November 19-20, 2020


THE 2020 NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE

NCIC 2020: positioning you for success in a changing immigration landscape

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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

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The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Naheed Nenshi

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Naheed Nenshi
Calgary Mayor

Government Speakers

Guillaume Vaillancourt

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Guillaume Vaillancourt
Directeur général des politiques et programmes d’immigration et de prospection

Heather Primeau

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Heather Primeau
Director General of the Strategic Directions and Corporate Affairs Branch, IRB

Lara Dyer

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Lara Dyer
Director, Immigration Branch, IRCC

Lynne Lamarche

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Lynne Lamarche
Director, Operational Guidance Division, Travellers Branch, CBSA

Brad Trefan

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Brad Trefan
Managing Director, AINP

Chris Chevrier

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Chris Chevrier
Temporary Foreign Worker Program, ESDC

André Baril

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André Baril
Director General of Immigration Program Guidance Branch, IRCC

Pemi Gill

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Pemi Gill
Director General, International Network at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Meredith Armstrong

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Meredith Armstrong
Acting Director of Economic Development for the City of Greater Sudbury

Alanna MacDougall

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Alanna MacDougall
Director General, Client Experience, IRCC

Tooba Housany

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Tooba Housany
Assistant Director, Immigration Branch, IRCC

Jennifer Whittaker

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Jennifer Whittaker
Manager, Program Development, OINP

Ian Gillespie

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Ian Gillespie
Director, Immigration Branch, IRCC

Benjamin Bigio

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Benjamin Bigio
Assistant Director (Immigration Program Guidance), IRCC

Isabelle Blondeau

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Isabelle Blondeau
Assistant Director (Immigration Program Guidance), IRCC

Morgan Owen

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Morgan Owen
OINP

Erin Tierney

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Erin Tierney
Assistant Director, IRCC

Industry Specialists

Lulwa Al Hidiq

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Lulwa Al Hidiq
CAPIC Board Chair

Max Chaudhary

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Max Chaudhary
Lawyer

John W. Murray

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John W. Murray
President and CEO of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

John Burke

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John Burke
RCIC / CRIC

Patrick McCarthy

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Patrick McCarthy
Director, Residency Programs, ClientReferrals.com (Sponsored by ClientReferrals), RCIC

Yasmeen Tyyebi

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Yasmeen Tyyebi
RCIC / CRIC

Martine Varekamp-Bos

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Martine Varekamp-Bos
RCIC

Sylvie Gonin

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Sylvie Gonin
RCIC / CRIC

Paul Villeneuve

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Paul Villeneuve
RCIC

Ingrid (Gerharda L.) Reuvekamp-Been

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Ingrid (Gerharda L.) Reuvekamp-Been
RCIC

Scott Smith

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Scott Smith
RCIC / CRIC

Anthony Lawley

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Anthony Lawley
RCIC / CRIC

Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones
RCIC / CRIC

Will Tao

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Will Tao
Lawyer

Erin Roth

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Erin Roth
Lawyer

David LeBlanc

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David LeBlanc
RCIC / CRIC

Tiffany Chi

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Tiffany Chi
RCIC / CRIC

Chris Daw

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Chris Daw
RCIC / CRIC

Ronald Poulton

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Ronald Poulton
LL.B.

Renata Brum

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Renata Brum
RCIC

Rupali Gulati

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Rupali Gulati
RCIC / CRIC

Joe Kenney

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Joe Kenney
RCIC / CRIC

Ron McKay

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Ron McKay
RCIC

Craig Natsuhara

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Craig Natsuhara
Lawyer

Sharry Aiken

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Sharry Aiken
Associate Professor at Queen's Law

Yves Martineau

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Yves Martineau
RCIC / CRIC

Kathy Pellerin

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Kathy Pellerin
RCIC / CRIC

Chitra Bhatia

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Chitra Bhatia
RCIC / CRIC

Jagjeet Pal Sandhu

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Jagjeet Pal Sandhu
RCIC / CRIC

Monica O'Brien

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Monica O'Brien
Education Manager, CAPIC

Mihaela Kerezova

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Mihaela Kerezova
RCIC

Paula Cardoso

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Paula Cardoso
RCIC

Burcu Akyol

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Burcu Akyol
RCIC / RCIC

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

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Katina Hunter Sutcliffe
LL.B

Anna Done Choudhury

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Anna Done Choudhury
Associate Director of International Student Services - Northeastern University

Klaudios Mustakas

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Klaudios Mustakas
RCIC / CRIC

Manprit Aujla-Grewal

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Manprit Aujla-Grewal
RCIC / CRIC

