Minister Hawkins Leads Inaugural Meeting of Roundtable on Immigration

  • Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

7 February 2018

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today led the inaugural meeting of the Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration.

Members representing the business community, labour, the K-12 education system, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, community organizations and service providers discussed shared priorities in attracting and retaining newcomers to Newfoundland and Labrador.

The inaugural meeting also included an update on actions in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador, the province’s collaborative immigration action plan. The plan outlines 39 priority initiatives, of which 25 are fully implemented or ongoing.

Members discussed the role their organizations may play in achieving the plan’s future actions and identifying new initiatives to increase immigration. A list of the roundtable members is provided in the backgrounder below.

A second meeting of the Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration, a key commitment in the immigration action plan, will be held in spring 2018. The Provincial Government has committed to increasing immigration to the province to 1,700 newcomers annually by 2022.

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“The first meeting of the Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration was an opportunity for members to meet each other and begin a strategic discussion to plan collaborative actions for the next two to five years. I am impressed by the members’ enthusiasm and heartfelt desire to address the province’s demographic challenges by identifying initiatives to increase immigration helping to ensure the province’s future social and economic growth and prosperity.” 
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, was joined at the Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration by representatives of various sectors, including Deirdre Ayre of Other Ocean Interactive (left) and Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe of Sharing Our Cultures Inc. (centre).

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, was joined at the Minister’s Roundtable on Immigration by representatives of various sectors, including Deirdre Ayre of Other Ocean Interactive (left) and Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe of Sharing Our Cultures Inc. (centre).

 

 

The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador – www.aesl.gov.nl.ca/publications/pdf/ImmigrationPlan.pdf 

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism – nlimmigration.ca/ 

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BACKGROUNDER
Permanent Members

Nancy Healey St. John’s Board of Trade
Richard Alexander Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council
Mary Shortall Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
Megan Morris Association for New Canadians
Jose Rivera Refugee Immigrant Advisory Council
Gael Corbineau Federation Francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe Sharing Our Cultures Inc.
Kaberi Sarma-Debnath Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador
Sonja Knutson Internationalization Office, Memorial University
Dr. William Radford College of the North Atlantic
Tony Stack Newfoundland and Labrador English School District
Kim Christianson Conseil scolaire francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
Craig Pollett Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
James Loder Academy Canada
Elizabeth Lawrence City of St. John’s, Local Immigration Partnership
Kenneth Martin Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Mark Lane Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association
Ron Taylor Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries
Mervin Wiseman Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture
Lou Alteen Exploits Regional Chamber of Commerce
Debby Yannakidis Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce
Sheldon Peddle Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade
Toby Leon Labrador West Chamber of Commerce
Sterling Peyton, Chair Labrador North Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Robert Shea Marine Institute

Visiting Members

Michelle Simms Memorial University – Genesis Centre
Ivan Emke Memorial University – Grenfell Campus
Renata Lang Memorial University Students’ Union
Denise Pike Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils
Rob Greenwood Memorial University Harris Centre
Dr. Tony Fang Memorial University
Steve Butler City of Mount Pearl
Michael Clair Coordinating Committee on Newcomer Integration
Carey Majid Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission
Penelope Rowe Community Sector Council
Elayne Greeley Community Employment Collaboration
Roseanne Leonard Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Canadian Business Development Corporations
Carolina Herrera Reseau de Developpement Economique et d’Employabilite (RDEE)
Linda Ross Provincial Advisory Council on Status of Women
Gary Hennessey Town of Grand Falls-Windsor
Ted Gracie Town of Stephenville
Gary Wensman Town of Labrador City
Lynn Power Association of Registered Nurses of NL
Pamela Toope Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Allied Health Professionals
David Haire Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters – Newfoundland and Labrador
Craig Foley Hospitality NL
Nancy Brace Restaurant Association Newfoundland and Labrador
Betty Wong Chinese Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr. Michael Paul Hebrew Congregation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr. C.W.Cho Korean Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr. Mansoor Pirzada Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Thaddeus Dreher Newfoundland and Labrador Multiculturalism Council
Hazel Ouano-Alpuerto Philippine – Newfoundland Association
Nickie Sood Sikh Community of Newfoundland and Labrador
Samir Debnath Hindu Community of Newfoundland and Labrador – Hindu Temple
Hyme Nainu Friends of India Association
Alwell J. Oyet African and Canadian Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Joseph Sale Italians of Terra Nova
Tracy Harris Eastern Health
Jamie King Verafin Inc
Michael Goodridge Johnson Insurance
Gloria Parsons Chancellor Park
Deirdre Ayre Other Ocean Interactive
Paul Crawford Thunder Rode Ent Ltd
Marlene Van De Wiel MAR Investment Ltd
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