The Atlantic Immigration Summit is an outcome-oriented event series designed to engage people across sectors for a provocative dialogue and exchange on immigration. The summits focus on innovative, practical, and actionable solutions to strengthen Atlantic Canada’s immigration system and improve economic performance with an emphasis on building inclusive communities.

Speakers and roundtable leaders are attending from across the province representing a range of backgrounds and experiences. A key component of this provincial event is sharing of best practices.


Work on key immigration issues and learn best practices;

Network with potential partners and collaborators;

Gain insights on the programs and services available to help employers and newcomers;

Access new approaches that will empower newcomers and better leverage their skills, talents, and connections in NB

Learn what employers are looking for and how to find meaningful work in the NB context

Contribute and bring your ideas to help shape recommendations to guide the policies, programs and strategies for the future.

Honourary Chairs

Bryana Ganong
CEO, Ganong Brothers LTD.
Anita Punamiya
Entrepreneur, Educator
Louis R. Comeau C.M., D.C.L.
Entrepreneur & Business Leader

New Brunswick Agenda

May 23rd

Day One

(Capitol Theatre, 811 Main Street)

5:30 PM Opening Reception
6:30 PM Welcome by Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, CEO, Atlantic Ballet
6:35 PM Remarks from Honourary Co-Chairs: Anita Punamiya and Louis R. Comeau
6:40 PM Ali Massoudi, District Vice President Commercial Banking at TD, to introduce Panel Moderator, Stephen Lund, CEO, Opportunities NB
6:45 PM Onstage panel with:
  • Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie
  • Gerry Pond, Chairman & Co-Founder, Mariner
  • Mike Timani, CEO, Fancy Pokket
  • Jean-Paul Loyer, Executive Director & Strategic Enrollment Management, Université de Moncton
  • Anita Punamiya, Entrepreneur & Educator
  • Susan Wilson, Director of Immigration, J.D. Irving Ltd.
7:45 PM Ballet ALIEN on the immigration experience
9:30 PM Gathering at Blue Olive with live music
May 24th

Day Two

(Delta Beauséjour, 750 Main Street)

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome by Honourary Co-Chairs: Bryana Ganong and Louis R. Comeau
8:35 AM Remarks from Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, CEO, Atlantic Ballet
8:40 AM

“New Conversations: Lessons Learned from 15 Community Conversations about Welcoming More People for a Stronger Future”


  • Alex LeBlanc, Executive Director, New Brunswick Multicultural Council
  • Pascale Paulin, Facilitator, New Conversations Tour
9:00 AM Keynote: Francis McGuire, President, ACOA, "Framing the Conversation on Immigration"
9:30 AM Themed Roundtables each hosted by a business/community leader and a newcomer
10:30 AM Break
12:00 PM Lunch and Trade Show Room
1:15 PM Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, Chief Diversity Officer, Enkidu Inc.
1:30 PM Themed Round Tables
2:30 PM Break
3:30 PM Themed Round Tables: Actions 
4:30 PM Wrap-up & Closing Remarks



Amanda Hachey
Director NouLAB
Jean-Paul Loyer
Executive Director, Strategic Enrolment Management.  U de M
Dr. Leeno Karumanchery
Chief Diversity Officer Enkidu Inc
Pascale Paulin
Owner and Communication Specialist Forté Communication
Alex LeBlanc
Executive Director, New Brunswick Multicultural Council
Susan Wilson
Director of Immigration, J.D. Irving Ltd
Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Founder and CEO Atlantic Ballet
Stephen Lund
CEO of OpportunitiesNB
Bernard Lord
CEO, Medavie Inc.
Mike Timani
President/CEO Fancy Pokket Corporation
Dr. Jacques Paul Couturier
Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, Université de Moncton
Gerry Pond
Chairman and Co-Founder Mariner

Roundtable Leaders

Lori-Ann Cyr
President Diversis inc.
Adrienne O-Pray
President & CEO New Brunswick Business Council
Kathy Malley
Vice President Malley Industries Inc.
Mohammed Ali Mhalla
General Manager / Owner - Blue Olive Market & Restaurant
Sherri Deveau
CPHR - Human Resource Business Partner
Angelique Reddy-Kalala
Immigration Strategy Officer - City of Moncton
Yves Maillet
Vice President Business Growth Team Opportunities NB
Doug Robertson
President & CEO Venn Innovation Centre
Abby David
Project Manager New Brunswick Multicultural Council
David Hawkins
CEO & Founding Partner Brainworks Razor
Dr. John McLaughlin
UNB President Emeritus
Frédéric Desclos
Co-owner Chocolat Adorable
Alfred Bessawa
CEO & Partner Design From Africa
Mostafa Shaker
Senior Marketing Communications Specialist Blue Spurs
Cyriaque Kiti
CEO AFREMAC Consulting and AFREMAC Group
George Apopei
Production Manager with Carstar
Rejean Boudreau
Vice-President, Chief of Organizational Development Assumption Life
Andrew Oland
President & CEO of Moosehead, Chair of the Board with Enterprise Saint John
Jacquelyn Stephen
Director of Human Resources Delta Hotels
Myriam Mekni
Assistant Director MAGMA
David Nurse
Co-lead Immigration Atlantic Canada McInnes Cooper
Marilyn Luscombe
Bernard LeBlanc
President & CEO GMIAA
Diane Allain
VP Talent Management UNI
Eric Mourant
President & CEO 3plus Corporation
Dr. Dhirendra Shukla
Professor & Chair Technology Mgmt. & Entrepreneurship Program, UNB
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Atlantic Ballet
Gelena Devedjinejad
Production Officer Atlantic Ballet
Susy Campos
CEO & President Community Grants Associates
Ada Dempsey
Owner Something's Brewing
Guilhem Eymard
Purchasing Agent CANB
Clotilde Heibing
Owner Impertinent
Leyla Sall
Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Criminology U de M
Stevenson Casimir
Assistant Director ASU WORKWEAR
Reem Fayyad
Research Analyst at the New Brunswick Health Council
Jenny-Arlette Muhimpundu
Project Development Officer, Carrefour Beausoleil
Rambha Pershad
President of the Miramichi Region Multicultural Association, owner and operator of the Fundy Line Motel and Restaurant
Guylaine Roy
Senior Manager in Assurance and Business Advisory Services at Grant Thornton
Bénédicte N’Dri
International student retention program coordinator at CAFi
Grace Gao
Accountant at Grant Thornton
Magali Torres Brucale
Tutor - Community Living NB
Matthew Premkumar
Executive Director at Ste Anne's Court - Atria Retirement Canada
Maksym Bezorudko
CEO and Co-founder of Zwebra Web Studio Inc
Steven Fecteau
HR Director and Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Poultry Sector Sunnymel, Clair, NB
Natujwa Maliondo, MBA
Business Development Associate Opportunities NB
Mohamed Bagha
Managing Director Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre Inc.
Réjean Després
Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada
Andree Caissie Savoie
Vice-President, Imperial Manufacturing Group
Larry Shaw
CEO Ignite Fredericton
Bénédicte Donval
Community and culture development agent at Carrefour Beausoleil
Erika Cantu
Diversity Champion at United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick
Kinh Huynh
Owner Canada–MFCIC Business Services Inc
Sandra Lawrence
Process Improvement Facilitator, Policy & Performance Excellence, Treasury Board
Greg Bambury
Chief Human Resources Officer, Medavie
Kirk Muise
Vice President, Eastern New Brunswick & PEI, Commercial Financial Services, RBC Bank
Ali Massoudi
District Vice President, TD Commercial Banking
Karla Pooley
Head of Talent, Blue Spurs