Phil Mooney

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Phil Mooney
RCIC / CRIC

Kim Ly

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Kim Ly
RCIC / CRIC

Neera Agnihotri

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Neera Agnihotri
RCIC / RCIC

Neerja Bhandari

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Neerja Bhandari
RCIC / CRIC

Peter Veress

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Peter Veress
RCIC / CRIC

Vilma Filici

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Vilma Filici
RCIC / CRIC

Brandon Miller

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Brandon Miller
RCIC / CRIC

Dory Jade

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Dory Jade
Chief Executive Officer, CAPIC

Lisa De Leon

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Lisa De Leon
RCIC / CRIC

Avni Marfatia

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Avni Marfatia
Treasurer

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How To Navigate the Virtual NCIC Conference

The 2020 National Citizenship and Immigration Conference

NCIC 2020: positioning you for success in a changing immigration landscape
CAPIC is thrilled to launch the 2020 Virtual National Citizenship and Immigration Conference. We have redefined our conference experience to meet your professional needs in the post-pandemic environment. From the comfort of your home or office, you will enjoy our innovative and user-friendly platform, with many opportunities for learning, networking, and engagement.

NCIC 2020’s virtual setting contains two days of valuable content and will address topics such as artificial intelligence, changing labour needs, and the evolving dynamics of international education. Sessions will be devoted to aspects of managing your business. Our conference features dedicated opportunities to mingle and network with colleagues, including at our pre-conference “Launch Gathering” and our beloved “Celebration of Excellence” gala.

As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of our celebrated event, our goal is to provide attendees with practical information, essential industry knowledge, and vital connection opportunities. Government speakers and industry specialists will highlight their knowledge and experience through panel sessions, roundtable discussions, breakout sessions, and workshops. Participants will have plenty of CPD learning opportunities enhanced with practical tips, case studies, and live and recorded sessions. Rest assured, each session at NCIC 2020 will address the potential short-term and long-term effects of COVID-19.

The NCIC Group of Five discount option is now available! Regular members will receive a 20 per cent discount when they sign up for NCIC 2020 using the Group Registration option.

Our world has profoundly changed. Join us, the Future Starts Now!

Professional Support

  • AI decision - making
  • Regional immigration
  • Labour and market needs
  • International education
  • New technology and programs
  • Opportunities for the most vulnerable

Great Value

  • Discover the latest trends and information  
  • Learn strategies and insight on more complex matters
  • Gain irreplaceable knowledge for your business and clients
  • Network to expand your base and meet new connections
  • See what your competitors are doing and what might set you apart
  • Benefit from practical tips and new ideas

Networking Benefits

  • Roundtable and panel discussions 
  • Case driven scenarios and real case examples 
  • Plenary, breakouts and workshops 
  • Campfire Sessions and Lightening Talks! 
  • Interactive sessions and expanded Q&A 

Professional Support

  • AI decision - making
  • Regional immigration
  • Labour and market needs
  • International education
  • New technology and programs
  • Opportunities for the most vulnerable

Great Value

  • Discover the latest trends and information  
  • Learn strategies and insight on more complex matters
  • Gain irreplaceable knowledge for your business and clients
  • Network to expand your base and meet new connections
  • See what your competitors are doing and what might set you apart
  • Benefit from practical tips and new ideas

Networking Benefits

  • Roundtable and panel discussions 
  • Case driven scenarios and real case examples 
  • Plenary, breakouts and workshops 
  • Campfire Sessions and Lightening Talks! 
  • Interactive sessions and expanded Q&A 

Agenda

Registration
08:00 AM - 03:55 PM
Check in and register early. Select the sessions you want to attend and create your agenda. Discover all that our platform has to offer including the speaker page, the exhibitor and sponsor hall, and post a welcome message to our social media wall. Be sure to include the hashtag #NCIC2020 to be entered into our special draw! Get ready for two awesome days learning and networking!
Exhibitor Hall Open
02:00 PM - 03:55 PM
Get Your Coordinates: How to Navigate the Conference
03:30 PM - 03:55 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
The Launch Gathering
06:00 PM - 07:15 PM
Registration
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Check in and explore our rooms, from the speaker and agenda page to our exhibitor and sponsor hall. Start the conversation now and connect with your colleagues using the platform’s chat feature. Be sure to use the hashtag #NCIC2020 on our social media wall to be entered into a special draw!
Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Setting Your Compass
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
Getting Set for the Day – Welcome & Housekeeping. The platform will be open early in the morning so wander around and check things out!
Opening Plenary – Impact of COVID-19 and where we are
Session A
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2020 has been an unusual year. Listen in as we discuss impacts and the way forward

Dory Jade

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Dory Jade
Chief Executive Officer, CAPIC
Panel Chair

André Baril

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André Baril
Director General of Immigration Program Guidance Branch, IRCC
Panel Chair

Pemi Gill

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Pemi Gill
Director General, International Network at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Panel Chair

Lulwa Al Hidiq

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Lulwa Al Hidiq
CAPIC Board Chair
Panel Chair
Break/Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
Visit our trade show, opt for a health stretch, mingle with your colleagues, or grab a coffee. See you in 30 min!
Border Affairs: Port of Entry Crossing
Session B – 1
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Confused? Let's get things sorted - from travel bans to discretionary entry and more!

