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Agenda and Speakers

Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and BeyondMay 9–10, 2017 Ottawa

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair

The Conference Board of Canada will welcome delegates, and outline the goals of the Summit.

El-Assal <br />  
Research Associate II, Education and Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada
8:45 AM Plenary Session 1
Keynote Address: Celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary

In 2017, Canada commemorates its 150th anniversary—and celebrates the vital role that immigrants play in its success as a nation. The Government of Canada will highlight immigration's central role in our national history, and update delegates on recent actions to achieve the federal government's immigration mandate.

9:45 AM Networking Break
10:15 AM Plenary Session 2
From the Last Great West to the Maritimes

Speakers from across Canada will shed light on the immigration contexts in their jurisdictions. What innovative new solutions are they proposing to become even more attractive and welcoming for newcomers?

Alexander <br />  
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Metlege Diab <br />  
Minister, Immigration
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
11:15 AM Plenary Session 3
Keynote Address: Innovating at 150 and Beyond

Throughout its history, Canada has turned towards innovative solutions in pursuit of its immigration objectives. The skills-based points system is one of many prominent examples. Drawing inspiration from the past, and looking to the future, Dr. Ilse Treurnicht will discuss 21st century innovations that could make Canada's immigration system even more competitive.

Treurnicht <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
MaRS Discovery District
12:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

TD Bank Group will commemorate immigration's importance to Canada's success.

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1:15 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set A
(please choose one)
1:15 PM Concurrent Session A1
Federal Update

Interact with IRCC and ESDC officials as they update delegates on Express Entry, international student issues, and temporary worker programs.

1:15 PM Concurrent Session A2
Recognizing Skills, Qualifications, and the Potential

This session examines innovative approaches to assess the skills, competencies, and qualifications of immigrants and refugees. How could pre-arrival supports be leveraged even further? What are some domestic best practices that could be applied more widely across Canada? What lessons could Canada learn and adopt from abroad? How could newcomers be better integrated into regulated professions, and linked to alternative careers?

Kennedy <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA)
Johnson <br />  
Owner, Project Management
Keith Johnson Consulting
Strachan <br />  
Director, Communication Program
Touchstone Institute
1:15 PM Concurrent Session A3
Settlement and Integration Around the World

The municipal role in newcomer settlement and integration varies around the world. Settlement funding models also differ significantly—while some countries devote substantial financial resources to settlement, others spend very little. In this session, speakers will share what Canada can learn from notable global practices.

El-Assal <br />  
Research Associate II, Education and Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada
Owen <br />  
Deputy Executive Director and Director of World Education Services Canada
World Education Services
Paquet <br />  
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Concordia University
Turner <br />  
Senior Research Associate, Global Diversity Exchange
Ryerson University
2:30 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set B
(please choose one)
2:45 PM Concurrent Session B1
Facilitating the Free Flow of People and Capital

A 21st century economy requires a 21st century policy and regulatory environment to promote growth. Speakers will explore domestic and global best practices as they propose innovations to ensure people and investment capital flow freely into Canada.

2:45 PM Concurrent Session B2
Global Mobility in the Digital Age

Today, immigrants, refugees, foreign workers, and international students depend on social media and technology to link to communities, services, and jobs. Providing successful examples, speakers will outline how technology is meeting the needs of the globally mobile.

Kachulis <br />  
Research Associate, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada
Baoween <br />  
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
HRx Technology Inc.
Mushtaq <br />  
International Student Connect
COSTI Immigrant and Employment Services
2:45 PM Concurrent Session B3
Refugee Business

Employer engagement in the hiring of refugees is a priority across Canada. In this session, delegates will learn about the efforts of Canadian and European employers to integrate refugees into the workplace.

McGahey <br />  
Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations
Hire Immigrants Ottawa
Yuen <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Centre for Newcomers
Smiley <br />  
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
SuraiTea Inc.
4:00 PM Plenary Session 4
Nineteen Million and Counting…

Since 1867, Canada has admitted some 19 million immigrants and will welcome many more in the decades to come. The Conference Board's research suggests Canada will need 350,000 immigrants per year by 2030 to sustain its prosperity. The Advisory Council on Economic Growth recommends 450,000 by 2021. The Century Initiative calls for much higher sustained immigration levels to ensure Canada's population reaches 100 million by 2100. Panellists will get to the heart of the matter: how many immigrants does Canada need moving forward?

