With countless pathways to immigration in Canada, our 2023 Conference Program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your practice, no matter who you represent.

This full-day conference provides you 6.0 CPD credits, five contemporary sessions led by immigration law experts, breakfast and lunch throughout the day, and the opportunity to network with over 75 immigration lawyers.

Conference Planning Committee
Adrienne Denham, Lebeau Law Corporation
Amandeep Hayer, Hayer Law
Susan Martyn Vialto Partners LLP
Cindy Switzer Maynard Kischer Stojicevic


8:15am | Registration Check-In

8:30am | Conference Welcome

Susan Martyn, CBABC Immigration Section Chair

8:35am | Musqueam Welcome

Alec Dan, Musqueam First Nation

8:50am | Working with In-House Counsel and Global Mobility Professionals
Discover the role of an in-house immigration lawyer / global mobility professional, including how external counsel can best partner with and bring value to in-house immigration professionals and their practice.

Ivy Mui, Immigration Legal Counsel, Aritzia
Jeanette Bowers, Manager of Global Mobility, Ausenco
Fahad Shelkey, Senior Specialist, Global Mobility & Immigration, Salesforce
Moderator: Susan Martyn, Vialto Partners LLP

10:05am | Litigation Update 2023
Panelists review recent notable cases in immigration law and dive deep into the topic of early case resolution.

Hannah Lindy, Larlee Rosenberg
Alex Stojicevic, MKS Law
Gordon Maynard, MKS Law
Moderator: Anita Boscariol, Watson Goepel LLP

11:05am | Health Break

11:20am | Non-Immigration Issues for Immigration Lawyers
Learn how to identify and manage the ancillary issues that impact your immigration law clients including MSP coverage and the changes to the homebuyer’s regulations.

Genevieve Tremblay-McCaig, LL.M Tax, Manager, Policy and Legislation, Property Tax Branch, Ministry of Finance
Marissa Burnell-Higgs, Legal Counsel, Taxation, Justice, Health & Revenue Group, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General
Michael LeBeau, Managing Partner, LeBeau Law
Kate Puckett, Medical Services Plan
Haley Van Gylswyk, Medical Services Plan, Director responsible for the BC Services Card Program
Moderator: Amanda Aziz, Amanda Aziz Law

12:35pm | Lunch

1:35pm | Mastering Family Class Permanent Residence Applications
Learn how to navigate several Family Class Permanent Resident pathways including spousal sponsorships, adopted persons sponsorships, and the parent / grandparent sponsorship program.

Kamaljit Kaur Lehal, Lehal Law 
Stanley Leo, Kairos Law Corporation
Delia Ramsbotham LLB, Managing Director, Sunrise Family Services Society
Moderator: Amandeep Hayer, Hayer Law

2:50pm | Uncommon Work Permit Categories
Acquaint yourself with lesser-known work permit categories, including vulnerable workers or free trade agreements, as well as working without a permit.

Cindy Switzer, MKS Immigration Lawyers
Amanda Aziz, Amanda Aziz Law
Denise Alba, Associate, Dentons
Moderator: Sarah Reid, Velletta Pedersen Christie

4:05pm | Closing Remarks

Order of presentations may be subject to change.