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. 

Keynote Speaker

The Honourable Sean Fraser

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Government Speakers

Mary Heyes

ID, Central Region, IRB

Vincent Valai

Legal Counsel, IRB

Sylvain Beauchamp

DG Client Experience, IRCC

Richard Wex

Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Speakers

Sharry Aiken

Associate Professor of Law at Queen’s University

Industry Specialist

Tim Morson

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Ronald Poulton

LL.B.

Industry Specialist

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

LL.B

Industry Specialist

Megan Tuck

Venture Partner and CMO - Canada Start up Co.

Industry Specialist

Ajay Malhotra

Managing Partner and CEO - Canada Start up Co.

Industry Specialist

Catharine Baier

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Klaudios Mustakas

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Vilma Filici

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Neera Agnihotri

RCIC / RCIC

Industry Specialist

Rupali Gulati

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Chris Daw

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Martine Varekamp-Bos

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Neerja Bhandari

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Michele Leering

Lawyer

Industry Specialist

Yves Martineau

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Kathy Pellerin

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Kim K.C. Ly

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Peter Veress

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Burcu Akyol

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

John Murray BA, LLB, LLM

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

Industry Specialist

Monica O'Brien

Education Manager, CAPIC

Industry Specialist

Tiffany Chi

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Avni Marfatia

Chair, CAPIC Board of Directors

Industry Specialist

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration Research at The Conference Board of Canada

Industry Specialist

Phil Mooney

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

David LeBlanc

RCIC / CRIC

Industry Specialist

Detailed Agenda

25th May

Wednesday

26th May

Thursday

27th May

Friday

17:00 PM - 18:00 PM

Pre registration

Pre registration

AT: Foyer of Victoria Ballroom

18:00 PM - 19:15 PM

Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference

Live only

AT: Salon Cartier II,II,III

07:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Registration and Breakfast

Registration and Breakfast

In-person

AT: Foyer of Victoria Ballroom

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

Workshop 1 - A survival Guide to Technology and portals

Workshop 1 - A survival Guide to Technology and portals

(Subject matter technology, portals) Salon Cartier – in person and virtual streaming 1-hour CPD Confused about all the portals? You’ll gain tips, trick and a guide to help you navigate!

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

Megan Tuck

Venture Partner and CMO - Canada Start up Co.

Panelist

Ajay Malhotra

Managing Partner and CEO - Canada Start up Co.

Panelist

Tiffany Chi

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

08:45 AM - 09:15 AM

Setting the Stage for Excellence

Setting the Stage for Excellence

Getting Set for the Day – Welcome, Housekeeping and Opening Remarks In- person and virtual streaming (No CPD)

AT: Victoria Ballroom

09:15 AM - 09:45 AM

Session 1 – A Fireside Chat

Session 1 – A Fireside Chat

(Subject matter: updates, processing, other) In-person and virtual streaming 30 minutes CPD A conversation of the immigration landscape and the way forward

AT: Victoria Ballroom

09:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Recognition

09:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

Networking Break

Grab a coffee, return that phone call, or network with your colleagues! Those online can check out “Gathertown”, have some fun and network virtually! (In - person & Virtual)

AT: Exhibitor Hall

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

A conversation with IRCC: Post pandemic trends and targets

A conversation with IRCC: Post pandemic trends and targets

(Subject matter: trends, targets, processing, portals) Victoria Ballroom – in person and virtual streaming, 1.5 hours CPD. There are many immigration challenges ahead.…how will we move forward in a post pandemic world? Let’s have a discussion.

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Kim K.C. Ly

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

IRCC Representatives

IRCC

Panelist

Tim Morson

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Detention

Detention

(Subject matter; detention, alternatives, other) Salon Cartier - in person and streamed 1.5 hours CPD Detained or Not – Come find out!

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

Mary Heyes

ID, Central Region, IRB

Panel Chair

Klaudios Mustakas

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

Vilma Filici

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

12:00 PM - 13:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

Enjoy lunch, network with your colleagues, and catch up! It’s been a long time since we’ve met in person! Those online, we’ll see you again at 1:30 pm!

