"Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Immigration & Beyond” is the theme for the National Citizenship & Immigration Conference. The 12th annual conference features high level government speakers from IRCC, CBSA, IRB and ESDC, along with leading industry experts and specialists. Successes and challenges in the immigration field will be discussed alongside trends, changes, and updates. International students, Express Entry and economic programs, refugees, inadmissibility, and Port of Entry are just a sample of the diverse topics to be included in the agenda. Breakout sessions, case studies, and practical advice will be provided in both English and French. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their questions, be informed, and network with speakers and specialists in the immigration industry.

October 12-13, 2017



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.


Government representatives, leading RCICs, industry specialists and more!

  • Paul Thompson

    Emp. Dev. Skills and Labour

  • Mario Dion

    Imm. and Refugee Board of Can.

  • Peter Veress


  • Brandon Miller


  • Kim Ly


  • Aileen Farrol


  • Alli Amlani


  • Donald Igbokwe


  • Lulwa Al-Hidiq


  • Vilma Filici


  • Neera Agnihotri


  • Roxanne Jessome


Details of more speakers coming soon!

  • With a projected number of over 65 speakers, from all facets of the immigration spectrum, attendees will have the opportunity to listen, learn and network!
  • Government representatives from CBSA, IRCC, IRB and ESDC will participate and deliver quality presentations. They will update on new changes, advise current trends, and answer questions. Your feedback and interaction is important because often it’s your comments that get taken back to the policy drafting table!
  • Not to be outdone by their Federal counterparts, some of the PNP programs will be participating at the NCIC - describing their programs, advocating their province and showing you different options for your clients.
  • Leading RCICs and industry specialists will share the podium with Government speakers and contribute to the discussion by offering the practitioner perspective. With practical tips and a sharing philosophy from our speaker colleagues, attendees are guaranteed to take back to their office more strategy options and solutions to offer to their clients!
  • Added to the roster, will be a selection of NGOs, academic institutions, and other game changers - to offer perspective, commentary and information to you, on how you can assist clients - from settlement, to studies to human rights. Game changers indeed!
  • An all-star cast in French and in English - to be assembled, ready to share, inform and learn! Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Immigration & Beyond! There might just be a few surprises in store!


Detailed agenda is on the way. Stay tuned.

CPD knowledge at its best - It’s more than CPD though - it’s having the skills, tools and knowledge to forge ahead as “We celebrate 150 years of Canadian Immigration & Beyond.”

A range of immigration topics and programs will be discussed, dissected and reviewed. Legislative changes, policy updates impact on clients and practitioners will be analyzed. Panel sessions, case studies and interactive sessions will be the format, with targeted breakout sessions to concentrate on more focused topics.

Themes and topics will cater to both the experienced and newer practitioner as well as those who might focus on certain area of specialization. No matter the topics, there are key themes and ideas that will impact all. Here is a brief overview of some of the themes and topics!

  • How might the lessons in our Canadian immigration past, assist us in the future?
  • What opportunities and options can we provide to those impacted by the Trump Ban?
  • Are our borders secure? Faciliatory or gatekeeper? What is the path forward?
  • A year later - examining the Syrian refugee program - What lies ahead?
  • The impact of one little lie - Is it the end of the road or are there options in the immigration future?
  • The Work Permit toolbox - It’s not your usual “hammer and nails”
  • Exploring inadmissibility - Medical and criminal - it’s not easy!
  • Students - An A+ overview of eligibility and key elements from study permits to post grad work permits!
  • Post “after care” for clients - The next step and other resources
  • Analyzing and Dissecting Real cases - plus an overview of critical cases for your practice
  • Quebec - Je me souviens - A round-table discussion about Quebec immigration
  • The Regionalization of Canadian Immigration - From the Yukon to the Prairies to La Belle Province to East Coast - and all places in between
  • The Weird and Wacky World of Immigration - Strange oddities and what we can learn
Topics will range from: Citizenship, Express Entry, Inadmissibility, Port-of-Entry, LMIAs, Work Permits, Temporary Entry, Business Immigration, Quebec based immigration, PNPs, And more, with specialized breakout sessions to round out the agenda.

Come attend the “History of Profession” Book launch and pre-conference panel session on Oct 11, 2017 - the evening before the conference. Be part of the book launch and listen to a roster of practitioners discuss relevant issues. Be part of the conversation. Informal, interactive, and imaginative! Those in attendance can register for the conference to avoid early morning line ups!

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!

As much as the NCIC is a knowledge event, it is also a networking event, with plenty of time for networking and making contacts. Reconnect with colleagues, make new friends and forge new business alliances. Imagine around your table – an RCIC from Quebec, another from B.C, an immigration constituent assistant from Ottawa, a regional immigration specialist from a city in the Maritimes, an academic student advisor from Manitoba, and a member from an NGO based in Toronto. All of you have an interest in immigration and offer a service in the immigration realm! We welcome all of you!

To complement your professional needs, we have a roster of sponsors who will share their valuable services with you. Please take a minute of your time to visit their booths and drop off a business card for some valuable draws. I hope to see you at the President’s Gala, an opportunity to mingle, network, and have fun. The Ivor Carvalho Award will be announced to recognize an individual or an organization that strives to change the system in the best interests of Immigrants.

The immigration landscape is constantly changing. CAPIC strives to ensure their RCICS members are kept up to date and have a voice. I wish you all a wonderful conference as you take this time to join us in celebrating 150 years of Canadian immigration & Beyond. Thank you to all the wonderful staff at CAPIC and the huge list of volunteers that make this event possible.


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


President’s Gala – Stay tuned for more information


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)


Hotel & Travel Discounts

There are several hotels close to the conference location. We have tied up with these for discounts. You may choose to arrange your own accommodation as well.

More discounts will be added soon. Keep checking.

Four Points by Sheraton

ADDRESS: 35 rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X 4E9; Phone: 1-819-778-6111
Distance to Conference Venue: 650m, Travel Time: Walk 8 minutes
Price: $160 + Charges & Taxes
Online Reservations: Click Here
Reservation By Phone: Call 1-888-627-8089 and mention being part of the group “Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants - Courtesy Block” group code M2J 4T1.
Last Date to Book: 11-Sep-2017
Internet: Free Wifi/Wired, Parking: $15 plus taxes

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
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


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