October 2-4, 2019

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The 2019 National Citizenship and Immigration Conference

Innovation and Integration in the Immigration System
With “Innovation and Integration” as its theme, our 2019 agenda is jam-packed with workshops, panel sessions, and collaborative discussions on new concepts and technologies, innovative programming, and the modern immigration landscape. Join us in Niagara Falls and take your knowledge beyond familiar borders.  

Paths worth exploring

  • What will the next 20 years bring? 
  • Will the provinces continue to play a strong role?
  • Will international students continue to be a driver?
  • Will immigration keep up with the ever-changing economy?

What's in it for you?

  • Knowledge
  • Solutions
  • Insights
  • Strategies
  • Answers
  • Practical Tips
  • Lots of CPD Hours

A multifaceted approach

  • Panels & Round-tables
  • Presentations
  • Case Scenarios
  • Statistical Evidence 
  • Networking Breaks
  • Shared Experiences
  • Your Questions

Paths worth exploring

  • What will the next 20 years bring? 
  • Will the provinces continue to play a strong role?
  • Will international students continue to be a driver?
  • Will immigration keep up with the ever-changing economy?

What's in it for you?

  • Knowledge
  • Solutions
  • Insights
  • Strategies
  • Answers
  • Practical Tips
  • Lots of CPD Hours

A multifaceted approach

  • Panels & Round-tables
  • Presentations
  • Case Scenarios
  • Statistical Evidence 
  • Networking Breaks
  • Shared Experiences
  • Your Questions

Immigration Consulting:
A Calling at the Heart of Canada’s Immigration System


Speakers

Government Speakers

Jacquelyn Facette

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Jacquelyn Facette
Director, International Network, IRCC

Anastasia Chyz-LeSage

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Anastasia Chyz-LeSage
Director, Domestic Network, IRCC

Tanya Knight

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Tanya Knight
Director, Immigration Program Guidance, IRCC

Tracy Burtt

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Tracy Burtt
Assistant Director, Immigration Program Guidance, IRCC

Peter Christensen

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Peter Christensen
Assistant Director, Permanent Resident Program Delivery Division, IRCC

Scott Paterson

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Scott Paterson
Senior Analyst, International Network branch, IRCC

Jose Rayos Del Sol

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Jose Rayos Del Sol
Senior Policy and Program Advisor, IRCC

Bogdan Sultana

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Bogdan Sultana
Senior Policy and Program Advisor, IRCC

Chris Chevrier

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Chris Chevrier
Manager, Program Policy Development, ESDC

Roula Eatrides

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Roula Eatrides
Deputy Chairperson, RPD, IRB

Veronica Zanfir

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Veronica Zanfir
Member of IAD, IRB

Suzanne Hastie

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Suzanne Hastie
OINP Representative

Cameron Ferrie

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Cameron Ferrie
Team Lead, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Brandon Burley

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Brandon Burley
Mayor of Morden

Industry Specialists

Pedro Antunes

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Pedro Antunes
Conference Board of Canada

Lulwa Al Hidiq

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Lulwa Al Hidiq
RCIC / CRIC

Kim Ly

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Kim Ly
RCIC / CRIC

Neerja Bhandari

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Neerja Bhandari
RCIC / CRIC

Rajpal Singh Hothi

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Rajpal Singh Hothi
RCIC / CRIC

Nir Rozenberg

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Nir Rozenberg
RCIC / CRIC

Dory Jade

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Dory Jade
Chief Executive Officer

Vilma Filici

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Vilma Filici
RCIC / CRIC

Peter Veress

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Peter Veress
RCIC / CRIC

Yvonne Myers

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Yvonne Myers
RCIC / CRIC

Sylvia Bendo

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Sylvia Bendo
RCIC / CRIC

Scott Smith

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Scott Smith
RCIC / CRIC

Brandon Miller

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Brandon Miller
RCIC / CRIC

David LeBlanc

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David LeBlanc
RCIC / CRIC

Joe Kenney

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Joe Kenney
RCIC / CRIC

Alexander Ning

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Alexander Ning
RCIC / CRIC

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

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Katina Hunter Sutcliffe
LL.B

Rupali Gulati

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Rupali Gulati
RCIC / CRIC

Jacques Therrien

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Jacques Therrien
RCIC / CRIC

Mario D. Bellissimo

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Mario D. Bellissimo
LL.B. C.S

Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones
RCIC / CRIC

Manprit Aujla-Grewal

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Manprit Aujla-Grewal
RCIC / CRIC

Klaudios Mustakas

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Klaudios Mustakas
RCIC / CRIC

