|Speaker Name & Title||Bio||Picture|
|Aileen Farrol, RCIC||
Aileen has been practising Canadian immigration for 14 years. She has served as a CAPIC Director at the Ontario and national levels, where she is involved with several CAPIC committees, including lobbying at the IRCCIP (Ottawa) and bi-annual meetings with CBSA-GTEC. Aileen is active in the immigration consulting community as a presenter and educator, and occasionally writes for ImmQuest Magazine. She is a former national CAPIC vice-president.
Born and raised in Toronto, Aileen is a first-generation Canadian to Filipino immigrants. She currently resides in Kitchener, and enjoys her time off with her family and her motorcycle.
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Nasiralli (Alli) Amlani graduated from the Immigration Practitioner Program at Seneca College. He has been active in the immigration profession, including working with various committees and the Board of Directors of the former regulatory body. Alli is heavily involved with professional development courses at Seneca College, UBC and Bow Valley College.
|Andrew Z. Wlodyka, LL.B - Partner||
Andrew was born in Vancouver of parents who had immigrated to Canada from Poland. All of his education was obtained in Vancouver. Andrew speaks Polish as well as English and is active within the Polish community. His commitment to multiculturalism has enabled him to represent clients from all over the world. Since his call to the Bar in 1978, Andrew has practised as a barrister and solicitor. He has served as a member of the Immigration Appeal Board (1986 to 1989) and as Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division, Immigration and Refugee Board (1989 to 1993).
|Chantal Desloges, LL.B||
Chantal Desloges is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in both citizenship/immigration law and refugee law. Her practice encompasses every possible area of Canadian citizenship, immigration, and refugee law, such as business class applications, skilled workers, family sponsorships, work and study permits, refugee cases, citizenship applications, plus appeals and judicial reviews of refused cases.
|Chris Daw, RCIC||
Chris has been working in immigration consulting since 2001, specializing in matters relating to temporary foreign workers, students, and helping them transition to permanent residence.
He has been involved with CAPIC at many levels, including serving on the national board as Director of Lobbying, and as part of the core committee that wrote the bid to create the ICCRC. Chris was a founding director of the ICCRC, and served two terms on the board for the regulatory body.
He is a graduate of the International Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he lives with his wife and two sons. He is active in local politics and sits on an advisory committee for Waterloo City Council. He has previously spoken at immigration seminars on topics such as the Canadian Experience Class, LMO exempt work permits, and Canadian Citizenship.
|Christine Poulin, RCIC||
Christine Poulin has been a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (No. 508192) since 2013. She is also registered in the Régistre des consultants reconnus en immigration du Québec. She was also the political advisor to some Quebec ministers and was elected to the Montreal city council from 2001 to 2005. She has also worked within the administration of the provincial government.
|Daniel Kwong, LL.B||
Daniel Kwong is an Associate at Larlee Rosenberg, practising in all areas of Canadian immigration law and representing clients from a wide range of backgrounds and industries. Having practised immigration law since 2004, Daniel is experienced in helping individuals and families in all types of immigration applications and litigation, as well as representing businesses and their employees in Canadian immigration matters. Daniel studied Philosophy at the University of Toronto before attending Queen’s University, where he earned his law degree. Daniel was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004 and to the British Columbia Bar in 2013. Prior to moving to Vancouver and joining Larlee Rosenberg in 2012, Daniel spent eight years as a lawyer with leading immigration firms in Toronto.
|Dory Jade, RCIC, C.Dir.||
Fluent in both English and French, Dory has been a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant for over fourteen years and has served on various boards for the last ten years. Dory graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s in Communications (Advertising and Marketing) and obtained the Chartered Director designation (C.Dir.) from the Directors College at McMaster University’s De Groote School of Business. He helped create and build the Immigration Consultancy Program (AEC) at Vanier College and CEGEP Saint-Laurent, where he has also lectured.
|Elzbieta Kiegler, RCIC||
Elzbieta (Elizabeth) Kiegler immigrated to Canada in 1989 and immediately became a volunteer in the Immigration Section of the Canadian Polish Congress in Calgary, helping newcomers with settlement issues. Later, she worked as a Settlement Counselor for a not-for-profit agency for six years, which led her to becoming an immigration consultant in 1997. Since 2007, she has worked independently as an RCIC.
|Erin C. Roth, LL.B||
Ms. Roth is a lawyer with Bellissimo Law Group. She has developed her practice in all areas of citizenship, refugee, and immigration litigation. She appears regularly before the Federal Court, Immigration Division, Immigration Appeal Division, Refugee Protection Division, and has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal and attended Citizenship Hearings.
Ms. Roth started her practice with a focus in refugee law, focusing on RPD claims and the judicial review of refugee refusals. Since joining Bellissimo Law Group, her practice has expanded to complex inadmissibility cases and appeals. She has been a speaker at conferences organized by the Canada Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. She is published in the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the Immigration Law Reporter, and ImmQuest.
|Isabella Kowalewski, RCIC||
For Isabella Kowalewski, helping people in their Canadian immigration matters is nothing less than a passion. She has been following this passion for close to 19 years.
