Our Expert Advisory Committee (EAC)

The EAC is a key component to guiding the CIMI to its ultimate success. The committee offers a built in peer-review system to the CIMI offering the added value of conceptual and data expertise as regards the process of immigrant integration. Members of our EAC include:

Engaging experts across the country

  • Allison Harell

  • Andrew Griffith

  • Christian Bourque

  • Ilene Hyman

  • John F. Helliwell

  • Keith Banting

  • Lloyd Wong

  • Lori Wilkinson

  • Sara Wallace Goodman

  • Yoko Yoshida

Allison Harell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and holds the UQAM Research Chair in the Political Psychology of Social Solidarity. She also co-directs the Political Communication and Public Opinion Laboratory. Allison contributes her expertise on attitudes toward diversity and how racialized discourses influence political attitudes in Canada.

Andrew Griffith is the author of Multiculturalism in Canada: Evidence and Anecdote and Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias: Resetting Citizenship and Multiculturalism and is a regular media commentator and blogger (Multicultural Meanderings). Andrew’s experience as the former Director General for Citizenship and Multiculturalism and his work for a variety of government departments in Canada and abroad is a valuable contribution.

Christian Bourque is Executive Vice-President at Leger where he acts as a senior consultant. He also teaches research methodology at Université de Montréal. Additionally, Christian has prepared numerous Affidavits and has testified in different courts where he presents survey results as evidence. Christian brings to the CIMI his 20 plus years of experience in the fields of public opinion and market research.

Ilene Hyman is a social epidemiologist, community-based researcher and Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research explores health and social equity among newcomer and racialized populations in Canada. Ilene brings her experience as the lead in the SSHRCC-funded project Immigrant Integration and Inclusion: Investigating the Canadian Partnership Model from a Complex-System Perspective.

John F. Helliwell, of the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, is a long-time Research Associate of the National Bureau on Economic Research and Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, where he is also Co-Director of the Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being program. John’s involvement as an editor over the years for the award-winning World Happiness Report is insightful to the CIMI.

Keith Banting is the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in the School of Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. His research interests focus on public policy in Canada and other contemporary democracies. Keith brings his expertise as the co-director of the Multiculturalism Policy Index project, which monitors the evolution of multiculturalism policies across the Western democracies.

Lloyd Wong is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary. His notable publications include a chapter in Race and Racism in 21st Century Canada, the recently edited volume entitled Revisiting Multiculturalism in Canada: Theories, Policies and Debates (with Shibao Guo), and the forthcoming volume entitled Chinese Global Mobilities and Canada. Lloyd brings his research expertise in multiculturalism, transnationalism, immigrant integration and citizenship.

Lori Wilkinson is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. She is currently the editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration and the Director of Immigration Research West, a think-tank exploring issues of successful settlement and integration. Lori brings to the CIMI her specialization in immigration and refugee studies, particularly on issues related to discrimination, settlement and health among newcomers to Canada.

Sara Wallace Goodman is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, where she is also an affiliate of the Centers for Research on International Migration and for the Study of Democracy. Sara brings her expertise in democratic inclusion and the shaping of political identity through immigrant integration, citizenship, and education policy.

Yoko Yoshida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. She is also the Academic Director of the Atlantic Research Data Centre (ARDC) in Halifax. Yoko’s contributes her research experience with regards to measuring multi-dimensional immigrants’ integration, immigrants’ settlement in Atlantic Canada, social and economic activities of family-sponsored immigrants, as well as impacts of family and gender in settlement processes.

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