Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-conference sessions  Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration, at the Sheraton Wall Centre, will be available starting at 7am on Wednesday March 23rd



Over the past five years, the Metropolis pre-conference day on Francophone Immigration to Canada has been particularly successful in tackling the barriers faced by francophone minority communities. Over the years, four factors seem essential to the successful integration of francophone newcomers in minority situation: access to settlement services in French from the time of arrival, integration initiatives in schools, rapid insertion into the labour market and flexible language training. This event will highlight findings and propose policy and program strategies within these four themes.

Junior Ballroom CD, Level – North Tower
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
March 23rd 2011

8:45 – 9:00 Opening Address
Julie Boyer, Metropolis Project

Margaret MacDiarmid, British Columbia Minister Responsible for Francophone affairs

9:00 – 10:00 Plenary Session 1: Access to French-language Services: A key Ingredient in Establishment of Francophone Newcomers.

 What is the government’s role in the provision of French-language services to encourage the establishment of Francophone newcomers? What is the role of non government organizations in the provision of French language services? How can the Anglophone majority encourage the establishment of Francophone newcomers?

- Guy Jourdain, Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie
- Stephan Virtue, Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development
- Cécile Barbier, Agence francophone pour l’accueil des immigrants (B.C.)
- Mohammed Brihmi, Contact Interculturel Francophone de Sudbury

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:15 Plenary Session 2: Schools as a Vector for Integration

 Educational institutions are often a vector of integration and vitality for Francophone newcomers.  How can our educational institutions increase this role and thus create a sense of belonging and pride for the entire linguistic community?  Could schools be a new partner to consider in Canada’s immigration continuum?
- Hélène Asselin et Éric Jenkins, Heritage Canada
- Marianne Jacquet, Simon Fraser University
- Gabriel Osson, Ontario Ministry of Education
- Alain Laberge, Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
- Frederic Nzeyimana, Regroupement ethnoculturels des parents francophones de l’Ontario

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Question period

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 Keynote address - Marie-France Kenny, President, Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada

1:45 – 2:45 Plenary Session 3: Economic Development

 What role does economic development play in the integration of newcomers into Canada’s Francophone communities? What effect does newcomer integration have on the economic development of Francophone communities? What role should public policy play in encouraging the economic integration of newcomers while also contributing to the vitality of the country’s Francophone communities?

- Marielle Beaulieu, Consortium National de formation en  Santé
- Fred Dufresne, Heritage Canada
- Darron Taylor, Assemblée Communautaire Fransaskoise
- Karim Hajouji, Centre communautaire la Boussole (C.-B.) 
- Brigitte Léger,  Agence nationale et internationale du Manitoba
- Karine Morin, Réseau national de développement économique et  d’employabilité francophone

2:45 – 3:00  Break

3:00 – 4:00  Plenary Session 4: Language Training

What language training services are required to guarantee the successful integration of Francophone newcomers in Canada? At what point should English-language instruction be included in the process of Francophone newcomer establishment and adaptation?

- Yves Saint-Germain, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- Cécile Sabatier, Simon Fraser University
- Jean-Pierre Cantin, Boréal College (Ontario)
- Élissa Beaulieu, Centre For Canadian Language Benchmarks

4:00 – 4:45  Question Period

4:45 – 5:00 Closing comments and invitation to start of Conference
Julie Boyer, Metropolis Project

Labour Market Integration of Immigrants: Overcoming Barriers Through Partnership

The second annual Metropolis pre-conference session on Foreign Credential Recognition will focus on the key role of partnerships in reducing barriers to foreign credential recognition and labour market integration. Presenters will discuss the progress and lessons learned during the first phase of implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications and highlight the work being undertaken with the next tranche of priority occupations. Innovative initiatives that have emerged from cross-sectoral partnerships will also be presented and discussed.

Pavilion Ballroom CD, Level 3 – North Tower
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
March 23, 2011

Sponsored by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office

9:00 – 9:20  Welcome and Opening Remarks

• Corinne Prince-St-Amand, Director General, Foreign Credentials Referral Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

• Shannon Baskerville, Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration and Multiculturalism Division, Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development, British Columbia

9:20 – 10:00  Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications -  An Overview of the FQR Framework’s Consultation Findings,    Progress to Date and Next Steps

• Naomi Alboim, Maytree Foundation Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Question and Answer Session

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30 –12:00  Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications (continued) - Implementing the FQR Framework: Perspectives from National Associations – A Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Margot Morrish, Director, Immigration and Multiculturalism Division, Manitoba Labour and Immigration

• Laurel Brunke, CEO of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

• Marshall Moleschi, Registrar, College of Pharmacists of British Columbia and Director of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA)

• Fleur-Ange Lefebvre,  Executive Director and CEO of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC)

• Elizabeth Steggles, National Project Manager, Occupational Therapy Examination and Practice Preparation (OTepp) Project and Assistant Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University

Question and Answer Session

12:00-1:15 Lunch 

1:15-2:15  Keynote Address - Dr. Roslyn Kunin, Senior Fellow and Director of the British Columbia Office, Canada West Foundation

2:15-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15  Immigrant Integration and the Importance of Partnerships – A Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Deb Zehr, Executive Director, Immigrant Integration and Multiculturalism Branch, Ministry of Regional and Economic Skills Development, British Columbia

• Monica Kay, Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Program, City of Vancouver

