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.

Sumit Choudhary

Research Officer

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

His experience includes working with people on their immigration applications and guiding them in the right direction. Apart from English, he converses in Hindi, Marathi, Sindhi and Punjabi.


He is an alumnus of University of British Columbia from the Immigration Practitioners Program and is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

He is also an experienced professional within the Hospitality Industry across three countries including India, United Kingdom and Canada. Sumit’s journey has gone from being an international student in Canada to becoming a proud Canadian citizen.

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.


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