Are you ready to navigate pathways and strategies for your next file? Or are you just hanging on to that life preserver in becoming overwhelmed with numerous policy updates and changes? Is shore fading off in the distance in trying to manage portals and clients? It's not sink or swim, its “Ships Ahoy” as we set sail for Halifax, Nova Scotia!


Join us in Halifax on May 22-24, 2024, for the 19th National Immigration and Citizenship Conference, where you’ll secure paddles of information, find tips to trim the sails and handle complex scenarios, learn bold solutions for those leaking files, and gain supportive guidance as you tackle immigration life in the business world! Network with colleagues, engage in a setting filled with "down home hospitality" and be ready to dance a Nova Scotia jig!

Gala (The Gala and NCIC are sold out!)

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Don't miss out on the Chair's Gala at Canadian Museum of immigration Pier 21 - the landing point for generations of Canadians. So many of you have made this same journey and have worked with countless families in helping to make Canada their home. Be part of an enriching evening filled with the Ivor Cavallaro award winner and stories of struggle, joy, and triumph. Take time pre-dinner to wander the Museum and see part of your history, our history - Canadian history. Welcome home!

Journeys of courage, hope, hardship and resiliency are at the heart of the immigrant experience. Understanding these journeys helps us understand ourselves and our country. Located on the Halifax waterfront, your journey will begin with a reception in the Rudolph Bratty Hall where you will enjoy a cocktail surrounded by the history of our National Historic Site. Guests will step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate to Canada through Pier 21. From the ship you sailed on, to customs and immigration in Halifax, to the train you took to your final destination; discover the past housed in our walls. Following your reception experience, you will enjoy dinner in the Museums banquet space the Kenneth C. Rowe Hall.

Government Speakers

CBSA

Representatives / Représentants

Previous Keynotes

The Honourable Sean Fraser

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (NCIC 2022)

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (NCIC 2020)

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, The Honourable Matt DeCourcey

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (NCIC 2019)

Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Calgary Mayor (NCIC 2019)

Jean-Nicolas Beuze

UNHCR Representative Canada (NCIC 2017)

Janet Dench

Executive Director for Canadian Council of Refugees (NCIC 2016)

Mario Dion

Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (NCIC 2015)

Speakers

Scott Smith

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Burcu Akyol

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Claudia Mei Mei Chan

RCIC/ CRIC

Industry Specialist

Jade Calver

RCIC

Industry Specialist

Kim K.C. Ly

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Peter Veress

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Zarina Sultanova

RCIC

Industry Specialist

Mohamed Negmeldin

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Klaudios Mustakas

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Manprit Aujla-Grewal

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

John Lironi

Founder and Director of Gateway Pacific Immigration

Industry Specialist

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

LL.B

Industry Specialist

Brandon Miller

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Catherine Baier

RCIC

Industry Specialist

Noor Jinah

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Brooke Finlay

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Peri Wong

RCIC - IRB

Industry Specialist

Sanchit Ahuja

RCIC/ CRIC

Industry Specialist

Eric Katz

RCIC - CRIC

Industry Specialist

Kevin Zemp

Barrister & Solicitor

Industry Specialist

Steven Meurrens

Lawyer

Industry Specialist

Lisa Griffin Ndour

BBA, MBA, RCIC

Industry Specialist

Paul Villeneuve

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Martine Varekamp-Bos

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Tiffany Chi

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

John Murray BA, LLB, LLM

President & CEO, Registrar- the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

Industry Specialist

Tim Morson

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Phil Mooney

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Agenda

Agenda Snapshot

  • Navigating PNPs
  • Lifelines beyond Federal
  • Uncooperative and Undeclared Dependents
  • Strategic ways to address refusals
  • Read between the Borders
  • Key Policies to know
  • Immigration opportunities outside of major centres
  • Navigating the Future and more

Conference Delivery

  • Plenary and break out sessions running concurrently in three rooms
  • Tracked sessions geared to multiple levels of experience; hands on workshops that simulate case/file settings
  • Shorter sessions geared to those who just want the tips in Ted Talk style! Longer sessions for those who want more in-depth background and enhancement. Q/A sessions stacked with experts
  • Storyboarding, curating, sharing and engaging and so much more!

Benefits

  • Incredible information and engagement
  • Extended networking and opportunity creation
  • CPD learning beyond. Sharpening skills and gaining new tools
  • Discovering latest trends and issues
  • Meeting like-minded colleagues in the immigration space
  • Inspired strategies and solutions for your case and so much more!

23rd May

Thursday

24th May

Friday

07:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

Grab your conference badge, and goodie bag! Fid your seat and get ready!

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Settle in as for some east coast hospitality as we get for an interactive 2 days!

AT: Main Room

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

(Opening Plenary) - Charting Paths in Shifting Tides – A Conversation with IRCC

The tides are shifting! Be part of the conversation as we figure out ways to navigate!

AT: Main Room | Session 1

Kim K.C. Ly

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Navigating PNP’s - Lifelines Beyond Federal

PNPS just might be the way to go and more options for your clients! Where do you start?

AT: Main Room | Session 2A

Mohamed Negmeldin

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Burn and Learn (TED Talk)

Fast-paced talks with insightful commentary on four topics!

AT: Breakout Room | Session 2B

Catherine Baier

RCIC

Speaker

Noor Jinah

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

Brooke Finlay

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Case Studies and Breakdown (Beginner-Intermediate)

An opportunity to roll up your sleeves, work together and break down case studies. Practical knowledge at its best! Notes - 4 case studies Parameters set 30 in each group

AT: Workshop Room | Session 2C

Claudia Mei Mei Chan

RCIC/ CRIC

Speaker

Peri Wong

RCIC - IRB

Speaker

12:00 PM - 13:30 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

12:30 PM - 13:30 PM

Roundtable of ‘How to do Business’ for your business!

