Strategic Advisory Committee 2017-11-30T17:12:14+00:00

Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC)

The Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) is chaired by a Vice-President Research (VPR) from a Canadian university and comprises two ESPO representatives, two academic representatives, two representatives from the refugee community, and representatives from IRCC and Statistics Canada. This committee plays an advisory role. It’s mandate is to provide scientific and impact oversight of the project, identify links for partnership, oversee knowledge mobilization strategies and advise on other issues as they arise.

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Bayan Khatib

Co-Founder of Syrian Canadian Foundation

Biography::

Bayan Khatib, is the Co-founder and Director of The Syrian Canadian Foundation. For the past five years, Bayan lead a multinational media campaign, had numerous media appearances, and participated as a speaker on the Syrian crisis at local and international events. Bayan is the translator of Just Five Minutes: Nine Years in the Prisons of Syria, a memoir of a female political prisoner, and is also the author of numerous short works of fiction and opinion articles.

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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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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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Martha Crago

Vice Principal (Research and Innovcation) at McGill University

Biography::

Martha Crago began her five-year mandate as McGill University’s Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) on July 1, 2017.

Prof. Crago has been an active researcher in language acquisition across a variety of languages and learners, including monolingual and bilingual Indigenous children learning Inuktitut, Cree, Mohawk, and Algonquin, as well as those learning English, French and Arabic. Her work has been published extensively in scientific journals and books, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psycholinguistics, published by Cambridge University Press. She was Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language from 2007 to 2010.

Prof. Crago was named Femme de Mérite de Montréal in 2000, Chevalier de l’Ordre des palmes academiques by the French government in 2009, and Woman of Excellence in Nova Scotia in 2015. She is also the recipient of a McGill University Prize for her contributions to research.

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Mehrunissa Ali

Professor at Ryerson University

Biography::

Mehrunnisa Ali is a Professor in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University. Mehrunissahas extensive experience in developing and evaluating educational projects, especially in teacher education. She has taught prospective and practicing teachers, community development workers, and university students for several years. She currently teaches in the graduate programs in Early Childhood Studies, Immigration and Setlement Studies, and Policy Studies. She is also the Ryerson Director of the Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Settlement, the Ontario Metropolis Centre (CERIS). Her research interests include newcomer children, youth and families; parent-teacher relations; and preparation of teachers to work with diverse populations. Mehrunnisa has extensive experience in developing and evaluating educational projects, especially in teacher education.

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Michael Ungar

Project Director, CYRRC at Dalhousie University

Biography::

Dr. Michael Ungar is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Child, Family and Community Resilience and a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University. He is also the Scientific Director for the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network, a Knowledge Mobilization Network of Centres of Excellence. His work has influenced the way we understand children’s resilience across cultures and contexts, showing that when exposure to adversity is high, young people’s social and physical ecologies are just as critical to children’s success and wellbeing as individual factors. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Ungar has, as Principal Investigator, completed over $6,000,000 in national and international studies. Recent multi-country studies, such as a 6-year SSHRC-IDRC funded ICURA (2009-2015), examined patterns of service use and social supports among at-risk children and their families in South Africa, Colombia, China, New Zealand and Canada.

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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.