferences. She is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Immigration Research Roundtable, chair of the Atlantic Immigration Research Committee and a member of the Board of Pathways to Prosperity.

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Vicki Sinclair

Executive Director at Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO)

Biography:

Vicki Sinclair joined the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) as its first Executive Director in June 2016. Before that she was the Director of Programming and Development at Immigrant Centre Manitoba, Manitoba’s largest settlement agency. She is a member of the Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) Council, Le Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba (RIF du Manitoba), Immigration Research West (IRW) and the Western Region Research Advisory Committee (WRRAC). She is a former member City of Winnipeg’s Citizen Equity Committee and the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). She has a professional background in journalism and EAL and a deep commitment to partnership and community engagement. She became a Canadian Citizen in 2009.

Child, Youth, and Family Wellbeing

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Jennifer Jenkins

Director of the Atkinson Centre at University of Toronto

Biography:

Dr. Jennifer Jenkins is the Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education, Director of the Atkinson Centre and the Academic Director at the Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the influence of marital, sibling and parent-child relationships on young children’s social understanding, early learning and well-being. She studies why some children are more resilient than others when exposed to risky environments and is particularly interested in within family differences in sibling development. She has investigated parenting and family dynamics amongst immigrant families.

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Kathy Georgiades

Associate Professor at McMaster University

Biography:

Kathy Georgiades is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies.

Dr.Georgiades’ program of research seeks to quantify and reduce inequities in mental health and academic achievement among vulnerable populations, particularly immigrant and refugee children/adolescents. Her research examines how individual and contextual level influences (i.e., family, school and community) independently and conjointly contribute to inequities early in the life course. Through this line of research, she hopes to identify modifiable variables at the individual and contextual level that can serve as potential targets for prevention and intervention programs and ultimately contribute to the development and evaluation of such programs.

Dr. Georgiades holds a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the David R. (Dan) Offord Chair in Child Studies.

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Serena Nudel

Program Manager, Access Alliance

Biography:

Serena Nudel is the Manager of Mental Health and Wellness at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. Her career has been dedicated to promoting individual and community well-being of vulnerable populations, utilizing an anti-oppressive lens to address social determinants of health. With a Master’s of Social Work Degree and a Post-Graduate Degree in Art Therapy, she has been able to apply innovative strategies to ensure responsiveness of programming and high engagement of community. She has frequently forged and secured community partnerships and lucrative funding sources to strengthen program quality and reach. In her role at Access Alliance, Serena spearheaded the robust development of an overarching Mental Health vision and strategy and through Quality Improvement initiatives has eliminated the wait time for clients to access Counselling Therapy Services. Her research has focused on supporting the mental health of racialized youth and improving access to services for LGBTQ+ Newcomer women.

Government Partners

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Biography:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for matters dealing with immigration to Canada, refugees, and Canadian citizenship.

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Statistics Canada
Biography:

Statistics Canada, which was formed in 1971, is the Government of Canada government agency commissioned with producing statistics to help better understand Canada, its population, resources, economy, society, and culture.