2016 OCASI
Executive Directors' Forum

Working Together For Change

November 9 - 10, 2016
The Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto


The OCASI Executive Directors' Forum is an opportunity for sector leaders to engage in an open dialogue on sector priorities, issues and concerns with their peers, funders and other stakeholders.

The Forum also provides an opportunity to strengthen the organizational capacity of OCASI members and other organizations serving refugees and immigrants through new learning opportunities, knowledge sharing, and expertise.

Our theme this year is “Working Together for Change” and we are looking forward to two days of robust, topical programming with a broad spectrum of dynamic workshops, ranging from self-care to effective collaboration.

Why Attend?

The Forum features plenary addresses by nationally renowned keynote speakers, 12 concurrent sessions, engaging panels, and roundtable discussions.

There will be ample networking opportunities, so don’t forget your business cards as the forum brings together Executive Directors, subject matter experts and other stakeholders.

Participants will:

  • Discuss pressing issues facing the refugee and immigrant serving sector
  • Have an opportunity to hear what government and sector experts have to say about program and policy changes affecting the sector
  • Have opportunities to build connections with other stakeholders, resulting in richer networks across the sector


Full payment is required in order to receive your registration package which will be provided upon check-in at the OCASI Registration Desk at the hotel.

Payments by cheque are due by Friday October 14th, 2016. Make cheques out to “OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants”, and include a copy of your registration invoice with your payment.

Mail to:
110 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M4R 1A3
Memo: ED Forum 2016

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be issued for cancellations received before Friday, October 14, 2016.

If you have registered, but find you are unable to attend the conference, please inform Felicia Christmas before Friday, October 14, 2016 at fchristmas@ocasi.org.

After October 14th, refunds will NOT be issued, even if you do not attend the conference.


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English-French Simultaneous Interpretation

As an ongoing practice at its Executive Directors’ Forum, OCASI is offering simultaneous interpretation services for plenary sessions and some workshops where presentations will be delivered in both of Canada's official languages.

If you're not comfortable enough in English/French to follow presenters or fellow participants' contributions to the dialogue, we encourage you to make the most of the simultaneous interpretation services that OCASI offers to all conference participants.

When you check in at the conference registration desk, an OCASI staff will direct you to pick up headsets for simultaneous interpretation. You will need a piece of identification (Ontario Photo Card, driver's licence or major credit card etc.) for this purpose.


The Westin Prince, Toronto | 900 York Mills Rd. Toronto, ON M3B 3H2, Canada.
Northwest of York Mills Rd. & Don Mills Rd. intersection.

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When you arrive at the forum, check-in at the OCASI Registration Desk, located on the lower level of the hotel. There you will be given your name badge, the program (English or French), and other items. Please ensure that you attend the sessions listed on your workshop assignments.

Parking at the Westin Prince Hotel

There is ample parking at the Westin Prince Hotel. If you are driving to the conference and parking at the Westin Prince Hotel, please register your licence plate at the main hotel registration desk so that parking charges can be billed to OCASI. Please do not pay parking fees at the parking lot.

Conference attendees who park their vehicles in any lot other than the Westin Prince Hotel do so entirely at their own risk and expense OCASI cannot be held responsible for parking violations that conference attendees may receive.

If you need to unload your materials or equipment, we suggest you use the Prince Ballroom parking area at the back of the hotel.

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