2021-2023 Executive

PRESIDENT (2 YEAR TERM)

STEPHANIE STOBBE, MANITOBA

Gender: Female
Biography: Dr. Stephanie P. Stobbe is the Chair and an Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College (a College of CMU) at the University of Winnipeg, and a leading expert on Southeast Asian processes of dispute resolution. As an active educator, trainer, and ADR practitioner, she has worked and conducted research in Canada, United States, South America, Europe, India, Asia, and Southeast Asia. Over the last few years, she has facilitated and conducted conflict resolution and peacebuilding seminars and workshops in Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, with political leaders, NGOs, and civil societies. Her recent books include: Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Laos: Perspective for Today’s World (2015) and Conflict Resolution in Asia: Mediation and Other Cultural Models (2018). In 2016, Stephanie chaired CARFMS 9th Annual Conference on Freedom of Movement of refugees and forced migrants that brought 350 participants from over 20 countries. Currently, she is the Lexington Publishing Series Book Editor for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia. Her current research projects include conducting oral histories of former refugees from Southeast Asia and their resettlement journeys, and examining European and International policies and their impact on refugees and forced migrants fleeing to Europe. Stephanie serves on the Executive of Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and the Expert Advisory Board for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS) at Auckland University as well as the Board of ADR Institute Manitoba and ADR Institute of Canada.

VICE PRESIDENT (2 YEAR TERM)

JAMES C. SIMEON, ONTARIO

Gender: Male
Biography: Dr. James C. Simeon, LLM (Cantab), Associate Professor, Head of McLaughlin College, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, is a past President of the Canadian Association of Refugees and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and Director-at-Large. He serves as the Coordinator of the International Association for Refugee and Migration Judges’ (IARMJ) Inter-Conference Working Party Process. His areas of research includes international refugee law, human rights law, humanitarian law, criminal law, and public policy and administration. He publishes in these areas of research and organizes and leads academic and professional conferences, symposia, and workshops. Prior to joining the faculty at York University, he served on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) and as the Executive Director of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ), the predecessor of the IARMJ.

SECRETARY (3 YEAR TERM)

KIRA WILLIAMS, ONTARIO

Gender: genderqueer trans woman
Biography: I’m trans, genderqueer, two-spirit and a critical human geographer who was recently a post-doctoral
fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University. My research focuses on international migration, borders, political geography, analytical methodology and statistics. I graduated from my PhD in October 2018, with a thesis studying the use of semi-secret military operations to control the movement of migration by boat in the Central Mediterranean Sea. My advisor was Dr. Alison Mountz .

I’m a data scientist, policy analyst and statistician specialising in statistical programming, mathematical statistics and social science. I program and teach statistics in R, Python, SQL, J and Stata languages. I also work with geographical information systems (GIS) through R and ArcGIS. I have experience with all kinds of statistical software and Unix-like systems. I was formally trained in mathematical statistics, econometrics and spatial analysis.

I specialise in and teach statistics, data science and public policy analysis to graduate students. In my policy-related research, I’ve had the privilege of working with many partners, such as the World Bank, OECD, International Organization for Migration, UN Women, UNODC, HEQCO, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, as well as the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments. As a statistician, I employ data-driven and evidence-based methods in policymaking. Through this work, I’ve also had experience managing teams of researchers.

As a programmer, I specialise in designing and implementing my own algorithms using a language’s primitives. In R, for instance, I am adept at being able to create novel solutions to difficult problems by writing unique code from the base package. This makes me well-suited for approaching complex or under-studied tasks.

