Third International Cities of Migration Conference
Diversity Drives Prosperity
Toronto, March 2, 2016, Westin Harbour Castle
Programme and Agenda
|8:45 – 9:00||Greetings: Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange (Toronto)|
|9:00 – 9:20||Diversity Drives Prosperity|
|Welcoming Address: John Tory, Mayor of TorontoVideo: Watch the address
Video: Interview with John Tory
|9:20 – 9:45||Opening Keynote|
|Social Innovation in the New Economy
A leading thinker explores how diversity and social innovation drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy.Keynote Speaker: Wendy Cukier, VP Research & Innovation, Ryerson University (Toronto)
|9:45 – 10:45||Opening Plenary Panel|
|Ballroom||Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do
City leaders take stock of how super-diversity challenges and sustains urban resilience and livability. How can diversity shape the urban economy? What is the DNA of a welcoming city?
Moderator: Tanzeel Merchant, Director, Partnerships and Consultation, Ontario Growth Secretariat (Canada)
|10:45 – 11:00||Break|
|11:00 – 11:55||Plenary Panel|
|Ballroom||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. They discuss the role of evidence, and provide insight on strategies for measuring the return on investment in diverse and inclusive teams. The speakers look forward to emerging challenges and promising solutions in attracting and retaining immigrant talent.
Moderator: Josh Hjartarson, VP, Public Sector at KPMG (Toronto)
|11:55 – 12:45||Plenary Panel|
|Ballroom||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 ballpark all the way to the bank.
Moderator: Bob Ramsay, President, Ramsay Inc. and Founder, RamsayTalks (Toronto)
|12:45 – 1:30||Lunch|
|1:30 – 2:00||Keynote Address|
|Ballroom||Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage MobilityKeynote Speaker: Jill Helke, Director, International Cooperation and Partnerships, International Organization for Migration (Geneva)|
|2:00 – 3:30||Marketplace of Good Ideas|
|Marketplace HallConcurrent with Policy Lab||Showcasing Social Innovation (8 good practices, 8 cities) — Choose 2
Take a multi-city tour of successful strategies and scalable local solutions that help build welcoming, inclusive cities and workplaces. In three rounds of 40 minutes each.
|2:00 – 3:30||Policy Lab|
|BallroomConcurrent with Marketplace||How Cities Compete for Young Talent
By comparing and contrasting the legal frameworks, policy levers and integration challenges across selected cities, this policy lab seeks to provide an in-depth view of how city actors manage the attraction, retention, and economic inclusion of young immigrants.
Moderator: Howard Duncan, International Metropolis Project, Carleton University (Ottawa)
|3:30 – 3:45||Break|
|3:45 – 4:30||Issues Panel|
|Ballroom||Welcoming Refugees in Cities
A litmus test for urban resilience might be local capacity to respond and integrate refugees. A conversation about why building a welcoming culture is fast becoming an economic, social and political imperative.
Moderator: Jennifer Ditchburn, Editor-in-Chief of Policy Options, IRPP (Montreal)
|4:30 – 5:00||Sunny Ways|
|Ballroom||The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Government of Canada
|5:00 – 5:15||Closing — Conference Good Ideas Round-up|
|With: Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange|
|5:30 – 6:30Ballroom Foyer||COM2016 Networking Reception
Time to relax! share notes, swap ideas, meet new friends and catch up with colleagues over hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
|6:30 – 7:00Ballroom Foyer||2016 GDX Annual Lecture Registration|
|7:00 – 8:00||2016 Global Diversity Exchange Annual Lecture|
|Ballroom||Global Citizen: Khalid Koser, Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (Geneva)
For more information, visit COM2016 at the Metropolis website.
COM2016 is a one-day pre-conference at the 18th National Metropolis, March 3-5, 2016, in Toronto. Metropolis registration does not include COM2016 registration.
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