A panel of your peers as they share their tips and experience in “business” – Geared for newest in the field!

AT: Breakout Room | Workshop Shop 1

Sanchit Ahuja

RCIC/ CRIC

Speaker

Eric Katz

RCIC - CRIC

Speaker

13:30 PM - 14:45 PM

Case Studies and Breakdown (Intermediate)

Another roll up your sleeves session with more advanced scenarios. Get your thinking caps on

AT: Workshop Room

13:30 PM - 14:45 PM

Uncooperative and Undeclared Dependants – Is ‘Rescue Possible’?

The title speaks for itself! What are the options for the “forgotten ones?

AT: Main Room | Session 3A

Jade Calver

RCIC

Speaker

Manprit Aujla-Grewal

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Speaker

13:30 PM - 14:45 PM

Shifting Tides – Strategic Ways to Address Refusals

Best practices in managing and avoiding refusals!

AT: Breakout Room | Session 3B

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

LL.B

Speaker

Brandon Miller

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

13:30 PM - 14:45 PM

Case Studies and Breakdown (Intermediate)

Another roll up Roll your sleeves session with more advanced scenarios. Get your thinking caps on!

14:45 PM - 15:15 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

15:15 PM - 16:30 PM

Plenary Session ‘Read Between the Borders’ (CBSA and more)

Flag poling, prepping and things to watch for – the state of the union on the borders!

Klaudios Mustakas

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

Kevin Zemp

Barrister & Solicitor

Speaker

CBSA

Representatives / Représentants

Speaker

15:15 PM - 16:30 PM

Upping your Game – Key Policies to know and the Top 15 Things so far in 2024

2024 – we’re not even halfway through yet! Are you ready?

John Lironi

Founder and Director of Gateway Pacific Immigration

Speaker

Steven Meurrens

Lawyer

Speaker

Lisa Griffin Ndour

BBA, MBA, RCIC

Speaker

16:30 PM - 00:00 AM

Closing Remarks Day 1

That’s a wrap on Day 1!

18:00 PM - 23:30 PM

Reception and Gala at Pier 21

Wander the arrival hall, see the stories, and make your own. Welcome to Canada!

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

Let’s discuss ‘setting fees!” and break it down!

Still figuring it out? This session is for you!

AT: Breakout Room | Workshop 2

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

Grab a coffee, shake the sleep off and let’s go!

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Welcome and Housekeeping – Day 2

Day 2 is here!

09:00 AM - 09:45 AM

Plenary Session ‘The Temporary Dilemma’

There are over 2,000,000 temporary workers Canada. What’s the path ahead for them and Canada? Listen in!

AT: Main Room | Session 5

09:45 AM - 10:00 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

A Smorgasbord of Individual PNP programs

A deep dive into some of the PNPs! Let’s go fishing!

AT: Main Room | Session 6A

Paul Villeneuve

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Immigration Opportunities Outside of Major Centres

Not everyone is destined to Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver! What other options are there?

AT: Breakout Room | Session 6B

Martine Varekamp-Bos

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

IRCC Representatives

IRCC

Speaker

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Case Studies – A fireside chat (Advanced)

This one is for our seasoned practitioners as we look at more challenging situations – from case studies to business dilemmas!

AT: Workshop Room | Session 6C

Kim K.C. Ly

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

12:15 PM - 13:30 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

13:30 PM - 14:45 PM

Addressing Dilemmas in Immigration

Practice Stemming from Technology, Portal Exhaustion and Mistakes.

AT: Main Room | Session 7A

Zarina Sultanova

RCIC/CRIC

Speaker

Tiffany Chi

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

IRCC Representatives

IRCC

Speaker

13:30 PM - 14:45 PM

LMIA: Recruitment and Ethics – Let’s chat

What constitutes recruitment? Are you licensed? What’s your role? What is the ethical line?

AT: Breakout Room | Session 7B

Peter Veress

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

John Murray BA, LLB, LLM

President & CEO, Registrar- the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

Speaker

13:30 PM - 14:45 PM

State of Quebec 2024 -French programs in and out of Quebec (French)

Parlon des options pour vos clients !

AT: Breakout Room | Session 7C

Tim Morson

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

14:45 PM - 15:00 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

15:00 PM - 16:15 PM

Navigating the Future – Supports and Resources for Smooth Sailing!

It's a challenging time. How do you stay afloat, and manage both your business and the complex world of immigration?

AT: Main Room | Session 8

Burcu Akyol

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

Brooke Finlay

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

Phil Mooney

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

17:15 PM - 17:30 PM

Thank you and closing remarks. See you next year!

Get ready for NCIC 2025!

Travel

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Hotel

Westin Nova Scotian

1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3H 2P6

The Westin Nova Scotian offers travelers a relaxing interlude as well as a central location to an array of restaurants, nightlife, and attractions. Located in the Halifax Seaport District and minutes from Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Scotiabank Centre, and Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. Take in the stunning views of the Halifax Harbour while relaxing in our signature Heavenly® Beds. Our modern, upscale rooms and suites offer luxurious accommodations with contemporary amenities. Work alongside our event specialists to assist you in hosting a successful event in one of our versatile meeting spaces. Enjoy your evening with a beverage and delicious food selection in our spacious Seaport Social Lounge and Restaurant. There is no limit to feeling good about your stay at The Westin Nova Scotian.

Book your group rate for CAPIC - Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants

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Event Summary: CAPIC - Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants

Start Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024

End Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Last Day to Book: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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