The Refugee Hub is able to have the impact it does because of the time, commitment, expertise, and energy of the people who connect with our work. Volunteers are at the heart of what we do, and we must first and foremost acknowledge the contributions of our volunteer students, lawyers, academics and community members, who are all part of the Refugee Hub team!
PROFESSOR / MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jennifer Bond is the founder and Managing Director of The Refugee Hub. Besides overseeing the Hub’s overall strategy and wide-ranging program and research activities, she also, as chair of the GRSI, pioneers the export of Canada’s private refugee sponsorship program by supporting the creation and implementation of community-based sponsorship schemes in countries around the world. Jennifer holds degrees in law, literature, and business and has previously worked as a Special Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, co-founded the Refugee Assistance Project and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, and has served with UNHCR in Damascus, Syria. She has also published, consulted, and lectured extensively about a variety of refugee related topics. Jennifer loves working with and alongside her talented and ambitious team to further justice and rights for refugees locally and globally.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Anna Campos is responsible for the administrative services of the Hub, including finances, budgets, grants, and human resources. Prior to her employment at the Hub, she worked at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, where she made her name in the development sector spearheading transformative initiatives as Head of Administration. Anna brings an international perspective to her management responsibilities, having previously worked for the American Consulate General in Jerusalem and Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv. Anna speaks English, French, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Russian and some Spanish. With academic credentials in Economics, French Literature and Public Administration, as well as an unbounded interest in all things cultural and linguistic, she is excited about supporting the Hub's domestic and international work.
DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Tara leads the Hub’s Innovation Lab, serving as Director of Innovation and Development and providing support to the Hub’s emergent and responsive programming. Tara comes to the Hub after her time as the Sr. Director of Planning and Growth and the United Nations Association in Canada and as the Executive Director at EcoEquitable, a social enterprise serving immigrant and vulnerable women in Ottawa. Tara brings a well-rounded and global perspective of the non-profit, social enterprise and social innovation sectors to her work, having lovingly served communities in Latin America, Asia, USA and Canada. She is a self-professed Hispanophile and Francophile, lover of all things yoga-ish, and mother of three crazy and cute girls.
Emilie Coyle leads the Hub’s work on national programs and bringing over 15 years of leadership and management experience in the non-profit sector, primarily in immigrant and refugee-serving organizations to the role. She has worked as a Research Coordinator, Community Developer, and Project Manager before becoming a lawyer. Her experience in the settlement sector has taken her from Canada’s west (Edmonton) to the east (Halifax) and now to Ottawa. Emilie is passionate about the power of community and actively pursues ways to encourage community-building wherever she finds them, sponsorship being one example. She also loves a good book and welcomes suggestions for ones to add to her ever-growing collection.
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
GLOBAL REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE
Janice is the Senior Program Manager for the Hub’s Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, which works to share Canada’s experience and leadership in private sponsorship globally. She has significant experience in project management and international development. Most recently, she served as the Country Project Director in Jordan with Mennonite Economic Development Associates as well as the Associate Director of Programs for Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique, overseeing diverse projects in rural development and economic empowerment, focused on women and youth. She holds a Bachelor of Honours Business Administration from Western University’s Ivey School of Business as a Master of Science in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is passionate about migration, resettlement and humanitarian issues, particularly regarding the protection of women.
LEGAL AND RESEARCH
Nathan Benson is the Legal and Research Director at the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, providing leadership to the Hub’s research, policy and public interest litigation initiatives. He leads the Hub’s Refugee Law Research Team and co-leads the Refugee/Criminal Law Clinic at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. A lawyer by training, Nathan has also worked in senior strategy, communications and policy roles. His work aims to shape law and policy for the benefit of refugees and at-risk migrants through impactful research and advocacy. Nathan holds degrees in law and Political Science and is a former judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada.
SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Ania Kwadrans is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Refugee Hub, providing strategic and policy guidance, on local, national, and global issues affecting refugee rights. Before joining the Hub, Ania worked with Amnesty International, engaging in strategic litigation on human rights cases before courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and advocacy before Canadian Parliamentary Committees as well as United Nations treaty bodies. Ania holds a J.D. degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, is called to the Ontario bar, and is currently undertaking graduate studies in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She is delighted work with an organization that connects high-level, timely research to cutting-edge programming with real impact on expanding refugee protection around the world.
SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST
Eliza Bateman is the Senior Research Analyst at the Refugee Hub, working on legal scholarship, policy analysis and research initiatives. Eliza also leads projects of the Refugee Law Research Team. She joined the Hub after finishing her PhD in Law at McGill University in 2018. Before moving to Canada, Eliza worked in the social justice sector in Australia, first as senior legal advisor for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and then as senior lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. She is passionate about social justice and human rights and has advocated for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers as a lawyer and scholar. Eliza has a PhD and LLM from McGill and writes in the areas of international human rights, feminist theory and legal theory. Eliza is fond of excellent coffee and creative writing. She follows politics across the world with an anxious intensity that she tries to diffuse by cooking and walking the dog.
