Our Team

Local Immigration Partnership brings together community leaders and organizations to develop welcoming and inclusive communities, where everyone feels a sense of belonging and attachment.

Our role is to convene and coordinate with partners

Local Immigration Partnership

Jodi Bucholtz


Jodi is the Manager of Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew. She leads a team of dedicated professionals working with community partners in establishing goals and objectives and delivering on these expectations through activities and events that support newcomers to the region.

She has over 15 years experience working in higher education at college and university campuses with a dedication to seeing students succeed. That passion extends to helping ensure that rural communities grow and thrive having lived and worked in Ottawa Valley for the majority of her life. 


Jodi is eager to connect with community partners who want to be part of strengthening our community by integrating and serving our newcomer population.

Shehzad K. Ghani

Research Officer

Shehzad is a Research Officer for Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew. He has over 10 years of experience as a Research and Data Analyst that includes implementation and management of qualitative and quantitative data analysis, extensive experience in using various types of data collection methods, and the ability to design reports, summaries, and deliver presentations on data.


Prior to joining Local Immigration Partnership, Shehzad worked at the University of Ottawa, World Bank, Employment and Social Development Canada and Health Canada. Shehzad also has over 10 years of experience as a professor with the University of Ottawa, King Saud University, Riyadh, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Shehzad holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Science, I.T. Management from The University of Texas at Dallas.


Shehzad has also co-authored 24 peer-reviewed research papers, articles and book chapters.

Local Immigration Partnership - Lanark & Renfrew

Farah Khattab

Research Officer

Farah is a Research Officer for Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew. She provides a high level of research expertise to the team and community partners to create welcoming communities for newcomers.

Her experience includes working as a professor and academic coordinator with more than 12 years of experience working in higher education institutions teaching several undergraduate and graduate research and business courses and supervising research projects for graduate students.


Farah is also an author, researcher, and data analyst, with eight years of experience in research methodology, data collection, questionnaires design, data analysis, and reports presentation. Farah is very passionate and dedicated to improving students’ learning experience and to motivating and inspiring youth to reach their full potential. Farah has extensive experience working with community programs and liaising between universities and NGOs.


She has more than five years of professional experience in accounting and business consultation. Farah is an enthusiastic learner, she holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Staffordshire University in England, an MBA of Marketing from Lebanese American University, and a Bachelor of Accounting from BAU University in Lebanon and a Leadership Executive Program Certificate from the University of Cambridge, England.


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