TREASURER (3 YEAR TERM)

ANNA PURKEY, ONTARIO

Gender: Female
Biography: Dr. Anna Purkey is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Human Rights program at St. Paul’s
University College at the University of Waterloo. Previously she worked as an Evaluation Measurement Officer at the IRB (2020), held the position of Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and was the 2019-2020 Director of the Centre’s internationally renowned Summer Course on Forced Migration and Refugees. Dr. Purkey taught as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo for three years and was the 2015-2016 Gordon F. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. She completed her Doctorate of Civil Law at McGill University in 2015. She holds a B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill University as well as a Masters in Law from University of Toronto and is a member of the Quebec Bar Association. Previously, she held the position of legal counsel at the Department of Justice Canada. She is a member of the board of directors of Action Réfugiés Montréal. She has been an invited speaker on numerous occasions, including before Global Affairs Canada, the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and at the Canadian Council for Refugees Annual Consultation. She was also awarded the 2016 Lisa Gilad Prize by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration.

Her research focuses on both domestic and international refugee law, with a special emphasis on protracted refugee situations and themes of human capabilities, legal empowerment, human dignity, vulnerability, governance, and transitional justice.

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (2 YEAR TERM)

JONA ZYFI, ONTARIO

Gender: Female
Biography: Jona Zyfi is a doctoral student at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and a Junior Fellow at Massey College. Her PhD research focuses on the role and human rights impact of technology in immigration and refugee processes. In 2020 Jona was awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship and is a past recipient of the SSHRC Top 25 Storyteller Award, the Barbara Frum Memorial Award in Canadian Scholarship, and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She is a research assistant for a project examining private refugee sponsorship in Canada and the PROTECT project which studies the impacts of the United Nations’ Global Compacts. Jona also co-hosts the academic podcast Criminologia, and volunteers as an English-Albanian interpreter for refugee claimants in Toronto.

POLICY PARTNERSHIP OFFICER (2 YEAR TERM)

AZIZ RAHMAN, MANITOBA

Gender: Male
Biography: Aziz Rahman completed a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. He holds an honours degree in sociology (Bangladesh) and three master’s degrees: Sociology (Bangladesh), Regional Development Planning (Germany and the Philippines), and Criminology (Canada). He has long been engaged in multidisciplinary research, teaching, and human development work. Aziz’s PhD thesis explores refugee economic integration in Canada. His research is aimed to significantly contributing to government policymaking circles by identifying factors affecting the successful labor market integration of resettled refugees in Canada. Aziz has published books, peer reviewed articles and book chapters and presented in conferences on various topics including the refugee integration issues; the public views of crime and policing; Islamist terrorism; ethnic violence; colonialism; and hate crime. Aziz has served on the board of Canadian Association of Refugees and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) since 2016.

STUDENT DIRECTOR (2 YEAR TERM)

RABINDRA CHAULAGAIN, Alberta

Gender: Male
Biography: Rabindra is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Social and Political Thought at the University of Lethbridge. He holds a master’s in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. Rabindra taught for several years for graduate and undergraduate levels at Tribhuvan University and colleges in Nepal before he migrated to Canada. Besides his Ph.D. project, he has been working on a critical border study project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)with Dr. Julie Young. Rabindra’s research spans a wide range of social and political issues, including forced migration and refugee studies, critical border studies, race, critical theory (bio/necropolitics). He enjoys intellectual debate among his colleagues, teachers, and students. He regularly engages in volunteerism and community services.

STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICER (2 YEAR TERM)

CARLA CABRERA RESTREPO, Ontario

Gender: Female
Biography: Carla is a Master’s student in Public Policy, Administration, and Law and a candidate for the graduate diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies at York University. She is deeply passionate about human rights, refugee and migration issues and it has led her to become an executive member of the CRS Student Caucus, participating in the yearly student conference. Before COVID, she volunteered with the Centre of Spanish Speaking People, helping refugees integrate into Canada by helping them get the resources they need (English classes, employment). She has also collaborated on a student research project with the UNHCR and the Experiential Learning Program in 2020, focusing on the impact media had on refugee laws and policies in Canada.

