05 June 2018. 9:15 am to 5:00 pm.
Full auditorium at Ralph Thornton Community Centre.

765 Queen Street East, Toronto.

Researchers, Community Leaders, Policy makers and immigrants themselves!
Refugee settlement, Local immigration partnerships, Sanctuary cities, Testimonials from resilient immigrants.

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The event is Free and lunch will be provided to attendants.

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About Event

Join us to learn about cutting-edge immigration and settlement research. “Newcomers, Resilience and Settlement: Knowledge Exchange” will showcase settlement practices that promote newcomers’ resilience in Quebec and Ontario cities from the perspectives of policy makers, researchers and community leaders. This event is organized by the Building Migrant Resilience in Cities partnership(BMRC), a community-academic collaboration funded by SSHRC.


What did we learn from settling privately sponsored and government assisted refugees? Moving forward!

  • What is the difference between the unique supports needed for privately sponsored vs government assisted refugees?
  • What works and what helps people work across silos?
  • How will the Syrian operation change how we do things for other refugee groups?

Meet our speakers who will make this session an unforgettable knowledge exchange experience.

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Michaela Hynie

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Refugee Studies-York University


Chedly belkhodja

Principal and Professor, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University



Executive Director of COSTI


Impacts of LIPS for planning Immigrant Integration-The reality and the aspirations

  • What are the impacts of LIPS on settlement and integration?
  • What are the things that we know that work?
  • What other things people have tried and what can we learn from each other?
  • What can we learn from the models in Quebec?

LIPS are local immigration partnerships and they play an important role in the settlement sector. Join us to learn the latest on their practices and reflection.

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Richard Lecours



Margaret Walton-Roberts

Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs


Sudip Minhas

Executive Director WWWWIW


Gabrielle Désilets

Postdoctorante à l’Université Concordia et gestionnaire de projet pour les réseaux montréalais et québécois du partenariat CRSH Immigration et résilience en milieu urbain


Paulina Wyrzykowski

Director (Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership Project St. Stephen's Community House)


Sanctuary cities: what are they good for?

What is our experience of Sanctuary cities?

What can we learn from it?

What does is it mean for Canada in the current geopolitical context?

In this panel, we have invited Stephan Reichhold from TCRI in Montreal. He will be commenting on the impact of recent asylum seekers in Montreal.

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Macdonald Scott

Immigration Consultant and No One Is Illegal


Idil Atak

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Ryerson University


Jenna L. Hennebry

Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University. Director, International Migration Research Centre


Francisco Rico-Martinez

Co-director-FCJ Refugee Centre


Stephan Reichhold

Directeur de la Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI)


Stories of resilience-Newcomers reactions

Jelena Zikic is leading a research on the concept of individual resilience. She is analyzing the paths of some of the immigrants who received the RBC successful immigrants awards to see what they have in common and what differentiates them.

We have invited some of these immigrants to come and tell us their stories of immigrating and settling in Canada. The conversations in this panel will help the audience stay grounded on the actual experiences that the settlement sector intends to create.

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Jelena Zikic

Associate Professor, York University


Maziar Heidari, Lorelei and Rosalind Silverman

Three recipients of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants award.


Acknowledgement: The planning committee of this event was led  by Naolo Charles, Knowledge Broker at York University.