Third Age Learning, Guelph
in partnership with the
International Migration Research Centre (IMRC)
present the 2017 Winter P.M. lecture series:
"World in Motion:
International Migration and Refugee Challenges"
TThis lecture series engages with one of the most important issues of our time. From global to local levels, human migration raises complex social, economic and political issues. Though by no means a contemporary phenomenon, migration has become a ‘hot button’ political issue; while governance of refugee and migrant flows can have lasting consequences for human rights, social cohesion and economic prosperity. The series begins by looking backward, to the historical routes of migration, proceeds to contemporary challenges and opportunities created by migration, and concludes by looking forward to Canada’s role in this ever widening world in motion.
NOTE: The final speakers will be added to each presentation when they become available.
Global Migration History: Tracing the great migrations
This lecture will focus on the historical context of global migration and will explore the driving factors behind these movements.
Dr. Jason Neelis studies religious traditions of South Asia in historical, economic, and material contexts, with an emphasis on issues related to processes of cross-cultural mobility and exchange. His teaching interests extend broadly to trans regional connections and movements and the role of cultural and religious catalysts in the past and present.
Contemporary Migrations: Root causes and governance of migration
This presentation will consider the causes and drivers of today’s migratory patterns. It will explore these factors in terms of global, national, and provincial implications.
Dr. Alan Simmons is Senior Scholar in Sociology at York University in Toronto. He has written widely on international migration, refugee movements, immigrant settlement in Canada, and Canadian immigration policy. His most recent book, Immigration and Canada: Global and Transnational Perspectives was published by Canadian Scholars Press in 2010.
Professor Simmns holds a PhD from Cornell University. In the past he has served as Visiting Professor at the United Nations Demographic Centre in Santiago, Chile; Director of the Population and Development Program at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Course Director in the Department of Demography, University of Montreal; and Visiting Scholar at the Migration and Ethnic Relations Program at the University of Western Ontario.
The Canadian Immigration Experience: history, politics & economics
This discussion will provide insight into Canada’s long established role as a destination country for immigration. Former and current political, historical, and economic issues, policies and governance approaches will be discussed.
Raphael Girard: Over the span of 40 years in the Canadian Foreign Service he specialized in refugee and immigration issues, leading the task force on Refugee Determination which developed legislation that continues to form the basis of Canada`s approach to the protection of refugees claiming asylum in Canada. He served in several senior executive positions in the Public Service including Director General of Refugee Affairs, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration Operations. In 1999 he was named coordinator for Reconstruction in the Balkans and led the Canadian delegation to the European Security Pact. In his postings abroad Mr. Girard served an Ambassador to Yugolavia and Romania as well as a number of other countries in Southeastern Europe.
Gaining Perspective I: Migration and socio-economic change
This lecture will outline issues and challenges related to migration flows for both countries of origin and destination, ranging from shifting norms to economic development.
Dr. Mikal Skuterud is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo. His main research interests lie in the field of labour economics, especially in the areas of immigration policy and labour market regulations with a focus on the challenges that many new immigrants face in trying to integrate into Canada's labour markets. He holds a PhD in Economics from McMaster University. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Dr Skuterud spent three years in a small research division at Statistics Canada called the Family and Labour Studies Division.
Gaining Perspective II: The politics of migration
In the context of large movements of individuals across borders, this lecture will examine state and popular reactions and perceptions to migration. Emerging concerns such as racism, xenophobia, and politics of Brexit and “Trumpism” will be addressed.
Kate Subak is a senior executive with a background in management consulting and leadership in major arts and financial institutions. Kate deeply appreciates a good strategy and a strong fact base, and she loves working with people on issues they care deeply about. Kate lives in Toronto.
The Century Initiative was formally established a little over two years ago with the goal of developing and driving a project that would transform Canada for the 21st Century. Its stated goal is thoughtful, responsible population growth, and everyone involved with the Century Initiative is working hard toward a Canada of 100 million people by the year 2100.
