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Cablegate: Fy 2006 Ivlp Individual Program - Ahmed Mahidjiba

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

061656Z Jun 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 OTTAWA 001701

SIPDIS

STATE

SECSTATE FOR ECA/PE/V/R/W - EWILKES-SCOTT;
WHA/PDA - JCARPENTER-ROCK
MONTREAL, TORONTO AND VANCOUVER FOR PAOS AND CONGENS;
HALIFAX AND QUEBEC FOR CONGENS;
CALGARY FOR FIELD REPS; CALGARY PLEASE PASS TO WINNIPEG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPAO OEXC SCUL CA IV
SUBJECT: FY 2006 IVLP Individual Program - Ahmed Mahidjiba
(Principal Candidate)

REFERENCE: OTTAWA 1504

Post nominates Ahmed Mahidjiba, President, Algerian Cultural
Center, Montreal for a 21-day individual project on The Role
of Religious Communities in U.S. Society. Mr. Mahidjiba has
full country team approval. EVDB-formatted nomination
follows.

START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: slw@pd.state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Ottawa
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 6540
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VRW
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 342
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: Mahidjiba, Ahmed - Individual
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Individual
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2006
DEPART-POST:
SESSION-DATE:
RETURN-POST:
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 6
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

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END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1037
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: IND
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 6540
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 322158
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Diversity & Pluralism
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Ahmed
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Mahidjiba
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 350
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
GENDER: M
DOB: 05/07/1969
MAR-STAT:
BIRTH-CITY: El Attaf
BIRTH-CNTRY: Algeria
CITIZ-CNTRY: Canada
RES-CNTRY: Canada
START MEMO POSITION:
President/Founder of the Algerian Cultural Center of
Montreal
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Researcher, Ouranos (Quebec government climate change
research agency)
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
Has held various academic positions (Researcher, Research
Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Lab Assistant and Co-Director
of Masters and PhD theses) at ole Polytechnique and ole
de Technologie Suprieure, both in Montreal
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
One stopover in February 2002
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
Studied in France from 1993-1995
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
Currently working toward a PhD in the Sociology of
Immigration and Ethnic Relations at Universit du Qubec
Montral (UQAM)
PhD (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from ole
Polytechnique;
Masters (1998) in Mechanical Engineering from ole
Polytechnique;
Post Graduate degree (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from
rom
ole nationale suprieure des arts et mtiers, Paris;
Bachelor's Degree (1993) in Engineering from ole nationale
des travaux publics of Algiers

END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
Centre Culturel Algrien Montral; Executive Council of
ole Pie XII (in charge of external relations); Association
of Montreal Polytechnique Alumni; Montreal Polytechnique
Graduate Students Association

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
Besides his various thesis papers, Mahidjiba has published
most recently in the International Journal of Numerical
Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow (2002), Acta Mechanica
(2002) and the International Journal of Heat and Mass
Transfer (2001)
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
Dietary or medical considerations: None
Smoker/non-smoker: Non-smoker


END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: French
ENGL-READ: 5
ENGL-SPEAK: 5
ENGL-COMP: 5
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: English
OTHER-LANG-ID: EN
READ: 3
SPEAK: 3
COMP: 3
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:

BJ:


END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: PAO Alyson Grunder
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Like many recent Algerian immigrants to Canada, Ahmed
Mahidjiba's academic achievements are impressive. Since
arriving in Montreal nine years ago, Ahmed has completed a
Masters and a PhD in fluid mechanics and aerothermics at
Montreal's prestigious ole Polytechnique. He is
completing another PhD at the Universit du Qubec
Montral in the sociology of immigration and ethnic
relations. Mahidjiba's day job is with Ouranos, Quebec's
center on climate research, where he is presently developing
a digital model dealing with climate and atmospheric
problems. But equally as important for the Consulate, Ahmed
is the President and a founding member of the Algerian
Cultural Center in Montreal.
Montreal's Algerian community is young and growing,
g,
numbering about 30,000 according to most estimates. Because
of restricted immigration policies in Europe and the Quebec
government's policy goal that at least 50 percent of
immigrants to the province be native French speakers,
Montreal's North African population will continue to
increase in the coming years. Mahidjiba has helped the
Algerian Cultural Center become the main information source
for Algerian immigrants before and after they arrive to
Canada. The CCA, which receives funding from the Quebec
government, helps immigrants looking for jobs, it provides
training in technical fields and helps less-educated
immigrants integrate into Quebec society. The CCA also
houses a radio station available on the internet and a
newspaper, l' an.
Open-minded, very articulate and committed to opening doors
for his fellow immigrants in the Maghrebian community,
Mahidjiba is a powerful example for younger Muslims and Arab-
Canadians in Montreal. His high educational achievements
and his devotion to community service make him someone that
people both inside and outside his ethnic group look to for
advice. Mahidjiba, who has virtually no exposure to the
U.S., would not be the only one to benefit greatly from an
International Visitor program. His impressions and
conclusions would be disseminated widely in the Algerian
community, both orally and through the media. His views on
the treatment and integration of Muslims and Arab-Americans
in the U.S. and USG policies on immigration and foreign
visitor issues would carry great weight in Montreal's fast-
growing North African community.


END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: ConGen Montreal
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE: INTERPRETER
NOMINEE-ID: 511
PERSON-ID: 393
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: AG
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CA
RES-CNTRY-ID: CA
FIRST-LANG-ID: FR
E-I-TYPE-ID: I
NOM-POST-ID: 6540
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 322158
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT: 13.0202
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:

DICKSON, CHARGE

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