Pathways to Prosperity 2018 National Conference

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

November 22-23, 2018: Pathways to Prosperity 2018 National Conference

November 21, 2018: P2P Preconference of Local Immigration Partnerships

Event Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Montreal


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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.

The theme of this year’s P2P Conference is Borders, Welcoming Communities, and the Politicization of Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding the Dynamic Movement of People. The crossing of borders and the politicization of immigration are increasingly salient issues for Canadians and internationally, yet we must not lose focus on the fact that a successful immigration program includes welcoming communities and recognition of the individual people involved in migration. The conference will address the challenges and opportunities these facets of immigration present to us today. The conference will include plenary sessions, workshops, a poster session, and opportunities to network with colleagues. More than 400 attendees are expected to participate.

SBalaWe 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.

Preliminary conference agenda is available here.


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

On Wednesday, November 21 we will also be hosting a full-day preconference of Local Immigration Partnerships. The preconference will focus on topics that the LIPs have identified as high priority at this time (as determined through a survey of LIPs), and will provide lots of opportunities for sharing of ideas and information, and discussion.


Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

A variety of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available this year. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your organization’s visibility and branding, and expand your network of prospects. Customized packages can also be arranged to suit your marketing needs. To download the exhibitor and sponsorship brochure, click here.


Hotel Information

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal. If booked by October 22, the rate is $169 for a Standard King Bed or Two Queen Bed room, subject to availability. Please click here to book your accommodation or call the hotel at 1-800-361-8234 and mention P2P 2018 National Conference.


English-French Simultaneous Interpretation

As an ongoing practice at the Pathways to Prosperity National Conferences, we will be offering simultaneous interpretation services for all plenary sessions of the National Conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal!


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Questions? Email Sonali Advani