The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Sommet de l’immigration: A first in Montréal

Key stakeholders in immigration will meet on October 16 for the first Sommet de l’immigration in Montréal. The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal will be represented by its President and CEO, Michel Leblanc, as well as by its Interconnection Program team.

About the Sommet de l’immigration

Organized by Immigrant Québec, the Sommet de l’immigration aims to bring together professionals and organizations in the field of immigration to reflect on ways that everyone can better tackle immigration issues.

On the agenda: retaining talent

The Chamber’s Interconnection team is piloting a program to connect Montréal companies and skilled newcomers to facilitate their professional integration.

As part of the Summit, the team will present an interactive and technological workshop on retaining immigrant talent. Titled “Professional integration – the key to employment retention,” the workshop will be hosted by:

  • Élise Le Dref, Interim Director, Workforce and Diversity – Acclr, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Susana Diaz, Director – Organizational Development and Employment, PME MTL Centre-Ville
  • Jessyca Cloutier, Planning Consultant, Bureau d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants, Ville de Montréal
  • Patricia Grzesiak, Acting Director, Interconnection Program, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

According to Élise Le Dref, the objective of the workshop is “to encourage innovation in the field of professional integration—initiatives that companies and immigrant professionals will use to lay the foundations for sustainable collaboration.”

Michel Leblanc’s talk

Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber, will also participate in the event’s panel discussion on future prospects along with other experts.

“Access to a skilled workforce is a priority issue for the Chamber. One of the keys to long-term economic and social prosperity is increasing labour market participation through, among other things, strategic immigration. The Chamber has been working on this for the past ten years to establish preferred contacts between Montréal organizations and skilled immigrants to promote their professional integration. This first Sommet de l’immigration is therefore a key event for us,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

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