The Atlantic Immigration Summit is an outcome-oriented event series designed to engage people across sectors for a provocative dialogue and exchange on immigration. The summits focus on innovative, practical, and actionable solutions to strengthen Atlantic Canada’s immigration system and improve economic performance with an emphasis on building inclusive communities.

Speakers and roundtable leaders are attending from across the province representing a range of backgrounds and experiences. A key component of this provincial event is sharing of best practices.

WHY ATTEND

  • Work on key immigration issues and learn best practices
  • Network with potential partners and collaborators
  • Gain insights on the programs and services available to help employers and immigrants
  • Access new approaches that will empower newcomers and better leverage their skills, talents, and connections in NS.
  • Learn what employers are looking for and how to find meaningful work in the Nova Scotia context
  • Contribute and bring your ideas to help shape recommendations to guide the policies, programs and strategies for the future

Keynote Speaker

Wadih M. Fares
Wadih M. Fares, C.M., P.Eng., FEC., D. Comm.
President & CEO WM Fares Group

Nova Scotia Agenda

Day One – Evening Alien Ballet

Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St., Halifax

6:30 PM

Welcome by Chair: Scott Belton, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region, TD Canada Trust

6:35 PM

Remarks by Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, O.N.B., Co-Founder and CEO, Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada

6:45 PM

Panel- Moderated by: Francis McGuire, President Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

  • Ann Divine, CEO, Ashanti Leadership & Professional Development Services
  • Vivek Sood, Executive Vice President, Related Businesses for Sobeys Inc.
  • The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Q.C., Minister of Immigration, MLA – Halifax Armdale
  • Regional Chief Morley Googoo, Assembly of First Nations NS/NL  
7:30 PM

Ballet ALIEN on the immigration experience

8:45 PM

Opening Reception for Summit Delegates

Day Two – Atlantic immigration Summit

Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road Halifax

8:00 AM

Registration/Light Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome by Co Chair: Scott Belton, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region, TD Canada Trust

8:35 AM

Remarks- The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Q.C., Minister of Immigration, MLA – Halifax Armdale

8:40 AM

Introduction of Keynote by Ali Massoudi, TD Canada Trust

8:45 AM

Keynote: Wadih M. Fares, C.M., P.ENG., FEC., D. COMM., President & CEO WM Fares Group

9:10 AM

Panel- Moderated by: Mayor Pam Mood, Town of Yarmouth

  • Sarah McInnes, Immigration and Labour & Employment lawyer, McInnes Cooper
  • Saeed El-Darahali, President and Chief Executive Officer, SimplyCast
  • Colleen Baxter, Vice President of Human Resources, J. D. Irving, Limited
  • Frank Anderson, Riverside Lobster International Inc.
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM

Themed Roundtables each hosted by a business/community leader and a newcomer

12:30 PM

Lunch and Trade Show Room

1:30 PM Remarks by Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
1:35 PM

Video

1:40 PM

Themed Roundtables continue

2:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM

Themed Roundtables: Actions

4:30 PM

Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

Speakers

Ann Divine
CEO, Ashanti Leadership & Professional Development Services
Scott Belton
Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region I TD Canada Trust
Colleen Baxter
Colleen Baxter
Vice President of Human Resources for J.D. Irving, Limited
Frank R. Anderson
Frank R. Anderson
Corporate Affairs Officer, Riverside Lobster International Inc.
Regional Chief Morley Googoo
Regional Chief Morley Googoo
Assembly of First Nations NS/NL
Vivek Sood
Executive Vice President, Related Businesses for Sobeys Inc.
Mayor Pam Mood
Mayor Pam Mood
Town of Yarmouth
Francis McGuire
Francis McGuire
President Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Sarah McInnes
Sarah McInnes
Immigration and Labour & Employment lawyer, McInnes Cooper
Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Founder and CEO Atlantic Ballet
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Atlantic Ballet
Saeed El-Darahali
Saeed El-Darahali
President and Chief Executive Officer, SimplyCast
The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Q.C.
The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Q.C.
Minister of Immigration, Ministre des affaires acadiennes et francophonie, MLA – Halifax Armdale

