18 Jan Meet with Mark Stauffer

By: Mark Stauffer (IRCC)

Meet IRCC Senior Programs Officer Mark Stauffer, who has recently been assigned to the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) file, along with other pre-arrival programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Mark grew up in Red Deer Alberta, a city of 105,000 people between Edmonton and Calgary.

Mark, what is your professional background and pathway?

My professional training started with moving from Red Deer, Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia where I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  Upon graduation I took a job with the BC Ministry of Human Resources where I worked with low income employable people on social assistance in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. After being in that position for a year, I applied to work with the Federal Government in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

My position there consisted of coordinating benefits for retired and still serving Canadian Forces veterans and ongoing case management. I transferred to Saskatoon in 2006 where I continued in my role with Veterans Affairs until 2012 when the office was closed. I was able to secure a position with Citizenship and Immigration and transferred seamlessly into the role of Settlement Officer.

In January of 2015 I was given the opportunity to come to National Headquarters in Ottawa as Senior Program Advisor in the Integration Program Management Branch. I was assigned to the COA file in the summer of 2015. The pre-arrival file is very interesting and I’m excited to help facilitate the successful integration of newcomers.

IRCC Senior Programs Officer Mark Stauffer on the lawns of Parliament Hill.

List three interests of yours.

I have been playing golf for about 10 years and I really love it. It’s a great way to get outside, see the nature and enjoy the sunshine. I also do a lot of running and enjoy making my way through the many trails of the Gatineau Park. Travelling to anywhere tropical, that has a nice beach, great food, and friendly people is also something I try to do as often as possible.