John is a graduate of York University in Toronto, Ontario and a Full Member of ICCRC. Prior to starting his own Immigration Consulting practice in 1996, John spent 29 years with the federal public service where he was instrumental in the development of Foreign Worker Policy, Procedures and Operational Guidelines at both the Ontario Regional and National headquarters levels. As well, he worked directly with senior Japanese and Canadian corporate executives in the successful establishment of the Honda, Toyota and CAMI (GM/Suzuki joint venture) automobile manufacturing plants in Ontario.
Since leaving the Public Service in 1996, John has acted as a Senior Immigration Advisor to several prominent Immigration law firms in Toronto in addition to operating his own Immigration Consulting practice. He is regularly called upon to provide advice and guidance to fellow Immigration Practitioners; to make presentations to various groups; and, to conduct seminars in his areas of expertise. John is an RCIC who has more than 35 years of experience dealing with complex employment and employment-related immigration issues in the public service and in the private sector.
Stanislav Belevici LL.L., LL.M., J.D., is a professional immigration consultant with a background in international relations and immigration law for over 15 years. Stanislav received his first law degree in 1998 from the Law Faculty of the State University of Moldova and worked for the European Commission’s TACIS program to Moldova and for the Legal Department of Ernst & Young Southeast Europe. After immigrating to Canada in 2002, he completed a Master’s Program in Comparative Law with McGill University and between 2005 and 2007 he worked as a Lecturer of Canadian Business Law and Canadian Import and Export Regulations at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Montreal. In 2014, Stanislav obtained his Juris Doctor Degree in Common Law and Transnational Law from Sherbrooke University in Quebec.
In his practice, he counsels corporate clients on development of immigration policies and processes, as well as on workforce mobility solutions and mitigation of risks related to immigration compliance requirements. Stanislav also represents clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board on deportation orders, extradition requests and spousal appeals.
Marty Baram is the Director and a Senior Immigration Consultant at SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment in Edmonton, Alberta. Marty has been actively involved with the Canadian Immigration and Recruitment landscape for close to 15 years. He is a proud member of the ICCRC since 2012.
Marty is regarded as an expert in the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application process. He has worked with countless Canadian companies and corporations, small and large, to assist to formulate labor solutions through LMIA supported work permits and LMIA exempt work permits.
Marty is also well versed in international recruitment, Francophone Mobility and permanent residence applications (Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs).
Marty is an Instructor of the Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures Program at the University of British Columbia since 2016. He is a past member of ICCRC’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) Advisory Committee where he contributed to design and implement a mandatory practical experience component for all new RCICs.
Richard Dennis began his immigration career as a Designated Immigration Officer at the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, New York. He spent the next 20 years at the Consulate before launching his own immigration consulting practice. Richard is a graduate of the State University of New York in Buffalo where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
He has been active in the immigration industry with his involvement as a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC), from inception until formation of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and served on the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) Policy and Lobby committee from 2004 to 2007. Richard in his fifth year of serving on the ICCRC Board and is presently Chair of the Registration and Education Committee. In previous years he has served in the capacity of Chair of the Registration and Membership Committee and Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Latifa El-Ghandouri has been involved in the immigration field since 2004. She has been a member of ICCRC since its inception and is licensed to practice in the province of Quebec under the Registre québécois des consultants en immigration.
Latifa El-Ghandouri studied international politics at Concordia University and marketing management at McGill University. She is fluent in French, English, and Arabic. With a background in corporate business management and marketing, Latifa developed many of the skills necessary to serve as board member for both the Quebec Chapter and National Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).
Following a noted mandate as Communications Director of the Quebec Chapter of CAPIC, she joined the CAPIC National board as Director of Communications from 2012-2015. Latifa’s tenure resulted in her receiving the Shepherd Award-Director Services, the Leadership Award and the Service Award.
Latifa currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Melissa is a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario and a full member of ICCRC. She has been in the legal field since 2005 and has taught the accredited Paralegal Program and the accredited Immigration Practitioner Program for eight and a half years. Melissa also attended one year of Law school and is planning to return to the program at a later date.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Melissa was in the hospitality business as an entertainment agent and also a hotel manager.
Melanie Wen BEng, BComm, holds a bachelor degree in computer engineering and a bachelor degree in commerce with a major in Finance. Melanie has served on many committees since being elected to the ICCRC board in 2015, including the Specialization Task Force, Governance and Nomination Committee (GNC), CEO search committee, etc. She is currently the chair of GNC. Melanie has more than five years’ experience as a Business Analyst who is an aspiring new mother living in Calgary with her two children and her husband. Melanie enjoys reading, writing, travelling and likes to try out different recipes.
