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Research Pathways

Vancouver Centre

The Vancouver Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM) is a consortium of three universities - the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University (SFU). The Centre is led by two Co-Directors, one from SFU and one from UBC, the latter being the financial-host university. The Centre's research program covers the following four domains:

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Social
  • Housing and Neighbourhoods

The Centre presented a six-year Strategic Research Plan as an integral part of its 1995 submission to establish a Centre of Excellence. This plan identified research gaps and defined projects to fill them. The Centre did not establish a formal process for on-going strategic research planning since it relies on the plan to conduct its research activities. Liaison with federal partners in Ottawa (e.g., Human Resources Development Canada, Industry Canada) is a means to incorporate new policy-relevant projects with either new funds or freed up resources.

In order to enhance the policy-relevance of its research projects, the Centre has created the Federal Partnership Council which provides a channel of communication between the Centre Co-Directors and regional funding partners. Officials from nine federal departments and agencies sit on the Council (see Appendix 1 for membership). The research findings of the Centre's projects are also disseminated through the Council. The Centre is also a member of the regional CIC Advisory Committee, primarily comprising NGOs and service agencies, and contributes to its annual symposium.

Two committees in the Vancouver Centre management structure have a role in the project approval decision: the Research Consultative Committee (RCC) and the Management Board. Representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, research community, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGO) participate in both committees (see Appendix 1 for membership). The RCC has the mandate to review research projects defined under the six-year plan and to examine new research proposals. Once the projects are reviewed by the RCC, the funding approval of the Management Board is sought. This task is part of the Board's broad responsibilities of overseeing the Centre's activities.

The Vancouver Centre's research planning, design and approval process is summarized in Table 1. Further information about the Centre can be found at http://riim.metropolis.net.


Table 1: Vancouver Centre's Research Planning, Design And Approval Process

Stage on the Research Pathway

Committee/Forum/Participants

Function and activities

Strategic Planning n.a.

 

The Centre developed a 6 year Strategic Research Plan as part its original submission in 1995.
Project Design Federal Partnership Council

· 11 members: 1 Centre Co-Director, 10 federal (regional offices)

Provides advice on policy-relevance and participates in partnership activities (e.g., workshop, conference)
Approval 1: Project Adjudication Research Consultative Committee

· 11 members: 2 Co-Directors, 1 federal, 1 provincial, 2 municipal, 3 NGOs, 2 private sector

Reviews research projects
Approval 2: Project Funding Decision Management Board

· 16 members: voting: 2 Co-Directors, 5 domain leaders, 2 senior university administrators, 1 federal, 4 community (1 provincial, 1 NGO, 2 private sector)

non-voting: 1 SSHRC*, 1 MPT *

Approves funding

* SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
* MPT: Metropolis Project Team at Citizenship and Immigration Canada


APPENDIX 1: VANCOUVER CENTRE'S COMMITTEES

MANAGEMENT BOARD

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail

Roger Blackman

(Senior university administrator)

Associate Dean of Arts
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6


604-291-4414

604-291-3033

rblackman@arts.sfu.ca
Meyer Burstein
(non-voting member)

Executive Director Metropolis Project
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
365 Laurier West
Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1
613-957-5971 613-957-5968 meyer.burstein
@9522apx.cina.cic.x400.gc.ca
Tung Chan
(Community rep. - private sector)

Toronto Dominion Bank
700 W. Georgia St., 3rd fl.
P.O. Box 10001, Pacific Centre Vancouver
BC V7Y 1A2
604-654-3689 604-654-5474 chanc6@tdbank.ca
Gillian Creese
Social Domain

University of British Columbia Department of Sociology
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

604 822-2541 604-822-6161 creese@unixg.ubc.ca

 

Harold Coward
Religion Domain

University of Victoria
Centre for Studies in Religion & Society
Victoria BC V8W 3P4

250-721-6325 250-721-6234 hcoward@uvic.ca
csrs@uvic.ca

 

Don DeVoretz
Centre Co-Director

Simon Fraser University Department of Economics
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

604-291-4660 604-291-5336 devoretz@sfu.ca
Ms. Gordana Krcevinac (non-voting member)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
350 Albert Street,
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4

613-992-4227 613-947-0223 gordana.krcevinac@sshrc.ca
Louis Grignon
(représentant du gouvt fédéral)

Director
Applied Research Branch
Human Resources Development Canada
140 Du Portage - Phase IV
Hull, QC K1A 0T9

819-997-2499 819-953-8584 louis.grignon@spg.org

 

Dan Hiebert
Housing & Neighbourhood Domain

University of British Columbia
Department of Geography
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

604-822-4500 604-822-6150 dhiebert@geog.ubc.ca
David Ley
Centre Co-Director

University of British Columbia
Department of Geography
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

604-822-3268 604-822-6150 dley@geog.ubc.ca
Krishna Pendakur
Economic Domain

Simon Fraser University Department of Economics
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

604-291-5501 604-291-5944 pendakur@sfu.ca

 

Catherine A. Sas
(Community rep. - private sector)

Barrister & Solicitor
Immigration Law Centre
501-134 Abbott Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2K4

