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 immigrants
  • Access new approaches that will empower newcomers and better leverage their skills, talents, and connections in NL.
  • Learn what employers are looking for and how to find meaningful work in the Newfoundland context
  • Contribute and bring your ideas to help shape recommendations to guide the policies, programs and strategies for the future

Honourary Chair

Charlene Brophy
President and CEO of FONEMED

Keynote Speaker

Don Mills
Don Mills
Founder, Former CEO and Owner of Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Newfoundland Agenda

Day One – Evening Alien Ballet

St. John's Arts and Culture Centre
95 Allandale Rd, St. John's

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

Sheraton Hotel
115 Cavendish Square, St. John's

8:00 AM Registration
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 PM Lunch and Trade Show Room
1:15 PM Speaker
1:30 PM Themed Round Tables
2:30 PM Break
3:30 PM ThemedTound Tables: Actions
4:30 PM  Wrap-up and Closing Remarks


Charlene Brophy
President and CEO of FONEMED
Tim Powers
Tim Powers
Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies
Meghan Felt
Partner/Immigration Lawyer at McInnes Cooper Law Firm
Dr Bolu Ogunyemi
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) Memorial University of Newfoundland
Taqwa Mahmood
Artist who has a passion for immigration
Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Founder and CEO Atlantic Ballet
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Atlantic Ballet

Roundtable Leaders

Prajwala Dixit
Prajwala Dixit
Engineer/Columnist/Writer/Change Agent
Elizabeth Vincent
Elizabeth Vincent
Director, International, College of the North Atlantic
Danny Reid
Danny Reid
Account Manager Small Business TD Canada Trust
Ziyi Qian
Ziyi Qian
Membership Executive, St. John's Board of Trade
Sheldon O’Neill
Sheldon O’Neill
Immigration Settlement and Integration Consultant, Goverment of NL Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM)
Kyekue Mweemba
Program Coordinator YWCA St. John's
Ashley Verge
Ashley Verge
Central Region Coordinator, Connector NL
Carey Majid
Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission


Tim Fahey | Partner, Grant Thornton

Meghan Felt | Partner/Immigration Lawyer at McInnes Cooper Law Firm

Rhonda Tulk-Lane | Director of Business Solutions, Board of Trade

Shanna Mugford | Western Region Coordinator, Connector NL

Brendan Hagerty | Manager of Labour Market Initiatives, Connector Program

Ashley Verge | Central Region Coordinator, Connector NL

James Rosario | Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Manager, Immigration Services, Work Global Canada

Jose Rivera | Executive Director, Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC)

Justin Campbell | Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Association for New Canadians

Jennifer Bessell | Director of Settlement Services, Association for New Canadians

Roger Scaplen | Senior Manager, Government Relations at Atlantic YMCA Regional Development Centre

Krista Payne | General Manager (Acting), Employment and Enterprise Services, YMCA

Wendolyn Schlamp | Executive Director, YWCA

Deanne Howlett | Program Coordinator, YWCA

Remzi Cej | Director of Immigration, Provincial Government Office of Immigration

Geoff Newman | Manager of Youth Grants at Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Aiden Flynn | Provincial director arts and culture centres 

Asta Rowe | RDEE

Lori Tobin | Marketing Communications Specialist

Taqwa Mahmood | Artist who has a passion for immigration