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Canadian Immigration Summit 2019: Expanding Our Horizons

Wednesday May 8 - Thursday May 9 2019 The Shaw Centre Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Featured Speakers


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


The Hon. Ratna Omidvar
Senator for Ontario
Senate of Canada


Marta Morgan 
Deputy Minister
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 

Darrell Bricker

Darrell Bricker
Chief Executive Officer
Ipsos Public Affairs

Natasha Smith

Her Excellency Natasha Smith
High Commissioner
Australian High Commission Canada

Corinne Prince St-Amand

Corinne Prince St-Amand
Director General, Settlement and Integration Policy
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Irvin Studin

Irvin Studin
The Institute for 21st Century Questions

Sabine Sparwasser

Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Summit Overview

Expanding Our Horizons

How can we plan for tomorrow, today?

The purpose of the 2019 Summit is to explore how Canada can respond proactively to emerging immigration issues in a rapidly changing world.

We tend to dwell on the past to tackle today’s challenges and anticipate the ones we will experience tomorrow. Moreover, we are often focused on the short-term, with too little of our time and energy devoted to thinking about how we can plan for the future. However, the world is not standing still, and Canada is no exception. Changes at home and abroad will disrupt Canada’s future immigration system in ways we cannot currently fathom. For example, how many of us five years ago imagined that a wave of populism would take the world by storm?

The Summit will examine key drivers of economic, social, and technological change that could affect our immigration system. The goal is not to predict the future, but rather to assess various, plausible immigration scenarios and how Canada can benefit from the opportunities while mitigating the threats in support of a stronger, more vibrant country. Expert speakers will challenge us to expand our horizons by testing our underlying assumptions and getting us to think and plan beyond the short-term.

Join over 400 delegates to explore these key issues and more:

  • Populism: What does Canada need to do to prevent the rise of anti-immigrant populism?
  • Future skills and the changing nature of work: As the economy evolves, how can Canada refine its selection and settlement programs for tomorrow’s labour market?
  • Settlement and technology: How will technological innovations affect the way Canada delivers settlement services?
  • Diversity in the workplace: How can employers become more inclusive as the Canadian labour force becomes more diverse?
  • Intergovernmental collaboration: How can our immigration system accommodate the growing role of the provinces, territories, and municipalities?
  • Refugee flows: With the global refugee population at an all-time high, what can Canada do to help?
  • Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications: What progress has been made since 2009 and how can we improve further over the next 10 years?
  • Global supply of talent: How can Canada remain a destination of choice for immigrants and international students as other countries offer improved economic opportunity to their citizens and global talent?


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





Pearson PTE


Strategic Partner



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NewCdns SuVp

Preferred Airline Partner



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

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Kareem El-Assal, Senior Research Associate, Immigration

Jo-Leen Folz, Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Economics

Read the 2018 Summit Report for Free!

Report_cover Strengthening Canada’s Immigration System