• Mengistab Tsegaye, Executive Director, LASI-World Skills

• Dianne Fehr, Executive Director, Immigrant Access Fund

• Dr. Sylvie Albert, Associate Professor, Laurentian University and Director, Professions North/Nord

4:15-4:30 Closing Remarks
Corinne Prince-St-Amand, Director General, Foreign Credentials Referral Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada


Resilience is the ability to face unexpected and tragic events or sustained adversity, and recover as quickly as possible from the experiences or come out of them stronger than before. What makes individuals, groups and communities resilient to adverse conditions such as natural or human-made disasters, socioeconomic disadvantages, and racism? Why do some groups, individuals and communities appear to be more resilient than others? What can governments and communities do to promote resilience? How do we measure resilience? How do we know what effects government policies or community initiatives have on the resilience of individuals and groups? This preconference event, sponsored and organized by Public Safety Canada, investigates the questions from a multidisciplinary approach by inviting distinguished speakers from Canada and abroad to share ideas. Speakers will discuss the characteristics of resilient communities and individuals that can respond effectively to challenges - particularly disasters, social marginalization/isolation and violent extremist ideologies. The workshop will conclude with a discussion on policy implications.

Junior Ballroom AB, Level 3 – North Tower
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
March 23rd, 2011

* Sponsored by Public Safety Canada

8:15 – 8:30 Opening Remarks
Graham Flack, Associate Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada

8:30-10:00 Panel Session I – Resilience to High-impact disruptive Events

This session will explore the factors and dynamics that enhance the capacity of communities to prevent, respond to, and recover from disasters in an increasingly diverse population.

• Lise Anne Pierce, British Columbia Disaster Management Program, Canadian Red Cross 
• Heather Lyle, British Columbia Emergency Management Program, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
• Patricia Longstaff, Oxford University and Syracuse University

10:00-10:30 Break 

10:30-12:00 Panel Session II – Sociology and the Psychology of Community Resilience 

This second panel will examine how communities can be made more resilient to gradual and sustained adverse change such as crime, social discrimination, economic disadvantage, etc.

• Michèle Lamont, Sociology, Harvard University (videoconference)
• Caroline Tait, Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan
• Michael Ungar, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University

12:00-1:00 Lunch  

1:00-2:30 Panel Session III – Resilience to Violent Extremism  

This third panel discusses the strengths and vulnerabilities that affect communities’ resilience to violent extremism in the context of global political, economic and social change. 

• Omar Ashour, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
• Larisa Galadza, National Security Policy Division, Public Safety Canada
• Rima Berns-McGown, Centre for Diaspora and International Studies, University of Toronto

2:30-3:00 Break 

2:30-4:00 Panel Session IV – Measurement, Assessment and Policy Implications

This fourth panel will consider cross-cutting links between the first three sessions and discusses measurement frameworks of community resilience, and broad policy options moving forward.

• Brett Kubicek, Research and Academic Relations, Public Safety Canada
• Ron Levi, George Ignatieff Chair in Peace and Conflict, University of Toronto
• Robin Cox, Justice Institute of British Columbia and Royal Roads University

4:00  Closing Remarks

Immigration Levels and Labour Supply Forecasting

As the Canadian and provincial economies recover from the recent global economic downturn, interest in forecasting labour markets and international migration has grown along with the expectation that tight labour markets will be the norm. Labour market forecasts are being used to inform decisions on what is the right level of immigration to Canada and its provinces and territories, as well as to inform policies and programs on what types/levels of skills and occupations are required. Forecasts are also used to contribute to the policy discussion about what is the right mix between economic class migrants and other migrants, and on what criteria/process economic class migrants should best be selected. Presenters will describe the types of data required to forecast immigration supply and the potential gaps in data sets. Provincial representatives will present their forecasting models and highlight how to include immigrants into permanent and temporary projections. This session will be very interactive and audience participants are strongly encouraged to participate.

Pavilion Ballroom AB, Level 3 - North Tower
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
23 mars 2011

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Why is it important to account for immigration in labour market forecasting?
Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development, British Columbia

9:30-10:30 Panel Session I – Immigrant Labour Supply

A panel of experts will provide an overview of the role immigrant supply plays in labour market information as well as what other factors come into play when forecasting labour market availability.  The panel will also explore difficulties in accounting for interprovincial movement of immigrant labour.

• Martha Justus, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
• Andaleeb Qayyum, Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
• Michael Lam, Program Director, Employment Services, SUCCESS

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Panel Session II – Levels Setting

The second panel will discuss how immigration levels are set to respond to federal and provincial labour market needs.  New approaches in multi-year levels planning will be explored and questions about the absorptive capacity of increased immigration levels will be debated.

• James McNamee, Citizenship and immigration Canada
• Tony Fang, York University
• Nong Zhu, INRS-Centre Urbanisation Culture Société (TBC)

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Panel Session III - Provincial Labour Market Models: Best Practices and Lessons    Learned

Following a break for lunch, discussions will switch focus to best practices and lessons learned from provincial labour market forecasts.  How are provinces attempting to capture immigration supply in their labour market forecasting models?

• Gilles Bérubé, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
• Kerry Young, Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development, British Columbia

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Panel Session III (Continued)

• André Grenier, Ministère de l'Emploi et de la solidarité sociale, Québec
• Ray Gormley, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario (TBC)

3:30  Closing Remarks