Bay Immigration Portal Launch
MPP and Minister of Tourism Monique Smith was on hand at the Best
Western Hotel in North Bay January 11, 2010 for the launch of the
North Bay Immigration Portal. Portal development was through funds
from the Province of Ontario. More than 30 people attended a morning
professional development session with Dr. Lionel Laroche, the portal
launch and afternoon strategic planning session for the North Bay
Victor Fedeli spoke about the baby boom generation retiring in great
numbers and the need for skilled immigrants in North Bay.
Coté, Local Immigration Partnership Project Officer with the North
Bay Newcomer Network, led an afternoon session of strategic planning.
Tremblay, economic development officer for the city and co-chair of
the North Bay Newcomer Network, was a driving force behind the development
of the immigration portal.
Anthony Rota spoke about his grandfather arriving at Ellis Island
with only a name of someone he knew in North Bay to guide him. Immigrant
settlement services did not exist at that time.
Lionel Laroche did a morning workshop on the challenges faced by internationally
trained professionals when they come to Canada.