The Roadmap from Friendly to Welcoming

In October of 2015, Mohawk College hosted the InterAct Summit, welcoming close to 300 attendees, delegates and speakers to its campus. Over the 2-day event, strategies promoting growth through immigration were examined, challenged and advanced.


2015 Keynote Speakers


The InterAct 2015 Leadership Summit is for community, industry and academic leaders who promote and support global themes, cultural diversity and a welcoming environment for newcomers. The Summit is the first conference of its kind: A unique opportunity for you to ask, explore and find answers to the question of how we can support newcomers and create welcoming communities.

Who Should Attend?

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    interact summit favicon Perspectives on the best tools to help newcomers into our communities achieve personal success.

    interact summit favicon Ideal for government, social services and employment services that help immigrants attain self-sufficiency in Canadian society.

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    interact summit favicon How diversity translates into better value for your customer base through growth, retention, satisfaction and the ‘bottom line’.

    interact summit favicon Ideal for HR and hiring managers by providing resources and identifying best practices on how to identify newcomer skills talent and valuing them once they are in your organization.

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    interact summit favicon An insider look at how we can enhance the international student experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

    interact summit favicon Ideal for faculty, staff and student leaders at high schools, colleges and universities that support the integration of international students.

Join community, government, business and student leaders as we think, debate and plan a better vision of internationalization across three themes:

interact summit favicon Global Citizenship – what are the practical tools and associated benefits?

interact summit favicon Newcomer Engagement – case studies and best practices in engaging newcomers in gaining employment or starting new businesses.

interact summit favicon Principles and practices that support your community, organization or city to be not just ‘friendly’ but also ‘welcoming’ to newcomers.