22nd Metropolis Canada Conference

Beyond 2020: Renewing Canada’s Commitment to Immigration

22nd Metropolis Canada Conference


To be rescheduled shortly - Information to come

Important Announcement

We have been in extensive consultations with our stakeholders, partners, and suppliers, and have regretfully been unable to respond to all your inquiries.

We would like to inform you that for health and safety concerns, the 22nd Metropolis Canada Conference to be held at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba from March 19th-21st will no longer be taking place.

We are currently pursuing the option of holding a modified Metropolis Conference in Winnipeg in the Fall of 2020.

We would like to reassure you that while we do not have all the answers at this time, we are working diligently in the best interest of the Metropolis family. We will be sure to communicate with you as and when we have additional information to share.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times.

22nd Metropolis Canada Conference

Beyond 2020: Renewing Canada’s Commitment to Immigration

March 19-21, 2020

RBC Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Conference Features

  • Opening and keynote speakers
  • 4 featured plenary sessions
  • Over 150 workshop, panel and roundtable breakout sessions organized by delegates from across Canada
  • Over 25 poster board presentations
  • 20+ exhibitors
  • The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Canada Lecture
  • A reception and visit to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (registration required as space is limited)
  • A Welcoming Reception hosted by Mayor Brian Bowman (registration required as space is limited)
  • Pre-conference forums
  • A number of other sessions, events and activities offered to the expected 900+ delegates

Conference chairs

  • Professor Lori Wilkinson, University of Manitoba / Canada Research West
  • Abdikheir Ahmed, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW)
  • Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW)
  • Dr Faiçal Zellama, School of Business Administration, Université de Saint-Boniface

Opening Remarks

Soraya Martinez Ferrada, MP, Hochelaga, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Soraya Martinez Ferrada was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Hochelaga in 2019. A resident of the east end of Montréal since she came to Canada in 1980, Ms. Martinez Ferrada has deep roots in the community.

For over twenty years, she has gained experience in communications and project development through her involvement in community, cultural, and political action. — Read more.

Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development & Training, Government of Manitoba

Ralph Eichler was appointed Minister of Economic Development and Training for the Province of Manitoba in October 2019. He was first elected to Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly in 2003 as the representative of Lakeside.

Prior to entering politics, Ralph was a purebred cattle producer, the former owner/operator of Prairie Farm and Ranch Supply and owner of Ray’s Auction Service. Aside from agriculture, he has had lengthy careers in manufacturing, business, finance and education. — Read more.

Mayor Brian Bowman, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg

Mayor Brian Bowman, the City's first Aboriginal Mayor, was elected as the 43rd Mayor of the City of Winnipeg in a landslide victory on October 22nd, 2014.

Brian is passionate about ensuring Winnipeg is a City that works better for every citizen. He is committed to building a stronger Winnipeg, a city that is open, transparent, that has improved infrastructure, safer communities, and a real long-term economic plan for the future. — Read more.

Plenary Sessions

•  Plenary 1: Thursday, March 19, 9:00 AM


The objective of this plenary is to showcase innovative and award-winning programs and strategies that bring newcomers and Indigenous peoples together as part of our nation’s strategy for reconciliation. Often, newcomers arrive to Canada with little or no knowledge of Indigenous peoples. The work done by the panelists in this session has helped advance reconciliation and educational foundations in this area.

  • Shereen Denetto (Session Chair), Associate Executive Director, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)
  • Loretta Ross, Treaty Relations Commissioner of Manitoba
  • Clayton Sandy, Knowledge Keeper & Cultural Advisor, Member of Circles of Reconciliation team, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Author “First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers”, Burnaby, BC
  • Mandela M. Kuet, Consultant, Focus on Leadership coaching and Organizational Development, Mark=1T Consulting Firm, Winnipeg, Manitoba

•  Plenary 2: Thursday, March 19, 11:00 AM


Canada’s land border with the United States is almost 9,000 kilometres long — the longest international border in the world.  How Canada conceives of its border and controls those who cross it speaks to Canada’s humanitarian commitment to refugees.  This plenary will look at border policies and practices in North America and the effect on those needing or trying to cross for protection.  Panelists will speak to their experiences of the border from the perspectives of policy-making, asylum-seeking, academic scholarship and advocacy.  With the continuance and court challenge of the Safe-Third Country Agreement, how can we better understand and approach our borders?

•  Plenary 3: Friday, March 20, 9:00 AM


While immigration has traditionally been a shared responsibility between federal and provincial governments, there is increasing recognition of the value of municipal engagement in immigration and settlement efforts. From large urban centres to smaller rural communities, municipal leaders have an important role to bring together community stakeholders and create more welcoming communities for newcomers.

  • Corinne Prince (Session Chair), Director General, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Ben Rempel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Immigration and Economic Opportunities, Government of Manitoba
  • Baldwin Wong, Senior Social Planner, Vancouver, BC
  • Annette Korntheuer, Professor, Catholic University of Eichstätt, Department of Social Work, Former Educational Consultant and Coordinator for Newcomers, City of Munich, Germany
  • Steve Reynolds, Executive Director, Regional Connections, Altona, Manitoba

•  Plenary 4: Saturday, March 21, 9:00 AM


Across Europe and North America, populist movements have frequently targeted migrants.  Certain politicians and journalists have stoked fears and anxieties about migration blaming immigrants for the country's social and economic problems.  Anti-immigrant sentiment, xenophobia and racism are increasingly pervasive in social media.  What has contributed to the rise of populism? How can Canadian policy-makers, academics and civil society best respond to this troubling phenomenon? What actions are most effective in combating xenophobia and racism in Canada and elsewhere?  How can we forcefully engage in the Canadian public conversation around migration?

