Atlantic Summit: Immigration & Revitalization

Date & Time

Wednesday March 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Fredericton Convention Centre
670 Queen St, Fredericton NB

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This day-long summit kicks off PPF’s three-year research project on Atlantic revitalization, with a special focus on immigrant retention. The program features emerging research findings, success stories drawn from small and large communities and employers, discussion among diverse stakeholders and debate about how to develop policy that helps municipalities and businesses succeed.

Atlantic Canada is taking a leadership role in innovative immigration policy and locally designed practices. In response to pressing labour market issues due to demographic changes, the region is working hard to become a place that newcomers move to and make their home in.

After the Summit, stay for our annual Atlantic Dinner & Frank McKenna Awards on the evening of March 21.

Looking to book a hotel room? We have rooms available to be booked on March 20 and 21 at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook, directly next to the Convention Centre. Click here to book your room or call directly at 506-455-3371. 


Francis McGuire

Marta Morgan

Kelly Toughill

Dr. Herb Emery

Adrienne O'Pray

Chris MacDonald

Amanda Hachey

March 21

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.


Edward Greenspon, President & CEO, Public Policy Forum

9:10 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Setting the stage

Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group, a three-term Premier of New Brunswick and Canada’s former ambassador to the United States.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Population growth and economic growth: a tidy knot?

Dr. Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, University of New Brunswick

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Atlantic opportunities and the future of growth

An armchair discussion with Francis McGuire, President, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Moderator: Edward Greenspon, President & CEO, Public Policy Forum

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Research on retention successes and community developed solutions

Kelly Toughill, Associate Professor, University of King’s College

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Citizen-led action: The New Brunswick Economic Immigration Lab

Amanda Hachey, Director, NouLAB

Theme: New Brunswick is a microcosm of a region under pressure, facing an aging and shrinking population. Projections indicate that labour market imbalances will put an increasing strain on social services and inhibit the potential for businesses to grow and compete in national and global economies. The Lab is working to answer this question: how might we become leaders at attracting, welcoming and retaining newcomers to contribute to the economy of New Brunswick? Learn what has been developing in the lab and what is next.

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Keynote: Marta Morgan, Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Discussion moderator: Edward Greenspon, President & CEO, Public Policy Forum

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

PANEL – Long term integration: a generational opportunity


Justin Campbell, Program Coordinator and Business Diversity Initiatives Lead, Newfoundland Association for Newcomers

Nancy Clement, Community Engagement Coordinator, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada

Alex LeBlanc, Executive Director, New Brunswick Multicultural Council;

Gerry Mills, Executive Director, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Angelique Reddy-Kalala, Immigration Strategy Officer, City of Moncton

Moderator: Lisa Hrabluk, Founder, Wicked Ideas


Theme: Settlement agencies are increasingly more than immigrant service organizations. In some ways, they have become strategic community infrastructure tying provincial (and national) policy to economic and population growth. They work at the nexus of multiple levels of government and have become important partners for employers, municipalities and other service providers. This panel will reflect on recent changes in the system and discuss the opportunities they see for their communities and the region.

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

PANEL – Business, innovation and people


Chris MacDonald, Director of Government Relations, J.D. Irving, Limited

Chris MacIntosh, Client Innovation Centre Leader, IBM

Mark Osborne, Vice President, Human Resources, Day & Ross Transportation Group


Moderator: Laurel Broten, President & CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Theme:       The Atlantic Growth Strategy has created a new framework for a number of strategic initiatives, and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot opens a new pathway for employers to directly recruit needed workers. Growth is a shared responsibility – and business is squarely at the centre of the demographic challenges that Atlantic Canada continues to grapple with. During this panel, three businesses spanning industries and labour priorities will dig into pressures, strategies, stories and recommendations.

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closing remarks

Adrienne O’Pray, CEO, New Brunswick Business Council

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

PPF Atlantic Summit & Frank McKenna Awards Reception

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