Immigration in the Mainstream

8:00 - 8:15am Registration Check-In
8:15 - 8:20am Welcome

Helen Park, Immigration Law Section Chair
Dentons Canada LLP


Heading to Federal Court or the Immigration and Refugee Board for the first time or the 50th time? There are a multitude of hints and tips that counsel often forget that make us less efficient and potentially less effective. Hear from three seasoned individuals with three different perspectives (government and private bar) as they review the must-do's, must-have's and must-consider-for-next-time practice tips for your next appearance at Federal Court or the IRB.

Moderator: Adrienne Denham, LeBeau Law


Keith Reimer
Immigration Refugee Board of Canada

Steven Meurrens
Larlee Rosenberg

Azeem Lalji
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)


A discussion on the latest developments in the law of inadmissibility, including pertinent inadmissibility decisions and strategies for overcoming inadmissibility for your clients.

Moderator: Amanda Aziz, Embarkation Immigration Lawyers

Lorne Waldman
Waldman Law

Erin Roth
Edelmann & Co.


This panel will focus on a number of practical issues involving foreign workers in BC including the foreign homebuyers' tax (Bailey Killam), driver's licensing (Juliana Cliplef), MSP coverage (Kate Puckett and Isobel Ross) and SIN numbers (Iman Ostovar).  The aim of this discussion is to provide attendees with a basic understanding of key provincial-level issues so they are better positioned to help foreign national clients navigate these matters.

Moderator: Susan Martyn, PwC LLP

Kate Puckett
Assistant Director for Beneficiary Services, Medical Services Plan

Isobel Ross
Ministry of Health

Bailey Killam
Ministry of Finance, Foreign homebuyers tax

Marissa Burnell-Higgs
Ministry of Finance, Strategic Policy Advisor

Juliana Cliplef
Larlee Rosenberg

Iman Ostovar
Service Canada

12:20 - 1:30pm NETWORKING LUNCH
Your lunch will be provided as a part of your registration fees.


This panel will engage in an interesting discussion on issues related to Canadian Citizenship –including requirements to become a Canadian citizen, changes to the citizenship test and oath, citizenship for children of Canadians - first-generation limit, surrogacy, and adoption, children in care of the state.

Moderator: Cindy Switzer, Maynard Kischer Stojicevic

Amandeep S. Hayer
Sedai Law Office

Aleksandar Stojicevic
Maynard Kischer Stojicevic


Please join us for an interactive fact pattern and discussion on work permits.  Topics include latest policies, trends, creative strategies, and compliance risks from the perspectives of both IRCC and immigration practitioners.

Moderator: Neil Spencer, EY Law, International Mobility Program, TFW Program

Heather Michaud
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Victor Ing
Sas & Ing Immigration Law Centre

4:15 - 4:20pm Closing Remarks

Susan Martyn, Immigration Law Section Vice-Chair