She was “discovered” by a former immigration officer while her own immigration to Canada case was being processed, and for the next six years she passionately trained and gained experience.
|Isabelle Vachon, RCIC||
Ms. Isabelle Vachon, B.A., RCIC, has an academic diploma in social sciences and sexology from UQAM, as well as in management from HEC Montreal. Her ten years of experience as a lecturer and employment counsellor have allowed her to work in the professional integration sector in partnership with Emploi-Québec. She has thus acquired specific skills regarding clientele from a variety of cultural backgrounds, hence her great interest in immigration.
|Jeffrey S. Lowe, LL.B||
Jeffrey S. Lowe has practised Immigration and Business law in British Columbia since 1983. He holds both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and is considered an innovator in the convergence of Business, Technology, and the Law. Jeffrey is the Chief Inspirational Officer of Lowe & Company, and has taught Immigration Law, Practice Management, and Legal Ethics to lawyers across Canada since 1990.
|Joe Greenholtz, RCIC||
Dr. Joe Greenholtz has been an RCIC since graduating from the UBC program in 2010. Prior to that, he served overseas as a visa officer and Immigration Control Officer with CIC International. He is always pleased to share his knowledge and experience.
|John Burke, RCIC||
John is a graduate of York University in Toronto, Ontario, and a full member of
|John Soden, RCIC||
John Soden is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, working extensively with Canadian and international corporate clients to resolve short and long-term skills shortages across industries throughout Canada.
In addition to being an RCIC, John holds a UK law degree and diploma in legal practice. He also has an MBA and is a Certified Management Consultant.
|Julia Brodyansky, RCIC||
Ms. Brodyansky is a holder of a combined degree in Foreign Languages and Education and speaks five languages. She was one of nine participants in the original DACUM panel developing occupational criteria and standards for immigration practitioners, a core issue of the Parliamentary Report that laid the foundation for the regulation of the profession in 2004
|Kim Ly, RCIC||Kim K.C Ly is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in London, Ontario, and the principal of Borders Consultancy Ltd. Fluent in Cantonese and with more than 22 years of experience, Ly and her team work closely with both individuals seeking to immigrate to Canada and businesses and organizations aiming to bring in skilled workers. She graduated with honours from Humber’s Immigration Consultancy Program and is a member of the Governance & Nomination Committee of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC-CRCIC).|
|Lisa De Leon, RCIC||Lisa De Leon is a licensed Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. She is a member of good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). She is one of the founders and currently one of the core leaders of the Association of Filipino Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants. Lisa is also a registered Social Worker in Canada and has eight years of professional practice in the country. She has also practiced the profession in the Philippines (her country of birth) for seven years and was a PSCB manager at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XI. Lisa graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Social Work at the University of Mindanao, Philippines. She completed the Immigration Practitioner Program at Bow Valley College and took a Children’s Mental Health course at the University of Toronto. She also studied courses for a master’s degree in Social Work.|
Louis-René Gagnon has held senior policy-making positions and operational responsibilities at MICC-Québec for 20 years. He was the Secretary of Intercultural Relations Board from 2003 to 2006 and Director of the Quebec Immigration Office for the Middle East from 2007 to 2009 in Damascus. He has conducted numerous selection missions abroad. His area of expertise is economic migration and immigration, specifically business class.
Since September 2011, he has been a lecturer for the Advisory Service Immigration program at CEGEP St-Laurent, where he teaches courses on immigration laws and jurisprudence and current economic immigration.
BSC.PT, MCGill University
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant ID: R419943
|Lulwa Al-Hidiq, RCIC||Lulwa Al Hidiq is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, a Commissioner of Oaths, and a full member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (membership number: R510766).
Lulwa is also a Certified Public Accountant from the California Board of Accountancy with over 10 years of professional experience in public accounting in multi-national firms with global exposure.
|Macdonald Scott ,RCIC||
Macdonald Scott is an immigration consultant with the multiethnic law firm Carranza LLP.
He graduated from Sendeca College's Immigration Legal Practitioner program with honours and is a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Law Union of Ontario, and a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, as well as No One Is Illegal Toronto and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.
|Mario Bellissimo,LL.B. C.S||
Mario D. Bellissimo is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a founding associate of Bellissimo Law Group. Mr. Bellissimo is a Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and Refugee Protection. His practice is focused primarily on litigation with an emphasis on immigration inadmissibility.
