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Friday, November 3 • 10:30 - 12:00
315 – Immigration, integration and the production and utilization of scientific knowledge: What are Canada’s challenges?/ Immigration, intégration, production et utilisation des connaissances scientifiques : À quels défis fait face le Canada?

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Panel organizer: Martin Taylor, CRDCN

What is known about the contributions of migrants in the science and technology fields and in innovation and how strong is the evidence?  What are the sources of this knowledge and what new initiatives exist in data collection that will extend our insights? What are best practices in immigration and integration policies which can maximize the contributions of migrants in science and innovation? What new directions are emerging in the immigration and integration arenas and how will these contribute to the growth of scientific knowledge in Canada?   
Under the sponsorship of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN; www.crdcn.org), these questions are addressed in this panel by experts in data development, immigration policy, the recruitment of highly skilled STEM trained workers, and labour market integration issues. The panel builds upon the evidence base generated from advanced statistical research conducted by CRDCN researchers drawing upon the rich Statistics Canada data files made available through the CRDCN’s Research Data Centres. It also anticipates CRDCN’s future research directions under its program of collaborative policy-relevant research programs in the theme area of Immigration and Settlement.
The context for the panel’s discussion is the recognition that a strong knowledge economy, one focused on innovation and intensive use of technology, is linked to positive economic growth, higher standards of living, growth in productivity, and enhanced environmental and social well-being. Understandably, stimulating innovation and productivity are the objectives of many policies advanced by federal, provincial and territorial governments, the nonprofit sector, and business communities. Immigration policies can also further the intertwined goals of innovation, productivity and maintaining Canada’s competitive edge in today’s global economy.  
Today’s immigration policy emphasizes the recruitment of the world’s best and brightest as permanent residents, as international students and as temporary workers. Migrants contribute to Canada’s economy by virtue of being highly educated and or by their training in the STEM fields and their entrepreneurship in generating new firms and products. That said, the full utilization of migrant skills can be dampened by barriers associated with language and re-accreditation requirements, by low take-up rates of international students for permanent residency, and by policies that influence which temporary workers transition to permanent resident status. The panel will explore these issues in depth, sharing both what the data tells us about recent trends and offering suggestions for how Canada can better leverage the skills of new immigrants and migrants for the well-being of all Canadians.

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Dr. Michelle Gauthier

Special Advisor, Canadian Research Data Centre Network
For more than 25 years, Michelle has dedicated her professional energy to connecting people and ideas across geography, languages, cultures and sectors for the public good. She currently works as an independent consultant and Special Advisor to leaders in the charitable and non-profit sector. Her anchor client for 2017-18 is the Canadian Research Data Centre Network where she is sharing the duties of the Executive Director position and building on her experience working on research and public policy at the interface of university, government and the non-profit sector. | | Michelle previously served as Special Advisor to the President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada with a special focus on the... Read More →

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Jane Badets

Assistant Chief Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Field, Statistics Canada
Since 2015, Ms. Badets has held the position of Assistant Chief Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Field at Statistics Canada where she has responsibility for a broad range of social statistics including health, justice, education, labour, income, immigration, Aboriginal Peoples, population estimates and demography. She is also responsible for Statistics... Read More →
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Ümit Kiziltan

Director General, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada
Ümit Kiziltan has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on research methods, sociology of education, and comparative education at Bogaziçi University, Syracuse University, and the University of Victoria. He has worked more than a decade in northern British Columbia with the Tl'azt'en Nation Community as an educator and community developer in treaty negotiations, natural resource management and cultural development. Subsequently, he has worked for more than five years in the field of international development as the Deputy Executive Director of CUSO, specialising in capacity building, inclusive governance, and health in community based volunteer development programming in over 30 countries in the south. After a year and a half with the Assembly of First Nations as a senior economist on the education and international relations file... Read More →
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Ravi Pendakur

Professor of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
Prior to joining the University of Ottawa as professor of Public and International Affairs, Ravi spent 18 years as a researcher in a number of federal departments including, The Secretary of State, Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Canadian Heritage, and, Human Resources and Social Development. Through his work with government he built a research agenda on diversity, with a goal toward assessing the socioeconomic characteristics of language, immigrant and ethnic groups in Canada and other settler societies. This work has continued over the last decade at the university | | Much of his research has been quantitative in nature, using a variety of data sources including census and other micro datasets, as well as immigration intake records. This work suggests that non-white minorities, even those born in Canada face substantial earnings penalties even after controlling for basic personal characteristics. Other work has attempted to study the relationship between interaction and participation (social capital) and ethnicity. | | Another stream of research links social capital attributes to outcomes for minorities in Canada, the United States and Europe. More recently he has focused both teaching and research efforts on issues related to... Read More →
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Arthur Sweetman

Professor, Department of Economics, McMaster University
Arthur Sweetman is a Professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University in Canada where he holds the Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources. Economic and policy issues related to Canadian immigration are among the areas in which he conducts research. In 2016 he co-edited a special issue of the journal Canadian Public Policy addressing... Read More →

Friday November 3, 2017 10:30 - 12:00
ROOM 212 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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