International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Debbie Douglas

Executive director

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants


Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Her work in the NGO sector, and particularly at OCASI has highlighted issues of equity and inclusion including race, gender and sexual orientation within the immigration system and promoted the creation of safe, welcoming spaces within the settlement and integration sector.

A well-known face in Ontario and across the country, Ms. Douglas is often called upon by governments to share her expertise. She was a member of the provinces’ Expert Panel on Immigration, as well as the provincial government’s Income Security Reform Working Group. She currently co-chairs the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table and is a member of the management Board of the Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Settlement.