CBA Immigration Law Conference 

Jun. 8-10, 2017
Toronto ON

2017 CBA Immigration Law Conference

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Please note: Registration for the conference is now CLOSED. Should you wish to attend the conference and / or the Friday night dinner and reception, please contact for further information.


Join us at Canada’s premiere conference on immigration, refugee and citizenship law – where lawyers, judges and public employees at the front-line of immigration practice and policy-making share their knowledge and experience.

Canada @ 150 Image result for maple leaf The Immigration Experience

As Canada prepares to celebrate 150 years, we will take a look at the immigration experience and how the process is evolving.

We will cover a variety of timely and important topics, including:

  • Economic Class applications and Express Entry
  • Port of Entry issues and border searches
  • Right to counsel and the role of counsel
  • Strategy in Family Class spousal sponsorship
  • Detention and misrepresentation cases at the IRB

The conference will feature speakers from the judiciary, senior practitioners, Department of Justice lawyers, tribunal members, and government representatives from IRCC, CBSA and ESDC.


Young Lawyers Social - June 8 at 7:30 pm

The CBA National Immigration Law Conference is a great opportunity to meet up with colleagues, expand your referral networks and develop new friendships.

Every year we welcome new and returning Young Lawyers (less than 5 years called to the bar)  to this event, and work to ensure an inclusive and educational experience. This year we are introducing a new short mentoring opportunity and are looking for Senior Members of the bar (8+ years called to the bar) who plan to attend our Friday Dinner Banquet to volunteer 10-15 minutes of their time.

During the cocktail hour of this event each Young Lawyer with be matched with a senior member of the bar who will take some time to get to know the Young Lawyer and provide some advice and guidance with respect to developing an immigration practice.  The hope is that the Young Lawyer would then feel comfortable in the future reaching out to this senior member of the bar for future guidance and/or more confident to approach other senior members of the bar at similar events.

If you are willing to volunteer please contact Jenna Kirk, Young Lawyers Coordinator at



Building Bridges or Building Walls? Crossing the Canada-U.S. Border in the Era of Trudeau and Trump

Jun. 8, 2017 at 3:00-4:30 p.m., Toronto ON and via webcast

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Attendees of the CBA 2017 Immigration Law Conference can attend this additional program at no extra cost. Please click on the following link for more information or to register :  Building Bridges or Building Walls? Crossing the Canada-U.S. Border in the Era of Trudeau and Trump




Please note: Registration for the conference is now CLOSED. Should you wish to attend the conference and / or the Friday night dinner and reception, please contact for further information.


Conference Rates

CBA / AQAADI Members: $765.00 + tax
Governement Registrants: $865.00 + tax
CBA Young Lawyers (less than 5 years): $695.00 + tax
CBA Student Members: $390.00 + tax
Paralegals: $460.00 + tax
Non-Members: $990.00 + tax

There will be a 20% administrative charge for any cancellation received in writing prior to May 8, 2017. No refund will be given after May 8, 2017. There will be no refunds for “no-show” registrants. 


Meeting Venue and Accomodation

Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Sq. 
Toronto, ON
M5J 1A6

To avoid disappointment, reserve your room by contacting the Westin Harbour Castle directly and mention the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Conference or group code CF07AA to obtain the preferred rates starting at $205.00/night (Traditional guest room). You may also book online by clicking on the following link: 

The preferred room rate is available until May 8, 2017 (subject to availability).


WEST JET: WestJet is pleased to offer 10% off the base fare for travel between Chicago and anywhere WestJet flies in North America (including our Delta code-share partner network). You must use the discount code APUU8AL at the time of booking, no later than June 7, 2017, and you must book online.

PORTER AIRLINES is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale). The discounted fares are available for booking from November 28, 2016 to June 13, 2017 and are available for travel between Toronto and anywhere in Canada or the US. Please book online using promo code CBA017.

Book online at to take advantage of a 10% discount on Flex Fare, Latitude and Executive airfares. You must quote promotion code CAPKMQ21 at the time of booking and must book online.

VIA RAIL: Participants can reference the conference discount code 13447 when booking to receive 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.

AVIS, the official rental car supplier of the CBA, offers special rates and promotions.  Reserve online or call 1-800-879-2847 and quote the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) #C136400

Budget, the official car and truck rental supplier of the CBA, offers special rates and promotions Reserve online or call 1-800-268-8900 and quote the Budget Customer Discount Code (BDC) #A033600.



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Karen Sagle
CBA National Office
(613) 237-2925 ext. 196


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