Kim Ly

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Kim Ly
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Tiffany Chi

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Tiffany Chi
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Lynne Lamarche

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Lynne Lamarche
Director, Operational Guidance Division, Travellers Branch, CBSA
Panel Chair

Klaudios Mustakas

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Klaudios Mustakas
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
IRB in 2020 and Beyond
Session B-2
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Despite pandemic challenges, IRB is innovating. See what's new for your clients!

Heather Primeau

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Heather Primeau
Director General of the Strategic Directions and Corporate Affairs Branch, IRB
Panel Chair

Vilma Filici

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Vilma Filici
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Max Chaudhary

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Max Chaudhary
Lawyer
Panel Chair
PNP Project: Provinces Rising to the Top
Session B-3
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
A conversation with Brad Trefan (AINP) & Chatting with the OINP

Manprit Aujla-Grewal

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Manprit Aujla-Grewal
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Brad Trefan

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Brad Trefan
Managing Director, AINP
Panel Chair

Morgan Owen

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Morgan Owen
OINP
Panel Chair

Paula Cardoso

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Paula Cardoso
RCIC
Panel Chair
Temporary Residence
Session C -1
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
How has COVID19 impacted these temporary immigration. What challenges are faced and how can we assist our clients?

Lulwa Al Hidiq

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Lulwa Al Hidiq
CAPIC Board Chair
Panel Chair

Burcu Akyol

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Burcu Akyol
RCIC / RCIC
Panel Chair

Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Isabelle Blondeau

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Isabelle Blondeau
Assistant Director (Immigration Program Guidance), IRCC
Panel Chair
Citizenship 2020
Session C-2
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Canada is the destination of choice for many! This session includes what's new under the flag, how hearings are being handed, and what might be ahead.

Neerja Bhandari

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Neerja Bhandari
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Renata Brum

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Renata Brum
RCIC
Panel Chair

IRCC Representatives

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IRCC Representatives
IRCC
Panel Chair
Atlantic Pilot
Session C-3
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Need some options for your clients? Let's check in on the Atlantic Pilot and gain the latest updates and information!

Tooba Housany

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Tooba Housany
Assistant Director, Immigration Branch, IRCC
Panel Chair

Lisa De Leon

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Lisa De Leon
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Paul Villeneuve

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Paul Villeneuve
RCIC
Panel Chair
Networking Break
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Grab a coffee and visit our sponsors! Spend time having fun in our “Birds of Feather” networking sessions!
Refused Again – Ways to counter – A focus on temporary refusals.
Session D-3
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Should you request reconsideration or rebsubmit? Are there other options? An essential session for any practitioner!

Avni Marfatia

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Avni Marfatia
Treasurer
Panel Chair

Katina Hunter Sutcliffe

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Katina Hunter Sutcliffe
LL.B
Panel Chair

Ronald Poulton

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Ronald Poulton
LL.B.
Panel Chair
Waking up sane in a changing world! A Survival Guide!
Session D–1
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
With humour and style, hear the insider tips and strategies to keep yourself and your clients organized and sane.

Neera Agnihotri

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Neera Agnihotri
RCIC / RCIC
Panel Chair

David LeBlanc

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David LeBlanc
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
Ethical challenges in a new world – Dealing with the unknown.
Session D-2
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
2020 has brought a new set of ethical complications and challenges. Some examples to guide us!

Erin Roth

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Erin Roth
Lawyer
Panel Chair

Manprit Aujla-Grewal

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Manprit Aujla-Grewal
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
Exhibit Hall Open
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Spend time with our exhibitors, grab dinner, or sit and reflect on nuggets of knowledge from today! Join us tonight, otherwise, see you tomorrow!
Celebration of Excellence
06:00 PM - 07:15 PM
Must register in advance to attend! Join us for our 15th-year celebration!
Exhibit Hall Open
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Keynote speech by Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi.
Charting Your Course
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Getting set for Day 2 – Welcome and Housekeeping
ICCRC
Session E
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
An update from the regulator and next steps

Dory Jade

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Dory Jade
Chief Executive Officer, CAPIC
Panel Chair

John Burke

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John Burke
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

John W. Murray

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John W. Murray
President and CEO of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
Panel Chair
Schooled Internationally: Emerging Student Issues
Session F-1
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
We'll discuss some of the challenges, solutions, strategies and updates! From online learning and beyond, grab your seat as the class is ready to start!

