Is Nova Scotia Ready for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Room 1009, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

The federal government has invested in an ‘Atlantic Growth Strategy.’ The first element of the strategy is to create an Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which features new roles for businesses in the attraction, settlement and retention of immigrants. Despite this unprecedented opportunity, it is unclear whether Nova Scotians are ready to pursue it. This panel will examine demographic trends and opportunities around immigration in the region as key to growth.

About the speakers 

Suzanne Ley

Suzanne Ley is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration where she leads a coordinated approach to advancing Nova Scotia's immigration priorities, leveraging partnerships with business and community leaders. Prior to this, Suzanne worked in various positions in intergovernmental affairs and policy at the federal and provincial governments.  Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mount St. Vincent University and a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University.

Gerry Mills

Gerry Mills is the Executive Director of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, (ISANS) which is the largest immigrant settlement agency in Atlantic Canada. An immigrant herself, Gerry has worked in the not for profit immigrant settlement sector for 27+ years.  Her career has been in the field of adult education, EAL and immigrant settlement.  Gerry has participated extensively in provincial, regional and national boards, committees and working groups on immigration, language and settlement. She is currently the President of Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA) and a member of the National Settlement Council, Halifax Local Immigration Partnership Advisory Committee and Atlantic Immigration Research Committee, among others.


Sean Morency


Born in Victoria, raised in Winnipeg and Ottawa, Sean Morency studied at Queen’s University at Kingston and joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada as a Foreign Service Officer in 2001. He has served in positions in Canada and overseas, first as a Visa Officer and then CBSA Liaison Officer in Nairobi, Kenya, and also in Colombo, Sri Lanka as the Deputy Program Manager. His most recent assignment abroad was as Immigration Program Manager in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam before returning to Canada in August 2015 as the IRCC Employer LiaisonOfficer in Atlantic Canada.  

Michel Raymond


Michel “Mitch” Raymond is Nova Scotia’s Divisional Vice President of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, which is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.


Ruben Zaiotti


Ruben Zaiotti (MSt Oxford, PhD Toronto) is the director of the Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence and associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University.

About the series

Policy Matters is a weekly panel discussion on major policy issues presented by the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance and in collaboration with the Dalhousie School of Public Administration. Each discussion features thought leaders from civil society and focuses on one of the Institute's four research themes – Civic Engagement, Atlantic Canada and the World, Health Systems and Governance and Smart Infrastructure. Held each Tuesday from September 12 to November 14, the discussions take place in room 1009 of the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building at Dalhousie, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. The events are designed to encourage public engagement with local, national and international policy issues and are open to the public.

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