Alli Amlani

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Alli Amlani
RCIC / CRIC

Claudia Palacio

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Claudia Palacio
RCIC / CRIC

Lisa De Leon, RCIC

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Lisa De Leon, RCIC
RCIC / CRIC

Corazon Ilao

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Corazon Ilao
RCIC /CRIC

Miho Shimizu

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Miho Shimizu
RCIC / CRIC

Christopher Willis

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Christopher Willis
RCIC / CRIC

Anthony Lawley

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Anthony Lawley
RCIC / CRIC

Selin Deravedisyan-Adam

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Selin Deravedisyan-Adam
RCIC / CRIC

Valerie Flat

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Valerie Flat
RCIC / CRIC

Cheryl Robinson

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Cheryl Robinson
LL.B.

Mark Varnam

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Mark Varnam
RCIC / CRIC

Maria Krajewska

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Maria Krajewska
RCIC / CRIC

John Burke

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John Burke
RCIC / CRIC

Avni Marfatia

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Avni Marfatia
RCIC / CRIC

Chris Daw

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Chris Daw
RCIC / CRIC

Isabella Kowalewski

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Isabella Kowalewski
RCIC / CRIC

Julia Brodyansky

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Julia Brodyansky
RCIC / CRIC

Tiffany Chi

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Tiffany Chi
RCIC / CRIC

Agenda

The Art of the Possible – Tradition vs Technology
Pre-conference - Registration Required
07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Hennepin Ballroom

Peter Veress

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Peter Veress
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Brandon Miller

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Brandon Miller
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Rupali Gulati

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Rupali Gulati
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Miho Shimizu

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Miho Shimizu
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Christopher Willis

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Christopher Willis
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Anthony Lawley

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Anthony Lawley
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist
Reception
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Lounge
Early Registration
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Foyer
Avoid the Day 1 registration lineup by checking in early! Drop by the pre-conference registration table at 8 p.m. sharp to pick up your name tag and some goodies, too.
Registration and Breakfast
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Looking Ahead and the Profession
Opening Remarks
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Oakes Ballroom

Gerd Damitz

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Gerd Damitz
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
Being Relevant in the World of A.I.
Session 1
09:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Oakes Ballroom
A.I is rapidly changing the face of immigration. We’ll discuss bias, fairness, and next steps as we explore how counsel can stay relevant.

Dory Jade

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Dory Jade
Chief Executive Officer
Panel Chair

Mario D. Bellissimo

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Mario D. Bellissimo
LL.B. C.S
Speaker

Lulwa Al Hidiq

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Lulwa Al Hidiq
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
Networking Break
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
The World of Students
Session 2A
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Oakes Ballroom
We’ll talk SDS stream and new innovations and have a panel discussion on the roles of counsel, educational agent, and DLI.

Jacques Therrien

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Jacques Therrien
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Jose Rayos Del Sol

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Jose Rayos Del Sol
Senior Policy and Program Advisor, IRCC
Speaker

Scott Paterson

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Scott Paterson
Senior Analyst, International Network branch, IRCC
Speaker

Scott Smith

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Scott Smith
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist
Residency Appeals - Stranded Abroad
Session 2B
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Hennepin Ballroom
We’ll follow Inderjit through his PR card woes to his residency appeal. It’s a complicated journey!

Maria Krajewska

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Maria Krajewska
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Veronica Zanfir

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Veronica Zanfir
Member of IAD, IRB
Speaker

Neerja Bhandari

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Neerja Bhandari
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Rajpal Singh Hothi

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Rajpal Singh Hothi
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist
A Deep Dive into the Free Trade Immigration Agreements
Session 2C
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Peninsula Room
An interactive discussion on corporate immigration matters including the strategic use of FTA and other programs.

Kim Ly

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Kim Ly
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker

Peter Veress

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Peter Veress
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
A Witch’s Brew of LMIA Options
Session 3A
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Oakes Ballroom
It’s close to Halloween, so let’s see what’s in the cauldron. We’ll touch on the vast array of LIMA options before zeroing in on some key areas.

Kim Ly

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Kim Ly
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Chris Chevrier

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Chris Chevrier
Manager, Program Policy Development, ESDC
Speaker

Sylvia Bendo

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Sylvia Bendo
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Yvonne Myers

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Yvonne Myers
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Chris Daw

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Chris Daw
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist
Bonjour, welcome to Quebec
Session 3B
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Hennepin Ballroom
Quebec programs and options for Quebec-destined clients. Note that you must be MIDI-certified to practise in Quebec. Vous êtes prêts?

