Commit to excellence at this year's National Citizenship and Immigration Conference (NCIC), as we navigate a rapidly changing industry by offering strategies, solutions, and successes for the modern consultant.
The National Capital Region serves as a stunning backdrop to our 17th annual national conference, where this year we'll gather to reconnect. Whether you take part in Ottawa at the Marriott Hotel or attend online, our hybrid conference offers plenty of opportunities to learn, broaden your horizons, and strive for excellence. With sessions on industry updates, policy changes, panels on navigating digitization and online portals, discussion on cross border opportunities, mock hearings and sessions, practice updates and tips, we'll provide a path to move from survival to success. Join us, as we commit to excellence, and start the next chapter.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
The Honourable Sean FraserMinister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
The Honourable Sean Fraser was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Central Nova in 2015. Minister Fraser previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and to the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance from 2019 to 2021, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change from 2018 to 2019. In 2021, he also served concurrently as Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister. Before entering politics, Minister Fraser had a successful legal career with one of Canada’s top-ranked law firms, where he practised commercial litigation and international dispute resolution. He is a long-time volunteer, having served as the Vice-President of a local branch of the United Nations Association in Canada, acted as a Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and provided pro bono legal services to the local BGC Club and vulnerable community members. Minister Fraser holds a law degree from Dalhousie University, a Master’s degree in Public International Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University. Minister Fraser grew up in Pictou County, and has family throughout the Town and County of Antigonish. He enjoys spending time in Central Nova with his wife, Sarah, and their children, Molly and Jack.
ID, Central Region, IRB
Mary HeyesID, Central Region, IRB
Legal Counsel, IRB
Vincent ValaiLegal Counsel, IRB
DG Client Experience, IRCC
Sylvain BeauchampDG Client Experience, IRCC
Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Richard WexChairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Mr. Wex was appointed Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in July, 2018. From 2015-2018, Mr. Wex was the Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Prior to this appointment, he served as Vice-President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) responsible for policy and program development. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Wex served as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Law Enforcement and Policing Branch at Public Safety Canada, where he provided strategic leadership and policy advice to the Minister of Public Safety. Prior to joining Public Safety Canada, Mr. Wex held a number of executive positions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of Justice. He began his public service career with the Department of Justice, practicing in the areas of Public and Aboriginal law, and providing the full range of advisory, negotiation and litigation services. Mr. Wex has a Bachelor of Laws degree (L.L.B.) from Queen's University, and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. He is a graduate of the Public Service Advanced Leadership Program, and the Senior Managers in Government Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a recipient of both the Public Service Award of Excellence as well as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.
Associate Professor of Law at Queen’s University
Sharry AikenAssociate Professor of Law at Queen’s University
Sharry Aiken is an Associate Professor of Law at Queen’s University and Academic Director of the University’s new Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law. She is an expert on immigration law and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of precedent-setting immigration cases. Professor Aiken is a past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), a board member of FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto, co-editor of the PKI Global Justice Journal, and former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Refuge. She is the author and co-editor of Canada’s leading casebook on Immigration and Refugee Law, currently in its third edition. Her research focuses on immigration detention and border policies.
RCIC / CRIC
Tim MorsonRCIC / CRIC
Tim is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and former Canadian diplomat and immigration program manager with 20 years of federal government experience in Asia, Europe, the United States, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, and in Ottawa with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration (now IRCC), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada). He has managed immigration services in the private sector and specializes in management and compliance, global mobility and Canadian immigration.
Ronald Poulton is considered one of Canada’s leading immigration
lawyers. He has acted as counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal
and Ontario Courts of Appeal and Federal Court Trial Division in some
of the most prominent cases in Canadian immigration law. He has
lectured in immigration law, testified before a Parliamentary Committee
on Immigration issues and before an international human rights
organization investigating Canada’s treatment of non-citizens.
Katina Hunter SutcliffeLL.B
Katina Sutcliffe attended University of Windsor Law School and earned her LLB. She also holds a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Her background is wide and varied and includes a clerkship at the Ontario Court of Appeal and a decade working as a global relocation facilitator. During this time, Katina raised her young family and it is only in the last several years, Katina has become more active again in the law profession. She attended an IPP course and developed a passion for immigration advocacy. She focuses on inadmissibility issues and has worked closely with other practitioners on a variety of immigration cases. Another passion is Katina's thirst for case law research and administrative law approach. Katina has been a presenter at the chapter and national level and is a regular attendee at many CAPIC events! When not researching Katina can be found at her beloved cottage and sailing around the Great Lakes!
Venture Partner and CMO - Canada Start up Co.
Megan TuckVenture Partner and CMO - Canada Start up Co.
