Vance Langford

Vance Langford: Attorney with Field Law
  • Partner at Field Law (119 Attorneys)
  • 400 - 444 7 AVE SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 0X8
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Vance Langford is a Calgary-based business lawyer for small and medium sized enterprises engaged in energy, construction, technology and other industries. He is a member of the firm’s Business and Energy Law practice groups and also leads Field Law’s Business Immigration Group.

Vance has nearly 20 years of experience working with clients to structure businesses, complete financings and transactions and resolve disputes with support from counsel for securities, tax and litigation matters. Vance’s practice includes negotiating and documenting acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations and other complex business transactions, particularly involving multiple jurisdictions and competition, trade and investment laws.

As leader of Field Law’s Business Immigration Group, Vance advises and represents Canadian and international clients on global mobility for executives, managers and specialists. He also helps individuals and families relocate to Canada and pursue goals in education, employment, permanent residence and citizenship. As Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Law Section, Vance is highly active in advocacy, government relations and the development of Canadian immigration law and policy.

Value to Clients

After law school, Vance articled and worked as an Associate at a major Calgary firm where he focused on complex oil and gas transactions for national and global energy clients. He then moved to a boutique corporate firm with an entrepreneurial environment where both technical legal ability and exceptional client service were paramount. Vance developed a practical approach to transactions, deep commercial experience and a global perspective that now benefits his clients at Field Law. He gets to know his clients’ business priorities and leverages the firm’s diverse talent to help clients manage risk and achieve results.

Outside the Office

Vance was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He worked on the family farm and drilling rigs while completing high school and university. He travelled extensively and worked for three years in Japan prior to law school. After law school, he spent a year in Scotland and the Netherlands completing a Master of Laws Degree, and he worked in New York at the United Nations. Vance is devoted to his community and is currently a Director of the United Way of Calgary and Area, Bow Valley College and the Talent Pool Society.


Recognized for work in Immigration Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada


Bow Valley College
Board of Governors
United Way of Calgary and Area
Board of Directors
Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council
Mentor and Advisor
Talent Pool Society
Chair, Board of Directors
Distress Centre Calgary
Past Chair, Board of Directors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area

News + Views + Events

August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
June 2017
Vance Langford quoted in The Star
Parliamentary committee recommends scrapping immigration consulting regulator - Vance Langford, a Calgary-based Partner at Field Law is quoted in The Star (Toronto) as a parliamentary committee says better oversight of the immigration consulting indust...
March 2017
Vance Langford quoted in the National Observer
Vance Langford, a Calgary lawyer and chair of the National Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, is quoted in an article in the National Observer - Teacher denied entry to U.S. highlights long-standing powers of U.S. customs officers...
February 2017
Recent Changes in Canadian Immigration Law and Policy
November 2016
Thinking of Immigrating to Canada?
October 2016
Field Law: A Conversation with Northern Business
September 2016
Alberta Minimum Wage Increases Affect All Foreign Workers, Especially Caregivers
September 2016
Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory
August 2016
Promising Updates to Royalty Programs - Energy Industry at a Crossroad
June 2016
State of the Nation: Canada’s Immigration System
March 2016
What's to Come
March 2016
Donald Drumpf - Good for Canadian Immigration
March 2016
Refugee Resettlement
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
February 2016
BIG Alert
Program Delivery Update for the Artists
January 2016
Hiring or Contracting International Performing Artists?
December 2015
Beware the AMP
December 2015
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Expected to Reopen January 27, 2016
December 2015
Updated Caregiver Program
October 2015
A Lay of the Land - Immigration and Changes to the International Workers Regime for 2015 and Beyond
September 2015
Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Best Practices When Using the Program as a Temporary Solution
January - February 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
December 2014
Temporary Foreign Worker Program: How do the Latest Business Developments Impact your Business
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
November 2013
How Do The Latest Business Immigration Developments Impact You?
2013 - Present
A Practical Guide to Provincial Nominee Programs - Chapter Two: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
May 2013
Options for Skilled Trades
May 2013
Top 10 LMO Exemptions - An Annotated Guide
March 2013
Top 10 LMO Exemptions
February 2012
Ensuring Your Genuine Offer is Ready for Assessment
February 2012
The New Regulations and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act - A Guidebook for HR
September 2011
Labour Market Opinions: Are We Ready for the Next Wave?
May 2011
From Ship's Manifest to GCMS: The Secret Language of Immigration
April 2009
Work Permits: The Fundamentals
Co-Author: H. Greenberg
May 2008
Provincial Nominee Program in Western Canada: The Silver Bullet?
Co-Author: R. Kischer
September 2007
Obtaining Labour Market Opinions (LMOs): Skilled Works and Low-Skilled Workers
April 2007
Servicing Canada: Responding to the Skills and Labour Shortage
February 2007
The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program: Overview, Strategies, and Practical Tips
September 2006
Obtaining Labour Market Opinions in Western Canada: Skilled Workers, Low-Skilled Workers and Special Programs
Co-Author: K. Swartzenberger


•Global News - Melissa Gilligan and Carolyn Kury de Castillo - Hundreds of unemployed Albertans attend Calgary job fair: ‘I want any job available’ - April 2017
•CBC News - Elizabeth Thompson - Waiting to become Canadian: Citizenship ceremonies delayed by judge shortage - October 2016
•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 2015
•Calgary Herald - Amanda Stephenson - Critics Demand More Transparency Around New Temporary Foreign Worker Measures - February 2015
•National Post - Foreign service strike threatens to further delay visa process already crippled by existing problems - August 2013

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Small + Medium Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Business
  • Business Immigration
  • Energy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 260 8572  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
University Attended:
University of Dundee, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law Policy, Master of Laws with Distinction, 2000; University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, 1994
Law School Attended:
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1997
Year of First admission:
2000, Alberta


Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Law Section
Executive Committee Member & Past Chair
2005 - Present
International Bar Association, Immigration and National Law Committee
Canadian Bar Association, Southern Alberta Immigration Law Section
Member & Past Chair
Calgary Bar Association


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