El-Assal <br />  
Research Associate II, Education and Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada
Subak <br />  
Executive Director
Century Initiative
Valentine <br />  
Director General of Strategic Policy and Planning Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Worswick <br />  
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics
Carleton University
5:15 PM Speed Networking and Reception

Get out and mingle. Participate in this facilitated speed networking session and meet immigration practitioners from across Canada.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Plenary Session 5
Brexit and Trump

Britain has voted to leave the European Union and Americans have elected Donald Trump as President. What impact will these developments have on Canada's immigration system? For instance, how might changes south of the border affect NAFTA and worker mobility between Canada, America, and Mexico? What can Canada learn from Britain and America to strengthen its immigration system?

Alexander <br />  
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Ibbitson <br />  
Chief Political Writer
The Globe and Mail
9:45 AM Plenary Session 6
Keynote Address—The Canadian Dream

Between 1928 and 1971, one million immigrants arrived to Pier 21 in pursuit of The Canadian Dream. In this keynote presentation, Marie Chapman highlights Pier 21's special role in Canada's history.

Chapman <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set C
(please choose one)
10:45 AM Concurrent Session C1
The Evolution of Canadian Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Citizenship

Blending past and present, speakers look to the future as they explore the evolution of Canadian immigration, multiculturalism, and citizenship.

Griffith <br />  
Author, Commentator and Blogger
Vineberg <br />  
Chair, Board of Governors
Immigration Research West
10:45 AM Concurrent Session C2
"Canadian Experience Required"

Speakers will share innovative best practices that help immigrants find good jobs, including in regulated professions.

Kachulis <br />  
Research Associate, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada
Hayes <br />  
Executive Director
Manitoba Start
Etowa <br />  
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing
University of Ottawa
Buy <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Career Colleges
10:45 AM Concurrent Session C3
Innovation Through Immigration

Immigration is a major component of Canada's efforts to become more innovative. In this session, panellists will speak to those efforts and discuss how the immigration-innovation nexus could be strengthened in support of Canada's economic growth.

Morgan <br />  
Associate Professor
Ryerson University
Anani <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Information and Communications Technology Council
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon

As you enjoy lunch, hear from RBC as they pay tribute to Canada's special year.

Sponsored by:

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Sarellas <br />  
Regional President, Ontario North and East
Royal Bank of Canada
1:00 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set D
(please choose one)
1:00 PM Concurrent Session D1
Canada in Comparison

What can Canada learn from its global peers? Speakers will showcase how Canada’s international student attraction and retention efforts compare with Australia, New Zealand, the US, and UK. Canada’s efforts to draw foreign talent will be compared and contrasted with Switzerland’s. And, discussion will also centre on what certain Asian countries are doing to integrate skilled workers into the labour market, particularly in regulated health professions.

Kachulis <br />  
Research Associate, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada
Carnat <br />  
Director, Client Relations and Business Development (Canada)
IDP Education
Obrist <br />  
Senior Science and Technology Counsellor
Embassy of Switzerland
Walton-Roberts <br />  
Associate Dean, School of International Policy and Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
1:00 PM Concurrent Session D2
Partnering for Success

Discussing examples of successful community partnerships, speakers will highlight the steps they are taking to attract and retain newcomers, including Francophones, and to support immigrant entrepreneurs launch and sustain viable businesses in Canada.

Karamanos <br />  
Senior Vice-President, Human Resources
Business Development Bank of Canada
1:00 PM Concurrent Session D3
Meeting Canada’s Labour Market Needs

Canada’s immigration system has experienced major changes in recent decades to better meet the country’s labour market needs. For instance, employers have a much larger say in the selection of immigrants, in addition to their prominent role in selecting foreign workers. In light of recent developments, panellists will evaluate the extent to which Canada’s immigration and foreign worker policies and programs are meeting the country’s high- and semi-skilled labour market needs. What further reforms could be made to strengthen the link between the immigration system and the labour market? And, should Canada modify its selection criteria so that employers are able to select more semi-skilled immigrants?

2:15 PM Refreshment Break
2:30 PM Plenary Session 7
Canada at 200

In the 19th century, Canada sought immigrants to build a nation. The 20th century would belong to Canada, according to Laurier. As we sit here in the 21st century, celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, the keynote speaker will evaluate how Canadians can lay the foundations today to ensure an even stronger immigration system 50 years from now.

3:15 PM Plenary Session 8
Keynote Presentation—A Land of Opportunity

The Summit's closing keynote speaker will pay tribute to the exceptionalism of the Canadian immigrant experience.

3:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
El-Assal <br />  
Research Associate II, Education and Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada
4:00 PM Summit Adjourns


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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