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Immigration and Integration Issues in Canada Agenda

Immigration and Integration Issues in Canada
Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, 2005
Meeting and Lodging: Courtyard Toronto Downtown
475 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1X7
tel 416 924 0611 or 800 847 5075 fax 416 924 8692

Sponsored by: Migration Dialogue, with the support of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 Arrival in Toronto (Airport Code YYZ).
7:30-9:30PM Informal dinner, O'Grady's Tap and Grill, 518 Church St. at Maitland, 2 blocks from hotel (Meet at 7:25 in lobby to walk over, or come on your own).
Thursday, May 12, 2005 Background briefing, Courtyard University Room
6:30-9AM Breakfast

9AM Meeting, Courtyard University Room
Welcome and Introductions: Philip Martin, University of California, Davis and Jeffrey Reitz, University of Toronto

9:30AM Immigration and Integration in Canada, Jeffrey Reitz, University of Toronto

10:30AM Break

10:45AM Economic Effects of Immigration, Don J. Devortz, Simon Fraser University and Arthur Sweetman, Queens University

12:15PM Lunch

1:30PM Integration Issues, Chair: Jeffrey Reitz, University of Toronto
Asylum and refugees, Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto
Labor market issues, Ratna Omidvar, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

Race relations, community issues, Karen Mock, Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Debby Douglas, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Smart borders and security, Sara Wiebe, Borders Task Force, Privy Council Office

3PM Break

3:15PM Migration for Employment
Howard Greenberg, Greenberg Turner and Canadian Immigration Policy Council
Robin Seligman, OBA Citizenship and Immigration Section
Tanya Basok, University of Windsor

4:30PM Discussion

5PM Adjourn

7PM Reception and Dinner- Adega Restaurante, 33 Elm St, 416-977-4338
Friday, May 13, 2005 Field Trip: Toronto
6:30-8AM Breakfast
7:45AM Meet in lobby to depart for asylum hearings by subway (or 20 minute walk), Immigration and Refugee Board, 74 Victoria Street, Suite 400, Fred Romain, tel 416-973-2633 or Patricia Santangelo 416 973-9156

8:10AM Meet Lewis T. Chan, Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Jean-Pierre Lecours, Ontario Regional Director on the 2nd floor Courtroom 49, and then observe some of the hearings that begin at 8:30am

11:15AM Depart for Bank of Montreal to meet with the Employee Equity and Engagement and Asian Banking groups for lunch and to discuss the Bank's efforts to serve immigrants. 68th Floor, York & Strathcona Rooms (

2PM Depart by bus to Pacific Mall in Markham (bus waiting at Bay and Adelaide by BMO Meet with Chinese Canadian National Council at the Golden Regency restaurant for tea followed by tour. Tam Goossen, Urban Allaince on Race Relations, Eric Fong, University of Toronto, and Raymond Lam and Amy Lam, CCNC York Region

5PM Depart for hotel

7PM Bus departs hotel for The Host (Indian), 14 Prince Arthur Avenue, tel: (416)962-HOST (4678) Dinner with CIC Minister Joe Volpe

Saturday, May 14, 2005 Field Trip: Canada-US Border
6:30-8AM Breakfast
8AM Depart for Canada-US border at Niagara Falls

10AM Briefing and tour on smart borders, US Port of Entry, Jim Collingwood, tel 716-646-3414 (bus pulls into primary inspection lane, to be directed to parking space)

11:30AM Briefing and tour on smart borders, Canada Port of Entry (atrium room, Rainbow bridge), Graham Noseworthy, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency, tel 905-994-6000

1PM Lunch at Niagara Fallsview, Grand Buffet (open 10-3pm) 905-358-3255) followed by tour of falls area

3:30PM Chateau des Charmes winery, tour, tasting, and dicussion of the Mexico-Canada seasonalworker program with Paul Bosc, tel 905.262.4219

5PM Depart for Toronto, arrive 6:30pm

7:30PM Dinner at O'Grady's Tap and Grill, 518 Church St