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The TIEDI team

The core TIEDI team comprises three community representatives and nine academic researchers from York University, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Philip Kelly is the Principal Investigator for TIEDI. He is a Professor in Geography at York University, Director of York Centre for Asian Research and former Domain Leader for Economic and Labour Market Integration at the CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre. His research examines the consequences of migration and transnationalism for labour markets and workplaces, with a particular focus on the Filipino community in Toronto and sending areas in the Philippines.

Dr. Tony Fang is an Associate Professor of Human Resources Management at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. Previously he was a business and labour market analyst at Statistics Canada, and a research economist at Human Resource Development Canada. His research focuses on the labour market outcomes of recent immigrants to Canada, compensation and benefits, public and HR policy, union impact on wages, pay equity and employment equity.

Joan Atlin is the Director of Programs for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). She has over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, with most of the last 10 years focused on policy, program, and advocacy work on the issue of labor market and licensing integration of internationally-trained professionals. Joan holds a Master's degree in Political Science from York University.

Dr. Rupa Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on the social and economic integration of new immigrants in Canada. She is also interested in the employment outcomes of second generation Canadians. Currently Rupa is investigating the impact of post-migration human capital investment on new immigrants' workplace integration.

Erika Gates-Gasse is the Policy and Research Coordinator for the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). OCASI was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant-serving agencies and to coordinate response to shared needs and concerns. With a background in social justice, Erika has been involved in numerous research initiatives focused on immigrants and refugees, most recently the Making Ontario Home study that examines services available to, and usage by, immigrants and refugees. 

Dr. Lucia Lo is a Professor of Geography at York University. She was formerly Economics Domain Leader at CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre, and was a member of the Research Management Committee of the Geomatics for Informed Decision Making, Network Centre of Excellence. She has worked on the labour market participation and performance of immigrants, their entrepreneurship and consumption behaviour, and their social and economic impacts on Canadian society.

Sophia Lowe is the Manager of Community Engagement and Knowledge Exchange at World Education Services. WES is a not for profit organization with over thirty years’ experience evaluating international credentials. She frequently publishes and presents on issues related to immigration, credential recognition and the labour market integration of immigrants in Canada. Sophia received her Master’s degree from Ryerson University in the Immigration and Settlement Studies program.

Tim Owen is a Director of World Education Services - Canada, the recognized international credential evaluation service of the government of Ontario. He has been in this position since its inception in 2000. He currently serves on several advisory groups and committees related to immigrant integration. He is a frequent speaker on issues related to immigration and the labour market integration of immigrants.

Stella Park is a Research Analyst/Project Coordinator of TIEDI and she manages both the research and financial administration of TIEDI's project. As the only full-time employee for this project, she provides statistical analysis of TIEDI's data, report development and knowledge mobilization on immigrant labour market issues to over 800 stakeholders of TIEDI project. She responds to rapid data requests from community's stakeholder organizations and supervises student research assistants. Stella completed her Master's degree and Ph.D. coursework in Sociology from University of Toronto.

Dr. Valerie Preston is a Professor of Geography at York University and York Director of CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre. She has published extensively about immigrants' economic integration with particular attention to the settlement experiences of immigrant women and the interrelations between immigrants' integration in the housing and labour markets.

Dr. John Shields is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University where he is also the Co-Director of the graduate program in Public Policy and Administration. John serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration published by Springer in The Netherlands. He is a past Director of CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre which is one of the five centres of excellence in Canada focused on policy-oriented research on immigration, settlement and integration. His research has focused on public policy and administration particularly in the areas of immigration, labour markets and the nonprofit sector.

Dr. Steven Tufts is an Associate Professor of Geography at York University. He studies the role organized labour plays in economic development processes. Specifically, he has extensively researched Toronto's hotel sector, an industry employing a proportionately high number of immigrant workers. Dr. Tufts has explored the role organized labour plays in shaping economic development and training initiatives in the hospitality industry.

Dr. Jelena Zikic is an Associate Professor of Human Resources Management  at York University. Her research program focuses on career management issues, combining individual and organizational perspective. She is currently studying career transitions of immigrant professionals. Her recent work included studies on the role of human and social capital in the immigrant career transitions and their coping strategies. Her qualitative work looked at career issues and structural barriers facing foreign medical professionals as well as IT professionals.


List of TIEDI's Student Research Assistants (2009-2012):

- Marshia Akbar, Geography Doctoral student, York University

- Zainab Coovadia, Undergraduate student, York University

- Jeanette Chua, Sociology Doctoral student, University of Toronto

- Nina Damsbaek, Public Policy Master student, University of Toronto

- Laura Lepper, Geography Masters student, York University

- Ann Marie Murnaghan, Geography Doctoral student, York University

- Mai Phan, Sociology student, University of Toronto

- Nathan Prier, Geography Doctoral student, York University

- Jeff Priest, Geography Masters student, York University

- Chris Vanden Berg, Undergraduate student, York University

- Fang Yang, Doctoral student, York University


- Maryse Lemoine, former Coordinator for TIEDI


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