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Aberten, Mila

Mila Aberten is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) practicing immigration law in Abbotsford, BC since year 2009. Mila immigrated to Canada in year 2007 from Ukraine. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching and she is a holder of Honours diploma in foreign languages. Mila is fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian, and she is a beginner in French.

After graduation from the University of British Columbia (UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures program) in year 2009, she joined an established immigration law company in Abbotsford, BC. In year 2011, she has started her own immigration consulting practice Immigration Counsels of Canada (ICC). Being a lead consultant at the firm, Mila is representing clients before the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in temporary residence (visitors, international students and foreign workers) and permanent residence (economic, family and H&C class) applications.

Mila is a full member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), former member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and an associate member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC). In addition to her role as an RCIC, she acts as a Commissioner of Oaths in and for the province of British Columbia.

Baram, Marty

Marty Baram, Centre for Intercultural Communication, is the Senior Immigration Consultant and Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment (Edmonton, Canada) and IsraCan Immigration Consultants (Israel). His immigration practices focus on Labour Market Impact Assessments, TRVs, Permanent Residence through Express Entry and various Provincial Nominee Program streams leading to Permanent Residence, investor programs, and spousal sponsorship.

Marty is a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). He completed the Business Management Diploma Program at the University of Alberta in 1994 and the Immigration Consultant Certificate Program at Humber College in 2011 with honours. Marty has over 30 years of practical business experience owning and operating businesses in industries such as hospitality, home care, recruitment, and immigration.

Chand, Gabriel

Gabriel Chand is a practicing lawyer in downtown Vancouver and is an instructor at The University in British Columbia. He is the founder of Chand & Company Law Corporation, a law firm that is primarily focused on immigration law, citizenship law and criminal law. Gabriel, an experienced litigator, has appeared as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada and appears regularly before the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Federal Court, the British Columbia Provincial Court, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Cheng, Veronica

Veronica Cheng is the principal of Pacific Rim Immigration Law. She is a Vancouver-based lawyer with over a decade of experience providing advice and counsel for corporations, families and individuals requiring Canadian immigration assistance.

Chi, Tiffany

Tiffany Chi, BA, is a graduate of the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures program, and a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). 

Since 2012, Tiffany has been working as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) at J. Kenney Consulting Ltd. Her areas of practice include family and economic classes, provincial nominee programs, and temporary residence. She has presented a number of seminars on immigration programs with Douglas College, and has participated as a panel speaker at several continuing professional development sessions hosted by the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

Christiaens, Caroline

Caroline Christiaens is a retired immigration lawyer with over 30 years’ experience with the federal government.

Caroline has served as an immigration officer, Minister’s counsel, immigration adjudicator, legal advisor to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and senior counsel at the Department of Justice Canada. As an adjudicator, Caroline made decisions on the credibility of refugee claims. She has also appeared in front of the Federal Court on challenges to Refugee Protection Division decisions.

In addition to presenting at Continuing Legal Education Society courses, Caroline has provided training to immigration officers, Canada Border Services Agency officers, lawyers, and members of the Immigration and Refugee Board.  

Clench, Laura

Laura has worked in the field of Canadian immigration since joining Greenburg Turner (now a member of KPMG Law) in January 2008. Since 2013 she has worked at Corporate Immigration Law Firm in Toronto, Ontario, and has held her RCIC designation since 2015.

Laura specializes in the areas of temporary and economic immigration. Through her career, she has assisted corporate and individual clients with various applications filed with IRCC, ESDC, at the port of entry with the CBSA and through the various provincial and territorial nominee programs. Laura also has experience handling medical and criminal inadmissibility issues.

Daghighian, Aris

Aris is an immigration, refugee and citizenship lawyer with Green & Spiegel LLP in downtown Toronto. He has previously worked at the Refugee Law Office, Legal Aid Ontario as well as the Public Defender’s Office in the U.S. Aris’ practice focuses on litigation, regularly appearing before the Federal Court, the Immigration and Refugee Board, and also at the Supreme Court of Canada. Specifically, Aris’ work includes admissibility appeals, citizenship prohibition and revocation matters, detention and removal cases, refugee claims, humanitarian and compassionate applications, as well as judicial reviews and stay motions before the Federal Court.

