Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity

Newfoundland Event: Population Symposium 2017

Population Symposium NL was held on December 6.

The keynote speeches and panels from the day were video were recorded and can be viewed at Note the Minister mentions the Atlantic Research Group EIAD in his address.

The keynote speakers have also kindly agreed to share their PowerPoints, which can be found at

Notes from the day will be gathered into a full report, which will be made publicly available in the new year. Our symposium will also be featured in an upcoming book that will encapsulate all the research symposiums funded by the Atlantic Research Group on the Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity that happened in Atlantic Canada this year. Please stay tuned to the Jarislowsky Chair Facebook and Twitter feeds or follow #PopulationNL for more information.

Impact of Demographic Shift on the Future of Work and Housing in Atlantic Canada

Invitation image of text - text follows

November 17, 2017 8 am - 5 pm
at the Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building
at Saint Mary's University 

The day presented a platform for stakeholders to share their thoughts on how changing age distribution of population is affecting work and housing in Nova Scotia, what challenges are emerging for policy makers and communities, and how these challenges may be addressed.

Similar events are planned in NB, PEI and NL. Based on the proceedings of these events, ARGEIAD will prepare a report which will be made available to our stakeholders.

Keynote Speakers

  • Simon D’Entremont, Deputy Minister Nova Scotia Department of Seniors
  • Dr. Suzanne Cook, York University

Panel on the Future of Work

  • Dr. Karen Foster, Dalhousie University
  • Thomas Storring, Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury
  • Jo-anne Stone, The Stone Group
  • Ian MacDonald, Volunteer Chair CARP N.S.
  • Moderator: Terry Murphy, Saint Mary’s University

Panel on the Future of Housing

  • Dr. Martha MacDonald, Saint Mary’s University
  • Jillian MacLellan, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Benjamin Nycum, Nycum William & Associates
  • Kevin Hooper, United Way Halifax
  • Moderator: Ian Munro, Halifax Partnership

Download the Agenda and Speaker Bios



Are SMEs with Immigrant Owners Exceptional Exporters? Horatio Morgan

Are SMEs with Immigrant Owners Exceptional Exporters?

Guest Speaker Horatio Morgan of Ryerson University. November 22, 2017

Download Presentation (Horatio Morgan)


Immigrant owners possess valuable human and social capital from which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) might derive advantages when internationalizing. According to this resource-based perspective, such advantages might be manifested in immigrant-owned SMEs’ enhanced ability to identify, evaluate, develop and exploit opportunities in international markets. However, a cognitive perspective offers an opposing view: insofar as immigrant owners are more prone to overconfidence than their non-immigrant counterparts when making internationalization decisions, immigrant-owned SMEs might reap less financial rewards from potentially high-risk international markets. We pit the two perspectives against each other theoretically and empirically by evaluating a) the relationship between business owners’ immigrant background and SMEs’ export intensity, and b) the extent to which such background moderates the relationship between SMEs’ export intensity and (risk-adjusted) financial performance. Based on a representative sample of 9,977 Canadian SMEs, we find that the presence of immigrant owners positively impacts export intensity, but negatively moderates the relationship between export intensity and financial performance. We interpret this evidence, combined with supplementary analyses, as support for a cognitive theory of international entrepreneurship in general, and particularly in relation to the role and consequences of entrepreneurs’ immigrant background.

Keywords: Cognitive perspective; Export intensity-performance relationship; Immigrant owners; Overconfidence; Resource-based perspective



Dr. Horatio Morgan is an Associate Professor of Global Management at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. He holds a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University. Horatio’s expertise includes international entrepreneurship with a focus on immigrant entrepreneurs. He has extensive experience conducting research, advising, and speaking on their contributions to the development, innovation performance, global expansion and financial success of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. As a thought leader on the economic integration of immigrants, Horatio is well known for contributing towards evidence-based policy-making aimed at incorporating Canada’s immigrant entrepreneurs in a national ‘go-global’ agenda. His work has been published in internationally recognized academic journals, and major industry reports in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada and others. Horatio has served as a trusted adviser and strategist to many corporations, non-profit organizations, government departments/agencies and think tanks.

Vieillissement en français au Nouveau-Brunswick

Date à retenir
Lundi 27 novembre 2017, 9 h à 16 h  |  Édifice Léopold Taillon, local 136A-B
Cet événement est gratuit, veuillez-vous inscrire, car le nombre de places est limité.

Proposition Nouveau Brunswick Axes programme



L'Université de Moncton, en partenariat avec l'Atlantic Research Group on Economics of  Immigration Aging and Diversity (ARGEAID), organise un symposium sur le thème du Vieillissement en français au Nouveau-Brunswick. Vous trouverez en fichier attaché les axes qui y seront discutés par des experts et des intervenants. Le programme détaillé de la journée sera dévoilé dans les jours à venir.

