Timetable Agenda

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Time Activity
7:00am - 9:00am Registration & Breakfast
8:00am -8:45am Orientation to OCASI
Crown Room
9:00am- 9:05 am Welcome Address
Prince Ballroom
9:05am -9:15am Burst Talk,Ideas that ignite
Prince Ballroom
9:15am - 9:45am Opening Keynote:Stacey Laforme, Chief, Missasaugas of the New Credit First Nations
Prince Ballroom
9:45-am- 10:30am Opening Plenary Panel: Decent work
Prince Ballroom
10:30am-10:45am Break: Registration, Marketplace, Community Painting
10:45am -11:00am Guest Speaker: Virginia Hatchette, ADM, Refugee Resettlement Secretariat
Prince Ballroom
11am -12:15pm State of the Sector: Roundtable discussions
Prince Ballroom
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch: Registration, Marketplace, Community Painting
1:15pm- 2:45pm CONCURRENT SESSION A:

A1. Travailler avec les pères immigrants afin de prévenir la violence (French)  (90 minutes) Princess Room
A2. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise: An interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.( Simultaneous French Interpretation) (3 hours) Prince Ballroom
A3. Helping people find reliable legal information and legal services (3 hours) Ontario
A4. Healthy Boundaries of Organizational Wellness (3 hours) Crown Room
A5. Building up -Anti  Oppression with a Focus on Power Privilege & Identity (90 minutes) North York North
A6. Too Good To Be True?: Promoting Positive Financial Health for Newcomers and How to Identify Scams (90 minutes) Princess South
A7. Title: Breaking Down Barriers: Innovative Approaches to Filling Service Gaps and Improving Access to Services for Migrant Live-in Caregivers and migrant workers (90 minutes) North York South
2:45pm- 3:00pm Break: Registration Marketplace, Community Painting
3:00pm - 4:30pm CONCURRENT SESSION B:

B1. Newcomers and the Law (90 minutes) Princess North
B2. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise: An interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught.( Simultaneous French Interpretation) (3 hours) Prince Ballroom
B3. Helping people find reliable legal information and legal services (3 hours) Ontario
B4. Healthy Boundaries of Organizational Wellness (3 hours) Crown Room
B5. Integrated Model in Settlement Services Partnerships (90 minutes) North York North
B6. Reclaiming our Space ( Bilingual French/English) (90 minutes) Princess South
B7. Investing in the Future: Helping skilled Newcomers to Plan, and Pay for Rebuilding Their Career in Canada (90 minutes) North York South
4:30pm- 5:00pm Break: Registration, Marketplace, Community Painting
5:00pm-7:00pm AGM
7:00pm-9:00pm Dinner

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Time Activity
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast and Registration
8:30am- 9:15am Keynote Speaker: Anthony Morgan
9:15am-10:45am CONCURRENT SESSION C:

C1. Inclusive User Defined Service Model of Case Management (3 Hours) (Simultaneous Interpretation( French) Prince Ballroom
C2. HIV/AIDS: What Settlement workers in Ontario Need to Know (3 Hours) Crown Room
C3. Créer des espaces positifs dans le secteur d’établissement / Creating positive spaces in the settlement sector (Bilingual French/ English) Princess North
C4. Working with Sponsored Refugees and Sponsoring Groups to Facilitate Successful Refugee Sponsorship ( 90 Minutes) Princess South
C5. Licensing in Ontario’s Regulated Profession ( 90 Minutes) North York North
C6. Pour un modèle alternatif d'intégration économique des nouveaux arrivants: l'économie sociale et solidaire comme modèle d’autonomisation et de réussite. (3 hours) ( French) North York South
C7. Working with Refugee Women and Men to Address Intimate Partner Violence:Recognize, Respond and Refer Violence Against Women (90 Minutes) Ontario
10:45am- 11:00am Break: Registration, Marketplace, Community Painting
11:00am- 12:30pm CONCURRENT SESSION D:

