CPD – Temporary Residents, Human Rights, Manitoba PNP, and Professional Practice
CPD – Temporary Residents, Human Rights, Manitoba PNP, and Professional Practice
On Thursday, March 17, 2022, Ashton College hosted a free CPD webinar to support the continuing professional development of legal professionals across the country. This CPD event covered updates on Immigration Processing, Emergency Evacuation Visas and an overview of the CICC’s Chinook System. There was also a review of the new Ukraine Special Measures applications and a look at human rights and immigration. There was also an update on the Manitoba Provincial Nominee update and insight into the Start Up Business Program.
This event is approved by CCIC for 4.5 CPD hours. To comply with the annual requirement, an RCIC must complete 16 CPD hours. How can you log your CPD hours? Check out CCIC CPD page for complete instructions on how to obtain your CPD hours with CCIC through their brand new Continuing Competence Portal.
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.
Hjalmar (LLB, MBA, RCIC) received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Los Andes in South America and later completed his Master of Business Administration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. He received his Professional Specialization in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria, and he is a graduate of the Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma program. Professionally, Hjalmar’s immigration consulting practice focuses on temporary residence applications and family sponsorship programs. In addition to his immigration practice, Hjalmar also has represented individuals and corporations in administrative matters. Hjalmar is fully fluent in English and Spanish. He is also collaborator and an active board member for several non-for-profit organizations in the province of British Columbia.
Fred is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and Managing Director & Partner at an immigration practice firm in Richmond, BC. In addition to his experience as an RCIC, he has over 10 years of experience working as a Paralegal for various leading Canadian National law firms. The areas of law that he worked in were civil litigation, labour & employment, human rights, family, criminal, corporate, contract, insolvency and alternative dispute resolution.
After obtaining his Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and many years of working in different areas of law, Fred decided that Immigration Law was his true passion. He obtained his Certificate from the UBC Immigration Practitioner Program in 2011 and has been a practicing member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
Given Fred’s vast experience in working for one of Canada’s leading law firms, he has extensive experience specializing in Hearings & Appeals before the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada, Immigration Investigations that are before the Canada Border Services Agency, Humanitarian & Compassionate applications, Family Class applications, various Skilled Worker applications that are applied through Express Entry or Provincial Nominee programs, Work & Study permit applications, Criminal Rehabilitation, Medical Inadmissibility, Citizenship applications, various Business Immigration applications and preparing Judicial Review applications before the Federal Court of Canada.
In addition to Fred’s immigration practice, he is a member of the Practical Experience Advisory Committee for the regulatory body, ICCRC which regulates all RCICs on a national level. Fred is also an avid volunteer and occasionally volunteers for non-profit organizations such as the Immigrant Services Society of BC and Access Pro Bono. He is fluent in Cantonese and currently studying Mandarin.
A proud Canadian, Rosanna was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies, where she attended post-secondary education at the University of Winnipeg, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. In 2001, soon after graduation and while pursuing her political career, she worked as an Immigration Assistant to a former Member of Parliament of the House of Commons for 5 years.
In 2005, Rosanna was transferred to Ottawa, Ontario and held the position of Special Assistant to the Western Region for the former Minister of Citizenship & Immigration. Rosanna’s work in this position related strictly to immigration pertaining to Western Canada. Rosanna was also a part of the Fort Gary Community Network, an immigration network in Winnipeg, Manitoba dealing with settlement programs and assistance within the community.
She graduated from Humber College, obtaining her Canadian Immigration Practitioner Certificate, in 2007. Rosanna is also an active and proud member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, a regulatory body that oversees and regulates the conduct and ethics of immigration consultants. Rosanna owns her own immigration practice, Prairie Sky Immigration.
Sam Hyman graduated from the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law in 1983 and got his call to the Bar of British Columbia in 1984, and his practice evolved over the past 32 years into his current practice areas: Citizenship and Immigration Law, Customs Law, ICBC/Personal Injury, and Human Rights Law. Sam has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and has had the good fortune to have argued cases of broad significance and national importance.
Sam’s experience goes beyond the courtroom as he has taught Immigration and Refugee Law at top-level universities, and he is a presenter and lecturer at lawyers’ continuing legal education courses and seminars in BC and the USA. Sam is consulted by news organizations in Canada and the USA to cover immigration and citizenship issues for media background and commentary.
Will Tao (he/him) is a Canadian Immigration and Refugee Lawyer and the founder of Heron Law Offices who lives and works on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
Will provides legal services in all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law with a focus on complex applications, overcoming refusals, inadmissibility matters, appeals, and judicial reviews. Will regularly appeals before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada. His focus is on international students, families, and temporary foreign workers.
He is also the founder and creator of the award-winning Vancouver Immigration Blog, where he hopes to make immigration and refugee law more accessible to the general public. He also has significant past teaching experience as an instructor for University of British Columbia’s Certificate in Immigration Laws, Policies, and Procedures (CILPP) program.
Candy Ngo Fai Hui is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant who lives and works on the Treaty four land which are the territories of the nêhiyawak (nay-hi-yuh-wuk), Anihšināpēk (uh-nish-i-naa-payk), Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.
Candy received her immigration education from the University of British Columbia’s Certificate in Immigration Laws, Policies, and Procedures (CILPP) program.
Candy is an immigration professional but also a healthcare professional located in Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) from the University of Saskatchewan.
David L. Thomas
David L. Thomas is a Senior Executive, Tribunal Adjudicator (Administrative Law Judge), Mediator, and lawyer. He was appointed by the Governor in Council (Federal Cabinet of Government of Canada upon recommendation of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) for a 7-year term as Chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal from September 2, 2014, through to September 1, 2021.
As a lawyer, David has over 25 years of private practice experience in most types of immigration and citizenship matters, human rights, business law, corporate finance, and real estate. David has had multiple speaking engagements at the Canadian Bar Association and continuing legal education conferences, law schools, colleges and universities.
Aleksandar (Alex) Stojicevic is the founding and managing partner of MKS Lawyers and one of the most respected immigration lawyers in Western Canada with more than 24 years of experience in the field. Alex holds a bachelor of arts degree with honours in political science from the University of Calgary (1991) and a law degree from the University of British Columbia (1994). Alex was also Adjunct Professor at UBC Law School in 2011 teaching immigration law and has guest lectured since.
Alex has a varied practice involving both litigation and solicitors work. He practices before all three divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Federal Court and the Federal Court Of Appeal. Alex also advises the human resources department of a number of major companies, nonprofit organizations and several large education institutions in British Columbia on foreign work related matters. This practice also involves filing a broad range of economic class applications, including Provincial nominee program applications across the spectrum of categories. He currently sits on the CBA National Sections Subcommittee and is part of the CBA Leadership Forum.
Dr. Alex Titov
Dr. Alex Titov is a Member of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and a Partner and Senior Immigration Counsel with Anyvisa Services Corp. Dr. Titov holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Physics (1992), a Master’s Degree in Finance (1998), and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (2000, USA).
Since July 2014, he has served as an independent member of Ashton College’s Immigration Consulting Program Advisory Committee. He is able to contribute his knowledge of Canadian Immigration law and consulting experience to ensure our programs are highly relevant, facilities are appropriate, and resources are qualified. He is also a licensed Real Estate Advisor and part of the Canadian Association for Professional Speakers.
Dr. Titov travels extensively on various speaking assignments around the world. Latest seminars, keynotes and corporate training events include such countries as Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Britain, Germany, UAE, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and many more.