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Darren De Jean

Darren De Jean

Vice President
The Conference Board of Canada

Darren’s responsibilities at The Conference Board of Canada include leadership of the Custom Economic Research practice as well as Human Resources and Immigration Knowledge Areas. Darren brings over two decades of business development, strategy, workplace transformation, and consulting experience to the Conference Board. Most recently, he was the Director of Advisory Services for Canada’s Business Development Bank where he was responsible for the creation, implementation, and growth of various regional practices. Darren has also been a founding member of two start-ups including a venture capital funded, publicly trading search technology company. He has also consulted with numerous organizations from early-stage technology to high-growth multinationals across various industries.

Darren has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Lakehead University. He is also a Mechanical Engineering Technologist Graduate from Lakehead University and a Pure and Applied Science Graduate from John Abbott College in Montreal.

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

Pedro Antunes is the Chief Economist and primary spokesperson at The Conference Board of Canada. He provides insights and general direction for the Board’s economic products, including reports and economic indicators that relate to Canada and its regions and sectors. Pedro provides media interviews in English and French as well as expert testimony before parliamentary and senate committees. He is widely sought for speaking engagements and presentations to industry leaders and decision-makers on a broad range of issues and topics that impact Canadians.

Pedro started his professional career in 1987 with the Canadian forecast team at the Bank of Canada, joining the Board in 1992 as part of the provincial forecast team. Over time, he had responsibility for the economic analysis of different provinces and sectors. He also worked on several international projects to help decision-makers in Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, and Ukraine develop appropriate forecasting and policy analysis tools. Among other topics, Pedro has researched the impact of Canada’s demographic change on labour markets, the fiscal sustainability of health care, productivity, and long-term economic growth.

Pedro is fluent in both official languages. He earned a BA Honours Economics from Bishop’s University and an MA in Economics from Queens University.

Iain Reeve

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

Iain Reeve is the Associate Director for the Immigration Knowledge Area at The Conference Board of Canada. He runs the Board’s immigration research agenda and manages the National Immigration Centre. Through Iain and his team’s work, the Conference Board is shaping public and policy debates on immigration in Canada and beyond.

Iain strongly believes in the power of quality research, evidence-based policy making, and bringing people together to solve wicked problems. Iain spent his career developing a skillset in service of these goals, most recently as a Policy Analyst at Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

But what if you do not wish to talk immigration sector transformations? No problem, Iain is happy to talk all-things Canada. As a true pan-Canadian, he has lived in 6 different cities across the country. And when he is not travelling, you will find Iain spending time with his son, playing the guitar, or sampling Canada’s finest craft beers.

Iain holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University.

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Kathryn Dennler

Kathryn Dennler

Research Associate II, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

Kathryn Dennler joined the Immigration Knowledge Area at The Conference Board of Canada in March 2021. Kathryn brings to The Conference Board of Canada a long-standing dedication to immigration issues. She has worked on immigration as a researcher, educator, and service provider for over fifteen years and across five countries. In 2020, Kathryn earned a PhD in Geography at York University, where she focused on how contemporary immigrants to Canada cope with uncertainty about the future. Kathryn is passionate about bringing people together to develop leading practices that respond to the everyday impacts of immigration systems.

Outside her work for The Conference Board, Kathryn is an avid reader of fiction. She also likes to spend time in the great outdoors - in the forest, in a lake, in the sea, or, ideally, in a forest near a large body of water.

Yilmaz Ergun Dinc

Yilmaz Ergun Dinc

Senior Research Associate I, Immigration
The Conference Board of Canada

Yilmaz E. Dinc is a Senior Research Associate for the Immigration Knowledge Area at The Conference Board of Canada. Yilmaz brings a decade of experience in applied research, along with his passion for inclusion, to drive thought leadership on immigration.

Before joining the Conference Board, Yilmaz worked on research and cross-country projects with a focus on immigration and workforce development, most recently, he worked as Research and Evaluation Manager at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and before that he worked in the global private sector hub of the United Nations Development Programme.

Yilmaz holds an MSc degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and earned his PhD in strategic management from Yeditepe University in Turkey.

Erin Rose

Erin Rose

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Erin joined the Conference Board in 2020 as a Senior Research Associate within the Board's Immigration portfolio. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at York University and a member of York University's Centre for Refugee Studies where her research focuses on Canadian immigration policy. Prior to joining the Board, Erin collaborated on a variety of research projects related to immigration and multiculturalism, in addition to teaching undergraduate students in this area. Erin also holds an M.A. in Globalization Studies and a B.A. Honours in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University.

Jo-Leen Folz

Jo-Leen Folz

Council Manager
The Conference Board of Canada

Jo-Leen is Council Manager for the Corporate-Indigenous Relations Council (CIRC), Centre for the North (CFN) and National Immigration Centre (NIC) at The Conference Board of Canada. Jo-Leen works closely with the Directors of each Centre in key functions such as business development, client relationship management, website maintenance, agenda building and coordination of research Centre and Council meetings. In addition to her roles within the CFN, CIRC and NIC, Jo-Leen is an active member of the Conference Board of Canada's Wellness Committee and on the Steering Committee for the Council Community of Practice. Jo-Leen is a college graduate with over 15 years of work experience in office management and project coordination.


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Upcoming Events

National Immigration Centre Fall 2021 Members Meeting
(Date TBD)

Recent Events

Canadian Virtual Immigration Summit
May 25–27, 2021 | Virtual Conference

National Immigration Centre Virtual Spring 2021 Members Meeting
April 7, 2021, April 8, 2021 and April 21, 2021 | Virtual Meeting

National Immigration Centre Virtual Fall Members Meeting
November 18–19, 2020 | Virtual Meeting

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Jo-Leen Folz
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