CLIP Council

CLIP Council Members are influential, well connected leaders who are passionate about and committed to the CLIP initiative.  Each Council member represents a sector with a vested interest in the wellbeing of newcomers.  The Council oversees the development of a settlement strategy and a targeted action plan to produce a more welcoming and inclusive Calgary. 

How are the Council members selected?

An Advisory Committee comprised of settlement, education, and ethno-cultural sector representatives recommended a Council composition, including which sectors in Calgary should be represented, the number of representatives from each sector, which organizations should be represented, and the leadership level of members.  Where sector tables were already in place, those tables nominated a representative or representatives to sit on the CLIP Council.  Otherwise, the Advisory Committee suggested members from important local organizations to represent each sector.

Working Groups

Working Groups focus on a particular area of the immigration experience in an effort to identify service gaps or challenges facing immigrants within that area.  Each Working Group is made up of community members with experience and expertise in that area, who use their knowledge and skills to improve newcomers’ experiences in Calgary. 

Working Group Members are selected through two processes: 

1. CLIP Council members recommend members from their own sector.
2. Broad advertising and applicant screening reaches others in the community with expertise.

We’re always looking for new CLIP Working Group members, please contact us.  

Operational Oversight Committee

The Operational Oversight Committee are nominated and selected by the CLIP Council. Once they've been selected, they are appointed as leads for each Working Group. These leaders oversee the implementation of actions and ensure projects are on track. 

Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT)

The Immigrant Advisory Table is made up of citizen volunteers who were born outside of Canada.  They represent a variety of ages, educational backgrounds, countries of origin, and lived experiences.  Members share their perspectives to help the CLIP Council create a settlement strategy that considers immigrants' needs in community planning, fosters a welcoming and inclusive community, and encourages the full participation of all residents. 

We are currently recruiting for new Immigrant Advisory Table members

Please download the application form and email it to Applications are due by June 30, 2019.

Your Role as a Volunteer

  • Attend and participate in regular meetings with other immigrants

  • Give your ideas into important areas to make Calgary more welcoming to newcomers

  • Connect with your own social groups to share their ideas

  • Share information about CLIP with people you know and support the vision of CLIP


  • Born outside of Canada

  • Reside in Calgary

  • Passionate about your community

  • Have experience as a newcomer and understand their needs

  • Feel comfortable to share and to provide feedback

  • Commit to participate in a minimum of 4 meetings per year


  • Have your voice heard and your input make a difference

  • Make connections and broaden your network

  • Gain valuable experience that can enhance your resume

  • Build and expand your skills

  Note: As space is limited, not all applicants will be selected for an interview. Applicants not selected for an interview may be contacted for other volunteer opportunities as they arise.

CLIP Staff

CLIP coordinator

Samantha Burdett is the Coordinator for the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership. Sam returned to Calgary in November 2018 to take up this position and brings over eight years of experience working with Local Immigration Partnerships in Ontario. Having lived and worked in many countries all over the world, she understands what it’s like to be a newcomer to a community. She is looking forward to re-exploring Calgary and getting to know the many stakeholders within CLIP and the broader community.

CLIP Data and information coordinator

Sharon Stroick holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Design, specializing in social policy planning.  She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and IAP2, the International Association for Public Participation.  Sharon enjoyed a long career as a consultant in the private and non-profit sectors, where she focused on the use of public involvement in local, regional, and national decision-making processes.  She has worked for The City of Calgary since 2003 and has been the Data and Information Coordinator for CLIP since June 2017.  Sharon works with the 17 Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) in the Prairies and Northern Territories (PNT) region on performance measurement and reporting, and also collects local data for use by CLIP.  In June 2018, she also began leading a national LIPs Data Group and connecting with all of the LIPs across Canada to advance the LIPs Network Community Data Program pilot project.  As a result, an Immigration Data Portal on the Community Data Program website will be available for all LIPs to use in late March 2019.