Roundtable Leaders

Ifeanyi Emesih
Founder of My Halifax Experience/My East Coast Experience Media and Publishing
Marie Chapman
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Emma Flynn
Immigration Recruitment Specialist, Shannex Incorporated
Patrick Sullivan
President and CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce
Emma Beukema
Emma Beukema
Director, Entrepreneurship at the Black Business Initiative
Azar Bitar
Azar Bitar
Branch Manager, TD Canada Trust
Sylvia Gawad
Sylvia Gawad
Newcomer Program Coordinator YWCA
Jennifer Gillivan
Jennifer Gillivan
President & CEO IWK Foundation
Matt Thomson
Matt Thomson
Co-Founder Placemaking 4G
Tina Murphy
Tina Murphy
Manager, Community Banking & Charitable Donations Atlantic Region TD Canada Trust
Margaret Chapman
Margaret Chapman, CMRP
Chief Operating Officer & Partner, Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Yulia Sultan-Shakh
Yulia Sultan-Shakh
Customer Experience Lead at Scotiabank
Karey Fleming
Karey Fleming
President of HealthWalks Inc, Podiatry Clinic and Shoe Store
Israel Ekanem
Israel Ekanem
Storyteller, Ubuntu Media
Max Al Aqel
Max Al Aqel
IMG Bridging Coordinator, Employment & Bridging Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Michelle Davey
Michelle Davey
Manager, Talent Acquisition Blueocean Contact Centers
Tatjana Zatezalo
Tatjana Zatezalo, MPA
Manager, Org. Effectiveness & Learning Human Resources Halifax
Louisa Esangbedo
Louisa Esangbedo
Legal Assistant, Sampson McPhee
Ian Cababasay
Ian Cababasay
Recruiter, Nova Scotia & PEI Bayshore Home Health
Carol M. Logan
Carol M. Logan CPHR
Director of Human Resources The Prince George Hotel / Cambridge Suites Hotel
Gabriela Piccott
Gabriela Piccott
LinkedIn Local Halifax Host
Tanja Matthews
Tanja Matthews
Supervising Team Lead, Pre-employment and Bridging, ISANS
Nevine Boghdady, IEHP
Bridging Program Coordinator & Skills Match client Specialist, ISANS
Aeshna Sripat
Aeshna Sripat
Consultant, Talent Acquisition, Scotiabank
Nke Umobong
Nke Umobong
Financial Advisor | TD Canada Trust
Faten Alshazly
Faten Alshazly
Principal & Chief Creative Officer, WeUsThem Inc.
Hisham Sleem
Founder & CEO IPS Inc., Founder & President ANCRNS
Omar Tag El-Din
Omar Tag El-Din
Program Lead, Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Cape Breton Partnership
Elder Koch
Elder Koch
International Student from Brazil / Student Assistant, NSCC International
Mai Alnabhan
WTPA Bridging Program Coordinator - Employment & Bridging - ISANS
Hind Nihal Eloukkal
Hind Nihal Eloukkal
Organizational Effectiveness Specialist Marine Atlantic
Alfred Poirier
Alfred Poirier
Deputy Warden, Municipality of the County of Inverness
Shirin MalekAhmadi
Ramya Rangalle, CPHR
Ramya Rangalle, CPHR
Human Resource Manager, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Cynthia Dorrington
Cynthia Dorrington
President, Vale & Associates Human Resource Management and Consulting Inc.
Jennifer Watts
Jennifer Watts
CEO, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Mark Fraser
Mark Fraser
Executive Vice President, T4G Limited
Rafah Saoud, PMP
Rafah Saoud, PMP
Facility Rentals Coordinator, Pier 21
Aleksandra Niedzwiecka
Aleksandra Niedzwiecka
Employment Specialist, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Olufemi Adesina
Olufemi Adesina
Duty Manager, Travelodge by Wyndham
Susan Wilson
Susan Wilson
Director of Immigration for J.D. Irving, Limited
Wendy Luther
Wendy Luther
President & CEO / Président EduNova Co-operative Ltd.
Robyn Webb
Robyn Webb
Labour Market Development and Executive Director, National Connector Program
Liesl Mulholland
Liesl Mulholland
International Trade Consultant
Heather Austin-Coulombe
Heather Austin-Coulombe
Operator/Co-owner The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market
Mark Labib
Mark Labib
Personal Banking Associate,TD Canada Trust
Chiedza Caroline Chigumba
Chiedza Caroline Chigumba
Executive Search Coordinator
Sonia Menendez
Sonia Menendez
President of Virtual Management Group (VMG)
Aristidis Psaltidis Hernandez
Aristidis Psaltidis Hernandez
Retention Coordinator, EduNova Co-operative Ltd.
Klea Jokic
Klea Jokic
Business Partner, Training First Consulting
Karen Iwanu Mutyabule
Karen Iwanu Mutyabule
Bachelor of Commerce Candidate 2019
Mohammad Al Masalma
Mohammad Al Masalma
Coordinator of the Youth Support Program, ISANS, and Owner, Mosy Photography
Sam Soni
Sam Soni
Teaching Faculty, Nova Scotia Community College
Patrick Adekunle Adeyemi
Patrick Adekunle Adeyemi
Freelance Software Developer and Graduate Student, Sobey School of Business
Ifeoma Esonwune
Ifeoma Esonwune
Founder/CEO Network for the Empowerment of Women Halifax Owner/Lead Event Manager, Matella Event Concepts
Tinaye K Manyimo (T.K)
Tinaye K Manyimo (T.K)
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Shumba Consulting
Ümran Büge
Ümran Büge
Classical Archaeologist, Volunteer at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Yoga Instructor.
Evgeny Chudaev
Evgeny Chudaev
Sr. Information Analyst, Government of Nova Scotia
Samuel Ayanlaja
Samuel Ayanlaja
Senior Consultant, CGI Inc
Vishal Bhardwaj
Vishal Bhardwaj
Board Member Nova Scotia Human Rights, President & founder of Nova Multifest Society, Quality Manager, Andrtiz
Claudina Whisken
Claudina Whisken
Managing Director, Elemental Talent Assessment Centre and PDA International Canada
Majid Nasirinejad
Majid Nasirinejad
Founder & CEO of Deprolabs Technology
Shonda Ingalls
Shonda Ingalls
Director HR Operations, Retail Atlantic, Sobeys Inc.
Deirdre Evans
Deirdre Evans
Faculty NSCC
Sam Elgebeily
Sam Elgebeily
Franchisee of Mezza Lebanese Kitchen
Lola Agbaje-Williams
Lola Agbaje-Williams
Internationally trained IP Lawyer, Legal Assistant at BOYNECLARKE LLP
Jo Kostin
Jo Kostin
HR Management Program graduate
Issmat Al-Akhali
Issmat Al-Akhali
President and CEO, Blacksheep Project Management Inc.
Oluronke Taiwo BSc, MSc, BSW, MSW, RSW
Oluronke Taiwo BSc, MSc, BSW, MSW, RSW
Black Student Advisor Dalhousie University
Sumith Chandratilleke
Sumith Chandratilleke
IT Security Specialist
Samir Upadhyay
Samir Upadhyay
Outreach Settlement Staff, YREACH Program
Grace Ingabire
Grace Ingabire
Management and Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations student
Daniel Li
Daniel Li
Systems Administrator, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Mo Li (Skyler)
Mo Li (Skyler)
Heritage Interpreter, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Committee:

