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.
Amy co-leads the Refugee Hub with Jennifer Bond, serving as Director to provide strong programmatic and operational leadership for the people of the Hub. As a global citizen, feminist, lawyer by trade and organizer at heart, Amy brings to the team almost 15 years of expertise in the international development sector, with a passion for creating the conditions for everyone to change the world for the better through shared leadership and empowerment, organizational effectiveness, civil society strengthening and collaborative partnerships.
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.
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.
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.
Harriet is the Refugee Hub’s Executive Coordinator, working primarily with Prof. Jennifer Bond to support her logistical, administrative and institutional needs within the Refugee Hub, the GRSI, and at the University of Ottawa. She comes to the role with over a decade of experience in the legal and administrative fields. After completing her legal training in The Netherlands, Harriet moved to Canada to complete an LL.M. at the University of Toronto focussing on human rights and immigration policy. She has spent several years honing her organizational and coordination skills at corporate law firms across Toronto, before moving to Ottawa to join the Refugee Hub in its mission to encourage refugee protection in Canada and around the world.
OTTAWA SPONSORSHIP SUPPORT PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Chiedza is responsible for the coordination of the Ottawa chapter of the SSP as well as the Hub’s day-to-day finance and operations. She joins us from the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program and has experience supporting privately sponsored refugees as well as government assisted refugees. Chiedza brings a diverse skillset to the Hub. She is trilingual and has experience working overseas and in Canada, and has a keen interest in international development and social justice issues. Chiedza is excited to learn new ways she can contribute towards the refugee protection space in Canada.
SENIOR LEGAL OFFICER
Kelsey Lange works as part of the SSP team, as the Senior Legal Officer in Toronto. Kelsey holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and previously worked as an immigration and refugee lawyer at a prominent law firm in Toronto. She is passionate about providing pro bono legal services to vulnerable populations and proud to work with the dedicated volunteer lawyers in the SSP program. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kelsey interned at two community legal clinics in Ottawa and conducted a variety of research projects on access to justice issues. Kelsey is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Refugee Lawyers Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. She is delighted to be part of the Hub team where she continues to be inspired by her compassionate colleagues.
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 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.
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.
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.
Rebecca's work involves both substantive and coordination elements, as she supports the Refugee Law Research Team and various aspects of the Hub's research and clinic portfolio. A second-year student at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, her professional interests include the intersection of refugee law and policy with international human rights and criminal law. Her free time is spent hiking or skiing if the weather in Ottawa is nice, or inside reading, if it is not.
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.
Athavarn is responsible for supporting our communications and outreach portfolios, primarily managing our social media, design, and event planning work. Athavarn has several years experience in community work, human rights advocacy, and grassroots organizing. Prior to joining the Hub they worked at Youth Futures - a local youth program for racialized, indigenous, and migrant youth - as both a mentor and alumni coordinator. They are passionate about racial justice, civil society, and public policy. Athavarn's family were Tamil refugees fleeing conflict and discrimination in Sri Lanka, and their lived experiences reinforces their commitment to social justice and equity.
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 sector 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 Internet. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and three complacent cats.
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.