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Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit 2018Nov 27–28, 2018 Ottawa

CPD Hours

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Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are eligible to receive up to 10.5 CPD credit hours by attending this Summit.

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The Law Society of Ontario accredits this event for 3 hours of Professionalism Content.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks from the Summit Chair
The State of Canadian Entrepreneur and Investor Immigration

The Conference Board of Canada will welcome Summit attendees and share its latest research findings on the key issues affecting Canadian entrepreneur and investor immigration.


El-Assal <br />  
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada
9:00 AM Plenary Session 1
Canada's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats

A panel of experts will conduct a SWOT analysis of Canada's economic competitiveness as they offer suggestions on how the country can enhance its attractiveness to global talent. In this wide-ranging discussion, speakers will assess Canadian business immigration policies and programs, and other key issues such as Canada's taxation and innovation policies, ease of doing business, physical presence requirements, and overall appeal to entrepreneurs and investors.


Antunes <br />  
Moderator:
Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada
Imbriglio <br />  
Panellists:
President and Chief Executive Officer
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Jade <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC)
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Plenary Session 2
How Can Canada Become the Global Leader in Entrepreneur and Investor Immigration?

Canada has one of the world's leading immigration systems but achieving business immigration success remains elusive. Complicating matters is that Canada faces far more global competition today than it did 40 years ago, when it became active in the field of business immigration in 1978. In recent years, countries around the world have stepped up their efforts to benefit from the human, social, and financial capital of immigrant entrepreneurs and investors providing Canadian stakeholders with the opportunity to learn from what is happening around the world. Speakers will explore the global landscape as they discuss what Canada can do to improve the international positioning of its entrepreneur and investor programs.

Sponsored by:

Fragomen Canada


Shah <br />  
Moderator:
Attorney
Mona Shah & Associates
Ellsworth <br />  
Panellists:
Partner
Fragomen
Willis <br />  
Managing Director
Latitude Consultancy
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set A
(please selection one session)
1:00 PM Concurrent Session A1
Quebec's Entrepreneur and Investor Streams

Please note that presentations will be delivered in English and French.

Speakers from Quebec are invited to provide an update on policy and operational developments to the province's entrepreneur and investor streams including the new requirements that were implemented in August 2018. An immigration practitioner will also be on hand to discuss what practical considerations you need to keep in mind when submitting business applications to Quebec on behalf of your clients.


Deravedisyan-Adam <br />  
Moderator:
International Mobility Specialist
Phoenix Management in International Mobility
Bélanger <br />  
Panellists:
Directeur General, Des Opérations d'Immigration
Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion
Lapointe <br />  
Lawyer
Maxime Lapointe Avocat
1:00 PM Concurrent Session A2
Western Canada's Entrepreneur Streams

Speakers from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are invited to provide updates on PNP entrepreneur streams in their provinces. They will shed light on the current state of the streams, recent and forthcoming developments, the business supports that they offer to entrepreneurs, the performance of the streams, and will be available to answer your questions.


Boldt <br />  
Moderator:
President and Chief Executive Officer
VisaMAX Limited
Low <br />  
Panellists:
Director, Entrepreneur Immigration
Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training
Rempel <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division
Manitoba Education and Training
Zehr <br />  
Executive Director, Immigration Programs Branch
Government of British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
1:00 PM Concurrent Session A3
HNWI Insights

The global boom in entrepreneur and investor immigration programs in recent years corresponds with the rise in high net worth individuals (HNWI) around the world. Speakers will share latest HNWI trends including the main source countries of HNWI, where they immigrate to, and what motivates them to immigrate. In addition to an overview of the global population of HNWI, the session will feature discussion on HNWI in the world's leading source country of business immigrants, China.