In addition to his regular practice, Aris is an Executive Member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL), and has been on the Immigration Duty Counsel roster for the Legal Services Society of B.C.

Edelmann, Peter

Peter Edelmann graduated from McGill University and currently practices criminal defence and immigration law in Vancouver with Edelmann and Company. He is chair of the Refugee Lawyer's Group of the Citizenship and Immigration Section of the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He regularly appears before all the divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as before the Federal Court and all levels of the Courts of British Columbia. Peter has presented at a number of CLEs on various topics related to criminal and immigration law. He also teaches law in the Computer Forensics programme at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Ghirardi, Chris

Chris graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2001, and subsequently practiced civil litigation in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris relocated to Vancouver in 2006, and soon afterwards began working at the Legal Services Society.  It was there he began developing an interest in Canadian immigration and refugee law. Chris was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2012. Since then Chris has continued to work at the Legal Services Society as a contract lawyer, and he also maintains his own law practice. Chris’ practice focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law matters. He appears before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and the Federal Court of Canada. Chris hold dual Canadian and American citizenship.
 

Gomez, Tatiana

Tatiana Gomez holds a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University and bachelor degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She also holds a graduate degree in Community Economic Development from Concordia University.

A member of the Barreau du Québec, Tatiana is a Montreal-based lawyer with over ten years of experience doing advocacy work and collaborating closely with community organizations to defend individual and collective rights, mainly in matters of labour and immigration law. Currently, she works primarily, but not exclusively, in the area of immigration and refugee law.

Jessome, Roxanne

Roxanne is the Founder of Join Canada, a successful immigration services firm that also provides a wide range of services to employers and individuals worldwide. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, she is a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

Prior to becoming an Immigration Consultant, Roxanne was Managing Partner of a niche oriented, hospitality executive search and recruitment firm for 10 years. From 1993 to 2001, Roxanne worked with the Legal Services Society of British Columbia in various areas of law, including Immigration, Criminal and Family law. She held various positions, from Intake Legal Assistant where she interviewed and assessed eligibility of clients for legal aid, to Supervisor/Senior Investigator and Analyst of the Audit and Investigation department.

Her areas of immigration practice are focused in the family and economic classes, specifically Family Sponsorships, IAD Appeals, Provincial Nominees, the Canada Experience Class and the Temporary Foreign Worker program. She also provides employers with advice and representation for the preparation and submission of Labour Market Impact Assessments to Service Canada.

Roxanne held the position of Director of Education for the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Profession Immigration Consultants from 2011 to 2012. She is one of the founders of IMEDA – Immigration Education Alliance and served as its Marketing Manager from 2012 to 2013. She is a volunteer with ICCRC, serving on the Practice Management Education Committee. She has also presented various Continuing Professional Development seminars on behalf of CAPIC and IMEDA.

Kenney, Joe

Joe Kenney, a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), is the principal of J. Kenney Consulting Ltd., which has been operating since 2005. Joe previously served as the Director of Economic Immigration Programs for the Government of British Columbia and the Program Manager of the BC Provincial Nominee Program. Before joining the BC government, Joe worked for many years as an immigration consultant with two different firms. Joe is also a former Immigration Examining Officer with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with High Distinction, and a Master of Arts (Political Science) from McGill University. He is also a graduate of the UBC/Seneca College Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program and the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)/Deakin University Immigration Law for Migration Agents course. In 2006-07, Joe served on the CSIC Board as a Consultant Director. He is a former Director at Large of CAPIC and the former National Vice President of the Association of Immigration Counsel of Canada (AICC).

Kranc, Benjamin A.

Benjamin A. Kranc is principal of Kranc Associates, a Toronto-based corporate immigration law firm. Ben received his BA (Hons) in Computer Science from York University in 1983 and his LLB from Western University in 1986. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1988 and was certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1997. Ben has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a foremost practitioner in the area of Corporate Immigration Law, and has received a Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of ‘AV Preeminent®,’ Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking.

