International Metropolis Conference

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

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Plenary speakers will give presentations around the conference themes. View our currently booked speakers

Download the full Conference Program 2019 (PDF, 5 MB)

About the conference

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will host the International Metropolis Conference 2019, the largest annual international gathering of world experts from academia, governments and civil society in the fields of migration, integration and diversity. The conference’s program will reflect both Canadian and international strategies regarding immigration, integration, diversity and inclusion.

International migration is at the top of the policy agenda for many countries. The conference will provide delegates from around the world with the opportunity to exchange research and best practices and to forge new partnerships through open dialogue.

The conference takes place in 2 cities in 1 bilingual region. Watch a video to learn more about the National Capital Region.

Video: An invitation to the International Metropolis 2019

We expect more than 1000 delegates to attend. We encourage you to read the welcome messages from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Mayor of Ottawa; and the Mayor of Gatineau.

Key dates

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Metropolis project

The International Metropolis Project is the largest international network of researchers, policy makers, and community groups engaged in identifying, understanding, and responding to developments in migration and diversity.

Our events have been effective in connecting researchers, key decision-makers, and practitioners around the globe, facilitating the production and effective communication of policy-relevant knowledge among different stakeholders since the mid-1990s. Our network has steadily developed to include partners in North America, Europe, and Australia, with a growing presence in Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. In a world increasingly characterized by international mobility and large regional displacements, there’s an urgent need to exchange scientific knowledge about migration and diversity, and to share experiences, challenges, and best practices in their management. It’s our goal that our work will enable such dialogue and that our efforts serve the interests of all parties involved in the migration process.

Learn more about the International Metropolis Project.

Organizing committee

International Metropolis Steering Committee
Paul Spoonley – co-chair
Jan Rath – co-chair

IRCC Champion, International Metropolis Project
Paul MacKinnon, Assistant Deputy Minister IRCC

IRCC International Conference Steering Committee
Ümit Kiziltan, Director General and Head of Evaluation / Research and Evaluation
Howard Duncan, Executive Head International Metropolis Secretariat Carleton University
Dan Hiebert, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Carl Nicholson, Civil Society
Mireille Paquet, Concordia
Corinne Prince, Director General Settlement Integration Program
Bruce Scoffield, Director General, International Network

International Metropolis Conference Project 2019
Enrico W. del Castello – Director

International Metropolis Conference Project 2019 Secretariat
Randy Orr – International senior advisor
Sheila Watson – Deputy Director
Marie-Pierre Hamel – Senior Policy Analyst
Deborah Coldwell – Communications Liaison
Klodiana Puro – Conference liaison officer
Mihaela Vieru – Senior Analyst
Noëlle Lazaro – Policy Analyst
Cora Zilli – Administrative assistant
Christine Quintal – Assistant to the Director

Sponsors