CPD – Inadmissability, Enforcement, Appeals, LMIAS, Quebec, Bill C-97 in Transition with focus on UAPs

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Ashton College conducted the joint Ashton-CAPIC seminar on November 29, 2019. The three featured speakers shared their insights and comments on the following topics:

  • Inadmissibility;
  • Enforcement and Appeals;
  • Labour Market Impact Assessments, Compliance and Enforcement;
  • Bill C-97 – In Transition and Penalties related to Unauthorized Representatives.


This CPD seminar is available in the video recording format.


For regular CAPIC members – $65

For non-members – $100

APPROVED CPD HOURS: This CPD seminar has been approved by ICCRC for 4 CPD hours.

VIDEO EXPIRY DATE: February 26, 2020

Since this is a joint Ashton-CAPIC seminar, discount through the Elite Loyalty program doesn’t apply.  


Mario D. Bellissimo, LL.B. C.S.

Mario D. Bellissimo is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and Refugee Protection. He is the founder of BELLISSIMO LAW GROUP PC and the principal lawyer with a practice focus on citizenship, immigration and protected person litigation and inadmissibility law. Mr. Bellissimo has appeared before all levels of immigration tribunals and courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section and serves on multiple stakeholder committees involving the Federal Court, the Immigration and Refugee Board, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Canada Border Services Agency, Service Canada, and the Department of Justice.

Mr. Bellissimo has taught several immigration law courses, lectures across Canada and appears frequently in the media on breaking citizenship, immigration and refugee stories. Mr. Bellissimo acts on a pro bono basis for Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital and Pro Bono Law Ontario and as National Immigration Law and Policy Advisor for COSTI Immigration Resettlement Services. He and his team represent clients from all over the world and Bellissimo Law Group PC is exclusively committed to Canadian citizenship, immigration and refugee matters. Bellissimo Law Group PC handles hundreds of files each year and represents clients at every stage of the immigration process.

Mr. Bellissimo has authored several publications including Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law, Second Edition, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility: Criminal Law Edition, a Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Corporate Edition, a Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Refugee Law Edition and a Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Immigration Practitioner’s Edition and he is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of ImmQuestand the Immigration Law Reporter. Mr. Bellissimo has also taught several immigration law courses across Canada and is commonly featured in the media to discuss breaking citizenship, immigration and refugee issues. He was recently was selected as the 2018 Immigration Lawyer of the Year by his peers.


Cobus Kriek, RCIC

Cobus (Jacobus) Kriek has successfully been practicing immigration law for over a decade. He became an authorized immigration representative after completing his post-graduate studies in immigration law in Canada in 2001. Cobus (Jacobus Kriek) is a member in good standing of the ICCRC and as part of a mandate to protect consumers inside and outside Canada.

Cobus (Jacobus) Kriek is the director and the owner of Matrixvisa Inc., a boutique immigration law firm that specializes in economic classes of immigration. His major areas of practice include Temporary Foreign Worker applications, Labour Market Opinions, Intra Company Transfers and submissions in economic classes such as Provincial Nominee Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canada Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Matrixvisa Inc. also represents entrepreneurs in immigration applications to Canada.


Ron McKay, RCIC

Ron McKay has been employed in the Canadian immigration field for over thirty years. He was previously employed as a locally engaged Immigration Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 1986 to 1996. When he returned to Canada, he was employed as the in-house Immigration Consultant for the law firm of Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia from 1996 to 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Laurentian University and he is a graduate of the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program.

Ron was the First National President for the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) in 1999–2000. He subsequently served as a National Director for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) from 2011 to 2016. He was the National Chair of ICCRC from 2015 to 2016.

Ron has over 20 years of experience in the education sector, having been an English as a Second Language Instructor in Tokyo, Japan; an instructor for the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program; and the Director, Immigration Practitioner Programs and IMCD instructor for Ashton College from 2017 to present.

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