Ben practises Canadian immigration law exclusively, with a focus on corporate immigration. He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association – Citizenship and Immigration Section. He is active in the immigration field, having written various texts including North American Relocation Law and the corporate immigration section of the Human Resources Advisor. He has also written for professional journals and other periodicals including The Law Times, Immigration and Citizenship Bulletin, and the International Human Resource Update.

 

Lam, Mary

Mary Lam graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1992 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994. She has practised exclusively in the areas of Canadian Immigration and Citizenship law as a sole practitioner since 1994. During the past 20 years she has handled numerous routine and complex immigration matters including family cases, skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors and temporary visas such as visitor, student and work visas.  She has extensive court experience, including detention reviews, appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division, judicial reviews and appeals before the Federal Court of Canada. She handles medical and criminal issues related to immigration matters as well as residency issues. She has participated in class action law suits against the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. For further details on her court experience google Mary Lam at Federal Court of Canada.   

Lange, Kelsey

Kelsey Lange, JD is the Legal Coordinator at Lifeline Syria, an organization that facilitates the private sponsorship of Syrian refugees to the GTA. In her role as Legal Coordinator, Kelsey also works with the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, a nation wide project that trains lawyers to assist groups seeking to privately sponsor refugees. Kelsey previously worked as an immigration and refugee lawyer in the immigration litigation department at Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP in Toronto where she focused on Federal Court litigation, appeals, and enforcement proceedings. 

Kelsey graduated from the University of Ottawa law school in 2013 where she received an International Social Justice Fellowship, as well as the Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Award. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Refugee Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.

Lee, Vivien

Vivien Lee, Member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), is a senior immigration consultant at Lowe & Company. For the past two decades, Vivien has helped people from over 50 nations reunite with their families. She has experience with difficult immigration cases of various categories, and is recognized for her cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity. As a notary public, Vivien also practices in real estate law, wills and estates planning and corporate transactions.

Frequently invited to discuss and give lectures on Canadian Immigration and related topics, Vivien is fluent in English and Chinese, and has been interviewed on numerous occasions by the media, both local and national. She is a member of the Society of Notaries Public of BC, and sits on the board of Hope2Offer, a Canadian charity that offers humanitarian aid worldwide.

Leong, Robert

Robert Leong graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England) with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and then returned to Singapore, where he practiced law for 15 years. During this time, Robert became an elected Council Member of the Law Society of Singapore, a business law tutor at the Nanyang Technological University, as well as the managing partner of a full-service law firm. After immigration to Canada with his family, Robert was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in British Columbia, and practices exclusively in the area of immigration law.

Robert has appeared before the Immigration Division as well as the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, handling admissibility hearings, sponsorship appeals, as well as residency appeals. He has also appeared before the Federal Court of Canada on administrative judicial Review applications. Robert handles immigration enforcement cases, including assisting clients who may be criminally inadmissible to Canada.

Lironi, John

John was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is an active member of the The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). He has been an Immigration Consultant since 1999, and is the founder and Director of Gateway Pacific Immigration.

John represents individuals, families, small businesses and corporations in all aspects of Canadian immigration, including independent, family and business immigration, work and student permits, and visitor visas. John has assisted hundreds of individuals and families from over 30 countries and 6 continents, to work, study, and immigrate permanently to Canada. He is a former member of Canada Customs (now the Canada Border Services Agency), a member of the Immigration Appeals Division Consultative Committee and has extensive experience in immigration, relocation and settlement matters.

He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Immigration Practitioner Program, The University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (MA) and The University of Victoria, Canada (BA). He lives in Surrey, B.C.

Luu, Jennifer

Jennifer Luu is an Associate Lawyer in the Immigration Litigation Department at Mamann, Sandaluk, Kingwell LLP. She practices immigration law with a focus on representing clients in immigration litigation and enforcement proceedings. She regularly appears before all three Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board on matters relating to refugee law, sponsorship appeals, and detention reviews. She has also successfully argued judicial review applications before the Federal Court of Canada.

Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Specialization in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. She later received her Canadian and American law degrees through a joint degree program sponsored by the University of Ottawa and Michigan State University.  While attending law school, Jennifer’s studies concentrated on human rights and international law.

Jennifer was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011 after articling with the Department of Justice. She began her legal career in public service providing legal services on admissibility and citizenship matters, before moving to Toronto and entering private practice.

McLeod, Daniel

Daniel has practiced immigration and refugee law in Vancouver for over 20 years, representing immigrant and refugee clients from many countries. Daniel has lectured on immigration and refugee law for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, the Legal Services Society, the Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch Immigration Section, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and of UBC Law School. Daniel has been an instructor with the UBC immigration program since its inception in 2001.

Megill, Rod

Rod Megill, a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), is the principal of RJMegill International Consulting, which has been operating since 2001. Rod previously worked for Citizenship and Immigration Canada for 18 years in a variety of domestic and international postings as an immigration officer and senior policy analyst.

Rod specializes in the design and delivery of strategic marketing plans for the recruitment, selection and processing of international skilled workers, professionals, temporary foreign workers, NAFTA exempt professionals and business persons wishing to work or live permanently in Canada via federal of provincial nominee programs. He has provided professional services to a wide range of Canadian and international clients located in China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, UAE, Persian Gulf, Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Nigeria and Kenya.

Rod earned a Bachelor of Arts (Law) from the Carleton University, a Graduate Diploma in Institutional Administration from Concordia University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon.

Meurrens, Steven

Steven Meurrens, BA, JD, is a partner at Larlee Rosenberg, British Columbia’s largest law firm practising exclusively in citizenship and immigration law. 

Steven is currently the chair of the Canadian Bar Association of British Columbia Immigration Subsection, a member of the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Immigration Law Section, and is a member of the City of Vancouver Immigration Taskforce. 

He contributes to Canadian Immigrant magazine and Policy Options, is a regular panelist at immigration law conferences, and is the author of meurrensonimmigration.com, a widely-read blog on Canadian immigration law.

Natsuhara, Craig

Craig Natsuhara is a partner with Egan LLP, allied with Ernst & Young. Craig is engaged in a business immigration practice, specializing in the recruitment and retention of foreign workers, assisting foreign businesses establish operations and invest into capital projects in Canada and assisting business people immigrate to Canada. He acts for some of Canada's largest companies, including many leaders in the high tech, visual effects, videogame, green tech, natural resource (mining), manufacturing, construction and architecture, and other industries. He was the chair of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Immigration Section for two years, concluding in August 2009. A native of British Columbia, Craig received his LL. from the University of British Columbia in 1998, and his BComm from the University of Victoria in 1995. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1999 and has practised immigration law since 2000. He has enjoyed being an instructor of Module 2 of the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures since 2009.

Neouimina, Ekaterina (Katia)

Katia Neouimina earned a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa. She is a lawyer and founder of ENN Law, where she advises corporate and individual clients on Canadian immigration compliance. She specializes in providing assistance with obtaining Canadian work permits under all categories, including intra-company transferees, NAFTA professionals, significant benefit to Canada, reciprocity, favourable LMIAs, business visitors, spousal work permits, study permits, visitor visas, and applications for Canadian permanent residence and Canadian citizenship. She also assists with overcoming inadmissibility, appeals and applications on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, and judicial reviews.

Prior to establishing ENN Law, Katia worked as a Canadian corporate immigration lawyer. She is fluent in Russian, conversant in French, and has knowledge of Arabic. She has appeared as an expert in immigration law on OMNI TV, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Women’s Law Association of Ontario.

Olmstead, Erica

Erica Olmstead graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of British Colombia in 2010. She articled with the Legal Services Society, Appeals Department, where she has continued to work as a contract lawyer promoting access to justice for marginalized groups and advising staff and clients in all areas of immigration and refugee law.

Erica is also currently an associate with Edelmann & Company where she practices in all areas of immigration and refugee law. She appears regularly before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the British Colombia Court of Appeal. She has assisted individuals from all over the world make applications to immigrate and obtain status in Canada.

