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Go North:

Strategies for International Businesses to Come to Canada

November 14, 2018
Event Hall — Rotman School of Management

In-person & Webcast (in-person registration is limited)

Conference Agenda

8:00 am — Coffee


9:00 am — Setting the stage

John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science & Economic Development, Government of Canada

Ontario Immigration Nominee Program
Canada is open to international workers and the companies that rely on them.
Canadian advantages - geographic proximity, similar business cultural, common language incentives.
Open immigration policies; Programs to help firms and workers establish in Canada.


9:30 am — Immigration Strategies from Work Permits to Permanent Residence From Both Sides of the Border

Panel Chair — Elizabeth Long, Partner, Long Mangalji LLP (Toronto);
Ari Farkas, Partner, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP (New York)

Understand Canadian Immigration landscape with regard to short- term work permits and long-term permanent residency strategies for moving employees to Canada. The current immigration situation in the U.S. and what is happening with H1B, L visas, and DACA.


10:30 am — Break


10:45 am — Talent Strategies

Panel Chair — Sischa Maharaj, Associate Director, Business Development & Client Relations, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto;
Janet Bomza, Partner, PwC Law;
Jonathan Lister, VP, Global Sales Solutions, Linkedin & Canada Country Manager

How can we do a better job of matching talent pools and requirements.
Developing a talent strategy. Accessing the pool of local talent.
Moving skilled workers across the border. U of T Incubators. What's working, what's not.


12:00 pm — Lunch

Presentations by Rotman students of the cases for moving Amazon's new head office to Toronto

Why a large technology company would choose Toronto over other locations.

1:00 pm — Practical Issues Roundtable

Rajeeve Perera, Co-Founder, Investor Quotient Canada;
Nathalie Bechamp, Chief, Investor Services, Invest in Canada;
Sarah Wayland, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, City of Hamilton

Challenges arising from relocating your business and employees and how to deal with them.
Identifying business and legal requirements. Access to Canadian market intelligence.


2:00 pm — Employment and Immigration audit issues that arise with moving employees across borders

Panel Chair — Ziah Sumar, Long Mangalji LLP (Toronto);
Sharaf Sultan, Sultan Lawyers (Toronto);
Gabriela Ramo, KPMG (Toronto)

Employment contacts workers need to sign. Key Provisions in employment agreements for foreign workers. The far more onerous “employer’s obligations” in Canada vs. the U.S. What kind of things do employers need to keep track of in order to meet compliance requirements for immigration audits?


2:30 pm — Tax Considerations for relocating your business - U.S. and Canada

Natasha Miklaucic, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Toronto);
Clayton Cartwright, The Cartwright Law firm (Atlanta)

What kind of considerations have to be taken into account when structuring your subsidiary business in Canada? The tax implications and key steps to take before you relocate.


3:00 pm — Crossing the border with the new Cannabis and DUI Laws

Zachary Nightingale, Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP (San Francisco);
Aadil Mangalji, Long Mangalji LLP;

Will the admission of possession of Cannabis be an impediment to crossing the border? What happens if you wish to cross the border for business purposes in the Cannabis industry? To placate those opposing the legalization of marijuana, the Canadian government has dramatically increased the penalty for DUI to one of “serious criminality”. How will this affect those who wish to cross the border to Canada?


3:45 pm — Cocktail Reception



Elizabeth Long

Elizabeth is a leading immigration lawyer in Canada. She specializes in the economic immigration categories. She is an active advocate of immigrant and refugee rights in Canada and frequently presents and advises on immigration issues to organizations, universities, Members of Parliament, unions, and the media.  She has also testified several times before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on various immigration policies.

Elizabeth holds a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She also holds a Master of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University where she focused on the intersection between Immigration and Labour & Employment Law for foreign workers.

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Ari Farkas

Ari Farkas is a Partner and Chair of the U.S. Business Immigration Group at Pearl Cohen’s New York office.

Ari advises clients on business immigration matters as well as employment authorization compliance. Ari’s practice also includes advice and audits focused on immigration law issues in mergers, acquisitions, and / or restructuring transactions.

Ari’s clients include domestic and foreign financial institutions, companies in the hospitality industry, pharmaceuticals, high-tech startups, software developers, manufacturers and non-profits. Additionally, Ari has represented internationally acclaimed artists, performers, and performance groups, and individual investors.

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Janet Bomza

Janet Bomza is Partner and National Immigration Practice Leader at PwC Law in Toronto. With more than 20 years of experience in Canadian immigration law, Janet specializes in corporate immigration issues helping clients develop comprehensive immigration strategies, policies, and compliance programs.

Janet is the founder of Bomza Law Group, which in 2014 continued its immigration practice as a new independent immigration law firm affiliated with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The new firm is called PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP and is a full service Canadian, U.S. and global immigration law firm with offices in Toronto and Calgary. 

As a frequent author and speaker on immigration topics, Janet has spoken, chaired and written on Canadian, U.S. and global immigration issues.

Sharaf Sultan

Sharaf Sultan is the Principal and founder of Sultan Lawyers PC, a firm specializing in employment and immigration law.

Sharaf advises employers on a wide range of immigration matters for companies involved in the relocation or hiring of foreigners into the Canadian labour market.  He has extensive experience preparing and providing advice with respect to visitor applications, intra-company transfers and Labour Market Impact Assessment applications. 

