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PEI Atlantic Immigration Summit


PEI Atlantic Immigration Summit

What Does It Take to Make PEI Home?

The PEI Immigration Summit (April 23 and 24th, 2019) at the Charlottetown Convention Centre, will create a place to answer this question for any Islander looking to attract and retain new Canadians to their municipality business, club or region. The Summit will bring together attendees from across the province to participate in a facilitated roundtable format with the goal of developing tangible and actionable outcomes and recommendations.JOIN entrepreneurs, business, community and municipal leaders, academics, newcomers and industry specialists for an inspired day of dialogue, learning, exchange and community building.

                                                   Keynote Speaker Premier Wade MacLauchlan

THE SUMMIT GOAL: Using a combination of speakers, panels and facilitated round-table conversations attendees will focus on proposing and developing actionable initiatives to move forward post-summit by answering the question. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE PEI HOME?


• Network with potential partners and collaborators• Work on key immigration issues and learn best practices• Gain insights on the programs and services available to help employers and immigrants• Access new approaches that will empower newcomers and better leverage their skills, talents, and connections in PEI.• Learn what employers are looking for and how to find meaningful work in the PEI context• Contribute and bring your ideas to help shape recommendations to guide the policies, programs and strategies for the future 


DAY ONE | April 23Confederation Centre of the Arts,145 Richmond St.

6:30pm Official Welcome6:45pm Panel7:30pm The Immigration Experience Alien Ballet8:45pm Opening Reception

DAY TWO | April 24Delta Hotel, 18 Queen St.

8:35am Opening Remarks9am Keynote Presentation, Premier Wade MacLauchlan9:30am Themed Roundtables each hosted by a business/ community leader and a newcomer10:30am Break12am Lunch and Trade Show Room1:15pm Speaker1:30pm Themed Round Tables2:30pm Break3:30pm Themed Round Tables: Actions4:30pm Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

Circle of Island Advisers:

Co-chairs: Alex MacBeath and Duncan McIntosh

Helena Emami | Business Landing Officer, Office of Immigration, Business Integration Unit

Alma MacDonald | Mi’kmaq elder

Minerva McCourt | Mayor Town of Cornwall

Allan Ramjattan | Businessman, Summerside

Peter Meggs | Councillor Town of Cornwall

Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon, PhD | Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, UPEI


CHOREOGRAPHY: Igor Dobrovolskiy

The summit will include Igor Dobrovolskiy’s work on themes of immigration. ALIEN is an intimate exploration of the human side of immigration. As a newcomer to Canada in 2000, Igor understands well the many challenges that new immigrants face when they leave their home in search of new life. What happens when you leave your home behind? What happens when you are out of context? What happens when you lose your identity?

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