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Third International Cities of Migration Conference: Diversity Drives Prosperity, Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University

Toronto, Ontario
March 2, 2016

Westin Harbour Castle
Mobility, movement, migration—the great flow of people and ideas to cities around the world—is unstoppable. Today’s super-diversity follows the great urbanization of the world. New cities of migration are in the global north and in the global south, and span every continent. As IOM’s William Lacy Swing says: “Cities rarely shrink to greatness. They get better by growing and to grow they must welcome migrants.”
If diversity is the new norm, does diversity drive prosperity? Can diversity bring more trade, more talent, more social innovation? We think so. The evidence linking diversity and prosperity is strong and growing, bolstered by new voices, new research strategies, and new forms of collaboration.
On March 2, 2016, the 3rd International Cities of Migration Conference is coming to Toronto. Join local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration.
COM2016 Program Highlights:

  • Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do. Our opening plenary panel takes stock of how super-diversity challenges and sustains urban resilience and prosperity.
  • New Talent, New Markets. Business leaders discuss the links between workforce diversity and market opportunity, and the impact of diversity on innovation in product development, services, and processes.
  • Changing Governance in Changing Times. Civic leaders examine institutional innovation and culture shift in the boardroom and around the decision table — from the ballroom and ballpark all the way to the bank.
  • Social Innovation in the New Economy. A leading thinker explores how diversity and social innovation drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy.
  • Marketplace of Good Ideas. Our signature event takes you on a multi-city tour of successful, scalable integration strategies and social innovations for building open, inclusive cities and workplaces.
  • Policy Lab. Local lessons from Germany, U.S.A. and Canada on preparing the next generation for a 21st century urban economy.
  • Welcoming Refugees in Cities. Closing conversation on welcoming refugees into our urban communities, institutions, neighbourhoods and workplaces.
  • A full day of exciting speakers — capped by the 2016 GDX Annual Lecture. Global leaders and social innovators include William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration; Wendy Cukier, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University (Toronto); and Khalid Koser, Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (Geneva).

Full day COM2016, with Global Diversity Exchange Annual Lecture: $150 (general) | $95 (students)

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The 2016 Cities of Migration Conference is brought to you by the Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University, in collaboration with the 18th National Metropolis Conference, March 3-5, 2016.  COM2016 is a one-day pre-conference.