February 2016

Syrian Refugee Resettlement - A Panel Discussion

11:30am-1:30pm | The Omni King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto

Join the EC, The Honourable John McCallum, The Honourable Michael Chan, Wendy Cukier, co-founder of Lifeline Syria, and Councillor Joe Mihevc for a meaningful discussion about the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

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Deadline: Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

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- 11:30am Lunch is served - 12:15pm Formal remarks begin -

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Syrian Refugee Resettlement - A Panel Discussion

Danielle Bochove

Business Journalist
Bloomberg News

Danielle Bochove

Danielle is a Canadian business journalist with Bloomberg News in Toronto. Before joining Bloomberg she worked as a national television and radio host for CBC News, hosted her own daily business program on Canada's Business News Network, and spent nine years with Reuters in Chicago, Tokyo and London. She majored in International Relations and English Literature at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and studied Journalism at Ryerson University.

Joe Mihevc

City of Toronto

Joe Mihevc

Joe Mihevc has served the midtown area as City Councillor for the former City of York and the new City of Toronto. Joe was appointed as one of Toronto's Newcomer Advocates, with a special focus on Syrian refugees. His deep concern for social issues has led him to be an advocate for strong neighbourhoods, healthy communities, a clean environment and safe streets.

Joe has a M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology and Social Ethics (theses on Holocaust Studies and Canadian Mennonites, respectively). He has served in a variety of capacities that have allowed him to demonstrate his concerns for democratic, accessible and responsible government.

As a City Councillor, Joe has helped transform his neighborhood with a variety of innovative projects. These include the building of the Artscape Wychwood Barns and Park, the Cedarvale Outdoor Ice Rink and warming room, the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, the creation of Roseneath Park, the re-building of St. Clair Avenue West’s light rail transit infrastructure and public realm, and securing a home for the heritage Tollkeeper’s Cottage. Joe also oversaw the redevelopment of the Maria A. Schkuka library branch, which included the construction of more than 60 units of affordable housing next door. With the support of many community leaders, Joe has spearheaded the refurbishment of playground equipment in many local parks across his ward.
Joe is a hands-on Councillor who believes that a healthy ward is active and engaged. To this end, he facilitates many community-building initiatives. Speaker series, information meetings, shop local campaigns, environmental festivals, ward-wide check-in meetings, and family-friendly movie nights are among his priorities to promote civic engagement. He also facilitates and supports many initiatives and projects led by local organizations.

As Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) from 2003 to 2010, Joe has led the way on key projects to improve public transit in Toronto. He has provided important leadership to the St. Clair transit improvement project, which included significant improvements to the public realm. Joe also led an effort at the TTC to replace the aging fleet of streetcars with new, modern Light Rail Vehicles.

Joe was elected Chair of the Board of Health in February 2013. As Vice Chair of the Board from 2010 to 2012, his accomplishments include championing the city’s Student Nutrition Program. As Chair of the Board of Health from 2000 to 2003, Joe led many initiatives to help improve health and safety across the city. These efforts included the implementation of the Green-Yellow-Red restaurant disclosure system, the restaurant smoking by-law, the adoption of a pesticide by-law, the investment in control measures to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus, and the management of the SARS outbreak.

Joe is a past member of the city’s Budget Committee and has chaired the Community Services Committee, the Roundtable on Access, Equity and Human Rights, the Disability Issues Committee and the Ethics Steering Committee. He is a recipient of a Bob Marley Award recognizing commitment to diversity, and the 2011 African Canadian Achievement Award for his long-time work with the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto. Joe has received the keys to the City of Soyapango, El Salvador, for his work on public health capacity building initiatives in that city. He also has been involved with the City’s interfaith community, whose initiatives include the Faith in the City symposium, a day of speakers and workshops to promote community involvement on issues of social justice.

For the current term of Council, Joe continues to serve as the Chair of the Board of Health and strives to work towards a healthier Toronto with the continued growth of the Student Nutrition Program. He also acts as one of Toronto’s newly appointed Newcomer Advocates, to help facilitate an inclusive transition process for new and incoming refugees and immigrants. As a member of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, Joe has been active in advancing a local poverty reduction strategy, including supporting additional services for women and LGBT youth. Joe also currently sits as a Commissioner on the TTC Board, and has facilitated community involvement regarding transit accessibility, as well as actively supporting suicide prevention measures within the TTC. Additionally, Joe is a member of the Toronto and East York Community Council, and is the City Council Liason to the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto, currently the largest Caribbean cultural festival in North America.

John McCallum

Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship
Federal Government

John McCallum

John McCallum was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.

Mr. McCallum has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and member of the Standing Committee on Finance. He served as Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) from January to May 2002. From May 2002 to December 2003, he served as Minister of National Defence and, in 2003, as Minister of Veterans Affairs. In July 2004, he was appointed Minister of National Revenue and Chair of the Expenditure Review Committee by Prime Minister Paul Martin. He recently served as the Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Seniors.

Before entering politics, Mr. McCallum was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Royal Bank of Canada.

Mr. McCallum worked as a professor of economics at McGill University (1987-94), as well as at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1982-87), Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and the University of Manitoba (1976-78).

He is the author or co-author of eight books or monographs, and has written on fiscal and monetary issues, comparative macroeconomic performance of OECD countries, Canada-U.S. economic integration, and other economic issues.

A native of Montréal, Mr. McCallum obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Cambridge University, a Diplôme d'études supérieures from the Université de Paris, and a doctorate in economics from McGill University. Mr. McCallum and his wife, Nancy Lim, have three children.

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & International Trade
Provincial Government

Michael Chan

Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the MPP for Markham in a byelection in 2007. He was then elected as the MPP for Markham-Unionville in 2007, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

He is currently serving as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

During his tenure at Queen’s Park, Chan has also served as Minister of Revenue and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In the latter role, he focused on enhancing Ontario’s ability to attract jobs and skilled employees and worked to expand the province’s bridge training programs that assist newcomers with economic integration.

Prior to embarking on his political career, Chan — who emigrated from Hong Kong more than 40 years ago and has lived in Markham since 1995 — owned and operated an insurance brokerage firm.

Chan and his wife, Elaine, live in Markham with their two sons, Alex and Brian.

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