Now in its seventh year, the Canadian Immigration Virtual Summit will explore how COVID-19 is impacting the immigration system and the lives of newcomers. It will also ask how Canada can leverage immigration to speed up economic recovery while continuing to offer a good quality of life for newcomers from around the world.

Join over 300 delegates online to discuss the major immigration-related issues facing your organization. Through this online experience’s presentations and interactive sessions, you will:

  • Learn and discuss how COVID-19 and related public health measures are impacting newcomers and the Canadian immigration system.
  • Be part of engaging early discussions on immigration’s role in our post-pandemic economic recovery.
  • Explore Canada’s unique position in this historic moment to attract newcomers, help them find success and fulfillment, and grow the economy over the long term.
  • Hear and share perspectives on key businesses, sectors, markets, and communities that will look to immigration to spur growth and recovery.
  • Obtain inspired learning, grounded in qualitative and quantitative research.

We’ll explore the following themes:

Charting a path

Predicting immigration trends in an uncertain time

Leave no one behind

Including marginalized groups in the post-COVID economy

Mapping the sector

Supports and services for immigrants fitting together

Maximizing benefits

Enhancing newcomer economic success for their benefit and Canada’s

Featured speakers

All speakers

Roukya Abdi Aden

Roukya
Abdi Aden

Joan Atlin

Joan
Atlin

Diala Ayman

Diala
Ayman

Cassandra Barber

Cassandra
Barber

Lisa Beckwick

Lisa
Beckwick

Stephanie Braid

Stephanie
Braid

Jonathon Braun

Jonathon
Braun

Adwoa Buahene

Adwoa
Buahene

marco-campana

Marco
Campana

tristan-cayn

Tristan
Cayn

charles-cirtwill

Charles
Cirtwill

Adrienne Clarkson

The Rt. Hon.
Adrienne
Clarkson

David Crawford

David
Crawford

Warren Creates

Warren
Creates

Kathryn Dennler

Kathryn
Dennler

Manjeet Dhiman

Manjeet
Dhiman

Yilmaz Dinc

Yilmaz
Dinc

Muzna Dureid

Muzna
Dureid

Victoria Esses

Victoria
Esses

Emma Flynn

Emma
Flynn

Chris Friesen

Chris
Friesen

Dorra Gdoura

Dorra
Gdoura

Julia Gelatt

Julia
Gelatt

Michael Haan

Michael
Haan

Jenna Hennebry

Jenna
Hennebry

Mark Holthe

Mark
Holthe

Rema Jamous Imseis

Rema
Jamous Imseis

Kamaljit K.Lehal

Kamaljit
K.Lehal

Melissa Kelly

Melissa
Kelly

Arif Khimani

Arif
Khimani

Lisa Lalande

Lisa
Lalande

Naomi Lightman

Naomi
Lightman

Edith Luc

Edith
Luc

Audrey Macklin

Audrey
Macklin

Shamira Madhany

Shamira
Madhany

Melissa Magder

Melissa
Magder

Marco Mendicino

Marco
Mendicino

Sabina Michael

Sabina
Michael

Devon Moir

Devon
Moir

Cosmina Morariu

Cosmina
Morariu

Alphonse Ndem Ahola

Alphonse
Ndem Ahola

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle
Nguyen

Beata Pawlowska

Beata
Pawlowska

Lorenzo Piccoli

Lorenzo
Piccoli

Corinne Prince

Corinne
Prince

Dan Rees

Dan
Rees

Iain Reeve

Iain
Reeve

Loly Rico

Loly
Rico

Joel Richardson

Joel
Richardson

Veronica Rossini

Veronica
Rossini

Bobby Sahni

Bobby Sahni

Yves Saint-Germain

Yves
Saint-Germain

Laura Soria

Laura
Soria

Saleem Spindari

Saleem
Spindari

Manu Varma

Manu
Varma

Julie-Ann Vincent

Julie-Ann
Vincent

Agenda

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12:45 p.m.
Welcome and keynote

The government’s decision to maintain high immigration levels during and after the pandemic shows how important immigration is for Canada’s short- and long-term economic interests. The “COVID cohort” of immigrants will also face unique employment challenges in a pandemic and post-pandemic economy. What will this period in our immigration history teach us about the economic integration of newcomers?

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada

1:45 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m.
Concurrent sessions—Set A (please select one)

A1—Measuring immigrant economic integration: The Statistics Canada immigration database

Statistics Canada’s Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) helps us understand the economic integration, earnings, and career trajectories of newcomers. This session shows how the database can help us better understand the economic trajectory of immigrants. It then describes some of the research that has used it.

