PPF Atlantic Summit 2018

Released: Thursday May 24, 2018

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Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

NATIONAL PR

The Council of Atlantic Premiers

Porter Airlines

The Public Policy Forum’s 2018 Atlantic Summit is the first major initiative in a 3-year project. From 2018-2020 we will conduct research, engage communities and decision makers, and work to support the momentum building behind the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The focus of our first year has been on demographics and the role of immigration as one approach to attract, and keep, the talented people who make Atlantic Canada home. In the coming year we will focus on the nuanced contextual issues confronting rural communities as well as Francophone immigration. We will also expand our engagement with employers and look at a skills agenda. Thank you for joining us in Fredericton today. We hope you make some new connections and leave with a renewed commitment to working together to make Atlantic Canada a great place to call home.

Le Sommet de l’Atlantique 2018 du Forum des politiques publiques est la première initiative majeure dans un projet de trois ans. De 2018 à 2020, nous mènerons des recherches, nous mobiliserons les collectivités et les décideurs, et nous travaillerons à soutenir l’élan suscité par la Stratégie de croissance pour l’Atlantique. En cette première année, notre attention s’est portée sur la démographie et le rôle de l’immigration comme l’une des approches pour motiver des individus de talent à s’installer au Canada atlantique et à y rester. Au cours de la prochaine année, nous nous concentrerons sur les enjeux contextuels nuancés auxquels sont confrontées les collectivités rurales, ainsi que sur l’immigration francophone. Nous élargirons également notre engagement auprès des employeurs et examinerons un programme de compétences. Merci d’être avec nous à Fredericton aujourd’hui. Nous espérons que vous nouerez de nouveaux liens et que vous repartirez avec un engagement renouvelé à travailler ensemble pour faire du Canada atlantique un endroit des plus accueillants.


Representatives of business, government, immigration settlement agencies, regional bodies and others gathered in Fredericton on March 21, 2018 to discuss the pressing importance of immigration for Atlantic Canada. Through presentations, keynotes, interviews and panels, speakers summarized the demographic issues the region confronts and illustrated current successes and promising ways forward to improve newcomer retention. This report summarizes the discussion and some important takeaways.

The day’s proceedings can be viewed on PPF’s YouTube channel and by following the link below:


The demographic challenge confronting Atlantic Canada isn’t new. Frank McKenna framed the day by quoting a 1995 Speech from the Throne that spoke of a need for action and he recalled how a committee was struck and a report written, but not much else. The arc of conversation through the remainder of the day, however, showed how this time might be different – and why we can feel hope that positive change is afoot.

Still, Atlantic Canada doesn’t get its fair share of immigrants, and doesn’t keep its fair share either. Without this changing, and without a significant bump in economic growth, the slow motion demographic train wreck in Atlantic Canada will spiral into something worse.

‘Immigrants go where immigrants are. Immigrants stay where immigrants are’ – Hon. Frank McKenna

Mr. McKenna stated that the federal government has made Atlantic immigration a priority for a simple reason: national leadership sees the region as a demographic canary in the coal mine. Many other parts of Canada will eventually face the same issue of declining population bases, but lessons learned in the Atlantic region can be exported elsewhere in the country.

A video greeting by Minister Ahmed Hussen of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada underlined the commitment of the federal government to attracting more newcomers in Atlantic Canada. He sees immigration as important for a growing population and economy, greater innovation, new ideas, companies and jobs, and more support for public healthcare and other programs.

It’s contingent upon the region to work together to make immigration a part of successful revitalization. Francis McGuire, president and CEO of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), stated that this is about more than jobs – it’s about changing attitudes. And today he is seeing a change in attitudes where the private sector, as well as ACOA, is rapidly embracing the importance of immigration for business success.

Growing capital, growing economies

Dr. Herb Emery explained the dichotomy of economic growth and population growth. Economic research shows that population growth alone is not sufficient for kick starting an economy, especially a small and open economy such as the Atlantic region. Immigration needs to be part of a suite of policy approaches and is not a standalone solution.

Francis McGuire translated this research on the need for capital investment into the tangible experience that businesses face as they struggle to compete and grow. Today, the number one problem he hears from business owners is that they can’t find people. Without workers they can’t meet targets let alone grow. So they face two options: find workers someplace new, or find the capital to invest in more productive technology. Fifty percent of ACOA’s budget, and soon it will be 70 percent, is helping businesses buy robots, invest in analytics and hire people who have the skills to work with new technology and data.

