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
|11:30 a.m.||Barriers in the field
|12:15 p.m.||Conference lunch|
Track 3 – Coaching and resources: Cohesion and social capital (simultaneous / choice)
|1:30 p.m.||Coaching: Practices & tools
|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|
|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.