Moderator

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers

Yoko Yoshida

Associate Professor
Western University

Michael Haan

Associate Professor
Western University

Tristan Cayn

Statistics Canada

A2—Providing settlement services during a pandemic

The settlement sector adapted to COVID-19 public health restrictions by moving much of it’s services online. This session investigates what we’ve learned from moving to virtual delivery, the impact it’s had on newcomers, and what lessons we can carry into the future of settlement.

Moderator

Maro Campana

Freelance Communications Consultant

Speakers

Chris Friesen

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Manjeet Dhiman

SVP, Services & Strategic Initiatives
ACCES

Julie-Ann Vincent

Director
ISANS

3:00 p.m.
Break
3:30 p.m.
Concurrent sessions—Set B (please select one)

B1—Welcoming refugees during and after the pandemic.

Border closures and travel restrictions designed to protect public health have created additional barriers for people travelling to seek refugee protection. In this session, speakers examine the pandemic’s effect on how refugees travel and are welcomed, both in Canada and around the world.

Moderator

Kathryn Dennler

Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers

Saleem Spindari

Senior Manager
MOSAIC

Loly Rico

Co-Director
FCJ Refugee Center

Rema Jamous Imseis

Canada Representative
UN High Commissioner for Refugees

B2—Ensuring no-one is left behind-the critical role of employers in hiring and retaining newcomers

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected a number of employment sectors, amplifying the existing problem of un- and under employment of immigrants and refugees in Canada. This new reality necessitates, more than ever, the need for a collaborative approach among employers, policy makers and practitioners to ensure that immigrants and refugees are not left behind as we rebuild our economy. Join our interactive workshop with employers discussing what's needed now to successfully integrate immigrants and refugees into the labour market.

Moderator

Shamira Madhany

WES

Speakers

Joel Richardson

Vice President Public Relations.
Cooke Aquaculture

Manu Varma

Bettr.me

Lisa Beckwick

Director of Organizational & People Development at St. Joseph's Care Group

Sponsored by:

World Education Services
4:30 p.m.
Day adjourns

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11:30 a.m.
Welcome and plenary panel

What has the pandemic revealed about Canada's immigration system? A team of researchers and settlement sector representatives from the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership came together to find out. Members of the team will discuss their analysis and recommendations for addressing gaps and shortfalls.

Moderator

Victoria Esses

Professor of Psychology and Director
The Network for Economic and Social Trends

Speakers

Natalya Brown

Associate Professor
Nipissing University

Aurelie Lacassagne

Independent Researcher

Audrey Macklin

Professor
University of Toronto

Jean McRae

CEO
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

12:30 p.m.
Break
12:45 p.m.
Keynote

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship will speak about Budget 2021’s investments to modernize and digitize our immigration system. The Government of Canada intends to draw even more talented, highly skilled people to Canada, including international students. Investments made in Budget 2021 will support an immigration system that is easier to navigate and more efficient in welcoming the dynamic new Canadians who make Canada stronger.

Speakers

Marco Mendicino

Minister for Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship

1:45 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m.
Concurrent sessions—Set C (please select one)

C1—Regionalization and the 2021-2023 levels plan

COVID-19 has set back efforts to attract and retain immigrants in rural and small communities. But the provinces that have traditionally admitted the most immigrants were less affected by the drop in admissions than others. Given the federal government’s goal of welcoming over 1 million immigrants over the next three years, how do we ensure immigrants settle and remain all across Canada, including smaller cities and communities?

Moderator

Yilmaz Dinc

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers

Cosmina Morariu

Senior Manager
Fragomen

Michelle Nguyen

Ryerson University

Melissa Kelly

Ryerson University

Northern Policy Institute

C2—Navigating Canada’s immigration system during COVID-19

What unique challenges have potential immigrants to Canada faced while navigating the immigration system during the pandemic? What adaptations have been necessary to ensure fair and timely access to immigration decisions? What lessons from this period can we use to design a fairer more efficient immigration system? Gain a better understanding of the vulnerabilities and strengths of Canada’s immigration system through the stress test of COVID-19.

Moderator

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers

Warren Creates

Head of Immigration
Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Mark Holthe

Founder
Holthe Immigration Law

Kamaljit K.Lehal

Lehal Law Corporation

3:00 p.m.
Break
3:30 p.m.
Concurrent sessions—Set D (please select one)

D1—Immigration system responses during the pandemic: global perspectives

The pandemic has created a unique set of challenges for immigrants and would-be immigrants all around the world. This session examines the public policy and civil society responses developed to address these challenges. The panel will take an in-depth look at responses in the U.S., Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Syria.

