What Does It Take to Make PEI Home?

The PEI Immigration Summit (April 23 and 24th, 2019) at the Charlottetown Convention Centre, will create a place to answer this question for any Islander looking to attract and retain new Canadians to their municipality business, club or region. The Summit will bring together attendees from across the province to participate in a facilitated roundtable format with the goal of developing tangible and actionable outcomes and recommendations.JOIN entrepreneurs, business, community and municipal leaders, academics, newcomers and industry specialists for an inspired day of dialogue, learning, exchange and community building.


• Network with potential partners and collaborators
• Work on key immigration issues and learn best practices
• Gain insights on the programs and services available to help employers and immigrants
• Access new approaches that will empower newcomers and better leverage their skills, talents, and connections in PEI.
• Learn what employers are looking for and how to find meaningful work in the PEI context
• Contribute and bring your ideas to help shape recommendations to guide the policies, programs and strategies for the future


Circle of Island Advisers:

Co-chairs: Alex MacBeath and Duncan McIntosh

Helena Emami | Business Landing Officer, Office of Immigration, Business Integration Unit

Alma MacDonald | Mi’kmaq elder

Minerva McCourt | Mayor Town of Cornwall

Allan Ramjattan | Businessman, Summerside

Peter Meggs | Councillor Town of Cornwall

Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon, PhD | Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, UPEI

Charlottetown Agenda

Day One – Evening Alien Ballet

Confederation Centre of the Arts,
145 Richmond St.

6:30 PM Official Welcome
6:45 PM Keynote / Panel
7:30 PM The Immigration Experience - Alien Ballet
8:45 PM Opening Reception
Day Two – Atlantic immigration Summit

Delta Hotel, 18 Queen St.

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:35 AM Opening Remarks
9:00 AM Keynote Presentation
9:30 AM Themed Roundtables each hosted by a business/community leader and a newcomer
10:30 AM Break
12:00 AM Lunch and Trade Show Room
1:15 PM Speaker
1:30 PM Themed Round Tables
2:30 PM Break
3:30 PM Themed Round Tables: Actions
4:30 PM Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

Honourary Chairs

Alex MacBeath
Co-Chair Advisory Circle
Duncan McIntosh
Co-Chair Advisory Circle


Basel Alrashdan
Honourable H. Wade Maclauchlan
Honourable H. Wade Maclauchlan
Premier of Prince Edward Island