AT: Summit, 29th Floor

12:25 PM - 13:25 PM

Workshop 2 - Catching up on Retainers

Workshop 2 - Catching up on Retainers

(Lunch time session) (Subject matter: retainers, client management) In-person. 1-hour CPD (Subject matter An advanced session on retainer and client management. Key tips!

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

David LeBlanc

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

13:30 PM - 15:00 PM

The Border – Current trends, flag-poling and being client ready

The Border – Current trends, flag-poling and being client ready

(Subject matter: Port of entry issues, client prep). In person and virtual streaming. 1.5 hours CPD. Every single client must enter through a POE. Be part of the conversation as we delve into “The Border”

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Neera Agnihotri

RCIC / RCIC

Panel Chair

Phil Mooney

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

Tiffany Chi

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

CBSA

Representatives / Représentants

Panelist

13:30 PM - 15:00 PM

Looking at Inadmissibility beyond A36

Looking at Inadmissibility beyond A36

(Subject matter: Inadmissibility, case law,) In-person and virtual steaming, 1.5 hours CPD. We’ll look beyond A36 and discuss other types of inadmissibility and leave you some relevant jurisprudence.

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

LL.B

Panelist

Ronald Poulton

LL.B.

Panelist

15:00 PM - 15:25 PM

Networking Break

Networking Break

The day is nearly done! Rehydrate and stretch! Those online, are you having fun with “Gathertown? In - person & Virtual

AT: Exhibitor Hall

15:25 PM - 17:00 PM

A New Era for Labour Mobility – A Complementary pathway

A New Era for Labour Mobility – A Complementary pathway

(Subject matter; pathway, economic, refugees) Victoria Ballroom: in-person and virtual steaming, 1.5 hours CPD Changing our mindset as we explore new pathways and the combination of streams. You will be surprised by what you don’t know!

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Ronald Poulton

LL.B.

Panel Chair

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

LL.B

Panel Chair

Kim K.C. Ly

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

15:25 PM - 17:00 PM

Québec : Travailleurs autonomes et survol des programmes Pilotes

Québec : Travailleurs autonomes et survol des programmes Pilotes

( Objet: projets pilotes sur l’immigration, traitement, mises à jour) Salon Cartier: en personne et en streaming virtuel FPC 1.5 heures

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

Kathy Pellerin

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

Yves Martineau

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

17:05 PM - 17:50 PM

Citizenship by Investment

Citizenship by Investment

(Subject matter: immigration programs outside Canada) In-person and virtual steaming, (no CPD) Check out opportunities for your clients beyond Canada!

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

Patrick Peters

Co-Founder and CEO of ClientReferrals

Panel Chair

Olivier Adrien

Director of Citizenship Programs

Panelist

18:00 PM - 19:00 PM

Cocktail reception

Cocktail reception

Join us for a cocktail reception! Wind down after a busy day! Those online, we will see tomorrow! We hope you that today, you started the next chapter of excellence.

AT: To be announced

19:00 PM - 23:00 PM

Gala

Gala

An evening of conversation, networking, and celebration as we honour this year's Ivor Carvalho Award recipient. *(must be pre-registered)

AT: To be announced

07:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

Let’s get Day 2 started just right! (In-person)

AT: Summit, 29th Floor

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

Workshop 3 - Positioning yourself in the marketplace

Workshop 3 - Positioning yourself in the marketplace

(Subject matter: business, marketing) In person and streaming. 1 hours CPD. Need some help finding your space and place? This is for you!

AT: Cartier I,II,III

Burcu Akyol

RCIC / CRIC

Speaker

08:45 AM - 09:00 AM

Setting the Stage for Excellence – Part II

Setting the Stage for Excellence – Part II

In -person and streaming (no CPD hours) Welcome and Housekeeping - Day 2 coming up!

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Richard Wex

Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Speaker

09:00 AM - 09:35 AM

A Transformational Change - Sit down with the IRB Chair

A Transformational Change - Sit down with the IRB Chair

(Subject matter: communications, process, updates other) : In -person and streaming . 35 Mins CPD. An in-depth conversation as look back and ahead!

