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

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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.

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Patricia Leboeuf

Research Officer

Patricia 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.

Patricia has over 11 years of journalistic experience telling the stories of the Ottawa Valley through her exceptional research and writing during her time at The Pulse in Cobden, Metroland in Arnprior, The Shawville Equity and most recently with the Petawawa Post through the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. In addition, Patricia has seven years of experience working as a Circulation Assistant and Page at the Ottawa Public Library, honing her research, communication, and client service skills.


Patricia’s professional experience is complemented by her dedication as a volunteer within our community, including Secretary with the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) Board of Directors and as a sitting member of the Petawawa Diversity and Employment Equity Advisory Group (PDEEAG).


Patricia is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College’s joint Bachelor of Journalism program and Cégep de l’Outaouais’s Multimedia Diploma.

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Mackenzie Mancell

Project Assistant

Mackenzie is a part-time Project Assistant for Local Immigration Partnership – Lanark & Renfrew. She loves to meet new people, hear their stories and learn from their experiences.


Mackenzie is a graduate of the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Modern Languages: Spanish and Second-Language Education as well as from St. Clair College with a Tourism and Travel Diploma. During her time at university, she worked with multiple professors conducting research, drafting submissions for courseware, editing documents, and assisting with assessments.


While completing her degree, Mackenzie spent six years in the customer service and event planning industry working part-time as a bookings coordinator and recreation supervisor.


Mackenzie now considers herself a student of the world. As a relatively new community member, she looks forward to learning more about the area, and the many great organizations and businesses that contribute to its success.