About the NCIC: "Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Immigration & Beyond” is the theme for CAPIC’s 12th annual National Citizenship & Immigration Conference. It will feature high level government speakers from the IRCC, CBSA, IRB, and ESDC, along with leading industry experts and specialists who will discuss trends, changes, and updates to immigration programs. Breakout sessions, case studies, and practical advice will be provided in both English and French.
About You: Whether you are an RCIC, a lawyer, a parliamentary immigration assistant, an international student adviser, an NGO representative, or a settlement and regional specialist, you play a critical role in the immigration process. Our conference is an opportunity to mix and network with attendees and speakers, forging new business connections as you expand your industry knowledge.

October 12-13, 2017

Remarks from
The Hon. Prime Minister of Canada

Remarks from
The Hon. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


Keynote Speaker

  • Jean-Nicolas Beuze

    UNHCR Rep. in Canada

Government Speakers

  • Paul Thompson

    Sr. Asst. Deputy Minister

  • Ross Pattee

    Executive Director

  • Marius Curteanu

    Manager, Immigration Unit
    Government of Yukon

  • Alexandrine Lamour

    Sr. Development Officer

  • Tracy Burtt

    Assistant Director

  • Nicole Adwokat

    Assistant Director

  • Candace Brooks

    Asst. Director

  • Amelie Brisebois

    Assistant Director

  • Suzanne Starkings

    Senior Program Advisor

  • Raluca Boros

    Assistant Director

  • Marie-Josee Dorion


  • Sean McNair

    Assistant Director

  • Gregory Sharun

    Assistant Director

  • Eric Jacques

    Assistant Director

  • Mary-Ann Hubers


  • Teny Dikranian


  • Jennifer Whittaker

    Acting Manager

  • Dave Wood

    Team Lead

  • Sue Hastie

    Director, Bus. Imm.

  • Mary-Jo MacKay

    Manager, Ext. Rel.

  • Kimberly Jardine

    Manager, PNP

  • Isabelle Germain

    Asst. Deputy Chairperson
    Imm. Division

  • Julie Ryan

    Immigration Appeal Division

  • Christian Fournier

    Special Advisor
    Refugee Protection Division

  • Amelie Laporte

    Senior Program Advisor

  • Jennifer Muchmore

    Asst. Director

  • Tracy Gillies


  • Bruce Scoffield

    DG Operation

  • Mona Nandy


  • Ghislain Beaudin

    Quebec Govt.

  • Jonathan Guénette

    Quebec Govt.

More to come from IRCC, CBSA, IRB, ESDC and PNPS. Stay tuned!

Industry Specialists

  • Janet Dench

    Exec. Dir., Cdn. Council for Refugees

  • Peter Veress


  • Brandon Miller


  • Kim Ly


  • Aileen Farrol


  • Alli Amlani


  • Donald Igbokwe


  • Lulwa Al-Hidiq


  • Vilma Filici


  • Neera Agnihotri


  • Roxanne Jessome


  • Kerry Molitor


  • Selin Deravedisyan-Adam


  • Spencer ISAAC


  • Alexander Ning


  • John Burke


  • Isabella Kowalewski


  • Viola Gniadek


  • Jacques Therrien


  • Stephan Reichhold

    Dir. Gen., TCRI

  • Joe Greenholtz


  • Louis-René Gagnon

    Lecturer, CEGEP St-Laurent

  • Randy Boldt


  • Robyn Jones


  • Kareem El-Assal

    Sr. Res. Asso. & Mgr., Immigration

  • Phil Mooney


  • Paul Villeneuve


  • Tiffany Chi


  • Mark Varnam


  • Charlemagne Mfera


  • Marc Audet

    CEO, Auray Capital

  • Pierre Emmanuel Paradis

    President, AppEco

  • Maria Krajewska


  • Shakuntala Soden


  • Isabelle Vachon


  • Christine Poulin


  • Kathy Pellerin


  • John Soden


  • Anna Choudhury

    Mgr., Intl. St. Integ., Alg. Collg.

