Canadian Connections Summit

Sponsored by

Connecting People & Places to Drive Newcomer Success

June 14 & 21, 2023

Register for FREE and attend online from anywhere in the world.

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Who Should Attend?

The Canadian Connections Summit is a must-attend event if you have applied to immigrate or have recently arrived in Canada and have one of the following documents: 

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invitation to obtain pre-arrival services
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • Passport request letter that indicates Permanent
    Resident visa issuance
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) request that an applicant for permanent
    residence complete a medical exam
  • Single Entry Permanent Resident Visa
  • Permanent Resident Visa pick up notification letter.

Day One Starts:


Wednesday, June 14, 2023

An Overview of Canada's Labour Market

Rebekah Young

Head of Inclusion and Resilience Economics, Scotiabank

Stephanie Santos

        Project Coordinator,          Pre Arrival Canada

Learn what Canada’s short-term economic and labour market forecast means for newcomer job prospects. You’ll also get “how-to” tips to help you prepare to join the Canadian workforce. 

This session will:

Connect with our Exhibitors

Speak directly with employment service providers who can guide your job search activities, direct you to relevant resources, and answer your specific questions about working in Canada.

Day Two Starts:


Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Evaluating Landing City Options

Patrick Perrier

Director of Forecasting, Scotiabank

Cameron Moser

Director, Service & Program Development, ACCES Employment

Nausheen Ali

Director, Workforce Development & Attraction, IGNITE

Understand the correlation between employment opportunities, housing, and settlement support service availability so you can make smarter landing city decisions. You’ll get tips to prepare for arrival in your chosen city, and who to connect with after you’ve arrived.

This session will:

Connect with our Exhibitors

Connect with pre- and post-arrival service providers who can guide your settlement, housing, and financial first steps. You can also speak to representatives from newcomer support agencies from cities across Canada.


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Settlement & Employment Services


Banking & Insurance

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¹ Scotiabank StartRight Program, created for Canadian Permanent residents from 0–3 years in Canada, International Students and Foreign Workers

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Acces Employment provides re-arrival support and resources to jobseekers and entrepreneurs who have been approved to move to Canada or have obtained legal status to work in Canada. Our Canadian Employment Connections program can help you prepare for your job search before you land. If you’d like to explore how to start your own business in Canada, we can support you with our Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival program.


Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, BCCA-Integrating Newcomers is the only Canada-wide, construction-focused, pre-arrival service that offers one-on-one coaching for immigrating Canadian Permanent Residents. The team supports clients heading to any city, province, or territory. While you are still in your home country, you will be mentored on job hunting and how to build your ‘Canadian experience’ faster. Services are delivered online and at your own pace. The team has strong partnerships with construction associations, credential/licensing authorities, employers and free settlement service providers across the country. We will help you build your connections and career before you land in Canada!

(ERIEC) is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that welcomes immigrants and ensures they participate in the economy to their full potential. We match professional newcomers with local business leaders under one of our two program streams: Career Mentorship Program or Career Networking Program.

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The Regina Open Door Society is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina.

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Saskatoon Open Door Society helps newcomers get settled in Canada and in Saskatoon. It offers programs in the following areas: settlement and employment services, language training and translation services, family, youth and childcare services, community programs and events, local engagement and volunteering.

The Edmonton Settlement Sector Zonal Outreach initiative aims to connect higher numbers of newcomers in every zone to Anglophone/Francophone settlement services in Edmonton in a client-centered manner.Edmonton’s Zonal Outreach Strategy is intended to guide the sector in understanding the trends in newcomers’ access to settlement services locally. By capturing data on these trends, Zone Outreach SPOs can respond proactively to address barriers and work towards increasing newcomers’ access to services. Newcomers will be aware of settlement services available in their communities and are supported in their integration into Canadian society.

ignite Fredericton attracts and welcomes new immigrants from around the world into the Fredericton, New Brunswick community. Newcomers are supported by a network of organizations that offer employment services, language training, settlement services, and business support.

The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is an online and in-person resource centre that helps newcomers to Canada find the information they need to get a job, explore careers or start a business. All of our services and resources are free and are created by staff at Vancouver Public Library.

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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) works to improve the employability of visible minority women in Windsor. We are committed to meeting the employment skills development needs of visible minority and newcomer womens. Our programs and services address individual and group needs to enhance employability and self-sufficiency.

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Peel Multicultural Council provides settlement and integration services to newcomers to Canada. Our services include English classes (LINC, ESL-Home based business), Enhanced Language Training, Job Search Workshops, Newcomer Settlement Program, Community Connections for adults and youth, Oath services and many more.

