P2P Preconference of the Local Immigration Partnerships – Paving the Way for Our Future: A Conference for LIP Engagement and Sustainability


Wednesday November 21, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Montreal

 

Achievements of the LIPs – (Download Booklet) (Download Slideshow)

 

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Masters of Ceremonies: Petrusia Hontar, Project Coordinator, St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership, and Sean White, Project Coordinator, Nanaimo Local Immigration Partnership
  • Welcome from Pathways to Prosperity Partnership – Jean McRae and Victoria Esses, Co-Chairs, Pathways to Prosperity Partnership

 

9:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Session 1 – Engaging with Non-Traditional Stakeholders

Chair: Jean McRae, Co-chair, Pathways to Prosperity Partnership

LIPs were created to engage with a variety of stakeholders to improve a community’s readiness for and receptivity to immigration. Yet immigration partnerships often find it challenging to move beyond the “usual suspects” of the settlement and social service sectors. In this workshop, three LIPs present their experiences engaging with three very different community partners: first responders (police and fire), employers, and Indigenous communities. Each presenter will describe the context and rationale for engagement, identify their successes, and share lessons learned.

  • NSAG: The Newcomer Safety Advisory Group – A Working Group of the Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership (Download Presentation)
    Victoria Bodnar, Coordinator, Resident Attraction and Retention, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • The Role of the LIP in Newcomer Employment Initiatives (Download Presentation)
    Abigail Cameron, Manager, Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership
  • Inter-Community Circles: Facilitating Spaces between Newcomers and the Mi’kmaq 
    Roberto Montiel, Coordinator, Halifax Immigration Partnership

 

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Session 2 – Sustainability and Continuity of Local Immigration Partnerships

Chair: Carol Brouwers, Project Coordinator, Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership (RRLIP)

Since 2009, 77 LIPs have been established in communities across Canada. As we near Year 10 it seems right to pause and reflect on the good work we have all undertaken to get us to this point, and to look ahead towards what will keep LIPs sustainable for the next ten years. With that in mind, this workshop will feature discussion on:

– membership engagement — ensuring members feel useful and involved
– funding — diversifying sources to support our work
– outcome measurement — proving our worth through the capture of meaningful data

  • Community Owned – Building, Sustaining and Measuring Partnerships (Download Presentation)
    Dan Vandebelt, Community Engagement Coordinator, Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership
  • Sustainability of LIPs (Download Presentation)
    Elena Mizrokhi, Policy Analyst, Settlement and Integration Policy Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Importance of Outcome Measurement (Download Presentation)
    David Kurfurst, Director, Evaluation and Performance Measurement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC); and Jeslyn Thibedeau, Acting Senior Analyst, Evaluation and Performance Measurement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

 

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

Session 3 — Anti-Discrimination and Welcoming Communities Campaigns

Chair: Carol Brouwers, Project Coordinator, Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership (RRLIP)

In recent years, discriminatory events have gained headlines across Canada. Local Immigration Partnerships foster community support for change through awareness campaigns that increase knowledge and shift attitudes. This workshop will highlight three approaches to anti-discrimination and welcoming communities campaigns. Each project showcases a different means to reach their audience: social media, community capacity building, and an event-based campaign.

  • SayHello (Download Presentation)
    Sunita Gupta, Lead, Kingston Immigration Partnership
  • Bread and Borders Toolkit: Exploring Fears, Facts and Impacts about Refugee Claimants in Manitoba (Download Presentation)
    Abdikheir Ahmed, Director, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg
  • Rising Above Racism and Hate (Download Presentation)
    Ana Maria Bustamante, LIP Coordinator, Burnaby Local Immigration Partnership

 

3:15 PM to 4:45 PM

Session 4 — Planning a National LIP Secretariat

Chair: Roberto Montiel, Coordinator, Halifax Immigration Partnership

Following conversations that took place at the LIP National Event in Calgary on March 2018, and which started with the interest that LIPs expressed on having representation at the National Settlement Council, a working group was put together to look at what a LIP National Body would look like. This session will follow the outcomes of these conversations as well as the progress made by the working group so far, including IRCC’s take on this project. The session is meant to help inform the future of the LIP Secretariat in a way that enhances the work of all existing and potential LIPs.

  • Supporting a Growing and Diverse LIP Network: IRCC’s Views on a National Secretariat
    Elena Mizrokhi, Policy Analyst, Settlement and Integration Policy Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • National LIP Secretariat: Vision, Process, and Next Steps (Download Presentation)
    Paulina Wyrzykowski, Director, Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership

 

4:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Victoria Esses and Jean McRae, Co-Chairs, Pathways to Prosperity Partnership