GENEVIEVE DE BREYNE-GAGNON
GLOBAL REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE
Geneviève works with the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative in increasing global resettlement efforts through community-based refugee sponsorship. Prior to joining the Refugee Hub, Geneviève worked as an advocacy coordinator for CFUW-FCFDU, promoting gender equality and women's rights in Canada. Passionate about human rights and social justice, Geneviève brings her collaborative spirit, focus and dedication to her work. She avidly follows transnational social movements and international policy developments. Her motivations for this work are deeply rooted in a human-centered approach and the power of collective actions to transform societies.
GLOBAL REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE
Gina supports the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative's efforts to grow community-based refugee sponsorship around the world. She brings to it creativity and dedication, combined with experience in community mobilising, communications and refugee integration in North America, Eastern Europe and East Africa. Prior to the Hub, Gina worked with WUSC to engage individuals and communities in international volunteering and student refugee sponsorship. The intersection of her experiences as a former refugee, international development practitioner, and advocate for social inclusion and cooperation light the fire that motivates her in this work.
NATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFICER
Chiedza works on various projects within the national programs team. She works on the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, the BVOR Fund, and other outreach and programmatic aspects to facilitate increased refugee sponsorship and to provide support to refugee sponsors. Chiedza joined the Hub from World University Service of Canada (WUSC)’s Student Refugee Program where she supported sponsors across Ontario. Chiedza holds a Master’s in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University, and has a keen interest in international development and social justice issues.
REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP SUPPORT PROGRAM
Bethlehem is Refugee Sponsorship Support Program’s (SSP’s) National Coordinator. With a Masters in International Public Policy from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Balsillie School of International Affairs, Bethlehem has a background in research, global migration and public policy. She also brings with her experience working overseas, as a project officer for the Filipino migrant-rights civil society organization, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA). Prior to joining the Refugee Hub, Bethlehem was the National Capital Region trainer for the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program where she provided direct support to sponsors as they navigated the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program. Bethlehem has always had a passion for the empowerment and protection of migrants and is excited to contribute to the Refugee Hub’s mission.
PROJECT OFFICER -
HUB INNOVATION LAB
Jaz is a project officer with the Refugee Hub’s Innovation Lab (HIL) working to incubate and grow initiatives and ideas that have the potential to transform the refugee landscape. Prior to this, Jaz was finishing her PhD on queering refugee law and international relations through the University of Melbourne, Australia. During this time, she was also a director of Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation, an LGBTI non-profit based in Australia and a member of the Commonwealth Equality Network, the first accredited LGBTI organization in the Commonwealth. Jaz has been a visiting fellow at Carleton University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Autumn manages the Hub’s website and IT infrastructure, and is the resident ‘techie’ assisting with the Hub’s many projects in development. Over the last five years he was previously the Technology Coordinator for Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights, the IT Officer for the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, and founded his own company, GoodTech, to provide those same skills and services to the non-profit and social impact sectors at large. He is passionately political and committed to progressive social policy, and has particular expertise and concern for technologies’ social impacts and the importance of smart, global concerted action to preserve an open and democratized Internet. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and three complacent cats.
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Amy provides development strategy support to the Hub and undertakes outreach to grant-makers and funders. She also oversees the Hub’s external communications strategy. Previously, for several years, Amy ran international campaigns and managed stakeholder outreach and engagement for civil society advocacy in global health policy and resource mobilization with UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She has worked in the UK, Belgium and Kosovo. Amy holds a Masters in Conflict Studies & Human Rights from Utrecht University and a BA in International Development from the University of Guelph. She is passionate about engaging in international efforts to champion and transform communities.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Akjemal joins the Hub from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In the Hub, she is responsible for financial and administrative issues. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, having worked in the operations section with UNICEF Turkmenistan where she dealt with administrative, procurement, logistics and financial tasks. Akjemal holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Management from the University of Reading (UK). She speaks English, Russian and Turkmen. By joining the Hub, Akjemal is excited to contribute to the Hub’s activities. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and planting flowers and likes to keep her three boys busy, motivating them to engage in various extra-curriculum activities.
PROGRAM OFFICER - BVOR FUND
Jessica-Rae is the Program Officer with the BVOR Fund which is a uniquely Canadian program that enables citizens and permanent residents to directly engage in refugee resettlement efforts. Prior to her role at The Refugee Hub, Jessica-Rae worked in Social Services at a community health centre as Program Coordinator of several programs including a befriending program matching newcomers to community volunteers to reduce isolation and build community. She brings great front line experience of the refugee settlement journey and has a great energy for the work she does. She has a strong interest in supporting refugees and building a sense of belonging. Jessica-Rae has volunteered in community development in Africa, Central and South America. She has also lived on both the East and West coasts of Canada, twice over, but now calls the Capital home.
Ellory is responsible for aiding Anna with the operation of Human Resources as well as helping out with various administrative tasks. Before joining the hub Ellory worked for two years at the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa as a Program Assistant. In her spare time she participates in the South-East Ottawa Health Centre’s Matching Program. The program matches newcomers to Canada with volunteer members as a way of aiding settlement and building community. Ellory is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa holding a BSocSc in International Development and Globalization Minor in Economics. She is looking forward to a long career in her field and is excited to work with all her passionate colleagues at the Hub.