Moderator

Kathryn Dennler

Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers

Lorenzo Piccoli

Migration Policy Centre

Julia Gelatt

Migration Policy Institute

Diala Ayman

Molham Team

Muzna Dureid

The White Helmets

D2—Francophone minority communities and economic recovery

This session will only be offered in French.

Immigration has emerged as a priority for francophone communities looking to grow their populations and expand their economies. This session investigates how attracting immigrants to francophone communities and helping them find work or start businesses will evolve in the post-pandemic period.

Moderator

Dorra Gdoura

Assistant Director of the Adult Career
Transition Centre at La Cité.

Speakers

Corinne Prince

Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada

Roukya Abdi-Aden

Manager, National Economic Development and Employability Coordination
RDÉE Canada

Edith Luc

La Cité

Alphonse Ndem Ahola

Executive Director of la FRAP

Sponsored by:

La Cite
4:30 p.m.
Day adjourns

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12:30 p.m.

Immigrants are the driving force of population change across Canada, causing many industries and organizations to re-examine their approach to business. But what about philanthropy? Imagine Canada, Ethnicity Matters, and a collective of partners recently teamed up on a national study examining the giving and volunteering habits of multicultural and newcomer communities in Canada. Join Bobby Sahni to hear highlights and implications from this comprehensive report, with some eye-opening commentary on the future of philanthropy in Canada.

Speakers

Bobby Sahini

Ethnicity Matters in partnership
with Imagine Canada

12:45 p.m.
Welcome and plenary panel

Would a substantial increase in the number of immigrants fundamentally transform Canada’s place in the world? How would it affect our economy, our businesses, and our society? These panelists will help us imagine an ambitious future for Canadian immigration.

Moderator

Arif Khimani

MobSquad

Speakers

Adrienne Clarkson

The 26th Governor General of Canada

Dan Rees

Group Head, Canadian Banking

Lisa Lalande

Century Initiative

Sponsored by:

MobSquad
1:45 p.m.
Break
2:00 p.m.
Concurrent sessions—Set E (please select one)

E1—Intercultural competencies and the middle manager: The middle manager’s role in creating brave and inclusive teams

Canada’s future economic success will depend on our ability to engage the highly talented, skilled workforce available in the country. However, many workforce development solutions demand that immigrants build their intercultural competency to “fit in.” But is the onus of integration only on the immigrant? This panel discussion will focus on how middle managers can create brave work cultures of respect and inclusion.

Moderator

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration Research
The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers

Sabina Michael

Associate Director of the Intercultural Skills Lab
University of Toronto

Melissa Magder

Advisor of Strategic Initiatives within the Office of Culture
and Inclusion at the Regional Municipality of Peel.

Adwoa Buahen

Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council

Sponsored by:

Rotman Intercultural Skills Lab

E2—Immigrants in essential work

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of essential work to the Canadian economy. Much of this work is performed by immigrant workers—both permanent and temporary. In this session, learn more about and discuss: the contributions immigrant workers have made to the agricultural and health care sectors, how the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities and issues facing immigrant workers, and how we should move forward. How do our immigration system and workplaces need to change and adapt to better support immigrant workers?

Moderator

Yilmaz Dinc

Senior Research Association
The Conference Board of Canada

Speakers

Naomi Lightman

Assistant Professor
University of Calgary

Jenna Hennebry

Associate Dean, School of International Policy and Governance
Wilfrid Laurier University

Joan Atlin

Director, Strategy, Policy and Research
World Education Services

Jonathon Braun

Staff Lawyer
Migrant Workers Centre BC

3:00 p.m.
Break
3:15 p.m.

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the national regulatory body that oversees regulated immigration and citizenship consultants and international student advisors. This session will focus on ICCRC’s research agenda and its commitment to social accountability and protecting those who consume immigration services. You will also hear findings from two survey-based studies on the impact the pandemic had on immigration consulting professionals in Canada.

Speakers

Beata Pawlowska

ICCRC

ICCRC

3:30 p.m.
Plenary panel

Employers are increasingly including newcomers as part of their efforts to meet their skill and labour needs. How have employers adjusted their approaches during the pandemic, and what lessons will they carry forward?

Moderator

Veronica Rossini

Director of Marketing and Communications at Tent

Speakers

Laura Soria

Senior Director
CIBC

Devon Moir

McCain Foods

 Stephanie Braid

KPMG

 Emma Flynn

Senior Immigration Specialist
J.D. Irving Limited

4:30 p.m.
Closing remarks

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Rotman Intercultural Skills Lab
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