Immigration Issues in Depth 2011

Course Date: December 9, 2011

Welcome and Introduction

Darryl W. Larson — Embarkation Law Group, Vancouver
Sandra E. Weafer — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Jurisprudence Update: Administrative and Immigration Law

Professor Mary Liston — Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, University of BC, Vancouver 
Warren Puddicombe — Elgin, Cannon & Associates, Vancouver
Banafsheh Sokhansanj — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver 

Networking Break

Immigration and Refugee Board Issues: Emerging Issues and New Legislation

  • emerging issues at the ID and IAD
  • new legislation respecting RAD and RPD

Carolyn McCool — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver 
Alice Tang — Director, Immigration Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Kim Workun — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver  

Lunch (on your own)

Practice Management Under the New Legislation

  • Balanced Refugee Reform Act
  • other legislative and regulatory changes

Peter Edelmann — Edelmann and Company, Vancouver
Rod Holloway — Legal Services Society, Vancouver

Current Issues For H and C and PRRA

  • backlog reduction model
  • H and C after Bill C-11

Brenda J. Wemp — Barrister & Solicitor, Vancouver
Steve MacDonald — Manager, Backlog Reduction Office – Vancouver, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Vancouver

Networking Break

Intersection Between Family and Immigration Law

  • “legally separated” (as defined by family law and in the immigration context)
  • new family rules for international divorces
  • establishing best interests of the child

Deanna Okun-Nachoff — McCrea & Associates, Vancouver
Deborah Lynn Zutter — Deborah Lynn Zutter, Lawyer and Mediator, West Vancouver

View From the Bench

The Honourable Mr. Justice Sean J. Harrington — Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa