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.
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.
RESEARCH & POLICY ANALYST
Jaz is a research and policy analyst working to incubate and grow ideas that have the potential to transform the refugee resettlement 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.
GLOBAL REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE
Bethlehem is a Program Officer for the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI). 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.
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.
RESEARCH ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Justine is responsible for providing administrative assistance to Eliza and Nathan for the Hub's Refugee Law Research Team. Prior to joining the hub, Justine participated in a scholarship program to teach English in rural South Korea. She also served as Foreign Group Coordinator and lecturer during program orientations at the National Institute for International Education, providing administrative aid to Korean government officials. Justine is pursuing her Honours BSocSC in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. It was during her third year studying abroad at Sciences Po Strasbourg, that she discovered her passion for human rights and international law, which she hopes to pursue through law school.
LOGISTICS & EVENTS COORDINATOR
GLOBAL REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE
Giulia is the Events and Logistics Coordinator for the Hub’s Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, which works to share Canada’s experience and leadership in private sponsorship globally. Giulia holds a Bachelor's degree in English and French Languages and Literature from the University of Turin, Italy. Before moving to Canada and joining the Hub, Giulia worked at the Embassy of Canada to Italy. She has several years of experience in public affairs with strong skills in events organization, logistics coordination, media relations, social media, and administration in a diplomatic and international environment. Giulia is passionate about politics and international relations.
Emelia is a Communications Assistant at the Refugee Hub. She assists the Senior Development Officer with various tasks, including graphic/layout design and social media posting. She studies Communications and Psychology at uOttawa, loves painting and coffee, and hopes to work as a product designer in the future.