International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Chris Friesen


Immigrant Services Society of B.C.


Actively involved for over 30 years in immigration related policy and program areas. Besides his role as ISSofBC Director, Settlement Services, he is the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance chair and co-chair of National Settlement Council.

Mr. Friesen was an instrumental member of the concept for ISSofBC’s Welcome Centre facility in Vancouver, redefining a new international model for integration.

As a UBC student, Chris led a referendum on campus to increase student fees to establish the WUSC student refugee sponsorship program. This initiative has spread to over 60 post-secondary institutions and current global discussions as an example of alternative resettlement pathways for refugees.