Attracting and Integrating Newcomers into your Business


is a Welcoming Communities Summit to be held at Okanagan College in Penticton, with opening ceremonies and reception Friday evening, June 17th and a full day of breakout sessions and keynotes on Saturday, June 18th.

This event has been organized by the South Okanagan | Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership.  A partnership working to increase the pace of social and economic integration for new immigrants.

Why attend?

New immigrants are an important source of skilled experienced workers and help fill the gap for employer recruitment needs which has been identified as one of the major obstacles for growth over the next 10 years.

Here are some of the highlights:

More than a dozen speakers will present throughout the conference, addressing strategies for attracting and integrating newcomers into your workforce and our communities. A sampling of the agenda includes:

Immigrant Employment Council of BC

In British Columbia we’ve got a world of talent right here on our doorstep.  Companies and organizations that are able to attract, hire and retain skilled immigrant labour have a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace.  In this session you will find industry-tested tools and resources that will give you an edge in recruiting new immigrant talent to your workforce.

Immigration and Citizenship Law

Use this opportunity to learn from specialist lawyer, Sandra Hakanson.  For the past ten years we have seen over 400 new regulations regarding Canadian immigration.  These changes have affected all aspects of immigration including temporary resident visas, family sponsorship, economic immigration, and citizenship.  During this session, Sandra will review some of these changes, how they impact immigration and citizenship, and what the new immigration opportunities look like for 2016.

Enrolling Foreign Students

Our educational institutions are actively pursuing students at both a high school level and at College.  In 2013 Okanagan College expanded their senior team by adding a Director of International Education, Russel Boris.  In this session learn how Okanagan College is planning their diversification efforts and specifically where they are attracting students.  Russel will review the marketing advantages of a foreign student program, and explore how the community plays a role in the success of diversified education in our region.


Your attendance is the best way to support our commitment to build Welcoming Communities in the South Okanagan | Similkameen.  To register and for a full agenda, visit  For questions, call Nora Hunt-Haft at 250-809-9987





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