Conference Board of Canada’s second Canadian Immigration Summit returns to Ottawa

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The Conference Board of Canada’s National Immigration Centre’s second Canadian Immigration Summit returns to Ottawa on April 4-5, 2016, at the Fairmont Château Laurier. This two-day event is bringing together more than 250 leading representatives from government, business, education, non-profits and immigrant-serving organizations from across Canada. The goal? To work toward creating a National Immigration Action Plan for Canada.

“Immigration matters more than ever to Canada’s social and economic prosperity — we require a vibrant, healthy, larger and highly responsive immigration system to ensure our future,” according to a statement from the Conference Board. At the same time, forces of international and domestic change are placing great pressure on the immigration environment. “We need to develop innovative, efficient, and responsive policies and programs to meet the challenges,” says the Board.

The Canadian Immigration Summit 2016 is designed to help do just that. It will focus on the themes of: supporting immigrants and refugees to succeed; creating partnerships to enhance the immigration system; and leveraging immigrants’ skills and connections to enhancing economic prosperity.

“We invite delegates to share their vision and discuss how we can build a better immigration system,” notes the Board.

Summit agenda

Plenary Session 1 Opening Keynote Address: A New Federal Immigration Mandate

Plenary Session 2 Societal License: The Importance of Public Support in Canada’s Immigration System

Plenary Session 3 High Numbers and Tight Timelines: Lessons from Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Experiences

Plenary Session 4 Immigration Perspectives from Coast to Coast to Coast

Plenary Session 5 Strategizing Francophone Immigration: Creating a Roadmap for Success

Plenary Session 6 Selection Around the World: Cutting Edge Immigration Policies for Canada


– Express Entry in 2016

– The Road to 450,000: Best Practices in Attracting and Supporting International Students in Canadian Colleges, Polytechnics and Universities

– Making Your Products and Services More Immigrant-Friendly


Plenary Session 7 Partnering to Create Welcoming Cities and Communities

Plenary Session 8 Temporary Today, Canadian Tomorrow? Settlement Supports and Citizenship Pathways for Foreign Workers and International Students

Plenary Session 9 Brain Gain = Financial Gain: Recognizing and Employing International Skills, Learning and Credentials

Plenary Session 10 Incubating Immigrant Innovation, Investment and Entrepreneurship

Plenary Session 11 Connecting Canada with the World: Leveraging Diversity to Enhance Prosperity through Trade


– Consultations on the National Immigration Action Plan

– Reframing the Refugee Opportunity

– Cross-Sector Partnerships to Make the Most of Immigrant Talent

– What Does it Mean to Be a Canadian?

Register for the summit
Early bird registration for the Canadian Immigration Summit expires on Feb. 13. But as a marketing sponsor of the event, Canadian Immigrant readers can attend at a reduced registration fee of $795 — quote Rebate Code PRM7 to receive the discount. Please note that the Conference Board also offers registration fees for not-for-profit organizations. The above mentioned rates apply to non-registered delegates only.

If you have any questions about registration or the program, please contact Emily Hayward at or call 613-526-3090 ext. 393.

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