And yet ACOA had never worked with immigration before because they didn’t need to. Today, the organization is in a role to help entrepreneurs access the capital to modernize, and tap into labour markets – including overseas – to find the types of skilled workers that they need. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot will help meet labour market needs and spur economic growth. It should also make it easier for employers to hire international student graduates from regional universities and colleges. As more newcomers arrive in Atlantic Canada the priority becomes figuring out how to ensure they stay for the long run.

Pathways in and barriers to staying

Kelly Toughill presented the results of her journalistic work across the region, and quizzed participants on some common myths about how newcomers do in Atlantic Canada. Some of the important pieces that stick out from the literature include:

  • Immigrants in Atlantic Canada have better economic outcomes than immigrants elsewhere in Canada and in some cases than native-born Canadians
  • Family class immigrants also do comparatively well in Atlantic Canada

This raises the question – if immigrants do comparatively better in Atlantic Canada than in the rest of Canada, why is this commonly held to be the primary determinant for why more newcomers don’t stay in the region?

Esti Barlevy, an immigrant from Israel and web designer, told the story of why she and her family chose to stay in New Brunswick. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Israel but she and her husband eventually agreed that their children would have the best chance to succeed in Canada. One reason they chose Saint John was that friends of theirs had moved to New Brunswick several years earlier. Once there, they ended up not knowing anyone, but Esti was pleasantly shocked by the welcoming nature of people in her new community.

The welcome, however, isn’t always as straight forward as it could be when it comes to navigating immigration. Including all the Atlantic provinces immigration streams, there are over 20 different ways that newcomers can immigrate to the region. But there is no single, web-based repository of those options which is confusing for possible newcomers such as internationals students.

The New Brunswick Economic Immigration Lab serves as an example of highly innovative problem solving and silo-busting. Amanda Hachey presented on what the lab did in the fall of 2017, and how a team of talented facilitators – with the support of senior leadership from the province, ACOA, business groups, the multi-cultural council and other key stakeholders – convened and worked with diverse participants representing many perspectives and priorities. Thirty-four participants from the settlement sector, academia, government, private sector and newcomers worked to answer two big questions:

  1. How do we help newcomers find meaningful work and feel part of the New Brunswick community?
  2. How do we help employers find the talent that they need to grow their businesses?

“There were a lot of newcomers at the table for these labs. The passion that they brought was inspiring not just for the New Brunswickers, but also helped them feel engaged in the process.” = Amanda Hachey, Director of NouLAB

The lab work identified where the system was working well and where the barriers were for newcomers and employers. Issues they identified included:

  • Employers are largely unaware of the benefits of hiring newcomers, and the process to hire them.
  • There’s a mismatch on the ground between newcomers who are looking for work and employers looking for talent.
  • The integration of a newcomer’s spouse and family is challenging.
  • Newcomer entrepreneurs don’t necessarily understand the entrepreneur culture in New Brunswick and don’t have a voice.
  • The Government of New Brunswick, as an employer, doesn’t have a lot of immigrant role models.
  • International students, especially Francophones, don’t often understand what is necessary to immigrate until their last year.
  • More is needed to keep on building welcoming communities in New Brunswick.

Di Luckshnie and Heather Keats participated in the lab and spoke to how important it is to see immigration as a people issue. While there are processes in the system, it fundamentally comes down to committing to being a leader and demonstrating commitment to making the system work for people.

This sentiment was echoed by Marta Morgan, Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Ms Morgan said that there are multiple reasons why people come to Canada and why they stay, and all of them involve human connection. The federal streams of entry are meant to facilitate entry that builds on connectedness. For IRCC, success in immigration strategies in the region will be to see employer demand overflows, new pathways forged and the foundations for human connection built.

Toward long-term integration

Early in the day, Francis McGuire shared how part of the needed shift is about changing the attitudes of entrepreneurs and business owners. Many of them have never travelled outside of North America before, but now need to consider how to recruit people from countries such as Ukraine and the Philippines. Government, and staff within ACOA, can help take these first steps. A panel of people from across the region who work directly in the settlement and multicultural sectors expanded on this.

Alex LeBlanc, Angelique Reddy-Kalala, Justin Campbell and Nancy Clement reiterated how successful immigration retention is fundamentally human. They see a glass wall of sorts in Atlantic Canada where not having an existing network makes life challenging for newcomers. People in the region are welcoming, but it isn’t apparent how to find a path to finding an employer and becoming part of an organization. Settlement agencies and multi-cultural organizations can help take the first step, but others need to help fill the gap and support newcomers after that. Community connections are critical, and cultural competence is a key part of shaping welcoming communities.

