In the Labour and Employment Group, Vance leads the Business Immigration practice, advising and representing businesses, families and individuals in applications for admission to Canada as temporary residents, foreign workers, permanent residents and citizens. With over 15 years' experience working with Canadian and international clients, Vance has extensive knowledge of the Canadian temporary foreign worker program, employer compliance and strategies for obtaining permanent residence and citizenship in Canada. Vance is Chair of the Canadian Bar Association - National Immigration Law Section where he is involved in consultations and advocacy with respect to Canadian immigration law and policy. He has published extensively on immigration law and frequently makes presentations for conferences, industry associations and client seminars.
In the Business and Energy Groups, Vance advises clients on optimal business structures, corporate governance, financing, reorganizations and commercial agreements, such as joint venture, licensing and distribution agreements. He has significant experience negotiating and documenting acquisitions, divestitures and other business transactions, particularly involving multiple jurisdictions and competition, trade and investment laws.
Vance received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (1993) and Bachelor of Laws (1997) from the University of British Columbia; and his Master of Laws (2000) from the University of Dundee, Scotland. Vance was called to the Alberta Bar in 2000.
In the community, Vance is a member of the Board of Governors of Bow Valley College, the Board of Directors of United Way of Calgary and Area and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Talent Pool Society.
The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Vance:
Labour and Employment: 2016 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests February - April 2017
Field Law: A Conversation with Northern Business Northern Business October 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review HR and Industry Professionals January - March 2016
Hiring or Contracting International Performing Artists? Mount Royal University and Calgary Arts Development January 2016
A Lay of the Land - Immigration and Changes to the International Workers Regime for 2015 and Beyond Canadian Institute: Immigration and International Workers Forum West October 2015
Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Best Practices When Using the Program as a Temporary Solution Biennial - Western Construction Labour Relations September 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review HR and Industry Professionals February - March 2015
Temporary Foreign Worker Program: How do the Latest Business Developments Impact your Business Industry Professionals December 2014
What Now and What Next? Making Sense of the Changes to Canada's Immigration System Industry Professionals November 2014
Labour and Employment: 2013 Year in Review HR and Industry Professionals January 2014
How Do The Latest Business Immigration Developments Impact You? Human Resource Professionals November 2013
Options for Skilled Trades Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Conference May 2013
Ensuring Your Genuine Offer is Ready for Assessment The Canadian Institute's Legal and Human Resource Guide to Employing Foreign Workers February 2012
The New Regulations and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act - A Guidebook for HR Insight, Beyond the New Temporary Foreign Worker Regulations February 2012
Volunteer / Pro Bono
United Way of Calgary and Area Board of Directors 2013-Present
Bow Valley College Board of Governors 2015-Present
Talent Pool Development Society of Calgary Chair, Board of Directors 2007-Present
Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council Mentor and Advisor 2011-Present
A Practical Guide to Provincial Nominee Programs - Chapter Two: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Carswell 2013 - Present
Recent Changes in Canadian Immigration Law and Policy Canada's Immigration & Citizenship Bulletin February 2017
Thinking of Immigrating to Canada? BIG News November 2016
Alberta Minimum Wage Increases Affect All Foreign Workers, Especially Caregivers BIG News September 2016
State of the Nation: Canada's Immigration System 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory June 2016
Refugee Resettlement BIG News March 2016
Donald Drumpf - Good for Canadian Immigration BIG News March 2016
What's to Come BIG News March 2016
BIG Alert February 2016
Updated Caregiver Program BIG News December 2015
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Expected to Reopen January 27, 2016 BIG News December 2015
Beware the AMP BIG News December 2015
Top 10 LMO Exemptions - An Annotated Guide Canadian Institute Conference May 2013
From Ship's Manifest to GCMS: The Secret Language of Immigration Canadian Bar Association May 2011
•National Magazine - Katya Hodge - The CBA supports family reunification as an immigration priority - October, 2016
•National Magazine - Doug Beazley - Temporary foreign workers rules: In need of a rethink - May, 2016
•CBC News - Susan Mas - Temporary Foreign Worker Program: 'Stiff' New Penalties Coming Dec. 1 - July 15, 2015
•Calgary Herald - Amanda Stephenson - Critics Demand More Transparency Around New Temporary Foreign Worker Measures - February 5, 2015
•An energy-service, drilling company was at risk of defaulting on its credits and being forced into receivership or insolvency. I quarterbacked a tax, securities and commercial law team, Vance notes, that negotiated a sophisticated, tax-driven acquisition that will enable the owner to exit with a profit and the buyer to acquire with little upfront capital.
• Vance has served as immigration counsel for a transnational forestry entity based in Canada. The group needed experienced, high-level people for key roles, according to Vance, so I advised them on getting and maintaining the appropriate status and complying with the new regime that applies to temporary work. I identified an exemption under NAFTA from the Labor Market Impact Assessment. My technical experience with engineered wood products was helpful in what turned out to be a labourious and time-consuming process.
Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Law Section Chair 2016-Present
International Bar Association, Immigration and National Law Committee Member 2013-Present
Canadian Bar Association, Southern Alberta Immigration Law Section Member & Past Chair 1999-Present
Calgary Bar Association Member 1999-Present