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Building a welcoming community for newcomers focus of summit hosted by Mohawk College (media release)

HAMILTON (Sept. 29, 2015) – Mohawk College is bringing together more than 30 thought leaders to share best practices in building a more welcoming community for newcomers.

The InterAct Summit, being held Oct. 29-30 at Mohawk’s Fennell campus, will also feature keynotes by John Wright, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Ipsos Public Opinion, social activist Craig Kielburger and award-winning author Lawrence Hill. View the conference agenda and full list of speakers at www.interactsummit.ca.

The summit, presented by RBC and sponsored by the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Economic Development and guard.me - International Insurance, will focus on three key areas of interest to employers, postsecondary institutions and community leaders:

  • Promoting global citizenship within schools and workplaces

  • Increasing job opportunities and supporting entrepreneurship among newcomers

  • Shifting a community’s focus from being friendly to actively welcoming newcomers



“As one of Hamilton’s anchor institutions, Mohawk is committed to welcoming the world to our college and our community. We look forward to connecting with our community partners and learning from dozens of thought leaders who will share a wealth of knowledge and actionable insights.” – Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie



  • Immigration is expected to account for all the future growth of Hamilton’s population and workforce.

  • Mohawk College annually educates and serves more than 1,200 international students from over 70 countries.

  • The InterAct Summit is part of a year-long Welcoming Communities initiative launched in early 2015 by Mohawk, together with private, public and nonprofit sector partners.

  • Mohawk will release an action plan in early 2016 outlining strategies for welcoming international students, connecting them with the community and encouraging them to live and work in Hamilton once they graduate.


Mohawk College educates and serves 30,000 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three campuses in Hamilton. For the fifth consecutive year Mohawk has ranked number one for student satisfaction among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.




For more information, contact:

Jay Robb, Director of Communications, 905.979.8893, jay.robb@mohawkcollege.ca