Third International Cities of Migration Conference

Diversity Drives Prosperity

Toronto, March 2, 2016, Westin Harbour Castle

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Mobility, movement, migration—the great flow of people and ideas to cities around the world—is unstoppable. Today’s super-diversity follows the great urbanization of the world. New cities of migration are in the global north and in the global south, and span every continent. As IOM’s William Lacy Swing says: “Cities rarely shrink to greatness. They get better by growing and to grow they must welcome migrants.”

If diversity is the new norm, does diversity drive prosperity? Can diversity bring more trade, more talent, more social innovation? We think so. The evidence linking diversity and prosperity is strong and growing, bolstered by new voices, new research strategies, and new forms of collaboration.

On March 2, 2016, in Toronto, join local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration.

COM2016 Program Highlights:

  • Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do. Our opening speaker and plenary panel take stock of how super-diversity challenges and sustains urban resilience and liveability.
  • New Talent, New Markets. Business leaders discuss the links between workforce diversity and market opportunity, and the impact of diversity on innovation in products, services, and processes.
  • Changing Governance in Changing Times. Civic leaders examine institutional innovation and culture shift in the boardroom and around the decision table — from the ballroom and ball park all the way to the bank.
  • Social Innovation in the New Economy. A leading thinker explores how diversity and social innovation drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy.
  • Marketplace of Good Ideas. Our signature event takes you on a multi-city tour of successful, scalable integration strategies and social innovations for building open, inclusive cities and workplaces.
  • Welcoming Refugees in Cities. Closing conversation on welcoming refugees into our urban communities, institutions, neighbourhoods and workplaces.
  • A full day of exciting speakers — capped by the 2016 GDX Annual Lecture. Global leaders and social innovators include Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto; Jill Helke, International Organization for Migration; Wendy Cukier, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University (Toronto); Khalid Koser, Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (Geneva); and Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, The Honourable John McCallum.

Click here for the full Program & Agenda.

Registration is now closed.

COM2016 is a one-day pre-conference at the 18th National Metropolis, March 3-5, 2016, in Toronto.

The 2016 Cities of Migration Conference is brought  to you by the Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University, in collaboration with the 18th National Metropolis Conference, March 3-5, 2016.  Map.    For more information, visit COM2016 at the Metropolis website.

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