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Summit Overview

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?

CPD Hours

The Summit has been accredited by ICCRC for 9.5 CPD hours.

Agenda

May 08May 09

May 08

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks from the Chair
Fragomen
Summit Overview

 Kareem El-Assal

Kareem El-Assal
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

To open the event, The Conference Board of Canada will welcome delegates, thank its sponsors, and provide an overview of the Summit's theme: Expanding Our Horizons. Horizons scanning is the systematic examination of potential threats, opportunities and likely developments that could impact a given policy area. Throughout the 5th annual Canadian Immigration Summit, speakers are invited to look into their crystal balls to examine how Canada can adapt to key domestic and international drivers of economic, social, and technological change that are likely to influence our immigration system over the next decade.

Sponsored by:

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks by Minister Hussen

Invited

Hussen

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

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen is invited to open the Canadian Immigration Summit for the third year in a row. The minister is welcome to share the latest on federal efforts to strengthen the immigration system and engage with Summit attendees in a question and answer session.

9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session 1
The World of Immigration in 2025

Moderator:

David Crawford

David Crawford
Partner
Fragomen (Canada) Co.

Panellists:

	
	
Marta Morgan

Marta Morgan
Deputy Minister
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

 

Her Excellency Natasha Smith

Her Excellency Natasha Smith
High Commissioner
Australian High Commission Canada

 

	
Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser

Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser
Ambassador
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Global migration patterns are affected by the likes of economic opportunity, conflict, climate, security, and policy. If one country becomes more insular for example, another may, by default, become a more attractive destination for global talent. Canadian and international speakers are invited to imagine what global economic and social conditions will look like over the medium-term and how these conditions might influence the immigration decisions that their respective countries will need to make. For instance, how will the rise of the middle class in key talent sources such as China and India impact the global supply of immigrants? How might their countries need to respond to rising refugee and asylum flows? In addition, they will explore how international partners can better coordinate their efforts to mitigate immigration's challenges while enhancing its benefits globally.

10:15 a.m.

IELTS Remarks

ielts

10:20 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m.

Plenary Session 2
Confronting Populism

Moderator:

	
The Hon. Ratna Omidvar

The Hon. Ratna Omidvar
Senator for Ontario
Senate of Canada

Panellists:

 Bricker

Darrell Bricker
Chief Executive Officer
Ipsos Public Affairs

 

Theresa Cardinal Brown

Theresa Cardinal Brown
Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy
Bipartisan Policy Center

Public support is the foundation of any successful immigration system. While polling suggests Canadians remain highly supportive of immigration, issues such as rising asylum claims, temporary foreign workers, poor economic conditions in certain communities, and identity politics threaten to undermine such support and social cohesion. Speakers will assess what it will take for Canada to preserve public confidence in its immigration system. And, in light of events in other western democracies, what can Canada learn from abroad to avoid the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment at home?

12:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions Set A
(Please select one session)

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session A1
International Students: How Should Canada Respond to the Boom at Home and Abroad?

MODERATOR

	
Melissa Payne

Melissa Payne
Director, Member Relations
Canadian Bureau for International Education

PANELLISTS

 	
Uri Carnat

Uri Carnat
Director, Client Relations and Business Development
IDP Education

 

		
Rahila Mushtaq

Rahila Mushtaq
General Manager, International Student Connect
COSTI Immigrant Services

There are an estimated 5 million international students globally and 500,000 in Canada. The OECD estimates there will be 8 million international students by 2025, which creates opportunities and challenges for Canada. Speakers will evaluate expected developments in the international student landscape over the next decade as they explore how Canada can foster improvements. For example, how can Canada proactively respond to geopolitical risks and increasing global competition? What international student source countries are untapped in Canada? How can Canada boost its intake of francophones? How can it ensure its immigration policies keep up with its growing international student population? And, how can Canada deliver more effective settlement and integration supports?

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session A2
Municipal Matters

MODERATOR

	
Angelique Reddy-Kalala

Angelique Reddy-Kalala
Immigration Strategy Officer
City of Moncton

PANELLISTS

Jeny Mathews-Thusoo

Jeny Mathews-Thusoo
Program Lead, Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary
City of Calgary

 

Marie-Christine Ladouceur-Girard

Marie-Christine Ladouceur-Girard
Director, Bureau d'intégration des nouveaux arrivants à Montréal
Ville de Montréal

 

Sarah Wayland

Sarah Wayland
Senior Project Manager, Immigration Partnership
City of Hamilton

Municipalities are arguably the most important level of government in Canada's immigration system today. However, in the absence of a formal constitutional role in the immigration system, municipalities seek creative ways to meet the needs of immigrants. Speakers from Canada and abroad are invited to highlight the efforts they are making to facilitate welcoming communities.

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session A3
Imagining Regionalization in 2025

MODERATOR

Dr. Sara Rose Taylor
Research Associate II, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

PANELLISTS

	
Arthur A. DeFehr

Arthur A. DeFehr
Chief Executive Officer Palliser Furniture Upholstery Ltd.