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DIVERSEcity, based in Surrey, BC can assist you to build the life you want in Canada. Our experienced team of immigrant settlement workers, employment specialists and counsellors can work with you to identify your goals, determine your settlement and career needs, and help you use your strengths to build a future here in Canada.

Next Stop Canada is an online, pre-arrival settlement service funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. We offer youth and adult immigrants (ages 12+) personalized information, one-on-one support and settlement resources to help you prepare for life in Canada.

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Immigrant Services Calgary offers many services to ensure families and individuals have the support needed to successfully begin a new chapter of their lives in Canada. We can help you learn about daily life in Canada, prepare for the Calgary job market, assess your English language skills, and more!

We help immigrants prepare for their move, settlement and employment in Canada. Planning for Canada offers FREE orientation services online (worldwide) and in-person (in India and the Philippines). Our live, interactive, and personalized services provide the information you need to better prepare for life and work in Canada. Since 2007, we have served more than 63,000 clients from 111 countries.

The Pre-Arrival Canada Portal is a centralized registration portal that facilitates access to multiple government funded pre-arrival programs and services. Clients are able to browse and register for free pre-arrival services to get help before arriving in Canada. These services offer support with settlement and employment needs connecting individuals with the appropriate information and resources they need in order to successfully settle in Canada.

The YMCA Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) is a welcoming place for immigrants to start their new lives in Canada. Our program ensures that you receive relevant information to make informed decisions and achieve your personal settlement goals. The services are available online.

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The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a first stop for all newcomers to Canada. We provide free information and referral services to help you settle and thrive in your new life in Ottawa.

The Immigrant Centre has served newcomers in Manitoba for more than seven decades. Our programs for newcomers include settlement and employment services, verification of translations, and rural settlement support. Newcomers can also register for English conversation circles, citizenship classes, and workshops to prepare for the driver’s knowledge test.

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Mainstreet Equity Corp. currently owns and manages rental properties exclusively throughout Western Canada, including larger portfolios in the Calgary area, Edmonton area, Lower Mainland BC, Regina, and Saskatoon, with additional buildings in Kamloops, Lethbridge, Vancouver Island, Vernon and Winnipeg.

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Rentals for Newcomers helps you to make an easier transition to life in Canada when it comes to finding rental housing! We connect you with the landlords who want to help you with your housing needs.

aha insurance is the broker of choice for Prepare for Canada to provide competivite rates on the insurance coverage you need in minutes. Looking for travel medical health or renters insurance? Connect with aha.

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Rebekah Young

Head of Inclusion and Resilience Economics Scotiabank

Rebekah Young provides thought leadership on inclusive economic growth that ensures higher productivity gains translate into improvements in well-being that are shared broadly across society. She also promotes resilience such that households, firms, and the broader economy, adapt and thrive in an evolving global context. Her work underpins key Scotiabank priorities including Net-Zero Pathway and ScotiaRISE commitments. Rebekah joined Scotiabank in 2019 as Director, Fiscal & Provincial Economics, leading our work on provincial and federal economic and fiscal forecasts, public policy issues and the global auto sector. She holds a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics in London, England, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and Singapore.

Stephanie Santos

Project Coordinator Pre Arrival Canada

Stephanie has worked in the pre-arrival sector for over four years and has experience working with newcomers and their families to support their integration and settlement in Canada before they arrive. Her post-graduate studies focused on psychology, as well as immigration and settlement.

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Patrick Perrier

Director of Forecasting, Scotiabank

Patrick Perrier joined Scotiabank in November 2022 as Director of Forecasting. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Patrick held various positions at the Bank of Canada, Quebec’s Department of Finance, Finance Canada, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. During his career, he has worked extensively on macroeconomic research, modelling and forecasting. He also worked on assessing economic impacts from changes in macroeconomic and climate change policies. Patrick holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from Université de Montréal.

Cameron Moser

Director of Service and Program Development ACCES Employment

Cameron Moser has been working for over a decade to foster successful settlement journeys for newcomers to Canada. He supports the ongoing growth of employment programs that accelerate the labour market integration of highly skilled immigrants, including pre-and post-arrival employment programs, programs for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals, programs for bilingual Francophone newcomers and career pathways programs for individuals making career transitions.

Nausheen Ali

Director, Workforce Development and Attraction, IGNITE

Being a recent immigrant herself, Nausheen has first hand experience of settling in Fredericton as a newcomer. Nausheen and her family chose Fredericton as their home, based on the various opportunities for work and business that Fredericton boasts, and she has never looked back since. She would be happy to tell you about the quality of lifestyle, the opportunities for education, employment and business, support mechanism available for newcomers through various settlement agencies, and cultural elements of life in this capital town of New Brunswick.