Scott Belton | Senior Vice President Atlantic Region-TD Canada Trust

Don Bureaux | NSCC -CEO & President

Jennifer Gillivan | IWK Foundation -CEO

Marie Chapman | Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Don Mills | Corporate Research Associates Inc. -Chairman & CEO

Ali Massoudi | TD -VP Commercial – Atlantic Region

John Rogers | Halifax Partnership -President & CEO

Saeed El-Darahali | Simply Cast -President and CEO

Sylvia Gawad | Project 360, Piece of the East

Azar Bitar | Branch Manager, TD Canada Trust

Stephanie Tennant TDCT | Senior Manager, Branch Banking Region Support| Atlantic Region

Emma Beaukema | Manager of Business Development for the Black Business Initiative

Scott McCain | President JSM Capital Corporation 

Trevor Georgie | President and GM Saint John Sea Dogs

Patrick Sullivan | President and CEO Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Watts | ISANS CEO 

Nancy Conrad | Senior Vice President, Policy, Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Tina Murphy | Manager, Community Banking & Charitable Donations, Atlantic Region TD Canada Trust

Ifeanyi Emesih  | Founder and publisher of My Halifax Experience-My East Coast Experience Media and Publishing

Omar Tag El-Din | AIP & Immigration Lead - Cape Breton Partnership

Kathleen MacLeod | Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator - Cape Breton Partnership

Trina Samson | Immigrant Settlement Staff - YReach Settlement Program

Sohaila Abdo | Manager - Cape Breton Island Center for Immigration (CBICI)

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