 

Ramos

Dr. Howard Ramos
Professor, Sociology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Dalhousie University

Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec welcomed 88 per cent of Canada's immigrants in 1995, but in recent years this figure has fallen to about 65-70 per cent. Nonetheless, big and small provinces continue to face various immigrant attraction and retention issues. Speakers are invited to share their vision on how governments, business, service providers, post-secondary institutions and other critical stakeholders can support regionalization in big and small provinces.

2:45 p.m.

Networking Break
CI  

3:15 p.m.

Plenary Session 3
Preparing for Tomorrow's Labour Market

Moderator:

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes
Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

Panellists:

	
Hamoon Ekhtiari

Hamoon Ekhtiari
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Audacious Futures

 

Shamira Madhany

Shamira Madhany
Managing Director, Deputy Executive Director
World Education Services

 

	
Matt de Vlieger

Matt de Vlieger
Director General of Strategic Policy and Planning
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Technological change, population aging, and global economic conditions are among the key issues that will affect the Canadian labour market and how the country selects immigrants in the years to come. Speakers are invited to discuss how Canada can adapt to the changing nature of work today so that immigrants can continue to support the economy tomorrow. Key issues of exploration include how Canada can calibrate selection criteria to its evolving skills, sectoral, and occupational needs, and how it can assess and recognize the talents of immigrants more holistically.

4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

6:00 p.m.

Day One Adjourns

May 09

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Breakfast Sponsored by:
new_comers

8:25 a.m.

Opening Remarks from the Chair
Fragomen
Summit Overview.

 Kareem El-Assal

Kareem El-Assal
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

8:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 4
Technological Innovation & Canadian Immigration

Moderator:

Patrick MacKenzie

Patrick MacKenzie
Chief Executive Officer
Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia

Panellists:

	
Nargiz Mammadova

Nargiz Mammadova
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Destin.ai

 

Petra Molnar

Petra Molnar
Lawyer & Research Associate, International Human Rights Program, Faculty of Law
University of Toronto

Technology has already profoundly impacted Canada's immigration system but the country is only scratching the surface of how it can use technology to support its immigrant selection and settlement efforts. Technological advancement is welcome, as it can significantly improve the client experience and aid key policy objectives (e.g., making data-driven selection decisions). But, it also raises a plethora of regulatory, public opinion, and ethical questions. Speakers will share their thoughts on how we can augment technology's role in improving Canada's immigration system while mitigating the downside risks.

10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 5
Women at Work

MODERATOR

	
Susan Black

Dr. Susan Black
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada

PANELLISTS

Denise O'Neil Green

Dr. Denise O'Neil Green
Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
Ryerson University

 

	
Pamela Jeffery

Pamela Jeffery
President
The Pamela Jeffery Group in Alliance with KPMG LLP

 

	
Corinne Prince St-Amand

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

Immigrant women have a lower labour market participation rate than their Canadian-born counterparts in large part due to the unique barriers they face. These barriers may encompass employer discrimination, less access to settlement services due to their caregiving responsibilities, and a lack of attachment to the labour market upon arrival to Canada which may hinder their ability to build the social networks which are often critical to land a good job. Speakers will share good practices and suggestions on how Canada can make progress in overcoming these barriers. For example, how can employers become more inclusive and diverse?

12:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions Set B
(Please select one session)

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session B1
From Pre-Arrival to Employment

MODERATOR

Dr. Sara Rose Taylor
Research Associate II, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

PANELLISTS

Paula Calderon

Paula Calderon
National Director, Client Success
Windmill Microlending

 

Debbie Zimmerman

Sue Sadler
Senior Vice-President, Services and Program Development
ACCES Employment

 

	Ying Xied

Ying Xie
Program Director
In-TAC

Canada has seen a surge in promising practices in recent years aimed at boosting the labour market outcomes of newcomers. These include pre-arrival services, job fairs, immigrant employment councils, local immigration partnerships, connector programs, microloans, among many others. Speakers are invited to showcase what their organizations are doing on this front, including the results, and how their experiences can help inform ongoing efforts to improve the labour market success of newcomers.

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session B2
AIP Lessons for the Rest of Canada

MODERATOR

Jennifer Watts

Jennifer Watts
Chief Executive Officer
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

PANELLISTS

	
William Tarr

William Tarr
Settlement Advisor (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program)
Saint John Newcomer Centre

 

Sheri Somerville

Sheri Somerville
Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Launched in 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an innovative initiative that provides the Atlantic region with an additional major tool to boost its population and economy. The AIP is innovative because it requires provincial governments, employers, and immigrant-serving organizations to work hand-in-hand to achieve their collective immigration objectives. An employer, for instance, must partner with an immigrant-serving organization to design a settlement plan for the immigrant they wish to hire. Government, business, and settlement sector speakers will share their perspectives on the AIP's strengths and areas of improvement. They will also provide insights on key AIP lessons that can guide the immigration efforts of smaller communities across Canada.

