Pathways to Prosperity 2017 National Conference
The Pathways to Prosperity Partnership will hold its fifth annual conference at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto starting at 8:30 AM on November 16, 2017 and finishing at 5:00 PM on November 17, 2017. On November 15, 2017 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) we will be hosting a full-day workshop for the Local Immigration Partnerships and the Réseaux en immigration francophone.
The theme of this year’s conference is Canada’s Place in the World: Innovation in Immigration Research, Policy, and Practice. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, it is apt that we reflect on current Canadian innovation in immigration research, policy, and practice, and look ahead to how we may continue to demonstrate our leadership in this area. The conference will address both new and persistent issues, including building bridges between aboriginal and immigrant communities; understanding and addressing public anxiety around immigration; what we have learned about refugee resettlement from the Syrian refugee program; new strategies for determining the effectiveness of settlement programs; and intercultural dialogue and mediation for living together. The conference will include plenary sessions, workshops, roundtables, poster presentations, and opportunities to network with colleagues.
Preconference Workshop for LIPs and RIFs
The full-day preconference workshop on November 15, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, will focus on issues of central concern to the Local Immigration Partnerships and the Réseaux en immigration francophone, based on a survey of stakeholder priorities. The Workshop brings together the RIFs and LIPs to discuss common challenges, share achievements, and learn from each other on topics such as improvement of LIP and RIF operations, strengthening of relationships with other organizations, promotion of more welcoming communities, promising practices in obtaining funding from sources other than IRCC, and measurement and research on RIF and LIP outcomes. This year the Workshop will focus on promoting interaction among the LIPs and RIFs, and will involve roundtables, discussions, and speed-networking, as well a few presentations. Some 130 participants from the LIPs and RIFs and other organizations are expected to attend.
Conference and preconference details will be updated on a regular basis.