June 20, 2023

Visas for International & Domestic Business Events in Canada:
Insights from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
Virtual (Zoom) event

Learn how the Special Events Team at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is working to ensure international business events hosted in Canada are as seamless as possible.

Join us for an informative session hosted by Meetings Mean Business Canada and the Canadian Association of Exposition Management in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).

Hear from the experts at IRCC as they explain everything from bidding, registering events and the visa application process, to working with Canadian Border Services and welcoming delegates to Canada.


Melany Mercier, Director, Social Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, IRCC
Melany oversees the alignment of social business lines, for example, Family Class and intercountry adoptions, as well as strategic initiatives such as Special Events and their related functions.

Isabelle Corbin, Assistant Director, Special Events, IRCC
Isabelle is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience with IRCC. Isabelle and her team support organizers of international events hosted in Canada by acting as a single point of contact for communications within IRCC, providing information on Canada’s visa and entry requirements, clarifying the visa application process for organizers and event participants, and working closely with both organizers and IRCC’s processing network to coordinate the timely processing of visa applications from event participants.

The Special Events team from IRCC will provide:

  • An update on the current situation on visa processing
  • An overview of IRCC’s Special Events Services, including types of events that qualify and what it means to register an event with IRCC
  • How organizers of international events hosted in Canada can support participants from visa required countries to ensure a successful event

Moderated by MMBC chair Laura Pallotta