Media Advisory - Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit 2016: Vision, Action, Prosperity

TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - The Conference Board of Canada is hosting the country's first ever Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit in Toronto on December 6-7. The Honourable Chris Alexander, Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University, will join Canadian and international experts who will explore the merits of federal, provincial and territorial entrepreneur and investor immigration programs, including the prominent Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

Since launching federally and in Quebec, investor immigration programs have generated polarized views. The Summit will address these and other key issues, including:

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of entrepreneur and investor immigration programs?
  • What do research findings show on the impact of investor immigration on Canadian real estate prices?
  • What lessons can be learned from the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program?
  • What could Canada's federal, provincial, and territorial governments do to enhance the economic benefits of their programs?
  • What can Canada learn from global trends and practices?
  • How many entrepreneur and investor immigrants should Canada admit each year?

When: December 6-7, 2016                                  

Where: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, Toronto, Ontario

Who: Speakers include:

  • The Hon. Chris Alexander, Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Olivia Chow, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University
  • The Hon. Gerry Weiner, Director, Investor Relations, Pace Law Firm
  • Laurie Hunter, Director, Permanent Economic Policy and Programs Division, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Barbara Jo Caruso, Vice-Chair, Immigration Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Dr. Andrey Pavlov, Professor, Finance, Simon Fraser University
  • Pierre Emmanuel Paradis, President and Economist, AppEco
  • Charles Qi, Honorary President, Beijing Entry & Exit Immigration Service Association

On December 6, l'Institut du Québec (IdQ) will be releasing a report on immigration integration in Montréal compared to 16 other North American cities. The report identifies challenges, and proposes solutions to better ensure immigrants are able to put their skills to good use in Montreal.

For the full list of speakers, schedule and times, visit:

Media Accreditation is required.

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SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

For further information: or media accreditation, contact: Natasha Jamieson, Communications Coordinator, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 307, E-mail:; or Yvonne Squires, Media Relations, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 221, E-mail:


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