Mr. Bellissimo has appeared before all levels of immigration tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Bellissimo also acts on a pro bono basis as National Immigration Law and Policy Advisor for COSTI Immigration Resettlement Services and serves on multiple stakeholder
He has authored a publication entitled "Immigration Criminality and Inadmissibility "and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of ImmQuest and the Immigration Law Reporter. Mr. Bellissimo has taught several immigration courses, writes extensively, and is a frequent guest on TV and radio discussing citizenship, immigration, and refugee issues.
|Mark Varnam, RCIC||
Mark Varnam is a veteran immigration consultant with over 22 years of experience. His experience working for the immigration Department and as an immigration adjudicator has provided him with an insight into how best to represent a client's interests in a variety of circumstances. His practice covers a wide range of immigration applications, both in Canada and overseas immigration, including enforcement cases.
|Matthew LeBaron, RCIC||
Matthew LeBaron is an immigration consultant at Zemp Law Group, located in Calgary, AB. Zemp Law practises both Canadian and US immigration, with clients that range from individuals to large multi-national corporations that require assistance in both Canadian and US matters. Matthew focuses primarily on corporate immigration with an emphasis on intra-company transfers, NAFTA and GATS professionals, Significant Benefits, LMIAs, and a number of the work permit-exempt categories associated with Section 186 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. Matthew also assists clients with economic permanent residency applications, particularly within the Provincial Nominee and Express Entry programs.
|Mihaela Kerezova, RCIC||
Ms. Mihaela Kerezova is President and Owner of her immigration law firm Immigration Paths, based in Toronto. Ms. Kerezova is educated both in Canada and internationally. She holds two master's degrees – one in Asian Studies/Chinese Linguistics from St. Petersburg University in Russia, and one in International Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. In addition, she obtained her Immigration Diploma and graduated with Honours from Herzing College in Toronto. Ms. Kerezova specialized at the Beijing University-China and Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. She is fluent and has working knowledge in 7 languages, among them: Chinese, Russian, and English – which are 3 of the official languages of the United Nations (UN).
|Neera Agnihotri, RCIC||
Born into a hard-working immigrant family, Neera Agnihotri knows first-hand the challenges that we can face when entering a new community, let alone a new country in which to live, work, or visit. Her personal experience is the driving force behind her passion to help others complete their venture into new land with as much ease as possible. Prior to attaining her Immigration Practitioner Licence in 2006, Neera was immersed in the Travel and Tourism industry. Her work ethic and professionalism landed her a job on only her third day of practicum with BTI International, where she worked for many years. Neera was praised for her incredible focus and was considered an asset to the firm. But being an ambitious female entrepreneur and a driven young mother motivated her to take her career to the next level: she attained her CSIC license and started her own firm.
|Phil Mooney, RCIC||Phil Mooney has been a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant for more than seventeen years, and has an active and busy practice. Phil’s practice encompasses many areas of immigration with a heavy focus on corporate work permits and associated work therein. Most recently Phil, joined Auray Capital as senior vice-president.|
|Robin Seligman, LL.B||Robin Seligman obtained her law degree from the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Bar in 1985. She has been certified as a specialist in immigration law by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1995. She served as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario, Citizenship and Immigration Section for three years commencing in 1998 until 2001.|
|Ron McKay, RCIC||Mr. McKay has taken various positions at the provincial and national levels of immigration consultant professional associations. He previously served as a Member-at-Large, Western Chair, and vice-president for the Organization of Professional Immigration Consultants (OPIC). He was the first elected national president of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and later served in his capacity as a past national president. Today, he continues to participate as a member of CAPIC’s Past Presidents’ Committee. Mr. McKay is a fellow of the Canadian Migration Institute and he participates occasionally on regional and national advisory committees dealing with Citizenship and Immigration, Canada Border Services Agency, Service Canada, and Immigration Refugee Board issues.|
|Ronald Poulton, LL.B||
Ronald Poulton is considered one of Canada’s leading immigration lawyers. He has acted as counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal and Ontario Courts of Appeal, and the Federal Court Trial Division in some of the most prominent cases in Canadian immigration law. He has lectured in immigration law and testified before a Parliamentary Committee on immigration issues and before an international human rights organization investigating Canada’s treatment of non-citizens.
|Sol Gombinsky, RCIC||Sol is the principal owner of SOLUTIONS Immigration Consulting.|
|Sylvia Bendo, RCIC||Sylvia Bendo has been a regulated Canadian immigration consultant since starting her practice in November 2009.|
|Tim Morson, RCIC||Tim is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and former Canadian diplomat and immigration program manager with 20 years of federal government experience in Asia, Europe, the United States, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, and in Ottawa with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration (now IRCC), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada). He has managed immigration services in the private sector and is currently Expert Partner, Immigration Compliance at Cirque du Soleil.|
|Vilma Filici, RCIC||Vilma Filici is an entrepreneur, professor, community leader, mother, and wife. A multi-tasker, she manages a successful immigration consultancy business. She is also a professor of immigration and refugee law in the Paralegal Program at Seneca College.|
|Wennie Lee, BA, LL.B, LL.M||Wennie Lee is a Barrister and Solicitor in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada in Ontario. She holds a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.|