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Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond

Tuesday May 9 - Wednesday May 10 2017 Shaw Centre Ottawa, ON

Join us for the 3rd annual Canadian Immigration Summit 2017 to discuss innovations that will help build Canada’s future immigration system.

Connect with key immigration leaders and practitioners. Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and its rich immigration tradition!


Summit Overview

The Canadian Immigration Summit is where stakeholders from across the country convene to discuss innovative, practical, and actionable solutions to strengthen Canada’s immigration system.

The Summit offers you ample opportunities to network with hundreds of leading representatives from government, business, law, education, non-profits, and immigrant-serving organizations.

Featured Speakers

Photo of Ahmed Hussen The Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

 Photo of Lena Diab The Hon. Lena Metlege Diab
Minister of Immigration
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration

 Photo of Kathleen Weil The Hon. Kathleen Weil
Ministre de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion/
Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness 

 Photo of Laura Albanese The Hon. Laura Albanese
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

 Photo of Donald Arseneault The Hon. Donald Arseneault
Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour
New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

The Immigration-Innovation Nexus

Innovation is part and parcel of Canada’s immigration system. From the development of a transcontinental railroad following Confederation which gave immigrants access to farmland in the West, to the establishment of the world’s first skills-based points system and private refugee sponsorship program, to the Provincial Nominee Program and Express Entry in more recent times, Canada turns towards innovative solutions to achieve its immigration objectives and enhance the nation’s prosperity.

On the eve of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the country’s immigration system faces major domestic and international challenges. At home, immigrants and refugees often struggle to find good jobs and integrate into Canadian society. Business argues that Canada requires a quicker, more responsive immigration system. Abroad, large refugee flows have called Canada into action. An ever-competitive global economy has created abundant opportunities for the internationally mobile, for whom Canada is only one of many options.

The Conference Board of Canada is well positioned—through our research and convening expertise—to identify and promote innovative, 21st century immigration system solutions.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend

  1. Network with potential partners and collaborators.
  2. Learn from leading international and Canadian experts about domestic and global immigration issues, best practices, and innovative solutions.
  3. Gain unique insights from the latest immigration research and programs.
  4. Access new tools and techniques that will allow you to help empower immigrants and better leverage their skills, talents, and connections.
  5. Shape recommendations to help guide the future immigration system.

Summit Themes

  • Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary
  • Innovating to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and enhance the nation’s prosperity
  • Ensuring immigration works for business
  • Supporting human and social capital development for the foreign born, to facilitate their economic and social integration
  • Harnessing technology from attraction to selection, pre-arrival, settlement, integration, workplace connection, and retention
  • Matching immigrants and refugees with good jobs, including in regulated professions
  • Empowering entrepreneurial and innovative immigrants and refugees
  • Attracting and retaining international students, the globally mobile, and their investment capital

What Our Delegates Have Said

“Great speakers and topics as always. Good job! Very informative!”

—Joel Lemoine, Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities

“Excellent organization, speakers, and level of engagement.”

—Katarina Onuschak, Immigration Education Alliance

“Fabulous Summit!”

—Michelle Miller-Guillot, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

“You do a good job of combining the larger policy issues with practical best practices. Your work is important.”

—Heather McMillan, Durham Workforce Authority

“I like the balance between selection issues and settlement issues. Please continue.”

—Robert Vineberg, Immigration Research West

“Overall, the Summit was very valuable and engaging with excellent presenters. Thank you!”

—Sophia Lowe, Office of the Fairness Commissioner

“Excellent conference with exceptional presenters. Many thanks!”

—Meghan Wankel, Care Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

“Fabulous Summit. Great topics and speakers.”

—Kelly Johnson, JBS Food Canada

“The Summit was well organized with a great flow from Day 1 to Day 2. Great networking opportunities with a wealth of knowledge in the audience and presenters. Made some great connections that I can take back to support programming and our clients.”

—Debbie Green, Bredin Centre for Learning

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

TD logo

RBC logo

World Education Services logo logo

Fragomen logo

British Council—IELTS Canada logo

Prepare for Canada logo

Kadri Law Professional Corporation logo

Newcomers Canada logo

ENSEMBLE—The Mining Diversity Network logo

Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University logo


Hire Immigrants logo logo

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre logo

Magnet logo

New Canadians Web and TV Show logo

Ottawa Catholic School Board logo

Pearson Test of English logo

Marketing Partners

Canadian Immigration Magazine logo

Hire Immigrants Ottawa logo

IMEDA logo        

Manitoba Nurses Union logo

TRIEC logo

Special Contributor

Fitterfirst logo

Travel Partner

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The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

Full Agenda Available!

The full agenda for this event is now available.

ICCRC Accredited

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The Summit has been accredited for 13 CPD hours by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

Social Media

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2016 Event

Last year's Canadian Immigration conference took place April 4–5, 2016 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Immigration 2016 Sponsorship cover Download the Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities (PDF)

For more information about sponsoring this event, please contact:


View Our Sponsors’ Websites

World Education Services
British Council—IELTS Canada
Prepare for Canada
Kadri Law Professional Corporation
Newcomers Canada
ENSEMBLE—The Mining Diversity Network
Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University


Hire Immigrants Information Centre App for Newcomers & Students
London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
New Canadians Web and TV Show
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Pearson Test of English

Marketing Partners

Canadian Immigration Magazine
Hire Immigrants Ottawa
Manitoba Nurses Union

Special Contributor


Travel Partner

VIA Rail Canada Inc.