International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Dan Hiebert

Professor of Geography

University of British Columbia


A Professor of Geography at UBC who specializes in issues of public policy. Professor Hiebert's personal research interests focus on immigration policy, the integration of newcomers into the housing and labour markets of Canadian cities, and the consequences of the growing 'super-diversity' of Canadian society. This work routinely takes a collaborative approach, working with partners in government and non-government organizations. In 2003-2013 he served as Co-Director of Metropolis British Columbia, a Centre of Excellence fostering research on immigration and cultural diversity in Canada, which was also dedicated to building a sense of community among academics, government officials, and practitioners from the non-profit sector. He has participated in a number of public advisory roles. He served as a Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver Mayor's Working Group on Immigration (until 2017), and is currently a member of the Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada's Advisory Council. He is also engaged in international collaborative projects on migration and diversity policies with scholars in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden. In 2009-10 he was the Willy Brandt Guest professor of Migration Studies at the University of Malmö (Sweden).