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.


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.   



Mr. Stephen Wallace

Secretary to the Governor General


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.



Mr. Ian Bird

President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada


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.



The Honourable Perrin Beatty

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce


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),

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