PRACTITIONER AND ADVOCACY OFFICER (2 YEAR TERM)

BRIAN DYCK, MANITOBA

Gender: Male
Biography: Brian has been the National Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator at Mennonite Central
Committee (MCC) Canada since February 2015. One of his main jobs there is managing MCC’s Sponsorship Agreement for Refugee Resettlement. In addition, he also co-chairs MCC’s Migration Standing Committee that looks at the organizations global program related to migration and how communication and collaboration can be realized in the organization on migration issues. Before that he was Refugee Assistance Program Coordinator at the MCC Manitoba office for seven and a half years. His primary work at MCC has been helping churches think about refugee sponsorship and the broader issues around forced displacement.

Brian was chair of the Canadian National Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holder Association (SAH Association) from 2012-2019. He has also worked as a consultant with the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative and been on planning committees for UNHCR Annual Tripartite Consultation on Resettlement.

DIRECTORS AT LARGE (2 YEAR TERM)

SORPONG POEU, ONTARIO

Gender: Male
Biography: Current positions: Professor of Global Peace and Security Studies, Department of Politics and Public
Administration, Ryerson University; Toronto, Canada.

Current Affiliations: Member, Eminent Persons Group at the Asian Political and International Studies Association; Fellow of McLaughlin College, York University; Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Peace and Cooperation; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Cambodian Development Research Institute.

Former administrative and academic positions and affiliations: President of Science for Peace, based at the University of Toronto. Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Toronto. Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg (Manitoba); Chair of the Advisory and Recruitment Committee for The Manitoba Chair of Global Governance Studies – a joint program between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba; Prior to these academic appointments, Professor of International Security at Sophia University in Tokyo (Japan); Canada-ASEAN Fellow and Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore).

Major publications include books, book chapters and journal articles. Major books include Global Public Governance: Toward World Government? (World Scientific 2022) Peace and Security in Indo-Pacific Asia: IR Perspectives in Context (Routledge 2022. Forthcoming), UN Governance: Peace and Human Security in Cambodia and Timor-Leste (Co-authored: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), Human Security Studies: Theories, Methods and Themes (World Scientific and Imperial College Press, 2014); Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific (Praeger 2010), Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action, ed. (Routledge 2008), International Democracy Assistance for Peacebuilding: Cambodia and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), Intervention and Change in Cambodia: Toward Democracy (St. Martin’s Press, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Silkworms, 2001), and Conflict Neutralization in the Cambodia War: From Battlefield to Ballot-box (Oxford University Press 1997).

Regional editor of a peer-reviewed international journal – The Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Seoul National University Press, South Korea). Member of the Editorial Board, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies (Palgrave Macmillan), Peacebuilding, & Advisory Board of International Relations in Southeast Asia (Politics & International Relations: Book Series. Routledge). Member of the peer-reviewed journals: Asian Politics & Policy (Wiley-Blackwell), & Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research (Athabasca University Press).

JULIE YOUNG, ALBERTA

Gender: Female
Biography: Dr. Julie Young is Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor in
Geography and Environment at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Much of her research to date has focused on how migrants and advocates in Canada-US and Mexico-Guatemala border communities interact with and challenge those borders. Her current collaborative project with Grace Wu and Johanna Reynolds is entitled, Remembering Refuge: Between Sanctuary and Solidarity, an open access counter-archive of the Canada-US border as told through the oral histories of Central American and Caribbean refugees and migrant justice advocates working in the Windsor-Detroit and Plattsburgh-Lacolle border regions. Julie is co-editor, with Dr. Susan McGrath, of the open-access book, Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement (University of Calgary Press, 2019).


MORGAN POTEET, NOVA SCOTIA/NEW BRUNSWICK

Gender: Male
Biography: Morgan Poteet is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. His current research interests are in the areas of migration, youth, criminalization, and trauma. He uses qualitative approaches including arts-based methods such as Digital Storytelling and Photovoice to explore the lives of youth from the Central American community in Toronto, and inter-generational dynamics among Salvadorians in Canada and across borders.