Erica regularly speaks on immigration-related issues for international and community organizations and at immigration law conferences.

Rasmusson, Ana

Ana Rasmusson earned a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours from Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Law School, in England. Ana is the founder of Rasmusson & Associates, an immigration-consulting firm based in Toronto. She has many years of experience advising and representing clients worldwide with respect to Canadian immigration matters.

In addition to her legal practice, Ana has taught Immigration and Refugee Law at various colleges, including Ashton College, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and CSIC e-Academy. Ana has experience developing courses and writes extensively about immigration issues. She is the author of the Immigration and Refugee Law course offered by Sheridan College as part of their Paralegal Program and she is also the author of the online Family Class course offered by CSIC e-Academy.

She was a contributor to the first and second edition of the textbook Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law for Legal Professionals published by Emond Montgomery Publications.

Throughout her career, Ana has been active with community organizations. She served as the Director of the education committee for the Latin-American Association of Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants (ALCAI). Additionally, she served on the board of directors for Honourable Bryon Wilfert, Member of Parliament for two consecutive terms.

Ana has been interviewed by RCI Radio Canada International, El Correo Canadiense, the Toronto Star, and TV Azteca regarding issues pertaining to Canadian Immigration law.

Remmling, Marc

Marc Remmling, BA, JD, is called and admitted as a lawyer in Canada and the US, and has practised extensively both Canadian and US immigration law. 

Marc has deep experience advising companies large and small on strategies for the cross border movement of their personnel, and on best practices for successful immigration compliance. He has represented clients in accounting and financial services, banking, biotechnology and life sciences, chemicals, construction, energy, engineering, entertainment, information technology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and transportation. 

He has also assisted individual clients with immigration issues including work permits, permanent residency, and admissibility issues. Fluent in Spanish, Marc is originally from the US and has lived in Canada for 20 years.

Silcoff, Maureen

Maureen Silcoff, BA, JD, has been in private practice as an immigration and refugee lawyer since 1988. She is a partner at Silcoff, Shacter and appears regularly at the IRB and in Federal Court.

Maureen is committed to advocacy for refugees. She is a past Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), and in 2012, she received a Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) advocacy award. She is currently co-chairs the CARL litigation committee, and has been involved in constitutional litigation concerning refugee health care and the designated country of origin regime.

Maureen regularly speaks at conferences and community events about the refugee determination process, refugee health care, and access to justice.

Simonian, Daniel

Daniel Simonian is a practicing immigration lawyer based in Toronto. Originally from Montreal, Daniel obtained his civil law degree at the Université de Montréal before completing his common law training at the University of Toronto. He has a master’s in constitutional law (LL.M.) from Osgoode Hall, where he completed a dissertation on refugee law policy. During his legal studies, Daniel created and delivered public legal education workshops on civil rights and immigration issues. He also acted as national coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada, a program that provides legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need.

After graduating, Daniel completed a clerkship for the chief judge of the Quebec Administrative Tribunal where he worked predominantly on immigration cases. Since being called to the Quebec and Ontario Bars, Daniel has worked in private practice as well as for several legal clinics, providing legal assistance to low-income Toronto residents. Daniel has experience representing refugee claimants before the Refugee Protection Division and has successfully argued judicial review applications before the Federal Court of Canada. He also focuses a significant portion of his practice on H&C applications, family class sponsorships, and economic class applications. He currently volunteers at the 519 Legal Clinic where he provides individuals with free summary legal advice on immigration and refugee matters.

 

Smith, Adrienne

Adrienne is an Associate Lawyer in the Immigration Department at Jordan Battista LLP. She maintains a full service immigration practice with particular interest and expertise in Federal Court litigation and appeals. She regularly acts in matters before administrative tribunals and at the Federal Court.

Adrienne represented Avery Edison, a transgendered woman who was detained in a male correctional facility. This case received national and international media attention in February 2014. She was also involved in the Federal Court challenge to the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugee health care and the Federal Court challenge to Citizenship and Immigration Canada's decision to terminate over 200,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications.

