Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Board of Directors 2018-19
For over twenty years, Reza Shahbazi has worked to improve the outcomes of immigrants and refugees in Canada with a focus on two interrelated areas: experienced program and service delivery at the community level and policy development at the provincial and national level.
Reza is a founding member and Executive Director of New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc. (NCCE Inc.) which annually serves over 7,000 newcomers to Windsor and Essex County. It provides services that are critical to the settlement and integration of newcomers including: language training, employment services, settlement and inclusion services, youth programs, childcare, and community development in multiple sites in Windsor and Leamington. Reza has also spearheaded partnerships for service delivery with community stakeholders, resulting in programs being offered in over seventy schools and various library branches.
He is a member of the Conference Board of Canada – Leaders Roundtable on Immigration (LRI), member of the Executive Committee of the Pathways to Prosperity and a member of the National Settlement Council (NSC) and past Chair of Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership (LIPs). He has also served as a member, Regional Director, Vice-President and President of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). In October of 2015, Reza was appointed by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to its French Language Services Provincial Leadership Council. This council advises the OHA on issues affecting health care organizations providing care to Ontario’s Francophone community.
At the request of various stakeholders and governments, Reza has shared his knowledge in numerous public speaking engagements, both in Canada and abroad in countries such as Mexico and Japan where he was the keynote speaker as an international expert on immigration at the Symposium on Issues Surrounding Foreign Residents in Japan: International Experiences in Migrant Integration, and most recently, in the Philippines and Australia.
Reza is also a recipient of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award (2013) for his outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the life of immigrants and refugees in Canada.