Megan is a dedicated sales and marketing professional with expertise in B2B and B2C sales at Canada Startup Company. Megan believes that immigrants are not only excellent entrepreneurs, but are also an integral part of the Canadian economy whom are capable of creating jobs and bringing innovation to Canada.
As a partner at Canada Startup Company, Megan overseas sales, marketing and strategic partnerships for CSC.
Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminology and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario
Managing Partner and CEO - Canada Start up Co.
Ajay MalhotraManaging Partner and CEO - Canada Start up Co.
Ajay Malhotra is a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits and an investor with over 23 years of experience in the business and technology industries.
He has completed multiple degrees including a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Commerce, a second Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology in addition to taking courses in Financial Markets at Yale University, and Machine Learning at Stanford University.
Ajay began his career as a Senior Software Engineer, where he worked for clients such as Motorola, G.E., Citibank, Reserve Bank of India, and the Government of Malaysia. After five years, he moved from India to the United States of America, where he worked as a Consulting Software Engineer for clients such as Applied Materials, University of Berkeley, Saratoga Systems, Maximus Group, and Export Import Bank in the San Francisco Bay Area and further within the United States of America.
Presently, Ajay is an active investor with multiple Angel Groups and the founder and managing partner of Canada Startup Company, an integrated venture studio focused on co-creating companies with immigrant and local entrepreneurs.
Under Ajay’s leadership, Canada Startup Company has the mission of combating immigrant unemployment and underemployment in Canada by launching and growing companies with global entrepreneurs and providing high-tech jobs in Canada.
In addition to operating Canada Startup Company, Ajay is a Startup Advisor at MaRS Discovery District marsdd.com, Canada’s largest incubator. With investments in Enterprise Software, fin-tech, algorithmic trading, digital advertising, enterprise software, virtual reality and more, Ajay and his team manage a growth portfolio for the seed stage startups.
RCIC / CRIC
Catharine BaierRCIC / CRIC
RCIC / CRIC
Klaudios MustakasRCIC / CRIC
RCIC / CRIC
Vilma FiliciRCIC / CRIC
Vilma Filici is an entrepreneur, professor, community leader, mother and wife. A multi-tasker, she manages a successful immigration consultancy business; she is a professor of Immigration and Refugee Law in the Paralegal Program at Seneca College; she was the academic coordinator of the Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program of Seneca College, Bow Valley College and UBC; she lead the Canadian Hispanic Congress for 7 years; She was a candidate in the 2010 municipal election; she writes a weekly column on Immigration and Citizenship and has a radio and television segment on the same topics. She is an active member of a political party and manages a household. She holds an Honours B.A. a Bachelor of Education and a post graduate certificate in Immigration Law. Her success is based on a solid set of skills that range from multiple language fluency (English, Spanish, Italian and French) to strategy development and policy drafting, among others. She is a natural and progressive leader, self-motivated and results oriented, and she has used these characteristics not only to advance her professional objectives, but to contribute and build up the immigrant community.
RCIC / RCIC
Neera AgnihotriRCIC / RCIC
Born to a hard working immigrant family, Neera Agnihotri knows first-hand the challenges that we can face when entering a new community, let alone a new country to live, work or visit. Her personal experience is the driving force behind her passion to help others complete their venture into new land, with as much ease as possible Prior to attining her Immigration Practitioner Licence in 2006, Neera was immersed in the Travel and Tourism industry. Her hard work ethic and professionalism landed her a job on only her third day of practicum with BTI International, where she worked for many years. Neera was praised for her incredible focus and was considered an asset to their firm. But, being an ambitious female entrepreneur and driven young mother motivated her to take her career to the next level. She then attained her CSIC License and started her own firm
Since then she has been providing her clients with honest, efficient and transparent immigration services
There is a terrible stigma attached to the Immigration Consultant profession due to numerous reports of people engaging themselves in unethical behavior. These unfortunate situations are another source of motivation for Neera and her team to set the standard in her industry with ethical practice at all times
RCIC / CRIC
Rupali GulatiRCIC / CRIC
RCIC / CRIC
Chris DawRCIC / CRIC
Chris has been working on Immigration legal matters since 2001, specializing in work permits and helping workers and students acquire permanent residence. Chris is a leader in the profession having worked on the Boards of CAPIC and ICCRC and Instructing at the University of British Columbia. Chris is currently serving on the National Advisory Committee for the Graduate Diploma in Immigration Law at Queens University.
RCIC / CRIC
Martine Varekamp-BosRCIC / CRIC
RCIC / CRIC
Neerja BhandariRCIC / CRIC
RCIC / CRIC
Yves MartineauRCIC / CRIC
Yves Martineau has worked in immigration since 2002, counselling people in their immigration, professional and academic projects to Canada.
He was an official representative for the Quebec government and gave hundreds of conferences to over 100,000 people in more than 50 cities in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador and Ecuador.
