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Agenda and Speakers

Canadian Immigration Summit 2018: Strengthening Our Economy & Settlement ProgramMay 30–31, 2018 Ottawa

Day 1 has been accredited by ICCRC for up  to 3.5 CPD hours:

Day 2 has been accredited by ICCRC for up to 4.5 CPD hours:

  • Plenary Session 1–0.5 CPD hour
  • Concurrent Session A–1 CPD hours
  • Plenary Session 4–1 CPD hour
  • Plenary Session 5–1 CPD hour
  • Plenary session 8–1 CPD hour
  • Concurrent Session B3–1 CPD hour
  • Plenary Session 7–1 CPD hour
  • Plenary Session 9–1.5 CPD hours

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

7:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

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8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks from the Summit Chair
El-Assal <br />  
Senior Research Associate and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada
8:45 AM Plenary Session 1
The National Outlook

The Honourable Minister Ahmed Hussen is invited to provide an update on the Government of Canada's recent immigration achievements and its current priorities..

Hussen <br />  
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
9:30 AM Plenary Session 2
Immigration in the Age of Automation

Technological disruption is greatly impacting labour markets around the world and Canada is no exception. How might technological innovation and the changing nature of work affect Canada's need for immigrants in the 21st century?

Johal <br />  
Policy Director
Mowat Centre
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Plenary Session 3
Strengthening Our Settlement Program

Improving the settlement program is one of Canada's top immigration system priorities today. Public and settlement sector speakers will explore three questions. First, how can the relationship between their sectors be strengthened as they strive toward shared objectives? Second, how can we balance financial accountability with the flexibility needed to meet local settlement needs? Third, how can we better measure settlement outcomes using a blend of quantitative and qualitative metrics?

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McCrae <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)
Manicom <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Settlement and Integration
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Birjandian <br />  
Executive Director
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
Douglas <br />  
Executive Director
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
12:15 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation on International Migration

The Honourable Louise Arbour will draw upon her expertise and role as the United Nations Special Representative for International Migration to share insights on major migration issues that are affecting Canada and the global community.

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Arbour <br />  
Special Representative for International Migration
United Nations
1:30 PM Concurrent Sessions-Set A
(please select one session)
1:30 PM Concurrent Session A1
Funding Our Settlement Program

Continuing from Plenary 3, speakers will evaluate what reforms could be made to settlement program funding. How can it become more stable and predictable to allow settlement providers to focus more on serving immigrants rather than making ends meet? How can we incentivize collaboration rather than competition amongst service providers? How can we encourage service providers to diversify their sources of funding so that they do not have to depend upon public sector funding for survival?

Prince St-Amand <br />  
Director General, Settlement and Integration Policy
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Ghassemi <br />  
Executive Director
Newcomer Centre of Peel
Nicholson <br />  
Executive Director
The Catholic Centre for Immigrants
1:30 PM Concurrent Session A2
U.S. Immigration During the Trump Administration

Immigration is a hotly contested topic under President Trump's administration. Central issues include irregular migration, pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, skills-based selection, family reunification, and the overall merits of immigration to America's economy and society. This session will bring you up to speed on the latest developments in U.S. immigration. It will also glance into the future to see what might be in store for U.S. immigration law and policy. And, what are the implications for Canada?

Cardinal Brown <br />  
Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy
Bipartisan Policy Center
1:30 PM Concurrent Session A3
Fair Access to Regulated Professions

Canada's governments and regulatory bodies have made significant reforms to improve access to regulated professions for immigrants. Speakers will highlight successful cases and what other sectors can do to ensure both rigorous and fair licensing practices.

Nielsen <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
Munoz <br />  
Manitoba Fairness Commissioner
Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner
Johnson <br />  
Project Manager
Keith Johnson Consulting
2:30 PM Refreshment Break

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2:45 PM Plenary Session 4
The PNP at 20

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Provincial Nominee Program. Public and private sector speakers will share their perspectives on the PNP including its successes, challenges, and where to take it from here.

Alexander <br />  
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Kim <br />  
Director General, Immigration Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Langner <br />  
Legal Counsel, Immigration
Rempel <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division
Manitoba Education and Training
4:00 PM Plenary Session 5
Making an Impact

2018 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Jim Estill has used the program to welcome 58 Syrian refugee families to Canada. He will explain why he made this decision, the results so far, and how the program can be improved.