604-689-5444 604-689-5666 casas@axionet.com

 

Cathy Stigant
(Community rep. - provincial govt)

Director, Immigration Policy Branch
Ministry of Multiculturalism and Immigration
3rd Floor, 1019 Wharf Street
P.O. Box 9214
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4

250-387-7951 250-356-5316 cathy.stigant@ag.gov.bc.ca

 

Kelleen Toohey
Education Domain

Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Education
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

604-291-4418 604-888-4623 kelleen_toohey@sfu.ca

 

Allan Tully
(Senior university administrator)

Associate Dean of Arts
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
604-822-6701 604-822-6096 atully@interchange.ubc.ca

 

Holli Whittleton
(Community rep. - NGO)

Executive Director
MOSAIC
1522 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y2
604-254-0099 604-254-3932 hwittleton@mosaic-trans.com

 


RESEARCH CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail
Wendy Au
(municipal govt representative)

Community Project Manager
Office of the City Manager
City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

604-871-6639 604-873-7641 wendy_au@city.vancouver.bc.ca

 

Don DeVoretz
Centre Co-Director

Simon Fraser University Department of Economics
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

604-291-4660 604-291-5336 devoretz@sfu.ca

 

John Foster
(municipal govt representative)

Senior Social Planner
City of Burnaby
4949 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2
604-294-7406 604-294-7220 john-c-foster@mind.link.bc.ca

 

Jutta Heinrichs
(private sector representative)

Associated Economic Consultants Ltd.
suite 300
311 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T3
604-681-6990 604-681-8393 business:aecbc@aec-econ.com

personal: jheinric@direct.ca

 

Randy Jankowski
(federal govt representative)

Strategic Planning and Intelligence
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
1800-1188 West Georgia St. Vancouver, BC
604-666-8553 604-666-1927 Randy.Jankowski
@5031rbd.cibc.cic.x400.gc.ca

 

Tom Jensen
(provincial govt representative)

Ministry of Multiculturalism
309-703 Broughton St.
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
250-387-7949 250-356-5316 tom.jensen@ag.gov.bc.ca

 

Roslyn Kunin
(private sector representative)

Executive Director
The Laurier Institute
608-1030 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y3
604-669-3638 604-669-3626 feedback@laurierinst.com

 

David Ley
Centre Co-Director

University of British Columbia
Department of Geography
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z

604-822-3268 604-822-6150 dley@geog.ubc.ca

 

Vera Radyo
(NGO representative)

Executive Director
AMSSA
385 South Boundary Road
Vancouver, BC V5K 4S1

604-718-2777 604-298-0747 veradyo@amssa.org

 

Lillian To
(NGO representative)

Executive Director
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
87 E. Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1S9
604-684-1628 604-684-3328 lillian@success.bc.ca

 

Yuen Pau Woo
(NGO representative)

Director, Research and Analysis Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
666-999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
604-684-5986 604-681-1370 yuenpau.woo@apfc.apfnet.org

 


FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Name Telephone Facsimile E-Mail
Ted Brown

Regional Advisor
Statistics Canada, Advisory Services
600-300 W. Georgia
Vancouver, BC V6B 6C7

604-666-3694 604-666-6966 tedb@statcan.ca

 

Don DeVoretz
Centre Co-Director

Simon Fraser University
Department of Economics
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

604-291-4660 604-291-5336 devoretz@sfu.ca

 

Sheni Dossa

Assistant Deputy Chair,
Appeal Division
Immigration & Refugee Board
1600-300 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC V6B 6C9

604-666-5936 604-666-3001 shenidossa@irb.gc.ca

 

Randy Jankowski

Strategic Planning and Intelligence
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
1800-1188 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

604-666-8553 604-666-1927 Randy.Jankowski
@5031rbd.cibc.cic.x400.gc.ca

 

David Ley
Centre Co-Director

University of British Columbia
Department of Geography
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z

604-822-3268 604-822-6150 dley@geog.ubc.ca

 

Agnes Lui

Program Officer
Status of Women Canada
430-757 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1

604-666-0038 604-666-0212 swcalui@web.net

 

Ferial McCann

Manager
Multiculturalism and Native Programs
Canadian Heritage
400-300 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC V6B 6C6

604-666-7242 604-666-3508 ferial_mccann@pch.gc.ca

 

Wayne Oster

Director
Vancouver Parole District
Correctional Service of Canada
417-549 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3L1B3

604-666-3731 604-666-2000  
Don Renaud

Manager of Market Analysis
Market Analysis Centre
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Vancouver, BC

604-737-4086 604-737-4139 drenaud@chmc-schl.gc.ca

 

Lino Siracusa

Manager
Export and Information Transfer
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation
629-999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1

604-666-2940 604-666-3020 lsracus@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

 

Rod Smelser

Economist
Planning & Analysis
Human Resources Development Canada
1500-300 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC V6B 6G3

604-666-6937 604-666-1042 Rodney.Smelser
@hrdc-drhc.gc.ca
Susan Stevenson

Program Consultant
Health Canada
440-757 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1

604-666-2596 604-666-8986 Susan_Stevenson@hc-sc.gc.ca

 

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