aGENDA

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
- Daniel 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
    - John 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:

    - Pierre Plourde, Principal, George St Middle School, Fredericton
    - Aïcha Benimmas, Professor, Faculty of Education, Université de Moncton
    - Rommy Gan, Speech Language Pathologist, ASD-S

    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:
    - Robert 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:
    - Daniel 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

and

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