AGENDA
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8:00 am

Arrivals and Registration


9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

  • Alex LeBlanc, Executive Director, NBMC

  • Julian Riva, President, Charlotte County Multicultural Association

  • Doug Naish, Mayor of Saint Andrews, NB


9:30 am

Keynote Address

By Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute

Building a Fair Mental Health System


10:15 am

Break


10:30 am

Breakout Sessions -
Setting the Context: Challenges and Opportunities on our New Brunswick Systems

Breakout panels will explore the following themes:

Access to Adequate and Affordable Housing and its Effect on Newcomer Retention in NB

Panelists:

  • Rachel Gillespie, VP, Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement at NBCC

  • Susan Wilson, Director of Immigration for J.D. Irving

  • Myriam Mekni, Executive Director for the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area

  • Anne Driscoll, Executive Director, Crescent Valley Resource Centre

Moderators:

  • Sébastien Morneault, Executive Director, Newcomer Resource Centre of the North West

  • Lewis Muirhead, Knowledge Manager, NouLab

Providing Equitable Access to Quality Healthcare for Immigrant, Refugee and Racialized Persons

Panelists:

  • Dima Abou Chaaban, Health Liaison for Newcomer Connections YMCA Saint John

  • Reem Fayad, Research and Policy Analyst at New Brunswick Health Council

  • Dan Doherty, Director; Primary Health Care Program- Saint John Area, Horizon Health

  • Kathleen Buchanan, Director; Primary Health Care Program- Moncton Area, Horizon Health

  • Rino Lang, Director, Mental Health and Addictions, Vitalité

Moderators:

  • Neil Boucher, Executive Director, CAFi

  • Co-moderator TBC

Adapting Classrooms for Diverse Learners and the Role of Schools in Newcomer Inclusion and Retention

Panelists:

  • Kathy Whynot, Specialist, Education and Early Childhood Development

  • Monica Paz, recent Francophone School District graduate and university student

  • Yuzhi Yang, recent Anglophone School District graduate and university student

  • Christine Cormier, School-based intergration coordinator, CAFi-Shediac

Moderators:

  • Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Anglophone Services, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • Arianne Melara, Manager of Youth Initiatives, New Brunswick Multicultural Council

Attracting, Integrating and Retaining Newcomer Talent: How Employers and Businesses are Adapting to an Increasingly Diverse Workforce

Panelists:

  • Kjeld Mizpah, Executive Director at New Brunswick Student Alliance

  • Khadidja Sall, Coordinator of the Mode Emploi programme, RDEE-NB

  • Mohamed Khirallah, Founder and Owner of RôtiCana Coffee Company

  • Jane Amachree, Li Wang and Quinglin Yang, Research Assistants, Atlantic Institute for Policy Research, University of New Brunswick

Moderators:

  • Daniel Mills, Assistant Deputy Minister, Adult Education and Employment, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

  • Diana Wickham, Consultant, LIFT Partners


12:00 pm

Lunch and Networking


1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (Continued) -
Looking Ahead: Promising Practices, Innovation and Setting the Vision for the Next Decade

Access to Adequate and Affordable Housing and its Effect on Newcomer Retention in NB

Panelists:

  • Tim Ross, Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

  • Jonathan Lister, Provincial Consultant, Department of Social Development

  • Stephen Davies, President, Atlantic People’s Housing Ltd

  • Nadine Fullarton, President, Construction Association of New Brunswick

Moderators:

  • Sébastien Morneault, Executive Director, Newcomer Resource Centre of the North West

  • Lewis Muirhead, Knowledge Manager, NouLab

Providing Equitable Access to Quality Healthcare for Immigrants, Refugees and Racialized Persons

Panelists:

  • Aamna Ashraf, Manager, Health Equity - Office of Health Equity at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

  • Louise Pelletier, Nurse Practioner, Medisanté, Saint John

  • Krista Cormier, Nurse Practioner, Horizon Health, Moncton

  • Albert Cyr, President of the NB Coalition for Mental Health and Addictions

Moderators:

  • Neil Boucher, Executive Director, CAFi

  • Co-moderator TBC

Adapting Classrooms for Diverse Learners and the Role of Schools in Newcomer Inclusion and Retention

Panelists:

Moderators:

  • Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Anglophone Services, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • Arianne Melara, Manager of Youth Initiatives, New Brunswick Multicultural Council

Attracting, Integrating and Retaining Newcomer Talent: How Employers and Businesses are Adapting to an Increasingly Diverse Workforce

Panelists:

  • Robb Parker, Program Consultant / Navigator, Department of Health

  • Abby David, Manager of Employment Initiatives at New Brunswick Multicultural Council

  • Mathias Mawoussi, Coordinator for the International Student Retention Program (PREI), CAFi-Shediac

  • Marijke Geurts, Employment Team Lead, YMCA of Greater Saint John, Newcomer Connections

Moderators:

  • Dan Mills, Assistant Deputy Minister, Adult Education and Employment, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

  • Diana Wickham, Consultant, LIFT Partners


2:30 pm

Break


3:00 pm

Plenary Presentations

By Louise Imbeault, President of the Société Nationale de l’Acadie

Le futur de l’immigration francophone en Acadie

&

By the Honourable Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

How will a 10% Population Increase Impact New Brunswick over the Next 10 Years?


4:00 pm

Closing Remarks


 

- Gala -

5:30 pm

Reception


6:30 pm

Gala Dinner

With Keynote Address and Cultural Performances


8:00 pm

Champions for Cultural Diversity Awards Ceremony