1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session B3
Modernizing FQR

MODERATOR

	
	
Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson
Project Manager
Keith Johnson Consulting

PANELLISTS

Rebecca Chamula

Rebecca Chamula
Senior Credentialling Officer
Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators

 

	
	Julie Tousignant

Julie Tousignant
Director, Foreign Credential Recognition Program
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

 

Julie Tousignant

Sarah-Jayne McKenna
Manager, Population Development and Strategic Initiatives, Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning
Province of PEI

The Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications turns 10 in 2019. Much progress has been made over the past decade to address a challenge which has grown since the 1960s, but skilled immigrants continue to face significant qualification recognition barriers, with the Conference Board estimating the annual losses to immigrants at roughly $12.7 billion in wages per year. Speakers will examine what employers, regulatory bodies, policymakers, and other key players can do better over the coming decade to tackle this longstanding challenge.

2:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m.

Plenary Session 6
Canada Leads the Way

MODERATOR

	
Hyder

Goldy Hyder
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Business Council of Canada

PANELLISTS

 Daniel Hiebert

Daniel Hiebert
Professor of Geography
The University of British Columbia

 

	
	
Irvin Studin

Irvin Studin
President
The Institute for 21st Century Questions

What will it take for Canada to have the world's best immigration system in 2030? Speakers are invited to outline their characteristics for success and what Canada needs to do to ensure that immigration continues to support the country's economic and social goals. They will also look at fringe issues that could undermine Canada's immigration objectives. Key issues for consideration include how Canada can ensure that its infrastructure, health care, education, and other social welfare services keep pace with its growing population; how it can maintain social cohesion; and how it can adapt to evolving public safety challenges.

4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks from the Chair

 Kareem El-Assal

Kareem El-Assal
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

4:30 p.m.

Summit Adjourns

May 08May 09

Individual Tickets

$995

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Rates for groups of 5 or more are available upon request, please contact our registrar.

Featured Speakers

The Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen

The Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen

Minister
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

	
The Hon. Ratna Omidvar

The Hon. Ratna Omidvar

Senator for Ontario
Senate of Canada

Marta Morgan

Marta Morgan

Deputy Minister
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Bricker

Darrell Bricker

Chief Executive Officer
Ipsos Public Affairs

Her Excellency Natasha Smith

Her Excellency Natasha Smith

High Commissioner
Australian High Commission Canada

	
<strong>Corinne</strong> Prince St-Amand

Corinne Prince St-Amand

Director General, Settlement and Integration Policy
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

	
	
Irvin Studin

Irvin Studin

President
The Institute for 21st Century Questions

	
Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser

Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser

Ambassador
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

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Benefits of Attending

Canadian Immigration Summit 2019 will convene immigration leaders and practitioners from across Canada as they discuss and share insights on how to ensure a strong immigration system for Canada’s future.

Through both plenary and concurrent sessions, delegates from the public and private sectors will explore the most pressing immigration issues facing Canada today. Major stakeholders from government, business, immigration law and consulting, education, and immigrant-serving organizations will feature prominently in he Summit program and will share their expert views in support of a stronger immigration system.

The Summit will provide delegates with ample opportunities to network, find partners, access expert advice, and share their views.

Join us in Ottawa, May 8-9, 2019, to:

  • network with potential partners and collaborators
  • learn from leading international and Canadian experts about domestic and global immigration issues, best practices, and innovative solutions
  • gain unique insights from the latest immigration research and programs
  • access new tools and techniques that will allow you to help empower immigrants and better leverage their skills, talents and connections
  • shape recommendations to help guide the future immigration system

 

Sponsors

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ielts

Strategic Partner

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Exhibitors

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To learn more about exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Kareem El-Assal (send e-mail) or Jo-Leen Folz (send email) by e-mail , or visit our Sponsorship Benefits page.

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Location

Summit Venue

Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Dr
Ottawa ON K1N 9J2

Hotel Accommodations

Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon St N
Ottawa ON K1R 5T9
613-237-3600

Conference fees don't include accommodations. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations, and mention The Conference Board of Canada to receive the preferred rate of $229.00, available until Friday, April 5, 2019.

Cancellation 48 hours prior to arrival with no penalty.

Due to several large events being held in the City of Ottawa during our event dates, hotels will be very busy. We suggest that you book your accommodations before the cut-off date of Friday, April 5, 2019 in order to guarantee a room. After this date, the hotel may not have rooms available. If rooms are available, the rates will be significantly higher.

We are pleased to be partnering with Air Canada to offer 10% discounts on flex fares and up for Canadian Immigration Summit 2019: Expanding Our Horizons.

Simply add the code 7F7KJ6U1 in the promotion box when you book your flight at www.aircanada.ca and the discounts will automatically calculate for you. Discounts also apply 7 days pre and post the event dates to provide more flexibility. Enjoy your flight.

 

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