A key asset in the region is the tremendous network of people who are working hard to make immigration into the region successful, all driven by the pragmatic issue of the demographic decline and a passion for inclusion and social equity. People in Atlantic Canada are by nature welcoming, but it’s a challenge to shape organizations and systems to also be welcoming.

A broader conversation is needed about how immigration fits into the region in ways that are wider than economic benefits – for instance the cultural and creative value of more diversity. Leadership structures and the nature of events such as this policy conference need to reflect this ideal of diversity. The culture change around demographics and diversity are easy to talk about among people already working on these issues, but we aren’t doing an adequate job of engaging adequately. The upcoming community road show in New Brunswick is one example of current efforts to take the discussion about demographics directly to people, employers and municipalities.

“The conversation we’re having as employers is the same as they are having at the community-level: People are trying to build connections.” – Francis McGuire, President of ACOA

Three large businesses echoed points raised by previous speakers and provided concrete insight into what employers are doing and thinking about. Chris MacDonald of JD Irving Limited shared a handout summarizing the company’s prioritization of immigrant workers and told the audience that they have gone so far as to create a new Director of Immigration position. The company is also creating an immigration centre of excellence, and is implementing a series of innovations such as holding an international buddy day, an international dinner for newcomers and spouses, providing an international Facebook page so employees can connect, and otherwise looking for ways to help settle and keep international workers.

Chris MacIntosh from IBM shared how the company first made diversity a priority and is now moving past that to make inclusion central to hiring and staffing. For instance, hiring minority females and helping them succeed in leadership positions is seen as a key to building talent. They partner with universities and hire straight from schools, and have had strong support from the province of Nova Scotia to be able to hire early career international student professionals.

Mark Osborne of Day and Ross Transportation told how the company licensed two HR staff as immigration workers and found ways with the province of New Brunswick and Atlantic Immigration Pilot to streamline immigration processes. They even develop in-house budgets for each immigrant worker to help settle them, for instance providing resources for setting up a house and connecting with health services.

These two panels showed how Atlantic Canada can provide a good standard of living and has unique selling points for potential newcomers. But it can be a challenge to position the region to compete with major urban centres such as Toronto. JDI learned to be very specialized when recruiting people who have already landed elsewhere in Canada, being very selective and working to understand what unique factors might draw an individual. And when people do arrive, businesses are being more selective in putting resources toward increasing the likelihood that they will stay. This is harder in small communities that, for instance, have very limited housing available. While there may be businesses that are ready to hire newcomers, those businesses also have to find ways to work with the local municipality to find ways to settle people. An additional piece identified by settlement sector and businesses is how to support the entire family, especially work opportunities for spouses.

Most businesses will support the concept that immigration is positive – but more businesses need to be directly engaged in policy conversations and learning about practices that will help them make progress. This is a real challenge for small and medium businesses. Government has a role to play in helping smaller businesses understand when they need people, how many they need, and to facilitate the recruitment process.

Facilitation is needed partially because, in spite of how the Atlantic Immigration Pilot has streamlined one pathway, the time required to recruit and settle a newcomer takes longer than employers expect it should. The process is complicated and a lot is involved in settlement. And immigration isn’t the sole solution. It fits within another issue of skills mismatches, underemployment, challenges for young people to find jobs and questions about ways for higher education and the EI system to be more nimble.

Reasons for optimism

The two PPF reports on Atlantic immigration released at the conference summarize challenges facing the region, especially pertaining to low retention. However, they also tell of successes, and the conference added reasons for hope and optimism.

We learned that each province has a population growth secretariat, staffed by capable and hardworking people. We learned about the example New Brunswick is setting in resourcing its population growth initiatives, and how large employers are investing directly in their own internal capacity to hire and keep immigrant workers. Similarly, we heard how the federal government is working closely with the Atlantic region to try new immigration pathways – for instance the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. And ACOA has taken a strong leadership role to drive multiple initiatives linking economic growth with population growth.

