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 NS.
  • Learn what employers are looking for and how to find meaningful work in the Nova Scotia context
  • Contribute and bring your ideas to help shape recommendations to guide the policies, programs and strategies for the future

Keynote Speaker

Wadih M. Fares
Wadih M. Fares, C.M., P.Eng., FEC., D. Comm.
President & CEO WM Fares Group

Nova Scotia Agenda

Day One – Evening Alien Ballet

Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St., Halifax

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

Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road Halifax

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 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


Ann Divine
CEO, Ashanti Leadership & Professional Development Services
Scott Belton
Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region I TD Canada
Francis McGuire
Francis McGuire
President Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Sarah McInnes
Sarah McInnes
Immigration and Labour & Employment lawyer
Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Founder and CEO Atlantic Ballet
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Atlantic Ballet
Saeed El-Darahali
Saeed El-Darahali
President and Chief Executive Officer, SimplyCast

Roundtable Leaders

Ifeanyi Emesih
Founder of My Halifax Experience/My East Coast Experience Media and Publishing
Marie Chapman
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Emma Flynn
Immigration Recruitment Specialist, Shannex Incorporated
Patrick Sullivan
President and CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce
Emma Beukema
Emma Beukema
Director, Entrepreneurship at the Black Business Initiative
Azar Bitar
Azar Bitar
Branch Manager, TD Canada Trust
Sylvia Gawad
Sylvia Gawad
Newcomer Program Coordinator YWCA
Jennifer Gillivan
Jennifer Gillivan
President & CEO IWK Foundation
Matt Thomson
Matt Thomson
Co-Founder Placemaking 4G
Tina Murphy
Tina Murphy
Manager, Community Banking & Charitable Donations Atlantic Region TD Canada Trust
Margaret Chapman
Margaret Chapman, CMRP
Chief Operating Officer & Partner, Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Yulia Sultan-Shakh
Yulia Sultan-Shakh
Customer Experience Lead at Scotiabank
Karey Fleming
Karey Fleming
President of HealthWalks Inc, Podiatry Clinic and Shoe Store
Israel Ekanem
Israel Ekanem
Storyteller, Ubuntu Media
Max Al Aqel
Max Al Aqel
IMG Bridging Coordinator, Employment & Bridging Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Michelle Davey
Michelle Davey
Manager, Talent Acquisition Blueocean Contact Centers
Tatjana Zatezalo
Tatjana Zatezalo, MPA
Manager, Org. Effectiveness & Learning HUMAN RESOURCES HΛLIFΛX
Louisa Esangbedo
Louisa Esangbedo
Legal Assistant, Sampson McPhee
Ian Cababasay
Ian Cababasay
Recruiter, Nova Scotia & PEI Bayshore Home Health
Carol M. Logan
Carol M. Logan CPHR
Director of Human Resources The Prince George Hotel / Cambridge Suites Hotel
Gabriela Piccott
Gabriela Piccott
LinkedIn Local Halifax Host
Tanja Matthews
Tanja Matthews
Supervising Team Lead, Pre-employment and Bridging, ISANS
Nevine Boghdady
Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals (IEHP) Bridging Program Coordinator & Skills Match client Specialist, ISANS
Aeshna Sripat
Aeshna Sripat
Consultant, Talent Acquisition, Scotiabank
Nke Umobong
Nke Umobong
Financial Advisor | TD Canada Trust


Scott Belton | Senior Vice President Atlantic Region-TD Canada Trust

Don Bureaux | NSCC -CEO & President

Jennifer Gillivan | IWK Foundation -CEO

Marie Chapman | Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Don Mills | Corporate Research Associates Inc. -Chairman & CEO

Ali Massoudi | TD -VP Commercial – Atlantic Region

John Rogers | Halifax Partnership -President & CEO

Saeed El-Darahali | Simply Cast -President and CEO

Sylvia Gawad | Project 360, Piece of the East

Azar Bitar | Branch Manager, TD Canada Trust

Stephanie Tennant TDCT | Senior Manager, Branch Banking Region Support| Atlantic Region

Emma Beaukema | Manager of Business Development for the Black Business Initiative

Scott McCain | President JSM Capital Corporation 

Trevor Georgie | President and GM Saint John Sea Dogs

Patrick Sullivan | President and CEO Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Jennifer Watts | ISANS CEO 

Nancy Conrad | Senior Vice President, Policy, Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Tina Murphy | Manager, Community Banking & Charitable Donations, Atlantic Region TD Canada Trust

Ifeanyi Emesih  | Founder and publisher of My Halifax Experience-My East Coast Experience Media and Publishing

Omar Tag El-Din | AIP & Immigration Lead - Cape Breton Partnership

Kathleen MacLeod | Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator - Cape Breton Partnership

Trina Samson | Immigrant Settlement Staff - YReach Settlement Program

Sohaila Abdo | Manager - Cape Breton Island Center for Immigration (CBICI)