Ottawa  ·  November 20–21, 2024

Canadian Immigration Summit 2024

Building thriving and equitable communities

Canada is poised to welcome 1.5 million new immigrants in the next three years. Immigrants play a vital role in Canada’s success, yet critical questions remain:

  • How can we develop services and infrastructure that set up immigrants and their communities for success?
  • How can we build an equitable system that allows temporary residents and immigrants to thrive?
  • And how can we advance immigrant employment through best practices?

The Canadian Immigration Summit brings together thought leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors alongside newcomers to explore how we can strengthen our immigration system and help immigrants and their communities thrive, now and in the future.

What to expect

The 2024 Canadian Immigration Summit offers a unique platform for critical discussions, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration. You will have opportunities to:

  • Network and participate in meaningful conversations with non-profit leaders, employers, and policy-makers across all levels.
  • Share experiences and insights with sector leaders to tackle challenges facing immigrants and their integration.
  • Get inspired to take action to ensure the immigration system benefits your community.


Excentricité, Collège La Cité
801, promenade de l’Aviation, Ottawa


A suite of rooms has been set aside at ARC The Hotel Ottawa. 140 Slater St. 

Room Rate of $201.00 per night. Rate available until October 18, 2024.

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Leading insights with practical take-aways

Building thriving communitiesHarnessing technology in selection and settlementEnsuring equity in the labour marketPlanning for temporary resident success
We’ll explore how we can build thriving, welcoming, and inclusive communities with the right infrastructure to support population growth.Technology is transforming immigrant selection and settlement. We will unpack the challenges and opportunities of digital innovation and learn how to apply cutting-edge tools and best practices in our work.Successful labour-market integration is a cornerstone of immigrant success. We’ll explore how we can help newcomers find good job opportunities and advance their skills to help them excel in their careers.The continued growth of temporary worker and international student programs raises questions of equity. Learn what a healthy temporary resident program could look like and how we can proactively bring stakeholders together to create a fair, transparent, and equitable system.


Please note: All agenda times are in Eastern Standard Time. See what time that is for you.

9:00 am

Susan Black

Susan Black

President and CEO, The Conference Board of Canada

9:15 am

Muraly Srinarayanathas

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of 369 Global

10:00 am


10:15 am

Municipal leaders who have been at the forefront of expanding immigration inclusion in their regions will share their experiences, lessons learned, and new solutions for creating equitable communities. Attendees will gain useful insights into the problems these leaders have encountered and the strategies that have been helpful.

11:30 am

An immersive experience that reflects immigrants’ contributions to their communities.

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Jamaal Amir Akbari

Jamaal Amir Akbari

Poet Laureate Emeritus

1:10 pm

1:45 pm

Break: Move to Concurrent Session

2:00 pm

The needs of immigrants and the tools available to provide settlement services are continually evolving. Leaders working with Canada’s diverse immigrant communities will reflect on the challenges and opportunities associated with delivering impactful services in the next five years.

Tonie Chaltas

CEO, Achēv

Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds

Executive Director, Regional Connections Immigrant Services

Olga Stachova

Olga Stachova


This panel discussion will showcase the Service Delivery Improvement project Engaging SMEs: National Business Networks and Local Design Perspectives, in which six partner organizations collaborated with local employers to co-create and test prototypes that may improve the capacity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to acquire talent and retain immigrant newcomers. Panelists will reflect on the design lab process and present the prototypes created during the project. Attendees will learn how to better address SMEs’ distinctive challenges, needs, and barriers when accessing, hiring, and retaining newcomer immigrant talent.

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Magdalene Cooman

Interim Associate Director of Immigration, The Conference Board of Canada

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Rania Younes

Senior Manager, Employer Networks and National Engagement, Immigrant Employment Council of B.C.

Housing affordability has become a key concern affecting both immigrants and Canadians. Speakers will examine housing initiatives and immigration policies that can enable newcomers to find affordable housing that is suitable for their family.

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Steve Pomeroy

Focus Consulting Inc; Industry Professor, McMaster University

3:30 pm

Break and Exhibitor Booth Exploration

4:00 pm

In this transformative panel discussion, immigrants will share a decade’s worth of employment experiences in Canada. Through candid narratives, they’ll offer insights on navigating employment in different industries. Hear their perspectives on reshaping employer practices to better recruit, retain, and empower immigrant talent. Attendees will gain insights into creating a more inclusive work environment that honours the unique contributions immigrants can make in the workplace.

4:45 pm

Networking Reception

5:30 pm


9:00 am

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Magdalene Cooman

Interim Associate Director of Immigration, The Conference Board of Canada

9:10 am

9:45 am

Networking Break

10:00 am

Gain valuable perspectives into the dynamic landscape of francophone immigration in Canada at both the national and community levels. Experts will share strategies to enhance the immigration experience for francophone individuals and families and provide a deeper understanding of the selection and settlement processes for francophone immigrants across the country.

This panel session will delve into the ethical considerations and best practices associated with the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into the immigrant selection and settlement processes. Speakers will explore strategies to ensure that digital innovations enhance immigration systems in Canada while actively addressing potential biases and disparities.

Session description coming soon.

11:30 am

12:15 pm

Closing Remarks

12:30 pm



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Past Event

Previous Conference Highlights:

At the 2023 Canadian Immigration Summit, participants worked alongside key immigration leaders to develop solutions for complex immigration problems, including pathways to permanent residence, resettling refugees, and employers’ capacity to assess skills and experience acquired abroad. They gained insights into refugee and immigrant employment experiences and shared their own experiences and learnings.


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Build strong, equitable communities using evidence-based insights and participate in critical conversations about the future of immigration in Canada.

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Canadian Immigration Summit 2024
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