Selin Deravedisyan-Adam

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Selin Deravedisyan-Adam
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker

Valerie Flat

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Valerie Flat
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
Refugees
Session 3C
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Peninsula Room
Get updates on new initiatives at the RPD.

Vilma Filici

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Vilma Filici
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Roula Eatrides

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Roula Eatrides
Deputy Chairperson, RPD, IRB
Speaker

Alexander Ning

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Alexander Ning
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist
Networking Lunch
01:00 PM - 02:15 PM
Cupid’s Arrow and Other Love Traps
Session 4A
02:15 PM - 03:25 PM
Oakes Ballroom
How to navigate the rapids of unique spousal sponsorships. This session will explore conjugal relationships and the challenges of an LBGT file. From Grand Canyon age caps to fast courtships, gain insight on how to prep your client for interview. “The course of true love never did run smooth” – William Shakespeare

Nir Rozenberg

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Nir Rozenberg
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

David LeBlanc

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David LeBlanc
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
Alphabet Soup
Session 4B
02:15 PM - 03:25 PM
Hennepin Ballroom
From biometric rollouts to dealing with VACs to the impact of a refused ETA, we'll talk about all this and more.

Alli Amlani

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Alli Amlani
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Jacquelyn Facette

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Jacquelyn Facette
Director, International Network, IRCC
Speaker

Tanya Knight

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Tanya Knight
Director, Immigration Program Guidance, IRCC
Speaker
Networking Break
03:25 PM - 03:45 PM
Open Mic
Session 5
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
Oakes Ballroom
A panel of experts to answer your questions. Don’t miss this one!
Closing Remarks Day 1
05:00 PM - 05:05 PM
Gala
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oakes Grand Ballroom
Registration and Breakfast
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Trends, Targets, and Innovation
Session 6
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Oakes Ballroom
A full hour on what’s happening at IRCC!

Lulwa Al Hidiq

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Lulwa Al Hidiq
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Anastasia Chyz-LeSage

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Anastasia Chyz-LeSage
Director, Domestic Network, IRCC
Speaker
Humanitarian and Compassionate
Session 7A
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Oakes Ballroom
Is there a typical 21st century H and C client? Welcome to a post-Kanthasamy discussion of practical considerations for this file type.

Isabella Kowalewski

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Isabella Kowalewski
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Cheryl Robinson

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Cheryl Robinson
LL.B.
Speaker
Business Immigration
Session 7B
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Hennepin Ballroom
Options for clients lacking EE CRS points; is owner-operator an option?

John Burke

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John Burke
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Claudia Palacio

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Claudia Palacio
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist

Peter Veress

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Peter Veress
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist
Caregiver and Agriculture Update
Session 7C
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Peninsula Room
A lot has happened in these areas, so it's an ideal time to hear from the experts.

Lisa De Leon, RCIC

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Lisa De Leon, RCIC
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Bogdan Sultana

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Bogdan Sultana
Senior Policy and Program Advisor, IRCC
Speaker

Tracy Burtt

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Tracy Burtt
Assistant Director, Immigration Program Guidance, IRCC
Speaker

Corazon Ilao

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Corazon Ilao
RCIC /CRIC
Panelist
Networking Break
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Express Entry
Session 8A
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Oakes Ballroom
We’ll break down some numbers, including CRS, and see what's new in the EE world. We’ll also explore ways to improve that score.

Tiffany Chi

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Tiffany Chi
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Tracy Burtt

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Tracy Burtt
Assistant Director, Immigration Program Guidance, IRCC
Speaker
Oh, the Places We Will Go!
Session 8B
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Hennepin Ballroom
OINP is in the house! Listen to the Ontario team as they tackle common issues, questions, and the unique Manitoba town that has its own immigrant program.

Manprit Aujla-Grewal

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Manprit Aujla-Grewal
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Suzanne Hastie

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Suzanne Hastie
OINP Representative
Speaker

Cameron Ferrie

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Cameron Ferrie
Team Lead, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Speaker

Brandon Burley

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Brandon Burley
Mayor of Morden
Speaker
Networking Lunch
12:00 PM - 01:15 PM

Pedro Antunes

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Pedro Antunes
Conference Board of Canada
Speaker
Restore, Imply, or Goodbye - Version 2.0
Session 9A
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
Oakes Ballroom
Can flag poling restore your status? What if you exit Canada under implied? We'll explore complex issues through case examples and a discussion on the intent and spirit of the law.

Julia Brodyansky

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Julia Brodyansky
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker

Rupali Gulati

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Rupali Gulati
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
Got any technical issues?
Session 9B
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
Hennepin Ballroom
Uploads, downloads, portal use, and online file management. We’re here to help!