“What’s happening today is that changing attitudes are being driven by entrepreneurs and business owners…they are the forces of social change.” – Francis McGuire, President of ACOA

 


A range of lessons and recommendations emerged from the course of the day. Some are very practical needs such as:

  • Educating business owners on the mechanics of how they can work with local multi-cultural or settlement agencies to find immigrants and help settle them.
  • Engaging many more businesses, especially small and medium sized enterprises, in discussions such as this summit.
  • Learning from larger businesses that have already developed innovative methods for recruiting and keeping newcomers.
  • Developing a diversity and inclusion network, within or across organizations and sectors.
  • Streamlining existing immigration processes and pathways and simplifying the range (and number) of potential pathways.
  • Educating international students, starting in their first year at the latest, on what is required to become a permanent resident.

We also heard of topics requiring more research, for instance:

  • What did Manitoba do so well to fix its immigration issues and address demographic issues?
  • How do we build Francophone newcomer communities?
  • How can we address the needs of rural communities and employers in rural areas?

Immigration is important but is only one part of the suite of needed policy interventions. The economy, involvement of the private sector and personal connections are all important for population growth. The day had a lot of discussion about the positive role that government is taking, improving opportunities for international students, and doing more to link businesses directly to supports that already exist. The Public Policy Forum will look for opportunities to strengthen partnerships to co-conduct this work in the coming years.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration and breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome

Edward Greenspon, President & CEO, Public Policy Forum

9:10 – 9:15 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 – 9:45 Population Growth and Economic Growth: A Tidy Knot?

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

9:45 – 10:15 Atlantic Opportunities and the Future of Growth

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

Moderator: Edward Greenspon

10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:15 Retention Successes and Community Solutions

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

11:15 – 12:00 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.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Keynote

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

Followed by an armchair discussion with Edward Greenspon

1:30 – 2:30 PANEL  |  Long-Term Integration: A Generational Opportunity

Justin Campbell, Program Coordinator and Business Diversity Initiatives Lead, Newfoundland

Association for New Canadians

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 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:45 PANEL  | Business, Innovation and People

Chris MacIntosh, Client Innovation Centre Leader, IBM

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

Chris MacDonald, Director of Government Relations, J.D. Irving, Limited
Moderator: Laurel Broten, President & CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Theme: The Atlantic Growth Strategy provides a new framework for interconnected strategic growth 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 at the centre of the demographic challenges that Atlantic Canada grapples with. During this panel, representatives from three businesses in different industries and with different labour priorities will dig into pressures, strategies, stories and recommendations.

3:45 – 4:00 Closing remarks

Adrienne O’Pray, CEO, New Brunswick Business Council

5:00 – 6:00 PPF Atlantic Summit & Frank McKenna Awards Reception

 

We are meeting on the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq peoples – land that has never been ceded to the Crown. The Public Policy Forum acknowledges that the Peace and Friendship treaties signed between the Crown and the Wolastoqiyik, the Passamaquoddy and the Mik’maq in 1725 did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We are grateful to gather here today.