Anna Klimbovskaia is the Project Manager and Lead Researcher of the Pluralism Project. She holds a Masters in International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs with a double specialization in international political economics and international environmental policy. Anna’s research focuses on sustainable development, economic policy, energy,diversity, and labour mobility, among others.
Dr. Edward Koning
Edward Koning is an assistant professor at the University of Guelph. His research centres on the politics of immigration and integration, with a particular focus on North American and Western Europe. His interests also include ethnic and linguistic diversity, new institutionalist theory, minority politics and social policies. Currently, he spends most of his research time on investigating comparative differences in the access immigrants have to social programs in Western welfare states.
Refugee Settlement: Refugee experiences & Canadian communities
A panel discussion will include multidisciplinary and diverse perspectives on refugee experiences. By bringing together academics and community organizations this panel will highlight the human face of migration and the challenges of community integration.
Refugee Settlement Panel: Maissa Al Mustafa, Margaret Walton-Roberts, Jim Estill, Jaya James and Maissaa Al-Mustafa
Syrian Refugees for Homelessness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGPUzjW3xJc&feature=youtu.be
For those who were inquiring about:
More Information: http://www.guelphrefugeeforum.com
Maissaa is a PhD candidate at the Global Governance Program at Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Ontario. Maissaa was born in Damascus, Syria, where she completed her Degree in Economics at Damascus University. She joined the British Embassy in Damascus and was actively involved in diplomacy and international business development. Currently she is involved in projects related to refugee camps and humanitarian aid operations.
Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts
Margaret is a human geographer trained in the UK and Canada who focuses on international migration. She is currently a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and Associate Dean of the School of International Policy and Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research interests are in gender and migration, transnational networks, and immigrant settlement.
Jim Estill – CEO of Danby Appliances.
Jim Estill started a tech distribution business from the trunk of his car while in university. He grew that company to $350,000,000 in sales and sold it to SYNNEX. He then became CEO of SYNNEX Canada and grew sales from $800,000,000 to $2 Billion. He has been an active investor and advisor to many technology companies including Blackberry.
He is now CEO of Danby Appliances in Guelph.
He was most recently in the news for his sponsorship effort to settle 50 Syrian refugee families.
Jaya James, a lifelong Guelph resident and University of Guelph graduate, is passionate about community building and exercises this as the Director of Lakeside HOPE House! a Guelph organization that offers services and programs to community members experiencing poverty that allow them to maintain their dignity and choice, while simultaneously providing them with practical skills developed in a community environment. Her previous work experience includes working for the provincial government as a policy advisor where she has researched food access opportunities and challenges, and working as a commercial banker for a major commercial bank.
Jaya was the founding director of the Refugee Sponsorship Forum that brought together resources and built relationships across not-for-profit and community organizations in support of 76 privately sponsored refugee families coming to Guelph and area.
Religion and Migration: Faith, culture & perceptions across borders
This presentation will consider the role of religion in migration from a variety of faith-based perspectives. Topics will emphasize the complex intersections between culture, identity and faith across borders.
Paul Freeston - Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University
Paul Freston is the CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and with the Religion and Culture Department at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Freston is a distinguished senior fellow and director of the Program for Studies of Religion in Latin America, Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), Baylor University, and professor colaborador in the Post-Graduate Programme in Sociology, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil. He has published extensively on three areas: religion and politics in comparative perspective; religion, globalization and transnationalism; and transformations in the religious field of Latin America and especially Brazil. He has a special interest in stimulating opportunities for scholars based in the global south, both by supervising theses and directing international research teams.
Canada in the World: Looking forward
The lecture series will conclude with a look at the Canadian Government’s approach to migration governance, from border control to immigration and citizenship policies. Emphasis will be given to understanding the past, present and future of immigration policies.
Dr. Andrew S. Thompson - University of Waterloo
Andrew Thompson is adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is also the co-host of Inside the Issues, CIGI’s weekly international affairs podcast. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Waterloo, and is a specialist in the fields of international human rights, civil society movements and fragile states. He was first elected to Amnesty International Canada's Board of Directors in 2011, and in May 2015 was elected Chair of the Board.