Richard Kurland              Policy Analyst and Lawyer           
 
Barreau du Québec  -  Law Society of British Columbia
 
Office:  Kurland Tobe (offices in Vancouver and Montreal)
Assisting people and companies with their immigration issues
E-mail:   Lexbase@canimmigrate.com 
Direct: (604) 688-6583
 
Government-related:  Special Advisor to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (Int’l Affairs and Immigration), (June – August 2016); Policy assistance to various governments, foreign and domestic, (1998 to present); United States Department of Justice - Registered lobbyist for the Government of Zambia (to assist in de-nationalization of Zambian copper industry) (1998-1999)
 
Parliament of Canada:  Senate - Social Affairs Committee and, House of Commons - Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration:      expert witness on immigration policy matters (1994 to present)
 
Publications: Editor-in-Chief, Lexbase (1989-present): Lexbase is a publication providing current immigration policy and practice information, with monthly summaries of Federal Court decisions in immigration and citizenship rendered during the previous 30 days. Lexbase is received by IRCC; CBSA; IRB, DOJ; and senior overseas personnel at Canadian embassies.
 
Volunteer Lectures: Canadian Bar Association (1994-to present): Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Kelowna; The Conference Board of Canada - Ottawa, November 27, 2018; Law Society of British Columbia: “Thinking Outside the Courtroom – Media and Other Non-Legal Approaches” (December 2017); “Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal Practice (Class Actions)” (June 2016); "Working Your Way into Canada", September  2011; Immigration Summit-Hong Kong (2013, 2014, 2016); IMEDA (Immigration Education Alliance) (2013 to present); L'Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l'immigration "Future Directions of Immigration Law and Policy", Montreal, (October 2011); University of British Columbia/Seneca College: Immigration Program Instructor, 1997 to 2007; The Canadian Institute: Co-Chair, "Hiring Foreign Workers" Calgary, September 2007
 
Volunteer Community Work: Canadian Human Rights Foundation, (Board of Directors) 1995-1997; Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund (2009 to present); Canadian Jewish Congress-Pacific Region, Board of Directors, Vice-Chair (2003-2010); Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee Board of Trustees (2012-2015); Canadian Bar Association - Immigration and Citizenship Section: National CBA Executive: 2000 to present; National Chair: 1998-1999; National Vice-Chair: 1997-1998; Co-Chair, Barreau du Québec, Delegation of Judges and Lawyers to the People’s Republic of China, 1993
 
Media: Regular volunteer commentator on immigration issues, with continuous assistance to domestic and foreign investigative journalist teams (2005 to present): Television: CTV, CBC, SRC, Global TV, Fairchild Television, NDTV, OMNI TV (Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi networks), Phoenix Television.  Newspapers: The Globe and Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Ming Pao, Sing Tao, Hindustani Times, The New York Times (2016 to present); Wall Street Journal (2015 to present), Washington Post, Economist UK (2016), South China Morning Post (2014-present), XinHua (2016 to present).  Radio: CBC-SRC, The Corus Radio Network, CKNW, CBC/SRC, RED FM  
 
Hobby:   “Keeping Ottawa Honest”              
 
Awards: Senate of Canada – Medal – November 29, 2017: “For showing dedication to streamlining and improving our national immigration system and for commitment to providing affordable service to vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations; in recognition of valuable service to the nation”;  L'Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l'immigration “Obiter Dictum” Award 2015 “dedication to volunteer work, their outstanding work, and their exceptional commitment to progress in matters of immigration law as well as to the national growth of the association” http://www.aqaadi.com/en/about-us/obiter-dictum-award/
 
Education:  McGill University, Montreal - BA, LLB, BCL   
 
 
 
 
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