D1. Inclusive User Defined Service Model of Case Management (3 Hours) (Simultaneous Interpretation( French) Prince Ballroom
D2. HIV/AIDS: What Settlement workers in Ontario Need to Know (3 Hours) Crown Room
D3. Improvising Your Way through Conflict Resolution Princess North
D4. Updated  Immigration and Citizenship Trends Princess South
D5. Trauma Informed Approach for Working with Syrian Newcomer Survivors of War and Torture North York North
D6. Supporting Francophone newcomers and creating linkages between Francophone and Anglophone services systems ( Bilingual English/French)   North York South
D7. Vicarious Trauma and Self Care Ontario
12:30pm- 1:30pm Lunch: Marketplace, Community Painting
1:30pm - 3:00pm Closing Funders Panel: Service Delivery Agencies as Change Agents : Who funds it?
Prince Ballroom
3:00pm- 3:15pm Break: Marketplace, Community Painting
3:15pm -4:00pm   Closing remarks

Plenary Session Descriptions

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Burst Talk – Ideas that Ignite

Hear from three dynamic and innovative ‘doers’ who will talk about their passion/ priority and what moves/inspires them in their work.

Opening Panel- Decent Work

Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment” – International Labour Organization (ILO).

Immigrants, refugees and migrant workers in Ontario are over-represented in low-paid precarious employment, often under-employed and cannot access basic employment standards.

The panelists will share their reflections on decent work in Ontario and address the following questions:

  • What should ‘decent work’ look like in Ontario?
  • Who cannot get decent work and why?
  • What can we do to change this reality?

Funding Matters

This session will feature presentations and dialogue with government and private foundation funders on their respective priorities and roles in supporting immigrant and refugee-serving agencies by providing financial resources. The panelists all speak about a broad range of funding matters including: issues of sustainability; competition in funding applications; what drives funding decisions; and communication between funders and agencies. This will be an interactive session with opportunity to ask questions.


See the Concurrent Session Descriptions
Français: Description des séances parallèles

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN). Born and raised on MNCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over fifteen years, being first elected to council in 1999.

Chief Laforme has participated in a number of committees and boards throughout his seven terms served as a Councillor, including involvement with the MNCFN’s Pan Am Games Secretariat (PAGS). As Chair of the PAGS Committee, Chief Laforme was instrumental in raising the profile of all First Nations through the recognition of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation as the first ever official Host First Nation of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Chief Laforme is committed to increasing involvement and communication between Elected Council and both on and off-reserve membership. He is very active throughout MNCFN’s traditional territory which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller and poet. His dedication to the land, history, language and culture of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation are helping to guide his First Nation towards a prosperous future.

Thursday October 12th

Anthony Morgan is a human rights and civil liberties lawyer at Falconers LLP, where his practice focuses on state accountability litigation. He is also an advocate and frequent legal, social and public affairs commentator on issues concerning racism, critical multiculturalism and critical race theory in Canada. He was appeared on or written for CBC, CityNews, CTV, CNN, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail He specializes in intersectional anti-racist human rights litigation and advocacy that addresses anti-Black racism in policing and the broader criminal justice system. He has advocated on the issue of anti-Black racism in Canada at various levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before two United Nations human rights committees in Geneva, Switzerland. In both 2016 and 2017, Anthony was nominated as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter: @anthonynmorgan

English-French Simultaneous Interpretation

As an ongoing practice at its Professional Development Conference , OCASI is offering simultaneous interpretation services for plenary sessions and some workshops where presentations will be delivered in both of Canada's official languages.

If you're not comfortable enough in English/French to follow presenters or fellow participants' contributions to the dialogue, we encourage you to make the most of the simultaneous interpretation services that OCASI offers to all conference participants.

When you check in at the conference registration desk, an OCASI staff will direct you to pick up headsets for simultaneous interpretation. You will need a piece of identification (Ontario Photo Card, driver's licence or major credit card etc.) for this purpose.