5B: Hot Topics – Asked and Answered

Also, back by popular demand, this Asked and Answered session will allow practitioners to ask questions regarding the variety of topics noted below. The time will be split into 3 parts, so one can move from one room to the next every 20 minutes (targeting 15 – 20 participants per room for each 20-minute slot – i.e. up to 120 participants for this session).

Topics to be covered will include:

  • U.S. travel in light of legalization of cannabis
    • Speaker: Joel Guberman
  • Study permits
    • Speaker: Will Tao
  • Post graduate work permits and new rules
    • Speaker: Brett J. Cavanaugh
  • Pathways to PR (e.g. Express Entry (FSW) & PR for Physicians
    • Speaker: Meghan Felt
  • Adoptions
    • Speaker: Shoshana Green
  • Assessing credibility of applicants (misrepresentation, ethics & difficult witnesses)
    • Speaker: Robin L. Seligman

Speakers

Moderator: Jenna A. Kirk

Moderator: Jenna A. Kirk

KPMG Law LLP/KPMG cabinet juridique s.r.l./S.E.N.C.R.L. | Calgary, AB

Jenna Kirk leads the Employment and Immigration Group at KPMG Law LLP in Calgary, Alberta. She focuses her practice on business immigration and global mobility strategies and is called to the Bar in Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. She is also active within the CBA at both the national and local levels - as a Member at Large within the National Immigration Law Section, and Vice Chair of the Alberta South Immigration Law Section.

Joel S. Guberman

Joel S. Guberman

Corporate Immigration Law Firm | Toronto, ON

Joel has been practising immigration law for over 35 years, and he is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Immigration and Citizenship Law. Prior to joining the firm he was a founding partner of a boutique immigration law firm in Toronto. According to the “International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers,” the official research partner of the International Bar Association, Joel has been named “the leading lawyer in Canada for corporate immigration matters” and is on its international list of “most highly regarded individuals.” He is also listed in the “Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada” and the “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” and Best Lawyers in Canada.

Joel advises his clients on immigration issues related to conducting business across international borders. His clients include senior executives and individuals, as well as institutions and large multinational organizations. He advises on various matters including North American free trade, treaty investors and treaty traders, and other issues related to worldwide skilled worker immigration.

Joel lectures and participates in numerous seminars, panels and symposiums on both Canadian and U.S. immigration law. He has been a panelist, lecturer and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association and many others.

Will Tao

Will Tao

Edelmann & Co. Law Offices | Vancouver, BC

Will Tao, (B.A. JD) is a Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer at Edelmann & Co Law Offices based in Vancouver, B.C. He provides legal services in all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law, with a focus on complex refusals, appeals and judicial reviews. Will provides strategic advice and consulting to government, media, educational institutions, and businesses on immigration/refugee, decolonization and race/inclusion-related issues. He is the founder and author of the 2019 Clawbies Award-winning Best Law Blog, Vancouver Immigration Blog.

Brett Cavanaugh

Brett Cavanaugh

McKercher LLP | Saskatoon, SK

Brett Cavanaugh is partner with McKercher LLP in Saskatoon.  His practice focusses on education law and employer-side immigration.  He is intimately familiar with post-secondary immigration, from establishing employer-side compliance regimes, advising search committees on international hires, drafting immigration policies to advising international student centers and managing RISIA teams, where he learned the quirks of post-graduate work permits.  Brett is a former CBA SK section President, has a Masters of Laws in trade law and travels extensively with his wife and two daughters. He acknowledges his headshot was taken when he was much younger.

Meghan Felt

Meghan Felt

McInnes Cooper | St. John's, NL

Meghan is a Partner with McInnes Cooper in St. John's, Newfoundland. She represents clients on a variety of Canadian immigration issues, ranging from individuals seeking temporary resident visas, study permits, work permits and permanent residency, to large corporations seeking labour market impact assessments and work permits to hire foreign workers. Meghan has extensive experience with obtaining work permits under the International Mobility Program and other international agreements, including NAFTA, CETA and GATS.

Meghan is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association. She is the current Chair of the CBA-NL Citizenship and Immigration Section, where she also participates in submission drafting and editing in conjunction with the CBA for new developments in immigration law. In addition to her daily practice, Meghan is involved with the firm's pro bono program, offering immigration legal services to individuals in need.

Well respected in her practice area, Meghan frequently writes legal knowledge pieces on new developments in immigration legislation and policy, and regularly provides updates for the Atlantic Province chapters of Thomson Reuters®  Practical Guide to Provincial Nominee Programs in Canadian Immigration Law.

Shoshana T. Green

Shoshana T. Green

Green & Spiegel LLP | Toronto, ON

Shoshana Green is a partner at Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto. Shoshana has been practicing immigration law for more than 20 years, and has extensive experience in all areas of Canadian immigration. Shoshana is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law. She also is listed in the Who's Who Legal of Corporate Immigration Lawyers which is considered to be The Official Research Partner of the International Bar Association, as well as in The Best Lawyers in Canada editions for the specialty of Immigration Law.Shoshana is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law. Shoshana has received numerous awards and recognition, including "Lawyer of the Year" in Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada 11th edition. 

Since her call to the Bar, Shoshana has been practicing exclusively in the field of immigration, citizenship and refugee law, handling all types of matters including assisting employers and individuals with hiring foreign workers as well as applying for and maintaining permanent residence. She also assists individuals and families with all types of sponsorship applications to help bring close relatives to Canada.

Shoshana regularly appears before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada representing clients for any immigration related matters including admissibility hearings, sponsorship appeals, removal appeals and applications for judicial review as well as other types of enforcement matters.

Shoshana participates in outreach programs at Canadian university and colleges, providing information on work permits, visa, and permanent residency. Shoshana also assists families with the international adoption process both through citizenship and immigration applications.

Robin Seligman

Robin Seligman

Seligman Law | Toronto, ON

Robin Seligman is the founder of Seligman Law. She has practiced immigration law since 1985 and is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of Ontario.  She is an expert on Canadian immigration matters and represents corporate clients large and small as well as individuals in all types of immigration matters including complicated cases with inadmissibility.  She has an excellent track record and will not leave any stone unturned for her clients. 

Robin is Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association national section for Citizenship and Immigration as well as Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Citizenship and Immigration section.  Robin remains an active executive member of the Ontario Bar Association and an active past chair of the CBA section. In 2016, Robin became an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law, Faculty of Law at Western University.

Robin has also been asked to consult with numerous Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration and the Departments of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) and Employment, Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP). She has appeared in front of the Senate and Parliamentary committees on the topic of Canadian citizenship and immigration law and has chaired a coalition of organizations for the purpose of lobbying the Canadian Government for more equitable changes to Canadian immigration policy. 

She has chaired, lectured and spoken extensively for various organizations on the topic of Canadian immigration law including the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, The Law Society of Ontario, Insight, The Canadian Institute and Seneca College. She has also appeared on CBC and CTV television.

Robin can be reached via email at robin@seligmanlaw.com or by calling the firm at (416) 967-7878 ext. 222, Fax (416) 967-9069.