  • Latifa El-Ghandouri


  • Nir Rozenberg


  • Joseph Zakhour


  • David Chalk

    Barrister & Solicitor

  • Lucy Cardoso


  • Claudia Palacio


  • Elda Sarte Nosè


  • Angélique Adam


  • Avni Marfatia


  • Deepak Kohli


  • Louisa Supino


  • Michael Casasola


  • Neerja Bhandari


  • Patricia Paul-Carson

    First Unitarian Presbyterian Church

  • Ron Mckay


  • Rupali Gulati


  • Silvia Bendo


  • Stephen Reichhold


  • Baly Sarassoro


  • Alexandra Nedov


Check out our speaker page regularly as government and industry speakers are added. Click on their photo to access individual bios.


See below for detailed agenda.

CPD knowledge at its best is more than just CPD. It provides the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to enhance your professional practice.

Legislative changes, policy updates, and impact on clients and practitioners will also be analyzed and discussed via interactive panel sessions, case studies, and interactive sessions, while targeted breakout sessions will cater to those interested in specialized topics.

CPD Approved. Day 1 - 7.5 hours, and Day 2 - 7 hours, *Awaiting 6 further CPD hours.

Papineau-Pontiac Room (PP) (Main plenary room)
Salle Deschenes (SD)
Desert AB Room (Desert)

** Topics and times subject to change

About YOU

Who will be attending the conference and sitting at your table with you?

  • RCICs, lawyers, parliamentary immigration assistants, academic advisers, NGOs and settlement and regional specialists.
  • All play a role in the immigration process - RCICs and lawyers provide immigration advice, academic advisers work with their students on immigration issues related the course of study, NGOs and settlement specialists provide refugee or post-care support, Regional municipalities provide business and life style support and have a vested interest in attracting immigrants to their communities.
  • This is an opportunity to mix and network with those around the table and at the conference - and make business connections - as you learn together, ask questions and be informed.
  • Can the RCIC to your right assist you in your admissibility file? Perhaps the immigration assistant to the MP can explain her role and how they might able to work with you and your client? In turn, the assistant might learn something from you.
  • Is your client needing further support? Might the settlement specialist be able to provide some resources?
  • The academic advisor beside you, wants to network and explain her school’s programs to you.
  • A collegial atmosphere, in a comfortable setting, with high-quality learning - Plenty of time for networking and making your mark!
Don’t delay! Register and reserve your spot!


Donald Igbokwe, BA (Hons), MA, CIP, RCIC.

Dear National Citizenship & Immigration Conference Attendees,

Welcome to CAPICs National Citizenship & Immigration Conference (NCIC) – Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Immigration & Beyond. This year there is a surprise waiting for you as we introduce you to an all new national conference focusing on variety of Citizenship and Immigration industry themes. Reflecting on citizenship and immigration past and future, regionalization of immigration, mobility of workers, effectiveness of our borders, and settlement strategies are just a sample of some of the issues to be discussed. A wide range of citizenship and immigration topics will be covered including trends, and updates to various programs. Panel discussions, case studies and interactive sessions are on the docket!

With an overall projected 65 speakers list from IRCC, IRB, CBSA, ESDC, PNPS, including top level RCICS, and industry specialists, it is our sincere hope that you will gain expanded Citizenship and immigration knowledge and perspective. For our valued CAPIC members and RCICS, an opportunity for at least 16 CPD hours to round out your portfolio. With a French and English program and focused break outs, it will be a busy and exciting conference!


What better place to celebrate our immigration history and future than at the Canadian Museum of History and its fabulous halls?


Join us as we raise a glass to celebrate the “History of Our Profession” book launch, immediately following the “Your Face, Your Future” interactive panel discussion. Both events will feature a cocktail reception and will be held at the Canadian Museum of History. This is your history, so come be part of it.

“Your Face, Your Future” will discuss professionalism and optics in your practice. Panelists will share their experiences and tips on developing your brand and professional values.

Pre-conference Registration is Full

Guests entrance to Panorama Salon

From the street level plaza:
Guests have to go down the outdoor staircases between the 2 buildings, and in through the doors on the left.