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Avni Marfatia

Chair, CAPIC Board of Directors

Panel Chair

Richard Wex

Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Panelist

09:35 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

Networking Break

Time for a coffee and check in with sponsors! Those online, come say hello in “Gathertown”!

10:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Navigating Refusals and key jurisprudence

Navigating Refusals and key jurisprudence

(Subject matter: processing, refusals, case law) Victoria Ballroom In persona and streamed 1 hr 25 mins CPD How to avoid being marooned? Piloting the course!

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Sylvain Beauchamp

DG Client Experience, IRCC

Panel Chair

Avni Marfatia

Chair, CAPIC Board of Directors

Panelist

Rupali Gulati

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

10:00 AM - 11:25 AM

The Value of Stats in the Immigration Landscape

The Value of Stats in the Immigration Landscape

(Subject matter: data information, policy, and strategy) Cartier Salon – in person and streaming 1 hour 25 mins CPD Data is more important than ever. Use it to help drive case strategy and plan your files.

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

Sharry Aiken

Associate Professor of Law at Queen’s University

Panel Chair

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration Research at The Conference Board of Canada

Panelist

Chris Daw

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

CAPIC AGM

CAPIC AGM

in person and streaming CAPIC members – be updated on what’s happening in your association!

AT: Victoria Ballroom

12:00 PM - 13:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

Take some time to enjoy lunch and the view!

AT: 29th Floor

13:30 PM - 15:00 PM

Process and Flow – Life of a difficult file

Process and Flow – Life of a difficult file

(Subject matter: processing, visas offices, file management) Victoria Ballroom – in person and streaming 1 hour 30 min CPD hours Follow the roadmap and see twist and turns

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Catharine Baier

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Panelist

Martine Varekamp-Bos

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

13:30 PM - 15:00 PM

Fair or Not – Procedural Fairness

Fair or Not – Procedural Fairness

(Subject matter: processing, case strategy, case law, tribunals) Salon Cartier - in person and streamed 1 hr 30 mins CPD How can you build meaningful strategies both in your files and appeals on PF issues?

AT: Salon Cartier I,II,III

Neerja Bhandari

RCIC / CRIC

Panel Chair

David LeBlanc

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

Vincent Valai

Legal Counsel, IRB

Panelist

15:00 PM - 15:30 PM

Networking Break

Networking Break

We’re almost there. One more coffee, final hugs and last stretches.

AT: Exhibitor Hall

15:30 PM - 17:00 PM

Evolving practice and industry

Evolving practice and industry

(Subject matter: practice, professionalism, communication). In-person and streaming 1.5 hours CPD What’s next for us? Together we’ll rise and strive for the next chapter of excellence!

AT: Victoria Ballroom

Monica O'Brien

Education Manager, CAPIC

Panel Chair

Michele Leering

Lawyer

Panelist

John Murray BA, LLB, LLM

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

Panelist

Peter Veress

RCIC / CRIC

Panelist

17:00 PM - 17:15 PM

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

Thank you for a great conference and see you next year!

Discount Codes

Conference attendees can book through Air Canada to receive a special, discounted rate. Please use promo code "AWDXM4U1" when booking.

The following terms and conditions apply:

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON).
  • The travel period begins Thursday, May 19, 2022 and ends Friday, June 03, 2022.
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • For North America 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher. For International Travel 10% on standard fares & higher.
  • However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.
  • Please visit www.aircanada.ca to book.

Conference attendees can book through WestJet to receive discounted rates.

WestJet is offering 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling trans-border. Please use coupon code " S88PF15" when booking.

Applicable Rules:

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa
  • The travel period begins: 5/19/2022
  • The travel period ends: 6/3/2022
  • No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings.

To take advantage of this offer, please use the code listed and visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

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.)

Hotel in Ottawa, ON | Ottawa Marriott Hotel

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.

Venue

Ottawa Marriott Hotel

100 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R7

Gala

Canadian Museum of History

100 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8

Regular Rate

IN-PERSON

REGULAR

$870

GOLD

$665

NON-MEMBER

$1050

WEBINAR

REGULAR

$500

GOLD

$370

NON-MEMBER

$800