Pathways to Prosperity 2023 National Conference Hits All-Time High

More than 1000 participants gathered in person and virtually at the Pathways to Prosperity 2023 National Conference.

PowerPoint presentations from the conference plenaries, workshops, and roundtables, where available, are now posted on the virtual conference platform, which remains open to all registered attendees. Recordings from the plenaries, keynotes and special addresses, and virtual sessions will be available soon.


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On November 20-22, 2023, the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership held its 11th Annual National Conference – Exploring Innovation in Immigration and Settlement in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities of New Geographies, Modes, and Levels of Immigration. More than 700 service providers, LIPs and RIF, government representatives, researchers, and other interested parties from across the country were in attendance in person, with an additional 350 attending virtually.


Feedback on the Conference

The feedback received on both the main P2P National Conference and on the P2P Conference for Local Immigration Partnerships and Réseaux en immigration francophone is overwhelmingly positive.

Overall ratings of the events ranged from 5.6 to 5.8 on a 7-point scale, with attendees especially appreciating the diversity of sessions and formats, and the special guest speakers. When asked if they would attend future Pathways to Prosperity Conferences, the response from attendees was a definitive YES. It was also clear that the hybrid format was highly valued by those who could not attend in person, and will continue to attract future attendance.

Comments included:

  • Best P2P Conference yet. The sessions, including keynotes, workshops, roundtables, and addresses were all excellent. The poster session was great this year with lots of interest. I really enjoyed the friendliness of the conference and how you were intentionally inclusive. P2P is a leader in the sector.
  • Great line up and variety of speakers, from government to front-line service providers, scholars/researchers and writers. This brings a wider perspective and helps connect social realities with policy making and issues faced by immigrants. Thank you!
  • Its my first time of attending the conference and I will attend again and again. There were so many information I got directly from the source.
  • Thank you P2P for all the work you do. Everyone at my agency fully enjoyed the conference and learned so much. This is the best conference for our sector in the country.
  • Great organization of the conference and was extremely helpful for connecting with others in the sector and learning more about the many iterations of supporting newcomers in Canada.
  • I loved the platform for navigating the conference! Since I started working in the immigration field 8 years ago, I have been sharing with my colleagues the quality of discussions and learning thanks to VVP-P2P!! I hope to be able to participate next year as a panelist and share community opportunities to better serve our future arrivals. I have been working on pre-arrival services since 2015. Thank you very much!
  • Thank you for hosting the two days and all the work that went into it. In total honesty I was hesitant to take time away during CFP and my heavy workload but I am so glad I did. The two days left me excited and wanting more as well as with new ideas for partnerships.
  • Thank you P2P. We cannot afford to send all our staff in person so virtual makes us feel like we are still included.


Poster Awards

On Monday evening, a poster presentation and evening reception was held to showcase 38 in-person poster presentations. Additionally, 12 posters were presented virtually. Among the many excellent poster presentations, congratulations to the following in-person poster award winners:

  • TIED FOR FIRST PLACE – Carolyn Amantea & Desneiges Profili, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
    Leveraging Connections: Building Resilience Through Literacy, Settlement and Community Development
  • TIED FOR FIRST PLACE – Farah Khattab, Noha Zaher, Honey Uppal & Addis-Flore Iruhiriye, YMCA of the National Capital Region
    WESO: Wired Evaluating Settlement Online – Improving Hybrid Service Delivery for the Settlement Sector
  • SECOND PLACE – Hakan Ulas Özdemir, Thomas Reydellet, Nangyalai Tanai & Sergio Vazquez Carbajal, Operation Ukrainian Safe Haven
    Leveraging Data to Support Displaced Ukrainians in Canada
  • TIED FOR THIRD PLACE – Yollande Dweme M. Pitta, Denis Ahué & Ramatoulaye Diallo, COPA National
    Soutenir les jeunes nouveaux arrivants et leur intégration sociale et scolaire
  • TIED FOR THIRD PLACE – Jeremy Staples & Ginger Grant, Humber College
    Measuring the Impact of 21st Century Skills Experiential Learning on Internationally Trained Professionals’ (ITPs) Workplace Readiness and Integration



As has become a P2P tradition, this year’s conference included gamification activities and prizes. Congratulations to the following winners, who received the top points in the in-person and virtual categories:

In-person Attendees:

  1. Sugun Kaura, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS)
  2. Punam Dalal, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Virtual Attendees:

  1. Daniela Varas, New Canadians TV Network
  2. Stefanie Palmer, Moose Jaw Multicultural Council Inc.


Thank you

We would like to thank all special guests, presenters, chairs, and facilitators who worked so hard to ensure that the conference was a success. We also thank the conference planning committees for organizing an amazing 3-day set of activities.

We would like to thank the 25 exhibitors and we thank our sponsors for their support:

  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • COPA National
  • Diversity Institute
  • Future Skills Centre
  • New Canadians
  • Pre Arrival Canada Program – YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • Stepped Care Solutions – Wellness Together Canada
  • Windmill Microlending
  • World Education Services

Of course, the conference would not have been possible without the generous support of our main funder – Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


Conference PowerPoints and Recordings, Posters and Exhibitors

PowerPoint presentations from the plenary sessions, workshops, and roundtables, where available, are now posted on the virtual platform, which remains open to all registered attendees. All posters and exhibitor booths are also available on the platform. Recordings from the plenaries, keynotes and special addresses, and virtual sessions will be available soon.

Click here to access the virtual conference platform

Click here to access the Conference Website