Sponsored by:

J&P Star


Rose Taylor <br />  
Moderator:
Research Associate II, Immigration Research, Int'l / US Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada
Tajick <br />  
Panellists:
Head Advisor
Stephane Tajick Consulting (STC)
Qi <br />  
Honorary President
Beijing Entry & Exit Service Association
2:15 PM Refreshment Break
2:30 PM Plenary Session 3
Entrepreneur and Investor Immigration Beyond MTV

While the Provincial Nominee Program has significantly improved the regionalization of immigration's benefits across Canada, entrepreneurs and investors continue to gravitate towards the likes of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver (MTV). How then, can smaller cities and communities become more successful in attracting and retaining business immigrants? Indeed, one of the main challenges that smaller jurisdictions face is ensuring that business immigrants have a genuine interest in remaining there. And, given that Section 87 (5) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act forbids the provinces and territories (except Quebec) from operating immigrant investor programs, should we reform this section of IRPA to further encourage the regionalization of business immigration's benefits? Speakers will explore such key issues as they offer solutions that Canada can pursue to encourage entrepreneurs and investors to build a life beyond the country's largest urban centres.


Hwang <br />  
Moderator:
Economic Development, Global Hamilton Office
City of Hamilton
Lowe <br />  
Panellists:
Chief Inspirational Officer
Lowe & Company
Anshan <br />  
Director, Operations
National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)
Shaw <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Ignite Fredericton
3:45 PM Plenary Session 4
Selecting Entrepreneurs for the 21st Century Economy

Canada's immigrant entrepreneur programs have underperformed in large part due to Canada struggling to identify the selection criteria that best predicts the success of immigrant entrepreneurs. Making matters even more challenging is the reality that many entrepreneurs succeed despite starting off with a lack of business experience, capital, and other metrics that Canada's governments evaluate when screening immigrant entrepreneurs. Speakers are invited to explore key considerations that Canada should screen for in their pursuit of immigrant entrepreneurs most likely to spur economic growth and job creation.


Sedai <br />  
Moderator:
Immigration and Citizenship Lawyer
Sedai Law Office
Green <br />  
Panellists:
Partner
Green and Spiegel LLP
Dyer <br />  
Director, Economic Immigration Policy and Programs
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Morgan <br />  
Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University
5:00 PM Closing Remarks from the Summit Chair
El-Assal <br />  
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada
5:15 PM Day One Adjourns

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

8:15 AM Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM Opening Remarks from the Summit Chair
El-Assal <br />  
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada
9:00 AM Plenary Session 5
Succession Planning: The Trillion-Dollar Challenge

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, most Canadian SME owners are set to retire in the coming years, yet only a minority of them have succession plans, even though an estimated $1 trillion in assets is set to exchange hands. Retiring SME owners cite the lack of suitable buyers as their foremost succession planning challenge. Business immigrants can help fill the void, but Canada's efforts to match them with retiring SME owners remain underdeveloped. Speakers will share innovative succession planning solutions that could help address Canada's trillion-dollar challenge.


Sponsored by:

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Siu <br />  
Moderator:
Associate
Dentons
Anderson <br />  
Panellists:
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
SuccessionMatching
Moser <br />  
Director, Fredericton Intercultural Business Services
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
Pohlmann <br />  
Vice-President, National Affairs and Partnerships
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Plenary Session 6
Does Investor Immigration Have a Future in Canada?

Canada is no longer as open to immigrant investors as it once was which is due to economic change (e.g., low interest rates) and likely, at least in part, due to public opinion concerns. Speakers are invited to share their views on whether Canada should continue to welcome immigrant investors. For instance, could investor immigration support Canada's economic development priorities such as attracting more foreign direct investment and building infrastructure and affordable housing? Or, is investor immigration fraught with too much baggage such as fraud, driving up real estate prices in the likes of Vancouver, and attracting 'astronauts' uncommitted to Canada?


Seligman <br />  
Moderator:
Founder
Seligman Law
Kraft <br />  
Panellists:
President
Invest in the USA (IIUSA)
Kurland <br />  
Policy Analyst and Lawyer
Kurland Tobe Immigration Law Firm
12:00 PM Concluding Remarks from the Summit Chair
El-Assal <br />  
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada
12:15 PM Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set B
(please selection one session)
1:00 PM Concurrent Session B1
Atlantic Canada's Entrepreneur Streams

Speakers from Atlantic Canada are invited to provide updates on PNP entrepreneur streams within their provinces. They will shed light on the current state of the streams, recent and forthcoming developments, the business supports that they offer to entrepreneurs, the performance of the streams, and will be available to answer your questions.


