Expert in immigrant integration to be keynote speaker at Forum on Economic Immigration

JuanManuellowresBRUDENELL – April 17, 2014 – Juan Manuel Toro Lara, a lively speaker renowned as an expert who is devoted to the integration of immigrants, will be one of the keynote speakers at the bilingual and international Forum on Economic Immigration at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort in Brudenell May 26-28.

“We invited Mr. Toro Lara to speak at our May 28 breakfast conference mostly because he recognizes and continually validates the fact that francophone immigrants can contribute greatly to development of francophone communities in minority situations in Canada,” says forum coordinator Francis Thériault. “In addition, he is a very dynamic person who will surely be able to set the tone for our full day of discussions and exchanges.”

The guest speaker holds a degree in social service from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. He focussed his studies on immigration, working directly with a clientele made up of refugees and immigrants in Quebec and New Brunswick. After completing his studies, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Sherbrooke in the area of francophone immigration.

Toro Lara has a vast experience working directly in the field in all stages of the process of integrating newcomers. He has a solid experience in cultural integration and worked to set up several establishment and integration services for immigrants in rural areas of New Brunswick.

The guest speaker also developed expertise in the area of professional integration of immigrants in the health field in New Brunswick. Among other things, he led a number of training workshops on intercultural relation in francophone hospitals and postsecondary institutions in addition to helping with the development of an introductory course to Canada living for international students at the University of Moncton’s Edmundston campus.


It should be noted that several of the sessions, talks and workshops will be bilingual. Simultaneous interpretation services will be available so that everyone can understand what is going on.

Thériault notes that registrations for the forum are coming in at a good pace from all over Canada as well as from Africa. He advises people who wish to attend to register as soon as possible since the number of spots is quite limited. For more information, on the forum or to register, please visit the site Registration fees can be paid through PayPal or by cheque.

The Forum on Economic Immigration is an important component of RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s LIENS project (Linking Economic Immigration to our Successes). This project is funded through contributions from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Prince Edward Island Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population.



CUTLINE: Juan Manuel Toro Lara will be the breakfast speaker at the Forum on Economic Immigration May 28 at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort.


For more information:

Francis Thériault
Forum on Economic Immigration
(902) 370-7333