Director, Settlement and Family Support Services (SFS)
For the past seven years, Ashfaque Ahmed has been working with the Saskatoon Open Door Society as the Director of its Settlement and Family Support Unit. In this role, he has expanded the unit's portfolio, improved program delivery by scaling up the core programs with increased human and financial resources to meet a growing demand, and introduced new projects in the course of expansion. He has provided leadership for three major waves of refugees and displaced populations in the last five years, notably from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine. He has taken initiatives to manage core partnerships and build new partnerships for program delivery and to expand the unit with new resources. He is continuously engaged in the organization’s strategic planning, goal setting, implementation strategy, dialogue and negotiations, to make SODS a trusted resource for services.
Ashfaque brings 23 years' experience in the settlement, international development and education sectors. Prior to working with the Saskatoon Open Door Society, he held front-line and senior management positions with settlement sector agencies in Canada, international NGOs and government departments overseas. In the course of his career, he has managed projects and programs with a total value of over $60 million in settlement, education and international development sectors.
Ashfaque has earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan with a thesis stream, a Master's degree of Social Anthropology from overseas, also with a thesis stream, and a post-graduate diploma in Community Based Development grounded in core principles of Community Based Project Management.
He has received a list of professional certificates from Canadian and international institutions for continued learning and professional development. They covered executive leadership; project management (PMP Essentials); finance and accountability for non-financial executives and managers; supervision and leadership; understanding the world of the non-profit sector; and opportunity for growth.
He has participated in and made presentations at a number of Canadian and international conferences. Some of the key areas of interest to be engaged with via conferences are the Settlement Sector through Metropolis Conferences and the Education Sector through the Comparative and International Education Society.
Ashfaque has volunteered to serve in governance and contributed to Saskatchewan by joining various boards. Currently he sits on the Board of Directors of the SaskTel Centre. In the past he has served as a board member with the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) and contributed his time to a community board.
For his work and leisure, Ashfaque has travelled in Canada from coast to coast, in the US, South Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He finds that travelling makes learning faster and connects people with different cultures. He has raised his family in Saskatoon and calls this city home.