Peter Christensen

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Peter Christensen
Assistant Director, Permanent Resident Program Delivery Division, IRCC
Speaker

Tracy Burtt

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Tracy Burtt
Assistant Director, Immigration Program Guidance, IRCC
Speaker

Tiffany Chi

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Tiffany Chi
RCIC / CRIC
Panelist
The Consultant Value System
Session 10A
02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Oakes Ballroom
From tips to starting and staying in business to overcoming challenges, this serious discussion will help new and seasoned consultants alike.

Avni Marfatia

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Avni Marfatia
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Brandon Miller

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Brandon Miller
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
Legal Submissions 2.0
Session 10B
02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Hennepin Ballroom
When should you focus on the law in your submissions? Find out with three great examples.

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

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Katina Hunter Sutcliffe
LL.B
Speaker
Networking Break
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM
Innovation at the Border
Session 11
03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Oakes Ballroom
How is the CBSA's approach at the border changing? What are your rights and how do you prepare your client?

Joe Kenney

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Joe Kenney
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Klaudios Mustakas

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Klaudios Mustakas
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker

Mark Varnam

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Mark Varnam
RCIC / CRIC
Speaker
Closing Remarks Day 2
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM
See you in Vancouver!

Venue

Main Conference

Oakes Grand Ballroom, Marriott on the Falls

ADDRESS

6755 Fallsview Blvd , Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3W7
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Pre-conference

Hennepin Ballroom, Marriott on the Falls
Fee: $20 (Oct 2nd, 7 - 8:15pm, for NCIC registrants only)

President's Gala

Oakes Grand Ballroom, Marriott on the Falls
Fee: $90 per person (Oct 3rd, 7 - 10pm)

ADMISSION

CAPIC Gold Members

$490

CAPIC Members

$690

Non-members

$925


President's Gala

NCIC Registrants

$90

Guest

$90


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Travel Discounts

Hotel Discount

Marriott on the Falls

Special rate for NCIC attendees:
$109 CAD - $129 CAD per night

Start Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
End Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Use the reservation link below to make your reservation:
Air Fare Discount

Air Canada

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotional Code: T4JD7QY1

Applicable Rules:

  • The discount is applicable on all Canada, all International, and all USA routes to Toronto Airports (YTZ, YYZ) (ON)
  • The travel period begins Monday, September 23, 2019 and ends Sunday, October 13, 2019
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango.

Air Fare Discount

WestJet

WestJet coupon code U41EM23 and promo code WUU38 offer 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 into and out of Toronto or Hamilton. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed above. Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Travel from: September 23, 2019 to October 13, 2019

*Basic fare class is excluded from discount. Discount codes are valid for travel on the dates indicated above. Percentage discount is applied to base fare. Taxes, fees and charges are extra. The base fare may be represented as Air Transportation Charges (excepting Other Air Transportation Charges) in the booking flow. Other air transportation charges, taxes, fees and charges are not discounted. Discount codes are intended for use by the event attendees and organizers only. 



Car Rental / Shuttle Service / Carpooling Options

Need a ride to Niagara Falls?

Car Rental:

AWD Number: T625058

When calling Avis at 1-800-331-1600 to make reservations, please provide the reservations agents with this AWD number to ensure you receive the best available car rental rates.

  • Budget — The Budget Customer Disount (BCD) will be effective from seven days prior to the event until seven days after the event. Click here for a reservation.

BCD Number: X793822

When calling Budget at 1-800-842-5628 to make reservations, please provide the reservations agents with this BCD number to ensure you receive the best available car rental rates.


Shuttle Service:
  • Buffalo Airport Shuttle — $55.00 per passenger each way for travelling between Niagara Falls, Canada, and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport or Amtrak Station at 55 Dick Road Depew, New York. Reservation Instructions.

Carpooling and Rideshare Options:

Things to Do in Niagara Falls

In town for the National Citizenship & Immigration Conference? You’re in luck!

This year, it takes place in the beautiful, picturesque city of Niagara Falls. We know you’re excited for two full days of conversations about immigration programs and policies, but when the day’s over there’s lots to explore in this awesome city


Get immersed in wildlife
One of the best ways to feel at one with nature is to be in the same room (figuratively speaking) as them! Niagara’s Butterfly Conservatory and the Bird Kingdom gives you the opportunity to experience a beautiful display of butterflies, exotic birds, animals, and reptiles. Wear bright colours so a butterfly will land on you — it makes for a great Instagram picture!