Immigration Issues in Depth 2014

Course Date: December 5, 2014

Total: 3h 41min

Welcome and Introduction

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

Jurisprudence Update: Administrative and Immigration Law

Timothy Fairgrieve — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver
Fritz Gaerdes — Elgin, Cannon & Associates, Vancouver
Warren Puddicombe — Elgin, Cannon & Associates, Vancouver
Banafsheh Sokhansanj — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver 

Networking Break

Overview of Developments in Canada's New Refugee Determination System (RPD/RAD) and Operations of the ID/IAD

Trent Cook — Member, Immigration Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Douglas Fortney — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Appeal Division and Refugee Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Karin Michnick — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver

Lunch with Keynote Speaker

Nick Noorani, "The Expert on Immigrant Outcomes" — Managing Partner, Prepare for Canada, North Vancouver


  • security issues
  • serious criminality

Becky Chan — Hearings Officer, National Security Unit, Inland Enforcement Section, Enforcement and Intelligence Division, Canada Border Services Agency, Vancouver
Caroline Christiaens — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver
Shepherd Moss — Chand & Company Law Corporation, Vancouver

Selected Topics Concerning Loss of PR Status

  • relationship fraud? and domestic abuse?
  • cessation of refugee status

Deanna L. Okun-Nachoff — McCrea & Associates, Vancouver 
Erica Olmstead — Edelmann & Company, Vancouver
Andrew Z. Wlodyka — Direction Legal LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

View From the Bench

The Honourable Douglas Campbell — Federal Court, Ottawa