Thompson-Price <br />  
Moderator:
Founder
Thompson Price Law
Bent <br />  
Panellists:
Director, Programs
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
Cej <br />  
Director, Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Advanced Education and Skills
Phillips <br />  
President
HP Consultants Inc
1:00 PM Concurrent Session B2
Improving PR and TR Pathways

Canada offers plenty of permanent and temporary resident business options. On the PR side, business immigrants have a range of federal, provincial, and territorial pathways available to them. Meanwhile, Canada has various temporary resident business options including the Global Talent Stream, Owner/Operator category, Intra-Company Transfers, NAFTA investors, among others (e.g., under LMIA exemption codes C10 and C11). Immigration practitioners, however, often point out gaps and challenges that impede PR and TR candidates from entering Canada. Speakers will provide examples of these challenges and offer suggestions to address them.


Mosher-Kuczer <br />  
Moderator:
Associate
Capelle Kane Immigration Lawyers
Ly <br />  
Panellists:
Principal / President
Borders Immigration Consultancy
Veress <br />  
President
Vermax Group
1:00 PM Concurrent Session B3
Settlement Supports for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is difficult, and it is even more difficult if you're an immigrant which is why dedicated business supports for immigrant entrepreneurs is crucial to their success. Speakers will share their thoughts of good Canadian and international practices that could help Canada improve the business supports it offers to immigrant entrepreneurs.


Chase <br />  
Moderator:
Manager, Settlement and Multiculturalism Unit
Government of New Brunswick
Briones <br />  
Panellists:
Founder
Karla Briones Group
Redden <br />  
Manager, Business and Workforce Integration
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
Sihvonen <br />  
Senior Vice President, Services & Organizational Development
ACCES Employment Services
2:15 PM Refreshment Break
2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set C
(Please selection one session)
2:30 PM Concurrent Session C1
Ontario, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories' Entrepreneur Streams

Speakers from Ontario, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories are invited to provide updates on PNP entrepreneur streams within their jurisdictions. They will shed light on the current state of the streams, recent and forthcoming developments, the business supports that they offer to entrepreneurs, the performance of the streams, and will be available to answer your questions.


Ziaie <br />  
Moderator:
Legal Advisor
Iranian Canadian Association of Immigration Consultants
Curteanu <br />  
Panellists:
Immigration Manager, Immigration Unit
Government of Yukon—Department of Education
Nakahara <br />  
Director, Immigration Selection Division
Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Nightingale <br />  
Director, Business Support and Trade, Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
2:30 PM Concurrent Session C2
Going Global in the Era of Trump

Canada's economy depends on exports to the United States which benefits Canada on the one hand, but is also cause for concern as it leaves Canada vulnerable in case of protectionism and economic downturn in the U.S. In addition, emerging economies are experiencing faster rates of growth than the likes of the U.S. and other developed countries, so it is incumbent upon Canada to identify how it can diversify and expand the scale of its exports into different markets. Immigrants can help Canada tap into global markets but identifying how to incorporate them into Canada's export development strategies is challenging. Speakers will discuss how Canada can further harness the skills and global connections of immigrants to boost its exports.


El-Assal <br />  
Moderator:
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada
Franklin <br />  
Project Manager, Magnet Export Business Portal & Hire Immigrants
Ryerson University
2:30 PM Concurrent Session C3
Voices of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

What is it like to be an immigrant entrepreneur? Speakers will share their personal experiences as immigrant entrepreneurs in Canada including their challenges and successes. They will also highlight what more Canada can do to better support immigrant entrepreneurs.


Pepin <br />  
Moderator:
Director, Educational Services
Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)
Mammadova <br />  
Panellists:
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Destin.ai
Santiago <br />  
Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder
NeoJets
Zumrutpinar <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Cuz Tech Inc.
3:45 PM Summit Adjourns

Sponsors

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


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SuccessionMatching

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Strategic Partner

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Exhibitors



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Government of Northwest Territories


Mona Shah & Associates Global


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Marketing Partners

 

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imc


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Preferred Airline Partner

 

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