Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Canada Centre

101 Diefenbaker Place

Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5


View Map

Event description


~~~ check our Eventbrite site for the most up-to-date details of this event ~~~


SPEAKER: Various: See below:

DATE: Friday, 9 March 2018

TIME: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

PLACE: Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Canada Centre, University of Saskatchewan

This is a free event, open to the public, but you must pre-register.

CIC-Saskatoon hosts its first all-day event in well over a decade, this one an examination of Canada’s immigration and refugee policy. We hope you can join us for the event.

Immigration is recognized by most as being crucial for a growing economy. Many people regard refugee resettlement as an international human rights issue, an important part of what makes Canada stand tall in the world. Governments put a great deal of thought and consideration into “how many people to let in?”, “who do we let in?”, and ”how should we help people who come in?”. Thousands of hours of effort are put in by resettlement agencies and individuals to help people who arrive here to get on their feet and become connected to the community.

But regions are very different. Saskatoon – and similar and smaller cities – have special circumstances, unique to their economies, and infrastructure aspects different from the major centres. What are the challenges to resettlement in a place like Saskatoon, and what are our special talents? How can we do a better job at resettlement, and what can we teach other locations? Join us for a series of discussions with local experts and stakeholders as we examine made-in-Saskatchewan practices we need for immigration success. We welcome your voice in these discussions.

Speakers at this event include:

Ali Akubar - Saskatoon Open Door Society, a comprehensive immigrant and refugee settlement agency

Alan Anderson - Saskatoon Open Door Society, Global Gathering Place, Saskatoon Refugee Coalition

Charlie Clark - Mayor of Saskatoon

Joe Garcea - Professor of Political Studies, researcher on immigrant integration in Saskatoon

Rob Norris - Senior Strategist for Partnerships, U of S, and a past Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration in the Government of Saskatchewan

Melanie Baerg - Global Gathering Place, an active immigrant and refugee settlement agency

Bill Rafoss - Chair of the National Board of Amnesty International – Canada

Asit Sarkar - President of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.

Helen Smith-McIntyre - chair, Saskatoon Refugee Coalition and Saskatoon branch of Amnesty International-Canada

and others as we approach March 9

At three weeks before the event, we were already more than half sold out. If such an event is of interest to you, please pre-register.

We hope that you can join us.

The Canadian International Council wishes to thank all for their support of this event, including:

Carin Holroyd – Ken Coates – Peter Phillips

Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Diefenbaker Canada Centre





9:00 Introduction/Overview

9:15 Session 1: Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy

(policy objectives and rationale behind the expansion in annual target and their components)

Plenary address and discussants

10:30 Break

10:45 Session 2: Misconceptions and Challenges in Immigration and Refugee Policy

(views on objectives and challenges of implementation at our community levels)

Panel discussion

12:00 Lunch Break

With keynote speech "Immigration and the City's Future" from Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark

13:15 Session 3: SettleImplementing Canadian Immigration/Refugee Policy: Strategic Issues

(implementing Canadian immigration/refugee policy: views from stakeholders)

Panel discussion

14:30 Break

14:45 Session 4: Charting An Immigration Policy Success Path for Saskatchewan

Panel discussion

16:00 Conclusion/Review

Share with friends

Date and Time


Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Canada Centre

101 Diefenbaker Place

Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5


View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved