Durham Local Immigration Partnership (DLIP) Council Members


Brian Bridgeman is the Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development at the Region of Durham and is the co-chair of the Durham Local Immigration Partnership Council (DLIP).

Bob Chapman is one of five Regional Councillors for the City of Oshawa. Councillor Chapman is the Chair of the Health and Social Services Committee and as such, is co-chair of the Durham Local Immigration Partnership Council (DLIP). 


Chantal Bazinet is the Executive Director of Conseil des Organismes Francophones de la Région de Durham (COFRD).

Janelle Benjamin is a former Policy Advisor and contributor to the creation of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. She has experience working with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

Kate Bird has experience working in settlement and advocating for persons with disabilities, as well as in the homelessness and housing sector.

Zareen Butt is the Manager of Health Policy and Equity in the Health Department of the Region of Durham.

Pinder DaSilva is the Senior Director of programs and services at the Abilities Centre.

Pam DeWilde is the Manager of the Pickering Welcome Centre.

Nicole Gibson is the Executive Director of the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade.

Rhonda Jessup is the CEO of the Whitby Public Library. 

Heather McMillan is the Executive Director of Durham Workforce Authority.

Dr. Marina Morgenshtern is an Assistant Professor at Trent University, in the Department of Social Work.

Dr. Barbara Perry is a professor at Ontario Tech University, in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Carlos Salazar is the Manager of Community Planning with the Municipality of Clarington and has experience developing diversity, equity and inclusion plans for municipal governments. 

Maralyn Tassone is the Executive Director at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre.

Helen Viveiros is the Manager of Project Resource Planning and Strategies at Ontario Power Generation.

 Ex-officio Members

Community Development Council Durham (CDCD)

Durham Regional Police Service

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Regional Municipality of Durham, Human Resources

Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning

Service Canada


Sonia Salomone is the Manager, Business Development and Investment at the Region of Durham

Sarah Hickman is a Policy Advisor, Diversity and Immigration at the Region of Durham

Samantha Billingham is the Program Assistant, Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at the Region of Durham

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