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.


THE SUMMIT GOAL: Using a combination of speakers, panels and facilitated round-table conversations attendees will focus on proposing and developing actionable initiatives to move forward post-summit by answering the question. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE PEI HOME?



  • 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

Keynote Speaker

Honourable H. Wade Maclauchlan
Premier of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island 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 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


Alex MacBeath
Co-Chair Advisory Circle
Duncan McIntosh
Co-Chair Advisory Circle
Basel Alrashdan
Young New Canadian
Shuo (Sherry) Huang
Shuo (Sherry) Huang
CEO of Sunrise Group of Companies
Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Founder and CEO Atlantic Ballet
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Igor Dobrovolskiy
Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Atlantic Ballet
Marian Eliot
Inventory Clerk, Royal Star Foods Ltd.

Roundtable Leaders

Gary Scales
Regional Lead Partner/ Associé Responsable de la région de l'Ile-du-Prince-Édouard, McInnes Cooper
Colin Paddington
Colin Paddington
Chief Financial Officer, iWave
Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon
Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon
Professor, Chair Department of Biology
Heather Mullen
Heather Mullen
Membership Coordinator, MSPEI
Margaret Magner
Margaret Magner
Executive Director, PEI Business Women’s Association
Mayor Minerva McCourt
Mayor Minerva McCourt
Town of Cornwall
Councillor Peter Meggs
Councillor Peter Meggs
Town of Cornwall
Rory Francis
Rory Francis
Executive Director, PEI BioAlliance
 Steve Bellamy
Steve Bellamy
Chief Executive Officer, Confederation Centre of the Arts
Stephen Gould
Councillor Stephen Gould
Vice-President Rural Municipalities

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