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With the increasing impact of COVID-19 in Canada, the health and safety of our conference delegates, staff and partners comes first. We have therefore made the decision to postpone the Canadian Immigration Summit originally scheduled for May 13-14, 2020 in Ottawa. We are committed to delivering this important event and look forward to welcoming you on the revised date of Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

Your registration will automatically roll over to the new event date. If you cannot attend the new date, your ticket will be transferable within your company. Should no one be available to attend, we can apply a credit to your account

In its seventh year, the Summit will explore how immigration can respond to labour-market pressures and ensure that Canada’s immigrants contribute fully to our economy. Join over 300 delegates to discuss the major immigration-related issues impacting your organization. Through this meeting and its various presentations and interactives sessions, you will:

  • Gain a fresh understanding of the interconnectivity between immigration and the changing nature of work
  • Have a renewed sense of urgency on planning for a perpetually changing future in our respective businesses
  • Obtain inspired learning, grounded in qualitative and quantitative research

The following sub-themes will be explored:

  • Strategic foresight—Global perspectives and comparisons
  • Leaving no one behind—Including marginalized groups in the future of work
  • Context matters—Regional approaches to immigrant labour integration
  • Economic foundations—Building on the success of innovation and technology

NEW this year

In-camera exclusive for employers: Discussing talent solutions at the intersection of immigration and long-term prosperity.

Speakers

We are hard at work developing an outstanding program for this event. Please check this page for updates.

Agenda

8:00 a.m.
Land acknowledgement and traditional welcome
8:10 a.m.
Welcome remarks from the summit host
Darren De Jean

Executive Director
The Conference Board of Canada

8:20 a.m.

Session description coming soon.

8:40 a.m.

Innovation and strategic foresight are essential to remaining competitive in a changing global economy. Employers, government actors, and higher education institutions must work together for Canadian businesses to thrive. Join Perrin Beatty as he discusses the Chamber’s policy resolutions and the Canada 360° approach to the changing world.

9:00 a.m.
Keynote

Join our keynote to learn how innovation can lead to social impact. Explore how to maximize social benefit in the face of the complex challenges in today’s world.

9:30 a.m.
Panel presentation

In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide was the highest ever recorded, reaching 244 million. With so many people on the move, understanding the shifting nature of work can help you anticipate future challenges, develop policies, design programs, and allocate resources. This session will provide a global perspective on Canada’s emerging leadership in migration policies and how to consider future trends to navigate our role.

Moderator

To be determined.

Panellists

To be determined.

10:30 a.m.
Health break
11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions (please select one)

A1: Fostering immigrant entrepreneurship

Immigrant entrepreneurs can help strengthen and diversify Canada’s economy thanks to their skills, language, and education. However, several challenges in Canada hinder their full contribution to the Canadian economy. How do we better position immigrants in the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem? How can we offer the supports they need to access funding, programs, and more? Our expert panellists will explore these questions and more based on their own experience.

Moderator

To be determined.

Panellists

To be determined.

A2: Long-term success of international students in Canada

While the future of work remains ambiguous, what is becoming clear is that international students are increasingly choosing Canada. And Canada is choosing them as ideal future Canadians. How is the education system preparing international students to succeed in this changing world of work? This panel discussion will explore what challenges exist and where there are opportunities to foster mutually beneficial relationships.

Moderator

To be determined.

Panellists

To be determined.

A3:Paving pathways for inclusion for skilled refugees

Welcoming refugees is often seen only as a humanitarian act. However, many refugees are highly skilled and contribute to the economy—as well as the social fabric of Canada. This session will explore innovative initiatives that help skilled refugees find work that matches their skills, be included in conversations about the future of work, and not be left behind.

Moderator

To be determined.

Panellists

To be determined.

12:00 p.m.
Networking lunch
1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions (please select one)

B1: Using technology to help immigrants and refugees

Technology touches nearly every aspect of our lives. It is no surprise, then, that some organizations in the immigration sector have incorporated various technological solutions to deliver better settlement services. This session will explore current approaches and tools, and identify new approaches that should be explored in the settlement sector.

Moderator

Panellists

B2: Immigrant women and the fourth industrial revolution

Immigrant women in Canada are not finding work in their fields at the same rate as their male counterparts. We know that the nature of work is changing, thanks to new technology and shifting demographics. The question is, will it change in favour of immigrant women or will it continue to disproportionately undervalue them? This session will tackle these difficult questions and provide insight from a diverse panel.

Moderator

Panellists

B3: In-camera session for employers—Talent solutions at the intersection of immigration and long-term prosperity

Canadian businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in attracting talent to maintain their growth. Join a candid, facilitated conversation with human resources leaders on the challenges, solutions, and partnerships required to move toward a thriving economic future—for business, the country, and our newest residents.

Facilitator

2:00 p.m.
Health break
2:30 p.m.
Panel presentation

The success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot reaffirmed the importance of targeting immigration to the communities that need it most. With some communities already feeling the effects of the demographic time-bomb, the time to equip them for the upcoming changes is now. Join municipal and policy leaders as they discuss current strategies to successfully integrate immigrants, share best practices, and explore more ways to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution.

Moderator

To be determined

Panellists

3:30 p.m.
Panel discussion

What are leading companies testing to harness the potential of immigrants? How can we encourage innovative approaches to hiring skilled immigrants? This panel discussion will look specifically at making the most of immigrant talent, so employers and employees can both reap the rewards.

Moderator

Panellists

4:45 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Day 1 adjournment
5:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening reception and special announcement. Refreshments will be served.

8:00 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
Remarks—Building a forward-thinking workforce
9:00 a.m.
Keynote

Rapid digital transformation, the digitization of the workplace and classroom, and the changing demographics of workers and learners are bringing exponential and foundational shifts to labour economies. This session will introduce how emerging methods of labour analysis can blend with advanced technologies to better support this unprecedented transformation.

9:45 p.m.
Health break
10:00 a.m.
Panel discussion

Session description coming soon.

Moderator

To be determined.

Panellists

11:00 a.m.
Presentation

A final call to action: How do we catalyze change based on the knowledge and discussion from the Summit?

11:45 a.m.
Summit closing remarks
12:00 p.m.
Conference conclusion
1:00 p.m.
Optional Workshop

Matching entrepreneurs immigrating to Canada with suitable business-ownership opportunities across Canada will improve local economies, encourage sustainable immigration, and attract international investment.

This workshop will walk participants through a competitive analysis of the different programs across Canada, review international data on source countries, and look at real-time data on business success to identify where the gaps in business succession are going to be.

Exclusive workshop

Learn how to attract international investment through business succession.

Previous conference highlights

At the Canadian Immigration Summit 2019, our purpose was to explore how Canada can respond to emerging immigration issues in a rapidly changing world.

  • 380 past attendees
  • 4.2/5.0 overall satisfaction

Attendees by job function:

attendees_by-function Services Public admin. Retail trade Financial services Unknown Wholesale trade Communication & utility services

Attendees by job title:

attendees_by-jobs CEO Vice−President Director Manager Technical Admin. Student

Ahmed D. Hussen

The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen

Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Lisa MacLeod

The Honourable Lisa MacLeod

Minister, formerly of Children, Community and Social Services/Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

 
 
Denise O'Neil Green

Denise O’Neil Green

Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (VPECI), Ryerson University

Goldy Hyder

President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Canada

 
 
The Hon. Ratna Omidvar

The Hon. Ratna Omidvar

Senator for Ontario,
Senate of Canada

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Location

Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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