Daniel K. McLeod is a Vancouver refugee lawyer with degrees from SFU and UBC. He was an Instructor on refugee law for the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies & Procedures (CILPP) from inception in 2001 to conclusion in 2020. He represents sponsored refugees, refugee sponsoring groups, and Sponsorship Agreement Holders authorized by the Minister to sponsor refugees, at Canadian Migration Offices around the world and the Federal Court of Canada. He also represents refugee claimants at the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration & Refugee Board. He has been the lawyer for refugee clients from more than 25 countries including Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tibet and Turkey.
Daniel has presented lectures and papers on refugee law issues for the Continuing Legal Education Society, Legal Aid BC (formerly the Legal Services Society), the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch Immigration Section, and the CBA National Immigration Law Conference. He has been interviewed by CBC TV, CKNW Radio, CTV, the Globe & Mail, and CBC Radio “As it Happens,” “On the Coast,” and “All Points West.” He has received a Simon Fraser University Award and Canada’s Medal of Bravery. He has a working knowledge of French and can speak some Spanish.
In his spare time, he is working on TrudeauMania, a musical theatre production about the life and times of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Daniel was a semi-finalist in the annual UK Songwriting Contest in 2016 & 2017. He likes getting outdoors and enjoys snowshoeing, hiking, cycling, kayaking and paddleboarding.