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Ray Silvius is Lead of the CERI Network.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests include Global Political Economy, non-Western political economies, community-engaged research, and the Political Economy of refugees, home, and migration. He is conducting Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded research through the Manitoba Research Alliance into the housing situations of refugees that have resettled in Winnipeg.  He is lead in the Migration in Remote and Rural Areas network within the Rural Policy Learning Commons, a 7 year, SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant and involved in two additional SSHRC funded initiatives - Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) and the project ‘Finding Home: The Secondary Migration of Refugee Children, Youth and their Families in Canada.’ Dr. Silvius is the author of Culture, Political Economy and Civilisation in a Multipolar World Order: The Case of Russia (Routledge, 2016). 

Hani Ataan Al-ubeady is the Community Research Director for the CERI Network.  He is currently working for Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, which has a mandate and vision to create a welcoming and inclusive community where Indigenous peoples and newcomers can fully participate.  He has been a community activist for two decades. A central part of his community engagement work is community-based research, to which he has dedicated nearly 14 years. During this time, he has been co-author on and contributor to SSHRC-funded research on the housing outcomes of refugees in Winnipeg. His goal is to remove barriers on the path of creating a welcoming community for all.

Jill Bucklaschuk is the Academic Research Director for the CERI Network.  She brings with her over a decade of community-engaged research on immigration and settlement in Manitoba.  Recently, she held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph and has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manitoba. She has conducted community-based research projects with many different organizations including the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW), and Immigration Research West (IRW).  She specializes in collaborative, community-based qualitative research, and also has extensive experience conducting quantitative analysis.

Abdikheir Ahmed is the Inter-Sectoral Liaison for the CERI Network.  He is the Director of Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) and previously served as the Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) Inc.  Abdi has extensive experience working with immigrant and refugee communities in Winnipeg’s inner city and is a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees in Canada.  He has received numerous awards for his advocacy work, including as finalist for CBC Manitoba's 2014 Future 40 list and recipient of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, which is one of Manitoba’s highest honors.  He also has a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where he studied on a Rotary Peace Fellowship. 

Roxana Akhmetova is a University of Manitoba political studies master’s student. Roxana is writing her master’s thesis on Indigenous-newcomer relations and is hoping to continue her education by pursuing another master’s degree or a doctoral degree. Her academic interests include exploring now recent Canadian newcomers can build stronger relationship with Indigenous peoples and how newcomers can contribute to and participate in Indigenous reconciliation.