Louise Adongo
Senior Corporate Policy Advisor
Government of Nova Scotia
Danny Graham
Chief Engagement Officer
Engage Nova Scotia
Janet Moser
Director, Immigrant Business Services
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
Françoise Albert
Commissioner’s Representative – Atlantic Region
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Ed Greenspon
President & CEO
Public Policy Forum
Rose Mosse
Economic Immigration Lab Manager
NouLAB
Shawna Allen-Vandertoorn
Teacher
New Brunswick Department of Education
Lisa Griffin Ndour
Directrice
Université de Moncton
Eric Mourant
President & CEO
3+ Corporation
Mark-Anthony Ashfield
Partner, Financial Advisory
Deloitte
Laurie Guthrie
Economic Development Specialist
City of Fredericton / Ignite Fredericton
Lewis Muirhead
Knowledge Manager
NouLAB
Charles Ayles
Assistant Deputy Minister
Goverment of New Brunswick
Emilie Haché
Settlement Agent
CAFi / Centre d’accueil et d’accompagnement des immigrants francophone du sud-est
Michael Murray
Assistant Deputy Minister
Government of New Brunswick
Mohamed Bagha
Managing Director
The Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre Inc.
Amanda Hachey
Director
NouLAB
Angela Nelson
Program Consultant
Government of New Brunswick
J-C. Bagnah
Economic Development Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Randy Hatfield
Executive Director
Saint John Human Development Council
Kenneth Oguzie
Human Resources Business Partner
Nova Scotia Public Service Commission
Lisa Bamford De Gante
Executive Director
Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc.
Erin Hayes
Consultant
Deloitte
Adrienne O’Pray
President & CEO
NB Business Council
Michelle Barclay
Policy Advisor
Office of the Premier
Martin Haynes
Vice-President, Government
Medavie Blue Cross
Mark Osborne
Vice President, Human Resources
Day & Ross Transportation Group
Krista Barry
Senior Policy Advisor
Executive Council Office
Beth Henderson
Specialist, Education and Early Childhood
Government of New Brunswick
Hélène Ouellet
Workforce Strategist
Opportunities NB
Martin Bourgeois
Lawyer
Cox & Palmer
Jeanetta Hill
Director of Community Development
Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency
Craig Parks
Director, Minerals Branch
NB Energy and Resource Development
Bruno Battistini
President, CEO and Scientific Director
New Brunswick Health Research Foundation
Susan Holt
Chief, Business Relationships
Government of New Brunswick
Richard Patterson
Assistant Director
Canada Revenue Agency
Eric Beaulieu
Deputy Minister
Government of New Brunswick
Lisa Hrabluk
Founder
Wicked Ideas
Isabel Perreira
Pilot Project Coordinator
CAFi / Centre d’accueil et d’accompagnement des immigrants francophone du sud-est
Cathy Bennett
Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Windsor Lake
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Eleanor Hubbard
President & CEO
Elevate Strategies Inc.
Morgan Peters
Policy & Research Manager
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
Camille Bourque
Manager, Workforce Strategy
Opportunities New Brunswick
Halyna Ivanova
Settlement Support Worker
Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc.
Theresa Phillips
Workforce Strategist
Opportunities New Brunswick
Silkem Brabander
Crime Prevention Knowledge Coordinator
Government of New Brunswick
Mischka Jacobs
Communications & Events Coordinator
Venn Innnovation
Susan Pitman
New Brunswick Department of Education
Jane Breckenridge
Alignment Champion/Director, Strategic Planning
Department of Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour
Byron James
Executive Director
Atlantic Colleges Atlantique
Nicole Picot
Deputy Minister, Finance
Government of New Brunswick
Kathleen Brennan
Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator
Government of PEI
Funmi Joseph
Manager, Community & Inclusive Growth
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Shane Quigley
Business Strategist
Service New Brunswick
Laurel Broten
President & CEO
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Aja Joshi
Policy Analyst
Nova Scotia Public Service Commission
Angelique Reddy-Kalala
Immigration Strategy Officer
City of Moncton
Lorna Brown
Senior Project Manager
Government of New Brunswick
Heather Keats
Program Consultant
Government of New Brunswick
Dr. Roxanne Reeves
Citizenship & Community Prob. Solving Professor
University of New Brunswick
Patricia Brown-MacKenzie
Assistant Deputy Minister
Government of New Brunswick
Ella Kelly
Manager of Population Development
Government of PEI
Monique Richard
Conseillère aux étudiants internationaux
Université de Moncton
Joshua Brisson
Research and Evaluation Manager
Resilience Research Centre / Wisdom2Action Consulting
Rob Kelly
Assistant Deputy Minister
Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour
Patrick Richard
Workforce Strategist
Opportunities New Brunswick
Jodie Byron
Social work student
Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre
Jessica Kennedy
Program Manager
Venn Innovation Inc.
Krista Ross
CEO
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
Justin Campbell
Program Coordinator & Business Diversity Initiatives Lead
Newfoundland Association for Newcomers
Krishna Khaitan
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
AV Group
Jennifer Russell
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health
Department of Health
Carlos Canales
Senior Program Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Lisa Lacenaire
Instructor
New Brunswick Community College
Paul Saad
Director
Government of New Brunswick
Michael Cantwell
Director, Philanthropic Development and Evolution
Université de Moncton
Paul Lafleche
