Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Robert J. Shalka

Robert J. Shalka received a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He joined the Canadian Immigration Foreign Service in 1974. In late 1978, he was sent to Bangkok to implement a resettlement program for Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian refugees from camps in Thailand. His assignment to Bangkok from 1978-80 coincided with the height of the Indochinese refugee crisis and he was active in all aspects of the program, interviewing in the camps, arranging medical screening and making transportation arrangements. He went on to manage Canadian immigration programs in Moscow, Singapore, Kyiv, Riyadh, Bonn and Berlin, including refugee movements from many countries. In Ottawa, he was Deputy Director/Senior Analysist responsible for the coordination of geographic and program operations, establishing the Foreign Credential Referral Office and was Director of the Government-on-Line project. He retired in 2010 after 36 years of service.

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