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Languages Canada’s Executive Director Meets with Government and Chamber Officials in Halifax and Manitoba

Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada, travelled to Nova Scotia on April 10 and 11 to conduct meetings with Ministry and Chamber of Commerce officials. He was joined by members Sheila Nunn from ECLC, Srini Pillay from ALCC and David Packer, board member and co-chair of the LC Advocacy committee, from Dalhousie University ESL to meet with the Honourable Minister of Immigration, Justice and Attorney General, Lena Diab. The meeting focused on updating the minister on Languages Canada’s advocacy efforts and presenting the association’s new membership criteria and how those new criteria provide even better protection for students. 

Gonzalo also met with officials from EduNova and the Department of Labor and Advanced Education. Next, he travelled to Darmouth, where he met with Senior Vice President of Policy, Nancy Conrad of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Lastly, Gonzalo met with senior representatives of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to explore an alignment between Nova Scotia government initiative (e.g. Study and Stay) and Languages Canada. 

Next stop on the agenda was Manitoba. On April 11, Gonzalo, along with Gary Gervais, board member, co-chair of the LC Advocacy committee, and owner of Heartland International English School, met with the President and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Chuck Davidson. Lastly, they met with Ben Rempel, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division at Manitoba Education and Training.

Overall, both trips were fruitful and productive. At the end of each trip, Gonzalo met informally with members to share updates and to discuss the sector. 

If anyone is interested in joining the Advocacy committee, please contact Joëlle Tannous (

Left to right / De gauche à droite: David Packer (Dalhousie University), Srini Pillay (ALCC), Gonzalo Peralta (Languages Canada), The Honorable Minister Lena Diab and/ et Sheila Nunn (ECLC)