CERIS organises a number of events throughout the year including seminars, annual symposia, and graduate student conferences. Please see below information on past and upcoming events:
- Community Research Symposia
- Policy Research Symposia
- Graduate Student Conferences
- CERIS Town Hall Meeting on the Future
- 15th National Metropolis Conference: Building an Integrated Society”
Toronto, ON, March 14-March 16, 2013 Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa
- 14th National Metropolis Conference: Future Immigration Policies: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada”
Toronto, ON, February 29-March 3, 2012 Weston Harbour Castle, Toronto
- 13th National Metropolis Conference: Immigration: “Bringing the World to Canada”
Vancouver, BC, March 23-26, 2011 The Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
- 12th National Metropolis Conference: Immigration and Diversity: Crossroads of Cultures, Engine of the Economy
Montreal, Canada, March 18-21, 2010 The Sheraton Centre, MontréalThe 2010 National Metropolis Conference will focus on immigration and inclusion with special attention to economic development and the meeting of cultures.The deterioration of economic conditions—high unemployment rates and low income among the latest cohorts of immigrants—coupled with the recent global economic crisis, has made economic development an issue that cannot be ignored. But economic development cannot be separated from labour force needs and the delicate balance between those needs and immigration policy.Equally important are issues of inclusion and cultural diversity. Montréal has long been a crossroads of European and North American cultures, but co-existence, social interactions, pluralism in education, religious diversity and intercultural challenges are now more complex, involve new regions, and call for new perspectives.
- 11th National Metropolis Conference: Frontiers of Canadian Migration
Calgary, Alberta, March 19-22, 2009
Justice and Policing in a Diverse Western Canada: Meeting the ChallengesAs part of the 11th National Metropolis Conference, being held in Calgary from March 19-22, 2009, the Calgary Police Service and the Alberta Hate Crime Committee are hosting a pre conference day at the Hyatt Hotel on March 19, 2009. The day will focus on justice and policing issues in an increasingly diverse Western Canadian context.
Description: This day will consist of a series of workshops designed to provide practical information and tools to assist front-line policing personnel and justice workers in meeting the increasing complexity of policing diverse communities. Each session is facilitated by individuals who have policing or justice experience and expertise in the topic area of discussion.
- How to Investigate Hate/Bias Crimes
- Policing Immigrant Communities
- Recruiting for Diversity
- Bias-Free Policing
- Peace Keeping – Lessons for Peace Officers
- Policing Terrorism/Extremism
- Creating an Inclusive Organizational Culture
Welcoming Foreign Workers in Alberta Communities
As part of the 11th National Metropolis Conference, being held in Calgary from March 19 – 22, 2009, the Welcoming Communities Domain is hosting a pre conference day at the Hyatt Hotel on March 19, 2009. This day will focus on how Canada welcomes international migrants–both temporary and permanent–in an increasingly diverse Western Canadian context.
International migration to Canada is changing with increasing numbers of temporary foreign workers complementing permanent immigration. This day will consist of presentations and workshops designed to explore the complex issues surrounding the migration and integration of both temporary foreign workers and permanent residents in Canada. Presenters and discussants will include experts from the federal, provincial, and municipal government, researchers, community workers, and others with direct experience in these issues.
- The Impact of Temporary Foreign Workers on Traditionally Low-Immigration Communities
- Differential Integration? How Communities Respond to Differing Needs of Temporary Foreign
- Workers and Immigrants
- Engaging Immigrant Communities in Welcoming Foreign Workers
- Recognizing Foreign Credentials of Professional International Migrants
- The Role of Employers/Industry in Welcoming Temporary Foreign Workers
- 10th National Metropolis Conference: Expanding the Debate: Multiple Perspectives on Immigration to Canada
Halifax, Canada, April 3-6, 2008
- 9th National Metropolis Conference: Exploring Canada’s Diversity, Today and Tomorrow
Toronto, Canada, March 1-4, 2007
Conference Theme: Exploring Canada’s Diversity, Today and Tomorrow
In a world characterized by globalization and transnationalism, Canada faces many opportunities and challenges in the successful integration of newcomers. Our experience of the past 10 years notwithstanding, many old questions require new responses:
- What is the nature of citizenship in contemporary Canada?
- What does it mean to be Canadian?
- And what are the factors influencing ‘attachment’ and ‘belonging’?
- What access do newcomers have to resources needed for social, economic, cultural and political integration?
- What do newcomers need to do to facilitate their integration?
- How do we promote a just society?
- What do we expect newcomers to do?
- What might we do differently tomorrow?
- These questions will be explored in a series of plenary and workshop sessions at the conference.
There will be a general plenary session each morning of the conference followed by two concurrent plenaries. French/English simultaneous interpretation will be available for all the plenary sessions.
The conference will feature more than 50 workshops related to the conference theme. There will be a wide selection of concurrent workshops available throughout each day. There will be no simultaneous interpretation in the workshops. Participants are welcome to speak and present in French or English.
- 8th National Metropolis Conference: Immigration and Canada’s Place in a Changing World
Vancouver, Canada, March 23-26, 2007The plenary programme for this conference was crafted to address some of the key migration and integration issues facing society. This included discussions on topics such as Canada’s role as a competitoCanadianr in the global marketplace for immigrants, building a racism-free workplace, the changing dynamics of asylum, governance approaches to immigration and integration, and citizenship and social inclusion. Speakers included a range of academics, policy-makers, and NGOs from Canada, North America, China, and Australia. Several elected officials delivered remarks, including the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Jim Abbott, Parliamentary Secretary for Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Colin Hansen, Minister of Economic Development for the Government of British Columbia, and Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver.
- 7th National Metropolis Conference: Immigration and Integration at the Heart of the Debate: Research Policy and Practice
Montreal, Canada, March 25-28, 2004
Immigrants, visible minorities and the labour market: where does discrimination begin?The conference’s first plenary session coincides with the closing of the 2004 Action Week Against Racism, an annual event that is presented and funded by the Ministère des Relations avec les Citoyens et de l’immigration du Québec (MRCI).Data from various sources indicate that the labour market situation of immigrants and members of visible minority groups (both Canadian-born and immigrant) is less favourable than that of persons born in Canada who are not members of a visible minority. It is not always easy to identify the causes of these differences, or to determine the extent of the role played by discrimination based on a person’s origins. Are there other factors at the root of the observed differences? To shed complementary light on this issue, stakeholders working in various sectors will be asked to share their opinions. The first part of the discussion will focus primarily on employment, unemployment and income statistics for immigrants and visible minorities, taken from the census, the CIC Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC), the MRCI survey on workforce entry of skilled-worker immigrants, and the Statistics Canada and Canadian Heritage Ethnic Diversity Survey.The four invited speakers have been asked two general questions:
In your opinion, to what extent are the problems discussed the result of discrimination ?
What corrective action, if necessary, should be taken to reduce the differences noted ?
- 10th International Metropolis Conference
Toronto, Canada, October 17-21, 2005
The conference featured some of the world’s key thinkers stimulating debate on:
- Increasing diversity’s affect on the economic, social, cultural, justice, and political aspects of the world’s cities
- Benefits and challenges of diversity
- Are national migration policies consistent with the interests of the cities?