Pathways to Prosperity 2014 National Conference – Workshops
The Pathways to Prosperity 2014 National Conference included five workshops. Here are the links to the PowerPoint presentations from these workshops, where available.
Presentations can be accessed by clicking the presentation title.
1. Research Priorities for Immigration to Northern, Smaller, and Remote Communities
Chairs: Cathy Woodbeck, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, and Anne Robineau, Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities
This is a discussion forum on recent and continuing research in northern, remote and small communities, as well as a discussion on what the needs are with respect to research relevant to these communities. Examples of research on employment, economic growth, the economic integration of immigrants from linguistic minorities, and labour market needs are featured. A Northern, Smaller and Remote Community open conversation about research priorities and use of statistics is part of the workshop.
- Developing Employer-Driven Strategies to Increase the Hiring and Retention of Newcomer Talent in Northeastern Ontario – Don Curry, North Bay and District Multicultural Centre
- Serving Smaller, Northern and Rural Communities: Innovation and Research Needs – Cathy Woodbeck, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association
- Immigration and Settlement in the Northwest Territories – Nicolas Carrière, NWT Francophone Immigration Network
2. Availability and Use of Large Scale Datasets Related to Immigrants and Immigration
Chairs: Michael Haan, University of New Brunswick, and Zoua Vang, McGill University
With recent changes in the federal data landscape, it becomes increasingly important for immigration researchers and policymakers to leverage existing data sources to the fullest extent possible. This workshop features both recent examples of research that relies on administrative data sources and government representatives who talk about some of the data that are currently under development.
- Data on Immigrants: How to Access Publicly-Available Statistics - Ray D. Bollman, Brandon University and University of Saskatchewan
- Use of the Longitudinal Immigration Database to Inform Immigration Research – Athanase Barayandema, Statistics Canada
- Moving Forward Along CIC’s Data Roadmap – Lorna Jantzen, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
3. Funding Opportunities
Chairs: Audrey Andrews, Region of Durham, and Victoria Esses, University of Western Ontario
This session is intended to achieve two goals. First, it provides a how-to guide for connecting people and organizations with resources through Funders Forums. An example is provided of how these forums can leverage funds and grow community capacity. Second, the session provides a Funders Forum for those who are interested in current research funding programs, including a chance to ask questions of the funders.
- The Case for a Funders Forum: Why, How, and the Results – Audrey Andrews, Region of Durham
- The Current Funders Forum - Victoria Esses, University of Western Ontario
- SSHRC’s Funding Opportunities - Éric Bastien, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- Funding Opportunities for Applied Research Outside Academia – Jean-Philippe Valois, Mitacs
- Funding Opportunities with Research and Evaluation, Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Cédric de Chardon, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
4. Research Priorities for Francophone Immigration
Chairs: Gerry Clement, GLC Consulting & Services, and Marjie Brown, Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA)
In the summer of 2014, the P2P Standing Committee on Francophone Immigration began to consider research priorities for Francophone immigration. This interactive workshop presents the first results of this work and, in particular, continues the discussion with all participants, taking into account the views of community, university and government stakeholders.
- Francophone Immigration – A Community Perspective – Marjie Brown, Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA)
- Reflection on Research Possibilities – Paulin Mulatris, University of Alberta – Campus Saint-Jean
5. Agency of the Future: Taking Stock of Progress and Feedback on Survey Instrument
Chairs: Meyer Burstein, Pathways to Prosperity, and Mario Calla, COSTI Immigrant Services
Workshop participants are brought up to date on the Agency of the Future project. The workshop primarily revolves around a presentation on a proposed pan-Canadian survey of existing and planned commercial services offered by settlement agencies. The survey also explores the use of information and communications technology to deliver immigration-related services, to communicate with clients and stakeholders, and to gather and analyze data on client needs and outcomes. Participant feedback is actively sought.
- Agency of the Future Update and Next Steps – Meyer Burstein, Pathways to Prosperity
- Proposed Questionnaire Structure for the Agency of the Future Initiative – Michael Haan, University of New Brunswick (video presentation)
- Innovations and Digital Technologies in the Settlement Sector: What We Know and Should Know - Adnan Qayyum, Pennsylvania State University (video presentation)