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Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond

2018 Event

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2017 Event

Over 200 leading representatives from government, business, education, not-for-profit, and immigrant serving organizations from across Canada convened to discuss what the future of our immigration system looks like. Discussions included how to optimize immigrants' valuable contributions to Canada's economic competitiveness, and social and cultural vitality; the role and meaning of citizenship in immigration context; and how cross-sectoral stakeholders can help ensure the success of resettled refugees in Canada.

The Summit primarily focused on the following themes: Supporting people, creating partnerships, enhancing prosperity, and developing a National Immigration Action Plan for Canada. Delegates were invited to share their vision and discuss how we can build a better immigration system. Sessions assessed current performance and explored opportunities for change, in an effort to help shape the National Immigration Action Plan.


Featured Speakers From the 2017 Event

The Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen

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


            Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada


            Kareem El-Assal

Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate II, Education and Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada


            The Hon. 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 Hon. Kathleen Weil

The Hon. Kathleen Weil
Ministre de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion
Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion


            The Hon. Laura Albanese

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


            Dr. Ilse Treurnicht

Dr. Ilse Treurnicht
Chief Executive Officer
MaRS Discovery District


            Linda MacKay

Linda MacKay
Senior Vice-President, Branch Banking
TD Canada Trust, Greater Toronto Region


            Marc Desormeaux

Marc Desormeaux
Economist, National Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada


            Jennifer Muchmore

Jennifer Muchmore
Assistant Director (Acting), Strategic Policy and Planning
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


            Kerry Murphy Manganiello

Kerry Murphy Manganiello
Senior Policy Analyst, Temporary Resident Policy Division
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


            Korey McKinnon

Korey McKinnon
Manager, Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Employment and Social Development Canada


            Chris G. Chevrier

Chris G. Chevrier
Manager, Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Employment and Social Development Canada


            Alison Howard

Alison Howard
Associate Director, Immigration and Education
The Conference Board of Canada


            Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson
Project Manager
Keith Johnson Consulting


            Andrea Strachan

Andrea Strachan
Director, Communication Program
Touchstone Institute


            Bonnie Kennedy

Bonnie Kennedy
Executive Director
Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA)


            Timothy Owen

Timothy Owen
Deputy Executive Director of WES and
Director of WES Canada


            Mireille Paquet

Mireille Paquet
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Concordia University


            Kim Turner

Kim Turner
Program Manager, Cities of Migration, Global Diversity Exchange
Ryerson University


            Marc Audet

Marc Audet
President and Chief Executive Officer
AURAY Capital


            Eddie H. Kadri

Eddie H. Kadri
President
Kadri Law Professional Corporation


            Eleni Kachulis

Eleni Kachulis
Research Associate, Education and Strategic Initiatives
The Conference Board of Canada


            Dr. David Crawford

Dr. David Crawford
Partner
Fragomen Canada


            Andrew Leverman

Andrew Leverman
Project Lead, Settlement Online Pre-Arrival
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia


            Rahila Mushtaq

Rahila Mushtaq
International Student Connect
COSTI Immigrant Services


            Nick Noorani

Nick Noorani
Managing Partner
Prepare for Canada


            Kelly McGahey

Kelly McGahey
Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations
Hire Immigrants Ottawa


            Anila Lee Yuen

Anila Lee Yuen
Chief Executive Officer
Centre for Newcomers


            Kevin Smiley

Kevin Smiley
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
SuraiTea Inc.


            Sayre Nyce

Sayre Nyce
Executive Director
Talent Beyond Boundaries


            His Excellency Per Sjögren

His Excellency Per Sjögren
Ambassador of Sweden to Canada


            Kate Subak

Kate Subak
Executive Director
Century Initiative


            Fraser Valentine

Fraser Valentine
Director General of Strategic Policy and Planning Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


            Prof. Christopher Worswick

Prof. Christopher Worswick
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics
Carleton University


            John Ibbitson

John Ibbitson
Writer at Large
The Globe and Mail


            Dr. Keith G. Banting

Dr. Keith G. Banting
Stauffer-Dunning Fellow, School of Policy Studies and
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Studies Queen's University


            Marie Chapman

Marie Chapman
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


            Andrew Griffith

Andrew Griffith
Author, Commentator and Blogger and Fellow
Canadian Global Affairs Institute


            Robert Vineberg

Robert Vineberg
Chair, Board of Governors
Immigration Research West


            Eleni Kachulis

Eleni Kachulis
Research Associate, Education and Strategic Initiatives
The Conference Board of Canada


            Dr. Judith Hayes

Dr. Judith Hayes
Executive Director
Manitoba Start


            Josephine B. Etowa

Josephine B. Etowa
Professor & Loyer DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ottawa


            Serge A. Buy

Serge A. Buy
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Career Colleges


            Dr. Valerie Walker

Dr. Valerie Walker
Vice-President, Policy, Innovation and Skills
Business Council of Canada


            Dr. Horatio M. Morgan

Dr. Horatio M. Morgan
Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University


            Namir Anani

Namir Anani
President and Chief Executive Officer
Information and Communications Technology Council


            Kailin Che

Kailin Che
Executive Director
Canadian Acceleration and Incubation Association


            Jorge Useche

Jorge Useche
Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services
Royal Bank of Canada


            Uri Carnat

Uri Carnat
Director, Client Relations (Canada), IELTS Operations (Canada & Latin America)
IDP Education


            Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts

Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts
Associate Dean, School of International Policy and Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University


            Sanjay Agnihotri

Sanjay Agnihotri
Publisher
Canadian Immigrant Magazine


            Mary Karamanos

Mary Karamanos
Senior Vice-President, Human Resources
Business Development Bank of Canada


            Angelique Reddy-Kalala

Angelique Reddy-Kalala
Immigration Strategy Officer
City of Moncton


            Dr. Ather H. Akbari

Dr. Ather H. Akbari
Professor, Sobey School of Business
Saint Mary's University


            Corinne M. Pohlmann

Corinne M. Pohlmann
Vice-President
Canadian Federation of Independent Business


            Mark Wales

Mark Wales
Chair
Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council


            Naheed Nenshi

Naheed Nenshi
Mayor
The City of Calgary


Sponsors

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

TD logo

RBC logo



World Education Services logo




Canadavisa.com logo



AURAY Capital 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


Exhibitors



Hire Immigrants logo


iCentapp.com 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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