Monday, May 4, 2009

Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants National Conference 2009 - Toronto

The National Conference of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) 2009 concluded on Sunday, May 3, 2009. The two day conference was a great source of learning and networking for all the Authorized Canadian Immigration Consultants. We received the honour of the presence of the current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Mr. Jason Kenny and other dignitaries such as Mr. Mr. Peter Mansbridge, one of the most respected and recognizable faces on Canadian television, and the Right Honorable Joe Clark, the youngest man to become the Prime Minister of Canada in 1979. All these great men shared their valuable experiences with us. In addition, the Honourable Monte Solberg, former Minister of Immigration, and, Mr. John Ibbitson, political affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail also attended the conference.

The presentations related to Continous Professional Development were remarkable. The ones I attended were related to what I find most intersting i.e. Business Immigration, Temporary Residents, Canadian Experience Class and Skilled Worker Program - Post Ministerial Instructions. Burke Thornton, Consul and Program Manager at the Consulate General of Canada in Buffulo, NY was very informative regarding the new Canadian Experience Class and provided good suggestion as to how to be able to send in a complete and error free submission.

The most interesting, informative and to the point presentation was the one by Mr. Dougall Aucion, Project Leader for Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, NS.

Minister Kenny was very determined to respond to the need of taking the ghost consultants to the task, something which received a standing ovation from the attendees.

All in all, a very successful conference and I look forward that I and the fellow licensed consultants would use the experience gained in support of the clients they serve. Good luck.