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
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...
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...
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...
Recent Changes in Canadian Immigration Law and Policy
Thinking of Immigrating to Canada?
Field Law: A Conversation with Northern Business
Alberta Minimum Wage Increases Affect All Foreign Workers, Especially Caregivers
Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory
Promising Updates to Royalty Programs - Energy Industry at a Crossroad
State of the Nation: Canada’s Immigration System
What's to Come
Donald Drumpf - Good for Canadian Immigration
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
Program Delivery Update for the Artists
Hiring or Contracting International Performing Artists?
Beware the AMP
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Expected to Reopen January 27, 2016
Updated Caregiver Program
A Lay of the Land - Immigration and Changes to the International Workers Regime for 2015 and Beyond
Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Best Practices When Using the Program as a Temporary Solution
January - February 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
Temporary Foreign Worker Program: How do the Latest Business Developments Impact your Business
2013 Year in Review
How Do The Latest Business Immigration Developments Impact You?
2013 - Present
A Practical Guide to Provincial Nominee Programs - Chapter Two: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
Options for Skilled Trades
Top 10 LMO Exemptions - An Annotated Guide
Top 10 LMO Exemptions
Ensuring Your Genuine Offer is Ready for Assessment
The New Regulations and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act - A Guidebook for HR
Labour Market Opinions: Are We Ready for the Next Wave?
From Ship's Manifest to GCMS: The Secret Language of Immigration
Work Permits: The Fundamentals
Co-Author: H. Greenberg
Provincial Nominee Program in Western Canada: The Silver Bullet?
Co-Author: R. Kischer
Obtaining Labour Market Opinions (LMOs): Skilled Works and Low-Skilled Workers
Servicing Canada: Responding to the Skills and Labour Shortage
The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program: Overview, Strategies, and Practical Tips
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
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