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|University ||University of Western Ontario, B.A., 1980|
|Law School||University of Windsor, LL.B., 1985|
•Canadian Bar Association
•County of Carleton Law Association
•The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada
•The Canadian Immigration Historical Society
•Former Canadian Government Immigration Lawyer (Legal Advisor to the Immigration and Refugee Board)
•Frequent presenter at legal conferences throughout the world including:
•Algonquin College, Carleton University & University of Ottawa (Ottawa, annually)
•Co-chair, Medical Devices Commercialization Centre Forum, University of Ottawa, 13 February 2014
•Presenter at U.S. Embassy webinar, January 2014.
•Presenter at Conference in Ottawa, Ontario hosted by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, October 2013
•Presenter at Conference in Kingston, Ontario hosted by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, October 2013
•Presenter at Conference in Massena, New York hosted by the Embassy of the United States of America, October 2012
•Presenter at Conference in Ogdensburg, New York hosted by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, September 2012
•Presentation in Stockholm, Sweden, December 2012
•Presentations in Semera and in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, July 2011
•Bureau du MRD en Amerique du Nord, Universite du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO), July 2011
•Canadian Bar Association Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2010
•Canadian Bar Association Conference, Whistler, B.C., April 2009
•Presentation in Denmark, October 2007
•Presentation in Belgium, Brussels, October 2007
•Has acted as counsel to the Governments of Canada, China, Denmark, Korea and Sri Lanka
•Founder and President, The Can-Go Afar Foundation (www.cangoafar.ca)
•Former Chair, Immigration Bar Committee, Ottawa Law Association
•Frequent expert witness, Parliament of Canada, House of Commons Standing Committee on Immigration
•Former Committee Member and Practitioner's Chair, Immigration and Refugee Board/Bar Consultive Committee
•Committee Member, Legal Aid Ontario Refugee Services Delivery Reform (2013-2014)
•Member, Team Ottawa Mission to China, led by Ottawa City Mayor (2013)
•Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Legal Aid Liaison Committee (2011-2013)
•Member, Trade Delegation to Asia led by the Mayor of Ottawa (1995)
•Founder and Executive Member, Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival (1992-present)
•Frequent guest Lecturer, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (1991-present)
|Born||Montreal, Quebec, July 29, 1959|
As head of the Immigration Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, Warren represents individuals, families and corporations in all aspects of immigration and emigration. Canadian and American immigration laws, including NAFTA, are his specialty. His services include complete representation and arrangement of all documentation for work permits and permanent resident status, including skilled workers, business immigration programs, provincial nominee programs, and representation for individuals in all matters pertaining to citizenship applications and refugee claims. Warren provides direction through the labyrinthine system of immigration laws and policy, ensuring his clients can get where they need to go.
Neither families nor businesses can wait while red tape is untangled. When it comes to moving people across borders, Warren knows where to cut through it.
As an immigration leader, Warren is highly regarded as a writer and educator in immigration law. He is one of very few practitioners certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada in the three combined fields of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugee Law. He is a former Government of Canada immigration lawyer and is frequently sought by all media in regard to his expertise. He is rated by his peers as one of the top immigration lawyers in Canada. He has numerous publications to his credit including contributing author to one of the most significant casebooks of its kind, Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary (Carasco et al, 2007).
Warren has travelled to some of the world's most remote and dangerous locations (e.g. Iraq and Afghanistan) to successfully represent some of the most challenging cases a lawyer could ever be consulted on. Warren consistently demonstrates exceptional ability, the cornerstone to the firm's Immigration Law Group.
•Gordon F. Henderson Award, March, 2013
•The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
•Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law (Immigration + Refugee Protection), 2006 to present
•Canada's Tour Tax: Will New Foreign Worker Fees Crippled Music Venues?, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, November 2013 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Living Without Status in Canada? You May Have Options, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, August 2013 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Start-Up Visa Seeks to Attract the Next Zuckerburg to Canada, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, June 2013 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•What Does the Recent Controversy Mean for Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program?, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, April 2013 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Making a Refugee Claim in Canada: What You Need to Know, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, February 2013 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•New Federal Skilled Trades Program Unveiled, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, January 2013 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Implications of Canada's Crackdown on Citizenship Fraud, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, September 2012 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Meeting the Residency Requirement in Applications for Canadian Citizenship, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, July 2012 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Visas for Mexicans Cost Us All, Ottawa Business Journal, December 2009.
•Easier to Immigrate? The Canadian Experience Class and the Red Carpet, Ottawa Business Journal, February 2008.
•Immigration's New Category: The Canadian Experience Class, Ottawa Business Journal, March 2008.
•Improvements To The Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Ottawa Business Journal, March 2007.
•Foreign Cooks, Chefs and Restaurant Workers in Canada, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, June 2, 2014 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program: More Controversy, More Change, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall website, www.perlaw.ca, May 30, 2014 (with Jacqueline Bonisteel).
•Peer-profiled in the September 2011 edition (Vol. 20, No. 6) of The National magazine, the official monthly periodical of the Canadian Bar Association.
•Frequently quoted in the media and press, as well as interviewed on radio and T.V.
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Key Changes to Canada's Citizenship Act
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, August 5, 2014
In June 2014, just before breaking for the summer, Canada’s parliament passed major amendments to the federal Citizenship Act. While many of the changes have not yet come into force, potential citizenship applicants should be paying close attention.
Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program: More Controversy, More Change
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, June 5, 2014
The Canadian federal government has wasted no time in responding to the controversy surrounding McDonalds’ alleged abuse of the temporary foreign worker program. A moratorium on the food services sector’s access to temporary foreign workers was swiftly imposed. Employment Minister Jason...
Canada’s “Tour Tax”: Will New Foreign Worker Fees Cripple Music Venues?
Jacqueline J. Bonisteel,Warren L. Creates, December 2, 2013
As a result of changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, certain venues will need to pay $275 for each individual foreign musician and crew member when they book musical acts from abroad. However, music venues will be exempt from paying any fees in certain situations. It is...
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