Sharaf’s clients include large American and multinational corporations. Sharaf regularly writes and speaks on workplace immigration matters.  He has also taught at the university and college levels as an adjunct professor on advocacy, employment and immigration law.


Clayton E. Cartwright, Jr.

Clayton E. Cartwright, Jr. is the founding member of The Cartwright Law Firm, LLC, which specializes in the areas of international taxation and employee benefits. 

He advises businesses, financial institutions, accountants and other financial professionals, and individuals on international taxation matters, emphasizing the intersection between immigration and taxation law.  Such matters include expatriate taxation, cross-border employee transfers, withholding and reporting requirements, and permanent establishments.

Mr Cartwright is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s National Bylaws Committee.  He also currently is Immediate Past Chair of the Steering Committee of the AILA’s Global Migration Section (GMS).  He is Vice-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats.

Natasha Miklaucic

Natasha Miklaucic is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP working exclusively in tax matters. 

Her practice includes structuring company reorganizations, cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning including cross-border and international structuring, tax planning for non-resident corporations establishing or carrying on business in Canada and their employees working in Canada.   

She provides advice on internal structuring and employee/contractor remuneration issues, tax issues related to professional corporations including advice with respect to taxation of employee remuneration.

Her practice also includes advising clients on family business tax and succession planning, non-resident trust (NRT) advice, insurance planning, wealth management, personal and estate tax planning.  In addition, Natasha represents clients in tax assessment disputes, tax litigation including tax, CPP and EI, and voluntary disclosures (tax amnesty or tax pardons).


​Aadil Mangalji

Aadil is an active advocate of immigration and refugee rights in Canada and appears regularly at Federal Court, the Immigration Appeal Division and the Refugee Board.

He has also presented cases at the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario; Canadian Bar Association; and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.

Aadil graduated with a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Dean’s list distinction from McGill University.

Aadil has been Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law as well as a Specialist in Refugee Protection Law, a prestigious list of which only approximately 15 lawyers in all of Canada belong.

​Ziah Sumar

Ziah’s practice encompasses all areas of economic immigration through temporary and permanent residence applications in addition to Citizenship.  She assists a broad array of clientele in the economic streams. She specializes in providing immigration planning strategies to multinational organizations and corporations.

Ziah has argued in Federal Court, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and is the Citizenship and Immigration Lead and Subject Matter Expert for the National Settlement Portfolio of the Ismaili Council for Canada.  She is also an Executive Committee Member of the Citizenship and Immigration section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Ziah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Law from Carleton University. She graduated with a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Ottawa.


Sarah Wayland

Sarah Wayland is Senior Project Manager for the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. Until March 2018, she was the creator and leader of Global Hamilton, the City’s immigrant attraction and retention initiative.

A dual US-Canadian citizen, she earned her PhD in political science from the University of Maryland. 

She has worked as an independent researcher focusing on various social issues, especially immigration-related, and her clients have included CIC/IRCC, Government of Ontario, Region of Peel, Maytree, Metcalf, and Community Foundations of Canada. 

From 2005 to 2014, she served on the board  of Hamilton’s largest settlement agency, including as Secretary and President.

Zachary M. Nightingale

Zachary M. Nightingale is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law.

He is a 1996 graduate of Stanford Law School, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1991. He has been with the firm since 1996.

His practice focuses on deportation defense and federal court litigation, with an emphasis on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Other specialties include asylum, naturalization, and family-based adjustment of status. A significant part of his practice includes advising non-citizens and their attorneys as to the immigration consequences of pending criminal charges, and how to minimize those consequences.


Rajeeve Perera

As a self-motivated Finance professional, Rajeeve has over 20 years of professional finance experience ranging from investment banking to financial planning, analysis and governance. Over the past 15 years, he has held numerous leadership positions across multiple industry verticals from big retail (Loblaw, Grand & Toy) to financial services (TD Bank Group, Foresters Financial).

Rajeeve holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Finance from the University of Houston.

In addition to Rajeeve’s strong track record in operational finance, he also has experience in vendor management. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto where he teaches a course in Corporate Finance.

Nathalie Béchamp

Nathalie Béchamp brings over 20 years of economic diplomacy, foreign investment expertise and strategic partnerships to her role. Before joining Invest in Canada, she was a career diplomat at Global Affairs Canada (GAC), most recently as Director General of the Innovation and Investment Bureau.

Since joining GAC in 1995, she has held significant assignments abroad, including as Minister Counselor (Commercial) in Moscow, as Senior Trade Commissioner in New York City, as second secretary in Santiago, Chile and third secretary in Bangkok, Thailand. In Canada, she has held the role of Director of the Investor Outreach Division and Deputy Director of the Regional Trade Negotiations Division.

In 2018, Ms. Béchamp was nominated to the federal government’s senior Executive Leadership Program and is the recipient of two Minister of Foreign Affairs Awards and two Minister for International Trade Awards. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting Major) from the University of Ottawa, 1993.

She lives in Ottawa with her two sons.


What’s Included

Conference fee includes conference information kit including speakers notes, lunch and cocktail reception.

Please note that conferences can count towards up to 9 of the 12 hours of mandatory CPD for Ontario lawyers.