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Pathways to Prosperity 2018 National Conference

Borders, Welcoming Communities, and the Politicization of Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding the Dynamic Movement of People

The Sixth Annual Pathways to Prosperity National Conference will take place in Montreal on Thursday and Friday, November 22-23, 2018. On Wednesday, November 21 we will be hosting a full-day preconference of Local Immigration Partnerships. Join researchers, service providers, Local Immigration Partnerships, Réseaux en immigration francophone, representatives of all levels of government and others working in the area of immigration for a three-day event on immigration in an increasingly complex environment.

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Sharon Bala, author of the bestselling debut novel – The Boat People. The novel is the gripping story of a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada, and then face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. It portrays the morally complex situation of these refugees, how they are handled by the Canadian system, and the shifting perceptions held by those with whom they come into contact. The Boat People was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. In her keynote address, which will kick off the second day of the conference, Sharon will share insights gained from the background research she conducted for The Boat People, the process of writing such a novel, and the reception it has received across the country.

We are also pleased to announce that special guests from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and from Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion will address the conference and provide updates on policies and programs that are being implemented or are on the horizon to address our immigration challenges and optimize our successes. We are currently working on finalizing the plenaries and workshops for the conference. We received record numbers of workshop and poster submissions this year and, following committee deliberations, decisions will be announced soon.

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Presentations Available

Pathways to Prosperity and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria Workshop on International Students as Future Permanent Residents

On April 20, Pathways to Prosperity, in partnership with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, hosted a full-day workshop in Victoria BC on International Students as Future Permanent Residents. The level of interest and enthusiasm shown for the topic was outstanding, with 90 attendees actively participating in lively discussions throughout the day. We would like to thank all presenters, chairs, and facilitators who worked so hard to ensure that the workshop was a success. Thanks also to the workshop planning committee – Christine Covell, Michael Haan, Sonja Knutson, and Karima Ramji – who selected dynamic speakers and topics for the day. The Powerpoint presentations from the workshop are now available in the Library section of the P2P website. The videos of the plenary sessions will be available in the same location in the coming weeks.

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