During a recent press conference, details of the upcoming national Forum on Economic Immigration were announced by (from left) Martin Marcoux, president of RDÉE Prince Edward Island, executive director Bonnie Gallant, and forum co-ordinator, Francis Thériault.
BRUDENELL – Immigrant and non-immigrant entrepreneurs, employers, economic development agencies and immigration stakeholders from across Canada are invited to Brudenell, May 26-28, to participate in the Island’s first national Forum on Economic Immigration.
Organized through RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s LIENS project (Linking Economic Immigration to our Successes), “This national forum will allow participants to discover national best practices in regards to economic immigration, to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by immigrant entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada, to develop relationships and new partnerships between entrepreneurs and economic stakeholders in the Atlantic region and in Canada, and to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities in economic immigration in Atlantic Canada,” explained RDÉE president, Martin Marcoux.
During a recent press conference in Charlottetown, the RDÉE disclosed details of the forum to be held at Rodd Brudenell River Resort and issued an invitation to register.
Event co-ordinator Francis Thériault explained that the forum will begin on the evening of May 27 with a networking reception and a banquet with a guest speaker, followed by the finals of a contest for young adults who have developed business projects. This “Dragons’ Competition” will offer winners substantial prizes and an opportunity to access funding to establish their business.
On May 28, participants will attend breakfast and luncheon conferences and a series of workshops. A wrap-up session will close off the forum.
The workshops will focus on the themes: national best practices; ArtsSmarts: immigration as seen by our young geniuses; immigrant entrepreneurs: challenges and opportunities; and research, studies and conclusions. These workshops, which will be offered twice to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate, will be delivered by resource people from RDÉE Canada, ArtsSmarts, the French Chamber of Commerce of Canada, Atlantic Network, and the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É.
Several peripheral activities are also planned including a golf tournament for those who arrive early and a sampling of local flavours prepared by well-known Atlantic Canadian chefs.
On May 27, during the day, a workshop will be offered to immigrant entrepreneurs from the Atlantic region, in addition to a gathering of RDÉE Canada’s national committee on immigration, composed of immigration development officers from all of Canada’s provincial and territorial RDÉEs.
Holding the national gathering in immigration on P.E.I. means “development officers from this committee will be able to participate in and contribute actively to our forum by sharing their experiences, challenges and success stories with our participants,” said Thériault. “Certain regions of Canada are already quite advanced in the whole area of immigration. So it will be very beneficial for us to have participants from these regions right here to inspire us in our future actions in Atlantic Canada.”
An artistic exhibition by young participants of the ArtsSmarts program will be shown in the hallways of the convention centre, offering their perspective on immigration.
Those unable to attend the entire event may choose to attend either the banquet or the day-long forum. Those wishing to participate can fill out an online registration forum at http://garago.net/forms/Forum2014 or in the documents section of the www.rdeeipe.net website.
The forum’s organizing committee is made up of representatives of La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É., the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, the University of Prince Edward Island, the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, ArtsSmarts, the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, the French Chamber of Commerce of Canada, Atlantic Network, and RDÉE Prince Edward Island.
LIENS is a three-year project that aims to promote the integration of immigrants in the P.E.I. workforce and to help entrepreneurs understand the importance and value of hiring immigrants.
In addition to the forum, the LIENS project also includes the organization of workshops and lunch-and-learns, work internships, a coaching program and the development of a web portal.