Deputy Minister
Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal
Linda Schofield
Executive Director of University Relations
Université de Moncton
Lori Carle
Community Relations
Ocean Capital Holdings Limited
Christine LaForge
Senior Policy Analyst
Executive Council Office
Nick Scott
Executive Director, Open Government & Innovation
Government of New Brunswick (Executive Council Office)
Angela Carr
Director
Government of New Brunswick
Melanie Laird
Senior Policy Analyst
Executive Council Office
Patricia Seaman
Senior Manager of Communications
New Brunswick Health Research Foundation
Rod Casey
Chief Financial Officer
Council of Atlantic Premiers
Guy Lamarche
Executive Director
Government of New Brunswick
Traci Simmons
Vice President
Opportunities New Brunswick
Stephen Chase
Team Lead, Settlement and Multicultural Unit
Government of New Brunswick
Cindy Lanteigne
Executive Director
Atlantic Workforce Partnership
Sungmi Song
Pre-arrival Settlement worker
Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc.
Nancy Clement
Community Engagement Coordinator
PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
Levi Lawrence
Succession Specialist
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
Derrick Stanford
CEO
Saint John Airport
Michael Collicott
Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency
Ross Leadbetter
Specialist, Education and Early Childhood
Government of New Brunswick
Brian Stephenson
Principal
One in a Million parmi nous
Sara Daniels
Chief of Staff, Vice President Research Office
Dalhousie University
Alex LeBlanc
Executive Director
New Brunswick Multicultural Council
Bobbi Stillwell
Senior Manager
Deloitte
Katie Davey
Special Advisor- Stakeholder Engagement
Government of New Brunswick
Marco LeBlanc
Executive Assistant, Minister’s Office
Government of New Brunswick
Ryan Sullivan
Director of International Education
New Brunswick Community College
Glenn Davis
Vice President Policy
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce
Paul Ledwell
Clerk, Executive Council & Secretary to Cabinet / Deputy Minister
Government of PEI
William Tarr
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project Officer
The Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre Inc.
Renu Dhayagude
Senior Policy Analyst
Government of New Brunswick
Minister Gilles LePage
Minister
Government of New Brunswick
Tracey Taweel
Deputy Minister, NS Communities, Culture and Heritage
Government of Nova Scotia
Janel Doucet
Workforce Strategist
Opportunities New Brunswick
Cheryl Logan
Senior Manager
Deloitte
Ernest Thibodeau
Conseiller
Ville de Dieppe
Nathalie Dubois
Team Lead
Executive Council Office
Stephen Lund
CEO
Opportunities NB
Kelly Toughill
Associate Professor
University of King’s College
Tony El Amm
Owner
Tony Pepperoni
Greg Lutes
President
IPAC Fredericton
Geoff Townsend
Secretary to Council
Atlantic Council of Premiers
Narissa El Amm
Accountant
Tony Pepperoni
Chris MacIntosh
Client Innovation Centre Lead
IBM
Gary Underhill
ITA
National Research Council of Ontario
Dr. Herb Emery
Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics
University of New Brunswick
Bill MacKenzie
Director, Strategic Partnerships
New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network
Judy Wagner
Clerk
Government of New Brunswick
Melissa Fitzherbert
Community Involvement & Volunteer Coordinator
Multicultural Association of Carleton County
Paul MacKinnon
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Debbie Wallace
Policy, Analysis and Intelligence Manager
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Bridget Foster
Board Member
Association for New Canadians
Francis McGuire
President
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Lynn Walsh
Manager, Internationalization Office
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Janine Fraser
Director General, Regional Operations
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Keith McIntosh
CEO
PQA Testing
Nancy Watson
Managing Director
Engage Nova Scotia
Glenn Fraser
Economic Development Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Frank McKenna
Deputy Chair
TD Bank Group
Dawn Weatherbie
Vice President, Education and Early Childhood
Government of New Brunswick
Paula Gallagher
Partner, Consulting
Deloitte
Eric Megarity
Councillor
City of Fredericton
Carolyn Whiteway
Executive Director
Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies
Denise Galley-Horncastle
Senior Policy Advisor
Executive Council Office, Government of New Brunswick
Bernie Miller
Deputy Minister, Department of Business
Government of Nova Scotia
Kathy Whynot
Specialist, Education and Early Childhood
Government of New Brunswick
Monica Gaudet-Justason
Manager, Stakeholder Relations
Opportunities New Brunswick
Sara Miller
Chief Privacy Officer
NB Department of Health
Tristan Williams
Policy Analyst
Government of New Brunswick
Christine Gilbert Estabrooks
Executive Director
Government of New Brunswick
Dan Mills
Assistant Deputy Minister
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Government of New Brunswick
Jeff Young
Manager – Business Integration
PEI Office of Immigration
Jasmine Gill
Director, Programs and Policy
Century Initiative
Gerry Mills
Executive Director
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
Serze Zably
Agent de projet
Université de Moncton
Sharla Goodwin
Settlement Counselor
Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area
Marta Morgan
Deputy Minister
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Ahmed Zniber
Conseiller à l’accueil et au recrutement
District scolaire francophone Sud

 


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