Downtown in the heart of the City of Calgary where AAISA's offices are located

Who We Are

Representing, advocating, & developing

The Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) is a non-profit umbrella organization representing agencies that provide resettlement, settlement, and integration services to newcomers in the province of Alberta. Since 1980, we have been working to build the sector’s capacity to better serve newcomers by fostering collaboration, professionalization, and member-driven research and policy work.

Facilitate collaboration and leadership within the settlement serving sector.
An inclusive welcoming and engaged society

Board of Directors

Erick Ambtman

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

Erick Ambtman is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. He has worked at the City of Edmonton as a Community Services senior planner, and a senior economist & analyst where he co-founded the City Trends publication. He is the former Executive Director of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (Calgary, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer & Fort McMurray), and has been in Avenue Magazine's top 40 under 40 list (Edmonton).

Anila Umar Lee Yuen

Centre for Newcomers

Anila Umar Lee Yuen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers. Previously, she has worked with Junior Achievement, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, DeVry Institute of Technology, & the Government of Alberta. She has received a Governor General's Award and an Alberta Centennial Medallion for Community Service for her work advocating for immigrant and minority women and children rights.

Aftab Khan

Action for Healthy Communities

Aftab Khan is the Executive Director of Action for Healthy Communities. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with several immigrant serving agencies in Alberta. Before moving to Canada, he spent 15+ years as a manager, consultant, advisor, & director with various non-profits, UN agencies, & multilateral donor funded initiatives focused on social justice, community capacity building & infrastructure, & capital development projects in Pakistan.

Hyder Hassan

Immigrant Services Calgary

Biography Coming Soon

Kathy Alves

Bredin Centre for Learning

Kathy Alves is the Director of Operations at Bredin Centre for Learning. Her background includes establishing and nurturing relationships with local and international stakeholders including other non-profits , government, education, staff, and volunteers. Kathy has experience creating and delivering adult professional development both in-person and virtually. She believes strongly in building capacity in others through inspirational leadership, empathy, and empowerment. A committed community member, she has been an active volunteer for several different causes over 30 years, including recently supporting a Syrian family to settle in Edmonton. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is deeply committed to inclusion.

Beba Svigir

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Beba Svigir is the Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. She came to Canada 17 years ago, following the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. CIWA has thrived under her leadership through implementing & diversifying the programs that address language, health, employment & parenting. She oversees 150+ staff members & 900 volunteers all working to help immigrant women become the foundation of their families’ success.

Désiré Kiana

Association Francophone de Brooks

Biography Coming Soon

Carol Gil

SPEC Association

Born and raised in Piura-Peru, Carol moved to Canada in 2010. Carol completed a BSc with a Major in Business Administration and has almost 20 years of experience in a senior leadership and executive management roles. Her background includes working with expansion projects with multi-disciplinary teams in a very dynamic and goal-oriented organization. Carol speaks three languages: Spanish, English and French.

Barhet Woldemariam

HIV Edmonton

Barhet Woldemariam currently serves as the Director of Programs for HIV Edmonton. Her previous work includes working with the Canadian Red Cross with the Safety and Wellbeing team supporting the recovery operation after the Wildfires in Fort McMurray and BC. She brings experience from both the business world, working with TD Canada Trust and community organizations. Her roles have allowed her to work closely with community partners to help address the needs of individuals, families and the community. Her academic background in Sociocultural Anthropology along with her personal experience and community work provide her with the acumen to deeply understand the importance of equity and advocacy.



Sarosh Rizvi

Leslie Cramer

A series of concrete overpasses weaving between one another

Business Development
& Administration

Raeesa Farooqi

Nada Starcevic

Programs & Services

Rohan Karpe

Kevin Thome

Sami Khiami

AAISA Opportunities

Member Opportunities