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The Power of the Diaspora Networks

Ted Rogers School of Management Business Conference

“The Power of the Diaspora Networks” conference will highlight the importance of Canadian diaspora networks in promoting trade and investment. Diasporas are increasingly recognized as a vehicle for economic growth and it is important for Canada to leverage its growing diversity to achieve prosperity at home and abroad.

The conference will bring together business, government and academic leaders from across Canada who are engaged in promoting economic development and prosperity.

This conference will take place in Toronto at the Ted Rogers School of Management where a high concentration of immigration has generated numerous ethno-cultural chambers of commerce and associations.

Presentations and discussions at the conference are focused on addressing a number of key issues, that are central to the future of promoting trade and investment including:

  • The shift of economic growth to emerging economies
  • The rise and influence of diaspora networks in Canada
  • The role of diaspora networks in international trade

While the conference is intended primarily for business, government and academic leaders, participation is also open to students, faculty and staff. 


Stockwell Day

stockwell day

Stockwell Day has been Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan, LLP since July 13, 2011. In a public service career that spanned twenty-five years, Mr. Day served as an MLA, MP and as a Senior Cabinet Minister at both the provincial and federal level. Read Stockwell Day full bio

Yan Martindale

Yan Martindale

Yan Martindale is a devoted wife and proud mother of 2 incredible children, ages 9 and 11.  Originally from Tianjin, china, Yan immigrated to Canada in 1999 and has worked hard to ensure the successes she has realized to date and continues to expand her educational ... Read Yan Martindale full bio

Pierre Pettigrew

Pierre Pettigrew

Pierre Pettigrew, an expert in international business, former politician and Federal Minister (Foreign Affairs, International Trade), he has led a distinguished career with success in both the public and private sectors, especially in matters of international economic. Read Pierre Pettigrew full bio

Suneet Singh Tuli

suneet singh tuli

Suneet Singh Tuli is the founder and CEO of DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), a leader in low-cost Internet connectivity for emerging markets. He has 24 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, with DataWind’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Read Suneet Singh Tuli full bio

Victor J. Garcia

victor garcia

Mr. Garcia is a Senior Fellow at Bell Canada, Bell Business Markets - Ontario.  He provides trusted advisory services, thought leadership, strategy and vision focused on innovation, business transformation and business-IT alignment to large enterprise. Read Victor J. Garcia full bio

Matthew Mendelsohn

Matthew Mendelsohn

Matthew grew up in Montreal and comes from a long line of peddlers. He now peddles evidence-based policy ideas – particularly those designed to strengthen Ontario in Canada and transform how governments deliver public goods. Matthew founded the Mowat... Read Matthew Mendelsohn full bio

Sandra Pupatello

sandra pupatello

Sandra is the Director, Business Development and Global Markets, for PwC Canada and the Chief Executive Officer at the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation. Sandra’s depth of experience, network of business contacts and public. Read Sandra Pupatello full bio

Tentative Agenda - October 14, 2014

8:30am to 9:15am Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:15am to 9:45am Opening Remarks by Danielle Goldfarb (Conference Board of Canada) The shift of economic growth to emerging economies
9:45am to 10:45am Trade Ministers Panel Discussion (Pierre Pettigrew & Stockwell Day) The role of diaspora networks in international trade
10:45am to 11:00am Break
11:00pm to 12:00pm Entrepreneur Panel Discussion (Suneet Tuli – CEO Datawind & Victor Garcia – Vice President at Canadian Hispanic Congress, and Yan Martindle - Entrepreneur) Canadian Diaspora Success Stories  
12:00pm to 1:30pm Networking Lunch – Thank you remarks from Steven Murphy
1:30pm to 2:30pm Academic Panel Discussion (Ratna Omidvar – Executive director of the Global Diversity and Migration Exchange - TRSM's Diversity Institute, Howard Lin – Director, International Institute at TRSM, and Matthew Mendelsohn – Director at the Mowat Centre) The rise and influence of diaspora networks in Canada
2:30pm – 3:00pm Closing Keynote Address – Sandra Pupatello
3:00pm – 4:00pm Networking Session

Conference Co-Chairs

Navdeep Bains

Navdeep Bains

Distinguished Visiting Professor - Ted Rogers School of Management

Steven Murphy

Dr. Steven Murphy

Dean - Ted Rogers School of Management. Read Dr. Steven Murphy's bio

Event Information

  • Date: October 14, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $25
  • Contact: Philip Mai at
  • Location: Ted Rogers School of Management. The TRSM Commons 7th floor. Ryerson University. 55 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G


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