From the Underground Parking Lot:
Your guests will take the escalator or elevator from the Parking Lot entrances and will arrive in the main Museum building. They will then have to exit the building through the Main lobby (see on map) and turn right to go down the outdoor staircase and then in through the doors on the left.

At the end of the event, to access the Museum parking lot, if the main lobby is locked (in this case, it will be locked at 10pm), guests have to access the parking lot through the door with the green light located on the front plaza. The security guard posted at the Panorama Salon’s doors for the whole duration of the event can assist guests if they have any questions).
Click here for the map


The President’s Gala is your opportunity to socialize, dance, and let loose. Enjoy time with your colleagues beyond the conference table in the Canadian Museum of History’s Grand Hall. Are you ready for “speed consulting”? Attend the gala and find out! The Ivor Carvalho Award will be presented at the gala.

Entry Information
The Museum is open until 8pm. Guests will enter from the main entrance, then go through registration table in the main lobby. They will then be directed through the special exhibit corridor, then down into the Haida Gwaii Salon, which will be closed to public. Please note that the Grand Hall will still be accessible to museum visitors until 7pm, but due to alcohol service guests will have to remain within the stanchioned area before they are invited to take their seats in the Grand Hall.


The name of the venue is:

Palais des congrès de Gatineau



Place du Centre, 50 Boulevard Maisonneuve, Gatineau, Québec J8X 4H4
1 (819) 595-8000
Located in the heart of downtown Gatineau (Hull Sector)


President Gala and Preconference Venue is:

Canadian Museum of History

100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Québec K1A 0M8


Hotel & Travel Discounts

There are several hotels close to the conference location, with which we have collaborated to provide you with the best prices. You may choose to arrange your own accommodation as well.

More discounts will be added soon. Stay tuned.

Crowne Plaza

ADDRESS: 2 Montcalm Street, Gatineau, QC J8X 4B4; Phone: 1-819-778-3040
Distance to Conference Venue: 1.6km, Travel Time: Walk 15-20 minutes
Price: $159 + Charges & Taxes
Online Reservations: Click Here
By Phone: Call 1-800-567-1962 or 819-778-3880 and mention group name 2017 CAPIC Conference (group code: CAP)
By Email: Email to reservationcrowneplaza@rosdevhotels.com and mention above group name.
Last Date to Book: 29-Sep-2017

VIA Rail Canada

VALID: October 10th, 2017 to October 15th, 2017
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.
For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.
DISCOUNT: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied."
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the event’s VIA convention discount code: 13132.

Online booking tips:
You have to log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. This code has been given to you by the conference organizer. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

Air Canada

From all airports to Ottawa (YOW), Ontario and return.

Air Canada offers 10% discount on eligible fares. Take advantage of the Air Canada promotion code QDQ4UJD1.
The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON).
No discount will apply to Tango bookings.
The travel period begins Thursday, October 05, 2017 and ends Friday, October 20, 2017.


From all airports to Ottawa (YOW), Ontario and return.

WestJet coupon code KCAFTA8 and promo code YOW03 offer 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus fares* for travel between Ottawa, Ontario and anywhere WestJet flies in Canada. Please use coupon code for online booking, and use both the coupon and promo code when booking with a travel agent.
*Discount not available on flex fares or on code-share or partner.
Book by: October 20, 2017
Travel from: October 5-20, 2017
Discount Blackout dates: October 5-6 and October 9-10, 2017

Nordik Spa-Nature

Spa service in Chelsea, Quebec

Upon presentation of the NCIC name badge, members will get 10% discount of their services.
Address: 16 chemin Nordik, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 2P7
They should call to make an appointment as their weekend could be busy – 819-827-1111 or 1-866-575-3700
Website www.lenordik.com

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Registration fee for CAPIC Members and Non Members.

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The Canadian Association of Immigration Professional Consultants (CAPIC) is the industry professional association that represents and advocates on behalf of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC). CAPIC has been recognized as the official voice of RCICs by the Government of Canada. 1500 members strong, the association’s mandate is to lead, connect, protect and develop the profession. Continually striving for excellence in the profession, CAPIC is proud to bring the 12th annual education conference to Gatineau, Quebec. Visit www.capic.ca to find out more about CAPIC.
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