The Association for New Canadians announced today that it will hold its annual Diversity Summit in Corner Brook from October 15-17, 2018. Organized in collaboration with a broad range of partners, funders, and sponsors, the multi-day conference brings together business leaders and community stakeholders from across Newfoundland and Labrador to discuss the opportunities and challenges of immigration and growing cultural diversity in the province. The event will take place at the Civic Centre.
A part of BDC’s Small Business Week, the Summit will build on Small Business Week’s theme of digitization in business by drawing together three broad topic areas – digitize, diversify, connect – and will serve as a pan-provincial forum to explore the intersection of technology, diversity, and the small-business economy. The Summit is open to professionals in industry and government, post-secondary staff and students, community organizations, and the general public. Online registration for the event will open in September.
The agenda includes an official launch and opening reception held in partnership with BDC on Monday, October 15; a keynote address, technology panel, and breakout sessions on Tuesday, October 16; and a Business Excellence Awards Dinner held in partnership with the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade on Wednesday, October 17. Speakers will include industry representatives and thought-leaders from across the province and the Atlantic region, with news and updates posted at www.diversitysummit2018.ca in the coming weeks.
Diversity Summit 2018 builds on the success of last year’s business-focused Diversity Symposium in Gander, which was the first time the longstanding annual event was held outside the St. John’s metropolitan area. It also follows the establishment of ANC offices across the province, including one in Corner Brook, which opened in January.
About the Association for New Canadians
The Association for New Canadians is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to the provision of settlement and integration services for refugees and immigrants throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 1979, the ANC has been delivering a full range of programs and services designed to support all aspects of newcomer integration, including settlement information and orientation, ESL training and assessment services, employment and career assistance, and public education and outreach.
The ANC’s Diversity Outreach Office works to build grassroots support for the settlement and integration of refugees and immigrants within their adoptive communities. Through its public education and outreach programs, the Diversity Outreach Office collaborates with a wide range of organizations from community groups to government agencies to build cultural intelligence, to spread awareness of the refugee and immigrant experience, and to promote cross-cultural understanding among Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans.
For More Information
Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Association for New Canadians
144 Military Road, St. John’s, NL