Immigration Issues In Depth 2016


Course Date: December 2, 2016

Total: 5h 49min

Welcome and Introduction

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

Jurisprudence Update: Administrative and Immigration Law

  • review of key Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada immigration, refugee, and citizenship decisions in 2016
  • discussion of recent developments in administrative law that may impact immigration, refugee, and citizenship law practice
  • trends, highlights, and lowlights in recent jurisprudence, and what is expected in 2017

Mark E. W. East — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver
Theressa Etmanski — Elgin, Cannon & Associates, Vancouver 
Warren Puddicombe — Elgin, Cannon & Associates, Vancouver
Banafsheh Sokhansanj — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Networking Break

Vignettes, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada 

  • ID
    • general update
  • IAD
    • inventory updates
    • current IAD initiatives
    • practice standards and topics for hearings, ADR, and early resolution
  •  RPD
    • the new IRB Chairperson’s Guidelines on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
    • best practices and practice tips
    • operational update
  • RAD
    • operational overview
    • significant higher court decisions in 2016
    • practice tips

Douglas Fortney — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Maryanne Kingma — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Karin Michnick — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Alice Tang — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver

Networking Lunch (Provided)

Provincial Nominee Program Litigation

  • refusal of a nomination
  • requests for reconsideration/administrative review
  • judicial review

Laura A. Best — Embarkation Law Corporation, Vancouver
Keith Evans — Ministry of Justice, Vancouver

H & C Update

  • Kanthasamy and the best interest of the child
  • Kanthasamy beyond s.25 applications
  • updates and tips

Judith Boer — Edelmann & Company Law Offices, Vancouver
Helen Park — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Networking Break

Ethical Issues in Advice and Litigation

  • interactive scenarios and roundtable discussion
  • advising your clients: common and uncommon hazards
  • pitfalls at the IRB and Federal Courts
  • litigation with the Crown: DOJ roles and duties
  • maintaining collegiality and getting best outcome

Timothy Fairgrieve — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver
Dennis G. McCrea — McCrea Immigration Law, Vancouver
Steven Meurrens — Larlee Rosenberg, Vancouver
Sandra E. Weafer — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver 

View from the Bench

  • best practices for oral and written submissions
  • update on court scheduling and initiatives
  • Q & A

The Honourable Chief Justice Paul Crampton — Federal Court, Ottawa