He fluently speaks and writes English, French and Spanish, holds a degree in journalism from Concordia University and a post-graduate degree in communication and marketing from HEC Montreal, and he has become an expert in themes related to intercultural relations and integration.
RCIC / CRIC
Kathy PellerinRCIC / CRIC
RCIC / CRIC
Kim K.C. LyRCIC / CRIC
Kim K.C Ly is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in London, Ontario and the principal of Borders Consultancy Ltd. https://www.bordersimmigration.com/. Fluent in speaking Cantonese and with more than 22 years of experience, Ly and her team work closely with both individuals seeking to immigrate to Canada and businesses and organizations aiming to bring in skilled workers. She graduated with honours from Humber’s Immigration Consultancy Program and is a member of the Governance & Nomination Committee of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC-CRCIC).
Kim is also an accredited member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), serving on its Policy and Lobbying Committee. She’s also a member of the Advisory Panel for the London Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council, a local community organization aimed at connecting local employers to immigrant talent in an effort to strengthen the local economy.
RCIC / CRIC
Peter VeressRCIC / CRIC
Peter Veress has over 23 years of experience in the area of immigration consulting. He began his career as an immigration officer with the Canadian government’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration, where he developed a passion for supporting the integration of temporary foreign workers, internationally trained professionals and immigrants into the fabric of Canadian society. Since then he has built an extensive immigration practice where has handled thousands corporate transfer, foreign worker, permanent residency and compliance review applications.
Peter is the past President of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants – Prairie Chapter and a registered member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is a frequent presenter on immigration issues, has published numerous immigration-related articles in professional, trade and human resource publications and has appeared before various multi-party parliamentary commissions on immigration. In addition, he teaches the Immigration Consulting Professional Practice Management course at Bow Valley College in Calgary.
Peter has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary and an Applied Public Relations Diploma from Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University). He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of immigrant serving agencies.
Vermax Group Inc. provides immigration consulting services to individuals and numerous national and international companies, and is currently the International Recruitment and Transition Provider for The City of Calgary. Vermax also consults to foreign governments on ways to internationalize their labour force.
RCIC / CRIC
Burcu AkyolRCIC / CRIC
Burcu embarked on her career path as an RCIC in February 2019. She started her immigration consulting business after seventeen years of experience as an educator and educational leader. Although she is relatively new in the industry, setting clear entrepreneurial career goals helped her scale her business from one employee to seven employees in three years. She believes whether it is three years or thirty years in the profession, being an RCIC and a business owner require embracing a dynamic approach, a growth mindset, and positioning yourself strategically in your market.
President & CEO, Registrar- the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
John Murray BA, LLB, LLMPresident & CEO, Registrar- the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
Education Manager, CAPIC
Monica O'BrienEducation Manager, CAPIC
Monica O'Brien is a long time immigration consultant with more than 25 years experience and has enjoyed working clients to help make immigration dreams come true. A long time volunteer within the industry, she has seen the industry evolve and grow. With a fundamental belief in giving back Monica has been a long time volunteer and mentor. Currently wearing both an Education and Policy hat with CAPIC, Monica continues to work with colleagues and industry stakeholders. A member in good standing with CICC, Monica also holds an immigration diploma and a Bachelor degree. Parent to teen twins, Monica resides with her family in Claremont Ontario and enjoys travelling, playing hockey and cheering on her Habs team.
RCIC / CRIC
Tiffany ChiRCIC / CRIC
graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Political
Science and English. She is a member in good standing of the CICC and has
been working in the immigration field since 2008.
Prior to beginning her work as an Immigration Consultant, she worked for several years as a Border Services Officer with the CBSA. She currently works with J. Kenney Consulting Ltd., specializing in economic and corporate immigration. She has been an Instructor in immigration law since 2017, having taught several modules of UBC’s Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures Program, and held the position of Course Lead in the Practical Skills module with UBC.
In addition to developing course content and assessment materials for that module, she continues to be a frequent speaker and presenter at immigration workshops, seminars, and annual national immigration conferences.
Chair, CAPIC Board of Directors
Avni MarfatiaChair, CAPIC Board of Directors
Avni has a Bachelor's of Science with a Major in Microbiology from Bombay University, India, and a Post-Baccalaureate in Medical Laboratory Technology. She has also earned a diploma (with Honours) in Information Technology from Devry Institute, as well as an Immigration Practitioner Program diploma from Seneca College. Avni is a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, a registered member in good standing of the ICCRC, an active CAPIC member (since its inception), and a Commissioner for Oaths (Quebec). She has served the immigration industry for over 18 years as an immigration consultant.