L'inscription est gratuite, il suffit de cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous et de remplir le formulaire d'inscription.

Symposium : « Vieillir en français dans une province rurale. Quels sont les enjeux sur le travail, l’habitat et l’engagement? »

Ce symposium a pour objectif de favoriser des échanges de points de vue entre les chercheurs, les étudiants, les intervenants et les organismes publics et communautaires sur les défis socioéconomiques du vieillissement de la population francophone au Nouveau-Brunswick de même que sur les potentiels avantages à tirer de la composition démographique de notre province. Nous proposons d’orienter les réflexions en trois axes : Axe 1. Mobilisation et engagement des personnes âgées Axe 2. Contributions économiques des personnes âgées Axe 3. Sens et expérience du vieillissement en migration

Pour tous renseignements complémentaires, n'hésitez pas à communiquer avec Leyla Sall à l'adresse suivante : ou par téléphone au 506-858-4527.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver au symposium,


Leyla Sall
Professeur agrégé de sociologie
Université de Moncton

Transforming the Mainstream: Immigration in Atlantic Canada, Past, Present and Future

A research symposium
November 17- 18, 2016, Halifax

Download Transforming the Mainstream - final report


Program Co-Chairs: Ather H. Akbari and Evie Tastsoglou


Ather Akbari (SMU) Nabiha Atallah (ISANS), Craig McKee (PEIANC),Cyprien Okana (Okana-Solutions Marketing, NB), Howard Ramos (Dal), Evie Tastsoglou (SMU), Ken Walsh (ANC-NL)

Transforming the Mainstream Final Agenda


Pier 21: TTMS Nov 2016 - Steve Craig Remarks

ACOA: TTMS Nov 2016 - Lynn Adams (ACOA) Presentation

Session I: Economic Impacts of Immigration in Atlantic Canada

TTMS Nov 2016 -Tony Fang Memorial

TTMS Nov 2016 - Jan Sheppard Kutcher ISANS

TTMS Nov 2016 - Safatli Isans

Session II: Social Impacts of Immigration in Atlantic Canada

TTMS Nov 2016 - HRC

YMCA Presentation - Not provided for publication

Session III: Cultural Impacts of Immigration in Atlantic Canada

TTMS Nov 2016 - Sylvia Kasparian

TTMS Nov 2016 - PEI Newcomers DiverCity

Immigrant Settlement Service Delivery in Canada: Rural/Urban Challenges and Public Policy Response

Immigrant Settlement Service Delivery in Canada: Rural/Urban Challenges and Public Policy Response 

On Tuesday, September 15, the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity hosted a workshop at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in New Glasgow. This free discussion was a partnership with the YMCAs of Nova Scotia, the province of Nova Scotia and the Immigrant Services Association of NS. 

Dr. William Ashton, Director of Rural Development Institute in Brandon, Manitoba presented results from his study on 29 rural and small centres in western Canada with implications for Atlantic Canada.

Speakers from Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) and the YMCAs of Nova Scotia provided a Nova Scotia perspective. 

On March 24, 2015, the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity will be hosting a presentation explaining how the new Express Entry system will work.

MARCH 2015
Express Entry: A New Way of Attracting Skilled Immigrants

In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada launched Express Entry, changing the way that people apply for economic immigration.

For prospective immigrants, Express Entry will result in a more user-friendly experience. Those invited to apply for permanent residence will also benefit from faster processing.

These changes will also help employers by making it easier to find skilled international candidates for positions when they are unable to find qualified Canadians and permanent residents.

In March, 2015, the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity hosting a presentations explaining how the new system will work.

Economic Implications of Demographic Change in Atlantic Canada

On Thursday, October 23, the first public outreach event for the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity was held. Dr. David Foot presented on current economic challenges facing Atlantic municipalities and industries, and nearly 100 attendees were invited to join in dialogue to develop possible solutions. Over lunch, attendees received presentations from local region researchers on topics related to immigration


David Foot: Economic Implications (PDF)

Michael Haan Official Language Minority Communities and Immigration PDF

Donna Safatli: Why do Immigrants Seek Greener Pastures

Eric Thomas & Leyla Sall: TFWs in NB's Fish & Processing Industry (PDF)

ACOA and the Government of Canada have sponsored the October 23 event


A review of the program at the one year mark. Event featured presentations by Sean Morency of CIC and Shelley Bent of NS Office of Immigration.

Report on proceedings in June 2016 newsletter: Vol 3 No 1 Immigration Trends in Atlantic Canada