Media Advisory - Forum on Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Canada: Detailed Program

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada wishes to share the details of the program of the Forum on Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Canada that will be hosted by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, on December 1, 2015, at 9 a.m. at Rideau Hall.

The event will highlight Canada's diversity, inclusion and volunteerism efforts to prepare for the arrival of the Syrian refugees.

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Below is the sequence of events (approximate timings):

9:00 a.m. - The Governor General will deliver a speech to introduce the forum and encourage a coordinated and collaborative national effort to respond to the Syrian crisis.

9:15 a.m. - Mobilizing the Public Sector
The panel will outline government commitments and challenges in refugee resettlement.   

 

Moderator:

Mr. Stephen Wallace


Secretary to the Governor General



Panelists:

The Honourable John McCallum


Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada




The Honourable Michael Chan


Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade of Ontario and Provincial Co-Chair of the Federal-Provincial Forum for Ministers Responsible for Immigration




The Honourable Kathleen Weil


Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness of Quebec




His Worship Mike Savage


Mayor of the City of Halifax and Co-chair of the Task Force on Syrian Refugee Resettlement of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

 

10:30 a.m. - Mobilizing Communities and Individual Canadians
The panel will highlight the importance of community connections and networks for ease of integration.

 

Moderator:

Mr. Ian Bird


President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada



Panelists:

Ms. Naomi Alboim


Co-Founder, Lifeline Syria




Mr. Brian Dyck


Co-Chair, Canadian National Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holder Association




Mr. Conrad Sauvé


President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Red Cross




Ms. Paula Speevak


President and Chief Executive Officer, Volunteer Canada

 

11:30 a.m. - Mobilizing the Private Sector
The panel will showcase private-sector contributions, volunteer efforts and support.

 

Moderator:

The Honourable Perrin Beatty


President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce



Panelists:

Ms. Margaret Eaton


Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council




Mr. Derek Gent


Executive Director, Vancity Community Foundation




Mr. Jim Laws


Executive Director, Canadian Meat Council




Ms. Susan Scotti


Senior Vice President, Canadian Council of Chief Executives

 

12:25 p.m. - After listening to the panel discussions, the Governor General will provide closing remarks and reiterate his support to those involved in welcoming Syrian refugees.

Follow the conversation and receive updates on the forum on the Governor General's social media accounts @GGDavidJohnston and @RideauHall, and also by using #WelcomeRefugees.

Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. at the main entrance of the residence.

Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter

 

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For further information: Media information: Josephine Laframboise, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-990-9324, 613-668-1929 (cell), josephine.laframboise@gg.ca

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