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 have concluded recruitment for our Immigrant Advisory Table for 2018. If you are interested in applying to become a member of the IAT, please check back in spring 2019. 

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 community liaison

Jermaine Campbell has worked for The City of Calgary since 2007 and has been the Community Liaison with CLIP since May 2018.  He works closely with the Operational Oversight Committee and Immigration Advisory Table, sits on various committees, and is responsible for all engagement activities involving CLIP.  Through engaging with stakeholders, service providers, and community members, Jermaine strives to keep CLIP visible in the 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.