Areas of Practice:
Avni practises in various areas of immigration. She represents her clients honestly, diligently, and in a timely manner at different CIC missions for applications such as EE, Skilled Workers, CEC, Family Class sponsorships and appeals at IAD, H & C, temporary visa applications such as study permits, visitor visa, TRP, work permits, ARC, and representing employers at ESDC for LMIAs. In addition, she represents clients for case-specific representations to the Case Review Department and Geographic Region Directors.
Avni possesses excellent professional communication and writing skills, as she has represented clients professionally at various CIC missions. Avni also has leadership and team-player skills, volunteer experience serving on the BOD of the ILFO for four years, vast experience in the immigration industry, and knowledge of current industry affairs, changing policies, proposed changes to the IRPA, etc. Over and above all this, Avni is blessed with a pleasant personality.
Director - Unique Consulting Group
Management Information Systems (MIS) Officer - CitiFinancial
Director - Unitech College of Business Technology & Healthcare
President - Prospect Pharmacy
Voluntary Services at Non-Profit Charitable Institutes:
Unpaid Immigration representative for Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre for 4 years
Unpaid Immigration representative for Pushtimargiya Vaishnav Samaj of Canada for 8 years
Unpaid Representative for Swaminarayan Vadtal Gadi, Toronto
Volunteer at Non-Profit Organization:
Volunteer at CAPIC Executive Committees - Ontario Chapter
CAPIC - ON Chapter Secretary
CAPIC - National Secretary
CAPIC - Chair of Governance Committee
CAPIC - Member of Audit and Finance Committee
CAPIC - Chair, Board of Directors
BOD - Institute of Leadership for Women of Ontario (ILFO)
Associate Director, Immigration Research at The Conference Board of Canada
Iain ReeveAssociate Director, Immigration Research at The Conference Board of Canada
Iain manages the Conference Board of Canada's Immigration Knowledge Area and the National Immigration Centre.
RCIC / CRIC
Phil MooneyRCIC / CRIC
Phil Mooney is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) with over 22-years’ immigration industry experience, after having spent more than 30 years in the corporate world. He has worked successfully on all types of business immigration cases over the years and currently acts as co-counsel to dozens of Authorized Representatives, helping them qualify candidates, select the best Program for their clients and helps them deal with government departments on their clients’ behalf. In his career, he participated in the development of the initial Professional Skills Exam for consultants, attended meetings as a Subject Matter Expert, was a member of the Canadian Border Services Advisory Committee (CBSAC), and regularly met with senior government officials to discuss immigration issues. He was also the first CEO of the regulatory body (ICCRC) after being instrumental in preparing the successful bid to replace CSIC. Phil is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC)— the largest group of consultants dedicated to educating immigration consultants and lobbying Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on issues of concern to both immigrants and consultants. He served as CAPIC president for over three years, speaks regularly to graduating students of immigration practitioner programs, and presents briefs before parliamentary committees on issues of concern. Phil lives in Burlington, Ontario, Canada with his wife, and is the proud father of two sons and grandfather of five. He is the son and husband of immigrants, and as a former corporate executive, has traveled extensively around the world.
RCIC / CRIC
David LeBlancRCIC / CRIC
Managing Director, Senior Counsel Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant RCIC – ICCRC David is a High Honours Graduate of Seneca College’s Immigration Practitioner Program, and a Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. He has been with Ferreira-Wells since 2002. In April 2004, he was among the first hundred registrants listed with the former regulatory body Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants – CSIC, and is now a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council – ICCRC. He is a specialist in Family and Economic Class applications, refugee and H&C clients, attends Appeals and Admissibility hearings at all immigration tribunals, prepares final submissions, and responds to all challenges from Canada Immigration. A former banker and National Credit – Customer Service Manager with Fortune 500 corporations, David is the firm’s Managing Director and senior counsel, and oversees staff and daily business operations. He has taught classes at Seneca in the Professional Practice Management module, and is a founding member of the Immigration Consultant’s Listserv, a professional forum established in 2004 dedicated to the advancement of Immigration Consultant’s Continuing Professional Development. David is an avid portrait, travel and urban scene photographer, and has been a volunteer telephone crisis counselor with Distress Centres, family counselor with Survivor Support Program and Big Brothers. A world traveler, he was the past president of The Hemingway, an equity co-op for ten years, and oversaw its conversion to condominium. David was born in Montreal on Bastille Day, the national holiday of France, and one day he hopes to find himself in Paris on his birthday so he can see the fireworks and pretend they are for him.
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- For North America 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher. For International Travel 10% on standard fares & higher.
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Stay at the Marriott Hotel Ottawa! Exclusive group rates are available for in-person attendees at the Marriott Hotel Ottawa for $229 per night beginning Tuesday, May 24, 2022 and ending Saturday, May 28, 2022. (Please book with the hotel directly as the room block is no longer available.)
VIA Rail Discount - The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:
VALID: May 24th 2022 to May 28th 2022
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: 14208.
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Canadian Museum of History
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