CPD – An Overview of Immigration Selection Streams
On Thursday, November 17, 2022, Ashton College will be hosting a free CPD webinar to support the continuing professional development of legal professionals across the country. This CPD event will provide a summary on numerous topics including TRP, 2023 Economic stream, 2023 Family Class stream, and 2023 Refugee stream. TRPS and ARCs processing, Open Door Immigration initiatives, employer/employee based immigration, the future for immigration and citizenship, and multinational business opportunities will also be covered.
For British Columbia Lawyers, consider including this webinar as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development plan as it has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia.
For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development Plan.
For Manitoba Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities.
For Newfoundland & Labrador Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities.
For Nova Scotia Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities.
This event is approved by CICC for 4.5 CPD hours. You must pre-register for the event. To comply with the annual requirement, an RCIC must complete 16 CPD hours. How can you log your CPD hours? Check out the CICC PD page for complete instructions on how to obtain your CPD hours with CICC through their brand new Continuing Competence Portal.
Date and Time
November 17th, 2022
1:00 pm – 5:45 pm PST
This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.
Ron McKay has been involved professionally in the practice of immigration from 1986 to present. He previously served as a locally-engaged Overseas Immigration Officer and later worked as an Immigration Consultant at the Vancouver based law firm of Clark Wilsons LLP. In the capacity of Immigration Consultant he is presently employed by the CANGO and GUANGSON Immigration Consulting Firms. For the last three years, he has been employed as the Director of Immigration Programs at Ashton College.
Ron McKay is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (“CAPIC”) and a Past Chair of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (“ICCRC”). He has previously served on multiple stakeholder committees involving Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, Service Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board and Continuing Legal Education.
In regard to this CPD Seminar – Ron McKay will serve as the emcee/moderator.
Jane Desmond has been an immigration consultant and instructor for sixteen years. Jane has built a solid reputation amongst her peers. Her experience, coupled with her work in the community, have afforded her extensive legal exposure and understanding. Furthermore, her in-depth knowledge and insight have been sought by television networks – OMNI News, Globo (the largest television network in Brazil), and various local ethnic media outlets – to explain the implications of the changes in government policies and regulations in immigration.
Jane has successfully managed a Toronto-based consulting company, which represents clients before Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board throughout Canada, and in many of the Canadian visa posts abroad.
Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. He runs a successful business in downtown Toronto, Ontario with many employees. Al is also the author of 88 Tips on Immigration to Canada. He is a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. Al has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 35 countries to the Canadian immigration authorities. With a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, Al has extensive experience as an author, trainer, and public speaker. He has written ten books and hundreds of articles over the past 20 years. Al has also delivered many courses, workshops, and speeches in four different countries.
Daniel has practiced immigration and refugee law in Vancouver for over 20 years, representing immigrant and refugee clients from many countries. He also advises and assists refugee sponsorship groups and Sponsorship Agreement Holders on sponsoring overseas refugees. Daniel has lectured on immigration and refugee law for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, the Legal Services Society, the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch Immigration Section, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and of the law school at UBC. Daniel has been an instructor with the UBC immigration program since its inception in 2001. In 2017 he was voted one of the 3 best immigration lawyers in Vancouver, by the readers of the Georgia Straight newspaper.
Daniel McLeod 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 paddle boarding.
Richard Kurland is an Attorney at Law in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec. He is best known as the Editor-in-Chief of Lexbase Immigration, and his motto is: Keeping Ottawa Honest. He produces a monthly release of information obtained under the Access to Information Act called Lexbase. His contribution to the immigration practice across the board is best described as invaluable. He has a great sense of humour and his presentations are always a treat for practitioners, whether lawyers or consultants.
Howard Greenberg, along with Naumaan Hameed, founded the Greenberg Hameed PC, a firm that provides its clients with a fresh approach to immigration services, that tackles the ever-changing world in its immigration policies and improved technologies. Howard specializes in providing Immigration Law based strategy advice to multinational corporations. Additionally, he has 30 years of experience under his belt, facilitating entry to Canada for foreigners for work reasons.
Howard also spoke about critical topics at many law centric places including, but not limited to, the International Bar Association conference, the Canadian Employment Relocation Council Conference, the Law Society of Upper Canada Annual Immigration Law Summit, the Canadian Bar Association National Citizenship & Immigration Conference, Insight, Canadian Institute, and the Engineering Human Resources Association.
Howard’s previous work was him lecturing part time about Corporate Immigration Advocacy at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
Annie Beaudoin is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant under the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). She is also currently a professor (Immigration Law) at the University of Montréal and a speaker for major Canadian immigration organizations including IMEDA, Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants-CAPIC, Ashton College, ImmSeminars, and others.
Ms. Beaudoin has over 15 years of experience from working at the Quebec Delegation in Boston to working for the Federal Government of Canada at the Canadian Consulate General in Los Angeles where she was promoted to the highest Officer level as a Designated Immigration Officer. She has a unique background as she was the sole bilingual Designated Immigration Officer in Los Angeles which allowed her to work on a wide variety of applications and of course on the majority of French files through all the Quebec Immigration Programs.
This line of work also contributed to furthering Ms. Beaudoin’s uncommon and advanced expertise in all inadmissibilities to Canada including security, organized crime, criminal, medical, financial, and familial inadmissibility. This knowledge is extremely rare in the Canadian Immigration field. As part of the permanent staff in the US, she has also gained a high-level expertise of criminal inadmissibility from the 50 United States of America & other countries, and the concrete equivalencies to the Canadian Criminal Code and provincial statutes. She is an expert in Rehabilitation Approval and Temporary Resident Permits applications for those who have a criminal conviction(s) on their record.
Ms. Beaudoin has also been the author of multiple investigative reports on trends in US and Canadian immigration with impact/implications on Canadian government policies and consequences of migration movements.