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Canadian Immigration Summit 2018: Strengthening Our Economy & Settlement Program

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2018 Event

The annual Canadian Immigration Summit brings stakeholders from across the country to convene to discuss innovative, practical, and actionable solutions to strengthen Canada’s immigration system. 2018 was an opportunity to network with over 400 leading representatives from government, business, immigration law and consulting, education, non-profits, and immigration serving organizations.

The 2018 Summit focused on two major, related themes: Growing Canada’s economy and strengthening Canada’s settlement programs. Due to an aging population and low birth rate, Canada is increasingly relying on immigrants to spur economic growth. This supports the key question: How can Canada better harness the skills of its newcomers to enhance immigration’s economic benefits? The Summit answered this by looking at how Canada can maintain a strong settlement program that equips newcomers with the tools they need to thrive in Canada’s economy and society.

The Summit tackled the top immigration issues, including the federal growth agenda and the steps to take to spur inclusive growth; strengthening the business community’s role in immigration; meeting Canada’s labour market needs; the provincial nominee program; the private sponsorship of refugees program; the settlement program; and how global events are impacting Canada and how Canada is impacting the world.

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

David Manicom

David Manicom
Assistant Deputy Minister, Settlement and Integration
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Effat Ghassemi

Effat Ghassemi
Executive Director
Newcomer Centre of Peel

Ben Rempel

Ben Rempel
Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division
Manitoba Education and Training

Natasha Kim

Natasha Kim
Director General, Immigration Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Jim Estill

Jim Estill
President and Chief Executive Officer
Danby Appliances

Dr. David Crawford

Dr. David Crawford
Fragomen Global

Dr. Lesleyanne Hawthorne

Dr. Lesleyanne Hawthorne
Professor, International Workforce
University of Melbourne

Tracey Taweel

Tracey Taweel
Chief Executive Officer
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration

Deanna Okun-Nachoff

Deanna Okun-Nachoff
McCrea Immigration Law

Patrick Snider

Patrick Snider
Director, Skills and Immigration Policy
Canadian Chamber of Commerce


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

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