Keynote – 9:00-10:30 (90 minutes) – Day 1

Diverse Cultures and Community Impact

Speakers: Jessie Loyer (Library), Rima Tarraf (Alerta Health Services), Leah Hamilton (General Management and Human Resources), and Michael Hawley (Humanities)

Time: 9:00-10:30

Location: Gold Room

Facilitated by:  Erik Christiansen

When Things Don’t Go as Expected in Community Research

Presented by:  Jessie Loyer

Jessie is a Librarian at Mount Royal University. Her research looks at Indigenous information literacy and supporting language revitalization.

What we have learned from working with Syrian Refugees, the Settlement Sector, and Policymakers

Presented by: Rima Tarraf and Leah Hamilton

Rima  is a research and evaluation consultant at Alberta Health Services. She received her MSc and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Her work primarily involves conducting research and evaluation on healthcare initiatives, the optimal use of healthcare providers, and workforce wellness and retention. Rima has also worked on projects geared towards understanding the resettlement needs of Syrian refugees, with a particular focus on housing.

Leah is an Associate Professor at the Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University. Her program of research focuses on the social and economic integration of newcomers and refugees in Canada. She is a community-engaged scholar who frequently partners with organizations from the settlement sector. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.