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Board of Directors

Eric Agyemang

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President

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Eric Agyemang joined the Board of Directors in October 2017. He’s an international trade professional, and presently works at Export Development Canada (EDC) as a Strategic Alliances Manager, where he leads EDC’s strategy and partnerships with Canada’s leading high-tech innovation hubs and startup networks. Eric has been an active Career Mentor with OCISO since 2014, […]

Eric Agyemang joined the Board of Directors in October 2017. He’s an international trade professional, and presently works at Export Development Canada (EDC) as a Strategic Alliances Manager, where he leads EDC’s strategy and partnerships with Canada’s leading high-tech innovation hubs and startup networks.

Eric has been an active Career Mentor 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.

Eric holds an MBA with a Certificate in Social Impact from Queen’s University and had previously served on Algonquin College’s Board of Governors.

Jocelyn Stoate

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Vice-President

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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 […]

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.

Asiyeh Norouzpour

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Treasurer

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Asiyeh Norouzpour is currently the Treasurer of the OCISO Board of Directors. She is a finance professional with more than 15 years of experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has an MBA and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation. Currently, Asiyeh is the Financial Planning Analyst at the Treasury […]

Asiyeh Norouzpour is currently the Treasurer of the OCISO Board of Directors. She is a finance professional with more than 15 years of experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has an MBA and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation. Currently, Asiyeh is the Financial Planning Analyst at the Treasury Board Secretariat where she is responsible for the Annual Reference Level Update, Main and Supplementary Estimates and preparing the briefing package for the Ministers and Senior Officials for upcoming Parliamentary Committee appearances.

Asiyeh has numerous awards from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Star Award from International Talent Acquisition Centre and Fundraising Development Award from the Canadian Cancer Society.

Her volunteering experience includes the treasurer and board member at the Volunteer Ottawa and the Door Youth Centre, as well as the Registration & Treasury Coordinator for the Relay for Life at the Canadian Cancer Society and the Executive Committee Member at the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.
Her firm belief is that Ottawa should be an inclusive city in which all immigrants feel welcome.

Michelle Maragh

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Secretary

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Michelle is a Director with the Federal Government at Treasury Board Secretariat in the Social and Cultural Sector. She has a diverse background and skill set from working in multiple departments on various files. In addition, she has a background in economics, experience in financial sector policy and securities regulations. Michelle chaired a departmental committee […]

Michelle is a Director with the Federal Government at Treasury Board Secretariat in the Social and Cultural Sector.

She has a diverse background and skill set from working in multiple departments on various files. In addition, she has a background in economics, experience in financial sector policy and securities regulations. Michelle chaired a departmental committee called the Corporate Planning Network that was a key forum for building collaborative relationships across the department and was responsible for the secretariat function of the Deputy Minister level Performance Measurement, Evaluation and Experimentation Committee of the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
Michelle was awarded Shared Services Canada Department Award for Leadership and two ADM Sector Merit Awards for Exceptional Achievement.

Michelle’s volunteering experience includes co-leading the organization of Black History Month Events at NRCan, co-establishing the Black Employee Advisory Council (BEACON), leading the Shared Services Canada Managers Network, and mentoring with the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program at OCISO for over seven years.

She is passionate about the work that OCISO does and would like to make a greater contribution to the organization beyond being a mentor, by applying leadership, experience and ability to engage and collaborate with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to further OCISO’ mandate.

Marianna Shturman

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Director

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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 […]

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

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Director

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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 […]

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

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Director

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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 […]

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

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Director

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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 […]

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.

Brett O’Grady

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Director

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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 […]

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.

Billeh Hamud

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Director

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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 […]

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.

Tim Pearson

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Tim is the current principal at Sawmill Creek Elementary School. He knows of OCISO’s work over the past four years through his experiences in working with OCISO’s remarkable Multicultural Liaison Officers and a variety of families from the Middle East, Africa and Asia who regularly benefit from OCISO services and whose children attend Sawmill Creek […]

Tim is the current principal at Sawmill Creek Elementary School. He knows of OCISO’s work over the past four years through his experiences in working with OCISO’s remarkable Multicultural Liaison Officers and a variety of families from the Middle East, Africa and Asia who regularly benefit from OCISO services and whose children attend Sawmill Creek School. Tim has also served as an International and Indigenous Languages Program Site Principal on Saturdays (and for three weeks in the summer) with OCDSB where he helped to run language programs for students learning Arabic, Turkish and Urdu. Helping families who are new to Canada has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences in his long career as an elementary school principal.
Tim has a Master of Education from Nipissing University of North Bay, a Bachelor of Education from York University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Western Ontario.
Tim’s volunteering experience involves coaching school sports such as soccer, x-country, volleyball, track & field, baseball, and curling, and coaching Math Club and Chess Club and organizing Chess Tournaments. His hobbies are scuba diving and competitive distance running – his racing highlights include competing in World Masters Championships (half-marathon), and ten full marathons.

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