  • Minelle Mahtani (Session Chair), Professor, The Institute for Social Justice, University of British Columbia, Former national television news journalist at the CBC, Vancouver, BC
  • Shahina Siddiqui, Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA), Freelance writer, Author and spiritual counselor, Speaker and educator, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Charles Taylor, CC GOQ FRSC FBA, Professor Emeritus, McGill University, Canadian political philosopher, Author of “A Secular Age” and co-author of a forthcoming book on the degenerations of democracy, Co-Chair, Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences (for the Government of Quebec), Montreal, Quebec
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee, Professor, Ryerson University, Author of the national bestselling memoir “Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes” and journalist, Toronto, Ontario
  • Bochra Manaï, Dr., Director, Parole d’excluEs, researcher focusing on ethnicity, immigration and cohabitation in the city space, Consultant with community organizations, including the Quebec branch of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Montreal, Quebec

Photo credits: Dan Harper

Pre-conference Forum

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA) presents a Forum on Francophone Immigration:

14e Journée de réflexion sur l’immigration francophone

To register and for more information please click here: https://immigrationfrancophone.ca/

Special Events

• Metropolis Welcoming Reception: The Canada Lecture & Visit to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights - SOLD OUT

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Canadian Museum of Human Rights, 85 Asper Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0L5

Please join us for the 2020 Metropolis Welcoming Reception, hosted at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This year’s reception will include a walk-through tour of a number of galeries at the museum and will be followed by a reception and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s (CRRF) annual Canada Lecture, featuring an address by Jean Teillet, Senior Counsel with Pape Salter Teillet LLP and specialist in Indigenous rights law.

To view the program, click here.

If you wish to visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on your own, a discount is available for Metropolis Conference delegates. Enter the promo code ACS2020 if you purchase a ticket on line or show your conference name tag if you purchase a ticket in person at the museum.

• Mayor Brian Bowman and the City of Winnipeg Welcome Metropolis delegates - Sold out

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: The Ballroom at the Inn at the Forks
75 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0A2

Please note: Special events are free of charge, but space is limited. You must sign up for the event when you register for the conference (one ticket per conference delegate).


Registration Type Regular
Regular - One Day $260 CAD
Regular - Three Days $475 CAD
NGO / Student - Three Days $375 CAD
NGO / Student - One Day $185 CAD
Click on a price to register

The earlybird rates ended on January 10, 2020.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to metropolis@acs-aec.ca prior to February 17, 2020. Following this date, no refunds will be given.

Exhibitors and Partners

Please note the deadline to reserve a space as an exhibitor is February 7, 2020.

Partners, sponsors, advertisers and exhibitors will benefit from direct access to delegates from all three levels of government, NGO/service provider and community organizations, academia and the private sector. Over 700 researchers, policy-makers and community practitioners from across Canada are expected to attend the conference. You can showcase your educational materials, research, products and services and network directly with this highly targeted audience.

22nd Metropolis Canada Conference partners:

See the Conference Partnership, Sponsorship, Exhibitor and Advertising Opportunities:
Exhibitor Registration Form:


Click on the link below for information regarding what to do in Winnipeg during your stay.

Contest: Share your Winnipeg experience on social media and Win $500!

Take a photo of yourself experiencing the city away from the RBC Convention Centre and tag the photo with #meetingwinnipeg on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $500 VISA gift card!

Visit the Tourism Winnipeg website for more information.

The winner will be announced Saturday morning before the plenary session begins, 8:45 am in the York Ballroom.


• Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg

350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2

Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $141 per night. Book your group rate for Assoc. for Cdn Studies-Attendees to obtain the special rate for Metropolis Conference delegates.

> To book: click here.

If reserving by phone, the number is 1-844-294-7309 and the conference booking code is ACA.

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is Tuesday February 18, 2020. Limited rooms are available.

• Alt Hotel Winnipeg

310 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2H3

Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate of $139 per night. Special group rate for Metropolis Conference delegates.

> To book: click here (group Block Code 2003ACS)

If reserving by phone, the number is 1-844-946-6258 and the conference Group Name/Block ID: Metropolis Canada - 7365584.

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is Tuesday February 18, 2020. Limited rooms are available.

• Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown

288 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0B8

Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate of $154 per night. Special group rate for Metropolis Conference delegates.

> To book: click here (group Block Code: ACS20)

If reserving by phone, the number is 1-800-333-3333, Direct: 204-956-0410 and the conference Group Name/Block ID: Metropolis Canada Conference - Block Code: ACS20.

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is Tuesday February 18, 2020. Limited rooms are available.

Upload your presentation

You are an organizer or presenter at the conference and you are planning to use a PowerPoint presentation? We kindly ask you to upload your presentation(s) using the form below at least three days before the date of your presentation.

We advise you to bring your presentation on a USB key to the conference as a back-up. Please note:

  • All workshop rooms are equipped with a head table, laptop, projector and screen only
  • To find out your workshop session's date and session block, please consult the program on the website
  • The Metropolis Canada Conference reserves the right to share your presentations on the Metropolis website after the conference.

If you need help concerning the uploading of your presentation please email Chloé Nignol at chloe.nignol@acs-aec.ca.

Important: The file's title MUST INCLUDE the session number, last name and first name of the speaker (e.g. “Lucie Germain - Breakout Session B5”). The file must be in .PDF, .PPT or .PPTX format.