Immigration Issues in Depth 2015

Course Date: December 4, 2015

Total: 5h 8min

Welcome and Introduction

Darryl W. LarsonEmbarkation Law Corporation, Vancouver
Sandra E. WeaferDepartment of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Jurisprudence Update: Administrative and Immigration Law

Fritz GaerdesElgin, Cannon & Associates, Vancouver
Professor Mary ListonFaculty of Law at Allard Hall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 
Warren PuddicombeElgin, Cannon & Associates, Vancouver
Banafsheh SokhansanjDepartment of Justice Canada, Vancouver 

Networking Break

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

  • alternatives to detention at Immigration Division detention reviews
  • Immigration Appeal Division update
  • Refugee Protection Division update
  • Refugee Appeal Division update

Trent Cook — Acting Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Douglas FortneyAssistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Maryanne Kingma — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Karin MichnickAssistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Immigration Detention in British Columbia: Law and Policy

  • statistics from the CBSA and the IRB on detention rates, hearings, and releases
  • detention policy updates from CBSA (downtown, YVR, and provincial facilities)
  • overview of relevant case law, including new jurisprudence

Gurpreet Badh — Smeets Law Corporation, Vancouver
Christian Lane  — Manager, Regional Programs, Detention Operations, Canada Border Services Agency, Vancouver
Nancy WeismanSenior Counsel, Legal Services, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Toronto


  • legislative updates
  • recent jurisprudence
  • tips from practitioners

Hilla AharonDepartment of Justice Canada, Vancouver
Aris DaghighianEdelmann & Company, Vancouver

Networking Break

View from the Bench

The Honourable Henry S. Brown — Federal Court, Ottawa