Christina Ashmore is the Managing Director of IFSE Institute (IFSE), a not-for-profit organization providing education to the financial services industry. She has worked for IFSE and its parent organization, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada for the past 17 years, acquiring experience and expertise in the areas of strategic planning, course and exam development, operations, IT, sales and marketing, regulatory relations and human resources.
Since IFSE is recognized by Canadian securities and insurance regulatory authorities, Christina has experience building relationships with regulators and works to ensure IFSE’s proficiency exams and certification programs meet the standards set by the industry.
Christina obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and holds the Certified Financial Planner® designation. Prior to joining IFSE, Christina worked for several years in the financial services industry as a financial planner. Recently, she completed the Institute of Corporate Directors – University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Not-For-Profit Program.
Originally from Hong Kong, Christina immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of two. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, she learned to integrate into a new culture and appreciates the challenges new immigrants can face. As an advocate for inclusion and diversity, Christina actively promotes these concepts in the workplace which is reflected by the diverse backgrounds of those working at IFSE including new immigrants to Canada.
In her spare time, Christina enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking and skiing with her husband and two children. She also volunteers her time teaching financial literacy workshops to school kids through Junior Achievement and helping needy families in the Greater Toronto Area through Holiday Helpers.
Tim D’Souza has over 25 years of finance, consulting and leadership experience, helping a wide range of organizations improve what they do. His experiences span a wide range of industries and companies – from Fortune 10 companies to small non-profit organizations in developing countries. He started his career working in international development, assisting small and mid-sized non-governmental organizations develop and execute strategy and operational improvements. Tim then spent 18+ years in the private sector, working in strategy and finance with companies like IBM, Sun Life Financial and Pet Valu. He recently returned to the international development world and serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. Tim holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from the University of Guelph and an M.B.A from Yale University. He is also a trained accountant and holds the CPA, CMA designation. In addition to his service with ICCRC, Tim sits on the Board of the local riding association of a national political party and on the Advisory Board for the Financial Modelling Institute. He has previously served on several non-profit boards. Tim teaches part-time at Nipissing University, Algonquin College and the Insurance Institute of Canada. Tim is married with three children and lives in Oakville, Ontario.
James has accepted the appointment as a Public Interest Director with ICCRC since June 2017. He is a CPA-CA (Chartered Professional Accountant) and has retired from teaching accounting and leading the related Co-op Education development at Simon Fraser University in 2008 after 24 years of tenure. He has also worked with Public accounting firms for over ten years mainly in the field of audit and taxation.
Immediately after his retirement from Simon Fraser University, he served six years as an appointed Board member with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority by the Province of British Columbia. During that period, he was an active member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Board member of Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee of HEABC. He is currently also a member and the Vice-Chair of the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee appointed by the Richmond City Council as a representative of citizens since November 2013.
Leanne McGeachy has over 20 years of experience in leadership, board governance, board education, project management and operations across a wide spectrum of industries including healthcare, software, telecommunications and oil and gas.
Leanne is currently the Executive Director at the Edmonton North Primary Care Network, a not-for-profit organization that works to enhance the delivery of primary health care through its membership of family physicians and a wide range of multidisciplinary clinicians and administrative staff. She reports to the Board and is a member of all of the Board’s committees including Board Governance, HR and Finance.
Leanne has also been on the other side of the table, as a director on a number of not-for-profit boards and has held officer responsibilities including secretary, treasurer and vice president.
She is fascinated by governance and has had over 100 hours of formal training in this area. Earlier in her career, Leanne was a volunteer facilitator with Alberta’s Board Development Program, delivering 10 hour workshops on the best practices of governance to not-for-profits throughout Alberta. She is currently on the steering committee for governance education, which is a partnership between the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services. In this role, Leanne not only helps guide the process, but develops content and facilitates board governance workshops to other Primary Care Networks boards, staff and stakeholders.
Samantha graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Conflict Resolution Studies and Psychology. Upon graduation, she immediately began her career in regulation.
Samantha currently works at the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba as a Case Manager in Professional Conduct. Her role is unique as she is the first Case Manager in the College who is not a registered nurse, bringing in a greater public perspective to the role and department and adding in different skillsets to compliment the expertise of the registered nurses she works with.
As a Case Manager, she has developed an appreciation for professional regulation. Part of her role as a Case Manager is conducting investigations into complaints made against registered nurses, which entails gathering information to ensure a registered nurse is meeting the Standards of Practice and providing fulsome information so an appropriate decision can be rendered.
Samantha understands why a professional has to meet all standards, why support should be provided to ensure that standards are met and the importance of taking action when those standards a not met. It is important to be accountable to the public and the profession.
On a personal note, Samantha has parents and many family members who have immigrated to Canada and have dealt with many challenges throughout the process.