February 2020 Edition of Partnership News by the Peterborough Immigration Partnership


Over 30 community partners gathered at the Annual Members Meeting of the Peterborough Immigration Partnership on Thursday, February 20 at the Venture North Building on George St. The leads for the various working groups of PIP (Attraction & Retention, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Network, Economic Integration, ESL Forum, Resettlement Task Force, Outreach) presented updates on their work related to the 2016-2021 Community Immigrant Integration Plan over the past year and outlined priorities for the next year. 

A key focus on this year’s Members Meeting was on Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Economic Integration. PIP Coordinating Committee Member and NCC Board Member Marcelo Sarkis Konig led a panel presentation “Global Education, Local Impact: How International Students have made their mark as Peterborough entrepreneurs”. On the panel were Joao Borges, Marketing Lead for the Paper Planet Project and Sanu Somaweera, President & CEO of Kavtek. These two young immigrant entrepreneurs shared their experiences engaging with mentors in the Peterborough business community to develop their ideas. 

Following the Members Meeting, panelist Joao Borges wrote a guest blog post for Fleming College’s Focus on Fleming Blog about his experiences in Canada and his impressions about the meeting.


Established in 2008, the Peterborough Immigration Partnership (PIP) is a community-based partnership of individuals & organisations (including the NCC) which envisions a community where the meaningful economic, social and cultural integration of newcomers ensures a prosperous and inclusive community for all.

Please contact us for more information and to become involved in this partnership.