Estill <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Danby Appliances
5:00 PM Networking Reception

Enjoy a scenic view of Ottawa as you network with hundreds of delegates from across Canada.

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6:30 PM Day 1 Adjourns

Thursday, May 31, 2018

7:45 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Plenary Session 6
The Diversity Dividend

Diversity is a huge advantage for Canada's economy. But making the most of Canada's diverse labour force remains challenging due to the employment barriers that immigrants commonly face, as well as discrimination, biases, and unique challenges experienced by immigrant women. This session will offer recommendations on how the public and private sectors can tackle these challenges so that Canada can fully reap the diversity dividend.

Momani <br />  
Professor, Department of Political Science
University Waterloo
9:15 AM Plenary Session 7
Going for the Gold

While its immigration system is viewed as an exemplar, Canada can learn a lot from what peer nations are doing to lure global talent to their shores. Speakers will take a tour around the world as they explore immigration and temporary foreign worker policies that aim to attract the 'best and the brightest'. What can Canada learn from other countries and what can the world learn from Canada?

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Duncan <br />  
Executive Head, Metropolis Project
Carleton University
Crawford <br />  
Fragomen (Canada) Co.
Hawthorne <br />  
Professor, International Workforce
University of Melbourne
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Plenary Session 8
The Atlantic Immigration Imperative

Immigration is a major part of the solution to strengthening Atlantic Canada's demographic, economic, fiscal, and political standing. Speakers from the public, private, and settlement sectors will discuss what more can be done to boost immigration and economic development in the region.

Antunes <br />  
Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Metlege Diab <br />  
Minister of Immigration, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
Timani <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Fancy Pokket Corporation
12:15 PM Networking Luncheon
1:30 PM Concurrent Sessions-Set B
(please select one session)
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B1
Measuring Success

Canada has one of the world's most sophisticated settlement programs but defining success remains somewhat elusive. Performance evaluations tend to focus on quantitative metrics such as the number of clients served. Building on the recommendations made in Plenary 3, speakers will propose suggestions on how Canada can more effectively measure settlement results through a mix of quantitative and qualitative performance metrics.

Wilkinson <br />  
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Manitoba
Boakye <br />  
Director, Community Relations & Programs
The Centre for Newcomers
Kiziltan <br />  
Director General, Research and Evaluation
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B2
Social Innovation for Economic Integration

Stakeholders in big and small communities across Canada and the United States are coming together to improve the economic integration of newcomers including international students through social innovations. Speakers will share their experiences and recommendations on how the public and private sectors can harness their expertise to develop practical solutions for newcomers.

Costa <br />  
Manager, Employer Engagement
Hire Immigrants Ottawa
LeBlanc <br />  
Executive Director
The New Brunswick Multicultural Council
Patterson <br />  
Executive Director, Magnet
Magnet at Ryerson University
Simon <br />  
1:30 PM Concurrent Session B3
Francophone Immigration Across Canada (Note: This session will be held in both French and English)

Francophone immigration is a top priority for both federal and provincial governments. Yet a number of major challenges continue to hinder Canada's francophone immigration efforts. These challenges include encouraging francophone immigrants to settle outside of Quebec, and providing minority-language communities with adequate settlement and integration supports. Speakers will share their insights on what more can be done to strengthen francophone immigration in Canada. They will also draw upon what lessons can be learned from Quebec, in light of 2018 marking the 50th anniversary of it being the first province in Canada to launch an immigration ministry.

Abdi Aden <br />  
Manager, National Consultations on Economic Development and Employability
RDEE Canada
Ngenzi <br />  
Directeur Général
ACFA Régionale de Calgary
Fecteau <br />  
HR Director
Leblond <br />  
Corporate HR Director, Support to Facilities
2:30 PM Refreshment Break

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2:45 PM Plenary Session 9
Express Entry Perspectives

The launch of Express Entry in January 2015 significantly altered Canada's immigrant selection landscape. Three years later, speakers from the public and private sectors will weigh in with their thoughts on Express Entry's performance to date and how it can be improved. For instance, how can we strengthen employer engagement?

El-Assal <br />  
Senior Research Associate and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada
Okun-Nachoff <br />  
McCrea Immigration Law
Snider <br />  
Director of Skills and Immigration Policy
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
McEvenue <br />  
Director, Express Entry and Digital Policy
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
4:00 PM Summit Adjourns


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