About the OPV

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Who We Are

An international best practice model of countering violent extremism built on the foundations of trusting and authentic community partnerships.

The OPV is a diverse group of professionals with experience in CVE and other forms of violence and risk reduction. As an organization, the OPV brings community, academic and practitioner knowledge to bear on the problem of radicalization to violence.

Within its mission and vision statements the OPV acknowledges that effective CVE programing must recognize and include the concerns, inputs and leadership of impacted communities. In addition, the OPV recognizes that programs to counter violent extremism (CVE) are most effective when they engender a multi-sectoral response that includes impacted community groups and professionals.

The OPV has created connections with community and non-government organizations across Alberta. It has developed partnerships and working relationships with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton and REACH Edmonton. It has forged relationships with leading national and international research networks that are engaged with areas related to R2V and CVE.

Our Mission

Together we work to prevent radicalization and challenge extremist world views through awareness, psycho-social interventions and an evidence driven approach to countering violent extremism.

Team

Executive Director

John McCoy

Senior Researcher

David Jones

Consultant

Navaid Aziz

Project Coordinator

Zoe Hastings

Consultant

Bradley Galloway

Researcher

Nadira Barre

Executive Director

John McCoy

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Senior Researcher

David Jones

Consultant

Navaid Aziz

Navaid Aziz is a Canadian Muslim public figure with a diverse academic and social background.He is currently focused on the education and integration of Muslim youth, with the hopes of eradicating radicalization. He was raised in Montreal, Quebec where he completed a diplome d’etudes collegiales in commerce and social sciences from Champlain College (2000) before heading to the Islamic University of Madinah where he completed an Associates Degree in Arabic Language and Literature (2003) and a Bachelors in Islamic Law (2008).

 

Upon returning home to Canada, Navaid began teaching for Al-Maghrib Institute. He has since transitioned to their Director of Public Relations and Student Affairs. During this period, he volunteered as the Islamic Editor for Little Explorers Magazine and began his work as a youth and family counselor. It was also during this time that he established himself as a sought after public speaker. He has lectured across four continents and eighteen countries thus far.

 

In 2012 Navaid moved to Calgary, Alberta to become the Director of Religious and Social Services for the Islamic Information Society of Calgary, a position he currently holds. In Calgary his youth counseling work extended further to include helping in the mitigation of criminal radicalization. This included the implementation of civic engagement opportunities for Muslim youth. Among the programs started were youth groups, volunteer programs at the local shelters, community cleanups, and tree planting days. In 2015 Navaid became the first ever Muslim chaplain with the Calgary Police Services. Through his involvement with CPS he consulted in the development of their  renowned ReDirect program. Navaid is also currently working with the Organization for the Prevention of Violence in Alberta as a programming and intervention coordinator. He is currently working on establishing further opportunities for preventing radicalization and enhancing youth integration.

Project Coordinator

Zoe Hastings

Consultant

Bradley Galloway

Researcher

Nadira Barre

Board

Chair and Academic Advisor

Dr. Andy Knight

Board Member

Dr. Anna Kirova

Board Member

Dr. Bob Murray

Board Member

Mr. Khalid Tarrabain

Board Member

Supt. Stacey Talbot

Board Member

Mr. Brian Simpson

Board Member

Dr. Mahamud Ugas

Board Member

Jane McCoy

Chair and Academic Advisor

Dr. Andy Knight

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Board Member

Dr. Anna Kirova

Board Member

Dr. Bob Murray

Board Member

Mr. Khalid Tarrabain

Board Member

Supt. Stacey Talbot

Board Member

Mr. Brian Simpson

Board Member

Dr. Mahamud Ugas

Board Member

Jane McCoy