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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?
  • K-12 education: How can schools adapt to meet the needs of our expanding immigrant youth population?
  • 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?

Featured Speakers From the 2018 Event

The Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen

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

The Hon. Louise Arbour

The Hon. Louise Arbour
Special Representative for International Migration
United Nations

Jim Estill

Jim Estill
President and Chief Executive Officer
Danby Appliances

Dr. Lesleyanne Hawthorne

Dr. Lesleyanne Hawthorne
Professor, International Workforce
University of Melbourne

Sunil Johal

Sunil Johal
Policy Director
Mowat Centre


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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

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