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Despite an indisputable contribution to economic prosperity, immigrant entrepreneurs have an economic foundation often reduced by the lack of a network (social capital) and an incomplete understanding of the business culture of the host society or community. This partly explains why immigrants tend to settle in large urban centres, even though the need for a new, entrepreneurial relief is also acute in regional communities.

This forum aims to better understand the dynamics of Montreal’s support network and the challenges of immigrant entrepreneurship, plus address the issue of regionalization.

Tuesday, March 20

Immigrant entrepreneurship challenges: Current situation and food for thought

7:15 a.m. Welcoming participants
A light breakfast will be served
8:00 a.m. Welcoming address
Collaboration: An infinite field of social innovation
8:15 a.m. Opening conference

Track 1 – Immigrant entrepreneurship: What are the performance targets?

 8:35 a.m. The entrepreneurial goals of immigrants
 9:35 a.m. Current situation of immigrant entrepreneurship in Canada and Quebec
A comparative analysis
10:25 a.m. Coffee break

Track 2 – Attributes and barriers: what are the priorities for action?

10:45 a.m. Current research on immigrant entrepreneurship
Panel
11:30 a.m. Barriers in the field
Panel
12:15 p.m. Conference lunch

Track 3 – Coaching and resources: Cohesion and social capital (simultaneous / choice)

 1:30 p.m. Coaching: Practices & tools
Panel
 1:30 p.m. What ecosystem for social and collective entrepreneurship models
 2:45 p.m. Is the financing of immigrant entrepreneurs enough? 
 3:45 p.m. Health break

 4:00 p.m. Workshop
 5:00 p.m. Networking cocktail reception

Wednesday, March 21

Immigrant entrepreneurship: Working toward common initiatives for greater collaboration within the entrepreneurial ecosystem

  • Discussion group by invitation only
    Objective: Define 10 initiatives for greater collaboration towards immigrant entrepreneurship
 8:35 a.m. Introduction to the objectives and agenda of the discussion
 8:45 a.m. Summary of the first conference day
 9:00 a.m. Presentation of the Montreal ecosystem in support of immigrant
 9:15 a.m. Discussion – Part 1
Challenges and opportunities for greater collaboration concerning immigrant entrepreneurship
10:15 a.m. Discussion – Part 2
Defining avenues for a more collaborative ecosystem
11:30 a.m. Light lunch and networking

 

Detailed program (PDF) – in French only


The report will be sent to all forum participants.

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