Adrienne received her law degree (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from McGill University. While at the University of Ottawa, Adrienne was the recipient of a Public Interest Law Fellowship in National Security Law.

Prior to law school, Adrienne served as a Policy Advisor at Citizenship and Immigration Canada and at a settlement agency in Toronto that administered integration and language training programs for new immigrants to Canada. Adrienne is currently a member of the legal committee at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.

Adrienne is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. 

Smith, Scott

Scott Smith, BA, MA, PhD (Candidate), has been a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant since 2007. He operates a consultancy office in Toronto specializing in temporary resident applications for clients in the Middle East and South America.  

With a keen interest in helping international students transition to the Canadian labour market, Scott hosts immigration seminars, does pro bono work for international students at various universities across Ontario, and provides services for an international student recruitment company.

Previously, Scott was employed at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in its Economic Analysis department.

Willetts, Dani

Ms. Willetts was employed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in 1989 where she served in various senior roles until her recent retirement. Ms. Willetts has extensive experience in every inland immigration program and several overseas programs. Although substantively a decision maker and supervisor, her career also included opportunities to work in several other capacities including Intelligence Liaison Officer, Justice Liaison Officer, Regional Program Advisor, Senior Policy Advisor, PRRA Coordinator, Visa Officer, Manager, Director, and Supervisor in charge of outreach for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Regional Training Coordinator. Dani was a certified departmental and interdepartmental trainer and a frequently requested speaker for external partners including NGO’s, other government departments, the Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Associations, CAPIC, and Universities and Colleges.

While employed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ms. Willetts was recognized nationally three times for her initiatives in outreach and service. She has received the Head of the Public Service Award, The Deputy Ministers Award, and the Public Service Award of Excellence. She has also been recognized several times as a trainer, both departmentally and interdepartmentally. Ms. Willetts has been a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) since August 2013.

Williams, Rhonda

Rhonda graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Theatre from Queen's University and an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University. After graduating, Rhonda joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and was posted to India as a Canadian Visa Officer with regional responsibilities in Nepal, Bangladesh and all areas of India. Rhonda also worked as a Canadian visa officer in Thailand where she was responsible for the regional adoption program and the Bangladesh and Burma immigration programs.

After leaving the Canadian Foreign Service, Rhonda started her immigration consulting practice in India. In 2002, she and her family returned to Canada where she now runs her immigration consultancy practice in Coquitlam, British Columbia.  She also works in association with Polinsys.

Rhonda is Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and serves on the Board of Directors of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). She is the Past Chair of ICCRC. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and was the National Secretary of that organization for two and a half years. Rhonda is a frequent guest speaker on immigration across Canada.  She has appeared on the CBC and on local radio programs. She also writes a monthly column in India on Canadian immigration matters.

Instructional Assistants

Aberten, Mila

Mila Aberten is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) practicing immigration law in Abbotsford, BC since year 2009. Mila immigrated to Canada in year 2007 from Ukraine. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching and she is a holder of Honours diploma in foreign languages. Mila is fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian, and she is a beginner in French.

After graduation from the University of British Columbia (UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures program) in year 2009, she joined an established immigration law company in Abbotsford, BC. In year 2011, she has started her own immigration consulting practice Immigration Counsels of Canada (ICC). Being a lead consultant at the firm, Mila is representing clients before the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in temporary residence (visitors, international students and foreign workers) and permanent residence (economic, family and H&C class) applications.

Mila is a full member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), former member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and an associate member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC). In addition to her role as an RCIC, she acts as a Commissioner of Oaths in and for the province of British Columbia.

Ghirardi, Chris

Chris graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2001, and subsequently practiced civil litigation in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris relocated to Vancouver in 2006, and soon afterwards began working at the Legal Services Society.  It was there he began developing an interest in Canadian immigration and refugee law. Chris was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2012. Since then Chris has continued to work at the Legal Services Society as a contract lawyer, and he also maintains his own law practice. Chris’ practice focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law matters. He appears before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and the Federal Court of Canada. Chris hold dual Canadian and American citizenship.