Scott Smith

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Scott Smith
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Anna Done Choudhury

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Anna Done Choudhury
Associate Director of International Student Services - Northeastern University
Panel Chair

Benjamin Bigio

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Benjamin Bigio
Assistant Director (Immigration Program Guidance), IRCC
Panel Chair
Using Regional and Municipal Immigration to Create New Pathways
Session F-2
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Your client prefers small town life! There are options! Check out these pilots and see where things are at!

Erin Tierney

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Erin Tierney
Assistant Director, IRCC
Panel Chair

Lara Dyer

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Lara Dyer
Director, Immigration Branch, IRCC
Panel Chair

Meredith Armstrong

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Meredith Armstrong
Acting Director of Economic Development for the City of Greater Sudbury
Panel Chair

Yasmeen Tyyebi

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Yasmeen Tyyebi
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Anthony Lawley

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Anthony Lawley
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
How LMIAs Are Impacted by the Changing Labour Market
Session F-3
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
A serious discussion on 2020 challenges. What lies ahead for the future of LMIAs and how can we prepare? From readiness to compliance, pull up a seat!

Tiffany Chi

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Tiffany Chi
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Kim Ly

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Kim Ly
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Chris Chevrier

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Chris Chevrier
Temporary Foreign Worker Program, ESDC
Panel Chair
Break
12:45 PM - 01:15 PM
Visit our exhibitors and sponsors. Have a stretch with Ildyko or grab lunch!
The New Virtual Reality
Session G-3
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
Improving the Client experience in a virtual world from both sides of the desk

Alanna MacDougall

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Alanna MacDougall
Director General, Client Experience, IRCC
Panel Chair

Brandon Miller

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Brandon Miller
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Rupali Gulati

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Rupali Gulati
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
What Happened to Business Immigration?
Session G -1
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
That's a great question! We'll answer that and provide more options for you!

Joe Kenney

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Joe Kenney
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Peter Veress

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Peter Veress
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Patrick McCarthy

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Patrick McCarthy
Director, Residency Programs, ClientReferrals.com (Sponsored by ClientReferrals), RCIC
Panel Chair
Today's Trends in International Mobility
Session G-2
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
We'll talk numbers and targets but we'll discuss how the pandemic has affected usual trends. Virtual work has created a whole new world!

Ian Gillespie

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Ian Gillespie
Director, Immigration Branch, IRCC
Panel Chair

Ron McKay

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Ron McKay
RCIC
Panel Chair

Craig Natsuhara

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Craig Natsuhara
Lawyer
Panel Chair
Networking Break
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
Have you met our great sponsors! Spend time networking in our “Birds of a Feather sessions!”
A Hard Look at How We Practice
Session H - 1
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Looking inwards, an honest conversation on applying a critical race theory lens to our work as immigration counsel.

Sharry Aiken

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Sharry Aiken
Associate Professor at Queen's Law
Panel Chair

Will Tao

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Will Tao
Lawyer
Panel Chair
La Belle Province
Session H-2
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
What's happening in Quebec? A quick check in!

Guillaume Vaillancourt

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Guillaume Vaillancourt
Directeur général des politiques et programmes d’immigration et de prospection
Panel Chair

Yves Martineau

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Yves Martineau
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Sylvie Gonin

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Sylvie Gonin
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Kathy Pellerin

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Kathy Pellerin
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
Agricultural Streams - Planting new seeds!
Session H-3
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Opportunites to plant and grow! A fresh overview, and some tips for this program!

Ingrid (Gerharda L.) Reuvekamp-Been

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Ingrid (Gerharda L.) Reuvekamp-Been
RCIC
Panel Chair

Chitra Bhatia

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Chitra Bhatia
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair

Martine Varekamp-Bos

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Martine Varekamp-Bos
RCIC
Panel Chair

Jagjeet Pal Sandhu

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Jagjeet Pal Sandhu
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
The Grand Finale
Session I-1
03:35 PM - 04:40 PM
30 tips and 30 mins for questions. Join us as we invite our speakers to return and answer those final questions!

Monica O'Brien

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Monica O'Brien
Education Manager, CAPIC
Panel Chair
ATIP - From BF to PF to SNAFU -Know Your Acronyms
Session I-2
03:35 PM - 04:05 PM
Are you ready? ATIP reports here we come!

Mihaela Kerezova

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Mihaela Kerezova
RCIC
Panel Chair

Chris Daw

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Chris Daw
RCIC / CRIC
Panel Chair
Closing remarks
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM

Agenda Snapshot

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Launch Gathering

Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 to 7:30 pm EST