Board of Directors2021-03-10T16:09:42-05:00

Board of Directors

Eric Agyemang

Eric Agyemang

President

Eric Agyemang has been a member of OCISO’s Board of Directors since October 2017. As an international trade professional, specializing in global business development and trade finance, Eric presently works with Export Development Canada (EDC) as an Account Manager, dedicated to helping Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises expand their businesses into foreign markets.

Eric has been an active Career Mentor and Connector with OCISO since 2014, and as a first-generation newcomer who now calls Ottawa home, he also has a unique understanding of some of the challenges faced by immigrants in our community.

Noah Arshinoff

Noah Arshinoff

Vice-President

Noah joined the OCISO Board of Directors in September 2015. He is currently a lawyer with a crown corporation and previously spearheaded the Canadian Bar Association’s advocacy efforts in the areas of corporate ethics and business law. Noah has worked with newcomers to Canada for well over a decade, including providing mentorship and welcome services to international students at the University of Ottawa and has been involved with several associations promoting cross-cultural business opportunities.

Kathy Liu

Kathy Liu

Treasurer

Kathy Liu is currently the Treasurer of the OCISO Board of Directors. Kathy joined the Board in October 2017. She is currently a manager in the Valuations group with PwC LLP and has worked with Deloitte LLP and Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. Kathy is a Chartered Business Valuator and a Chartered Professional Accountant. As an immigrant, Kathy is dedicated to giving back to her community by helping others with integration and career development through activities such as mentoring and consulting.

Marianna Shturman

Marianna Shturman

Secretary

Marianna Shturman joined the OCISO’s Board of Directors in October 2019. Marianna is a psychologist, with over 20 years of clinical and management experience in a non-for-profit sector, working with culturally diverse and marginalized groups. For the past 12 years, Marianna has worked with Indigenous communities, focusing on bridging the gap between western and Indigenous worldviews, advocating for equitable service, and integrating holistic and culturally specific practices in both clinical and research work.  As a refugee to USA and later an immigrant to Canada, Marianna has a passion for preserving cultural identity as a source of strength. She is a strong advocate for equity and inclusion of refugees and immigrants in the makeup of Canada.

Robyn Aaron

Robyn Aaron

Director

Robyn Aaron is currently a member of the OCISO Board of Directors.  Robyn joined the Board in October 2017.  She is currently on leave from the Government of Canada, where she works as a specialist in the area of human rights, child rights, and governance.  Robyn has also worked for UNICEF Canada and as a consultant to various organizations in the area of international development.  Robyn has worked on issues related to child protection, human trafficking, and public health throughout her career, and is passionate about newcomer integration, mental health, and youth engagement.

Rahul Chandran

Rahul Chandran

Director

Rahul Chandran was elected to the Board of Directors in October 2019. He is currently a Principal at SOIF, and has previously been the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation and senior official at the United Nations. Rahul is a recent immigrant to Canada, who serves on the Board of his local community council and is deeply committed to the vision of a welcoming Canada that has embraced his family and him.

Liliana Chiroque

Liliana Chiroque

Director

Liliana Chiroque is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She was born in Peru and immigrated to Canada in 2003. Liliana is currently working as a Manager, Insurance Operations for the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. She has previously worked at the PwC and Deloitte practices in Ottawa. Liliana is actively involved in several volunteer projects in her community. Liliana understands firsthand the help required by new immigrants and the value of providing that help to those in need. She joined OCISO’s Board of Directors in October 2019, and is looking forward to bringing her skills and enthusiasm for the benefit of OCISO’s clients.

Alan Hamson

Alan Hamson

Director

Alan Hamson joined the Board of Directors in April 2019. He works at Global Affairs Canada as a Director in the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program. A career diplomat, he has served abroad in China, Afghanistan, and as Ambassador of Canada to South Sudan, as well as at the United Nations in New York and with the International Committee of the Red Cross in southwest Colombia.

Alan’s volunteer work has focused on migration, including working with migrant children outside Beijing through Included.org, and with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants in Ottawa. He began volunteering in OCISO’s Career Mentorship program in November 2018.

Brett O’Grady
  Director

Brett O’Grady is a finance professional with 15 years of experience working in both the public and private sector.  He holds both a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation. Currently, Brett is the Treasurer at Shopify where he oversees cash management, investments, foreign exchange, insurance and capital markets.  Brett is a strong advocate for both entrepreneurship and small business in the local community.

As a former AirBnB host, Brett has hosted international visitors from around the globe. His firm belief is that Ottawa should be an inclusive city in which all immigrants feel welcome.

Jocelyn Stoate
Director

Jocelyn Stoate has a legal background. She has 21 years of experience with the public service, including working as Legal Counsel with the Federal Department of Justice, on issues related to Aboriginal land claims, Public Health and Health Law.

Jocelyn has worked in management and project management for not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations, including Canada World Youth, United Way and Red Cross.

She has also served as a Board member with the Canadian Red Cross and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation.

Billeh Hamud
  Director

Billeh Hamud joined the Board of Directors in October 2020. Billeh is a lawyer and currently works with a federal public sector trade union. For eight years, he practiced labour, employment, and human rights law in Toronto, before moving to Ottawa. He is dedicated to removing systemic barriers for refugees and immigrants in society. Billeh is also a strong advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada.
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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.