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Immigration minister to speak at CBA conference

Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 2:13 PM | By Paula Kulig

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen is scheduled to speak at the Canadian Bar Association’s annual immigration law conference, being held from June 8-10 in Toronto.

At a time when immigration issues are generating headlines around the world, and moves by the U.S. are having a direct impact on Canada, the sold-out conference features timely policy and legal analysis, as well as panel discussions with government officials, tribunal members, researchers, immigration experts, and representatives from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Canada Border Services Agency and Employment and Social Development Canada.

Hussen was elected to Parliament in the 2015 election for the Liberals and represents the Toronto riding of York-South Weston. A lawyer and social activist, he has a law degree from the University of Ottawa and passed the bar exam in 2012. He was born and raised in Somalia, and immigrated to Canada in 1993.

In addition to Hussen, keynote speakers include Laura Albanese, Ontario’s citizenship and immigration minister, and Reid Trautz, director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Practice and Professionalism Center.

The “Canada @ 150” theme explores the immigration experience and how the process is changing. Topics include: ongoing changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program; asylum seekers from the U.S.; port of entry issues and border searches; detention and misrepresentation cases before the Immigration and Refugee Board; economic class applications and express entry; electronic travel authorizations; citizenship update; and cybersecurity issues.

This year’s conference will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. It is co-chaired by Vance Langford, national section chair; Jennifer Nees, Ontario section chair; and Robert Borland, Department of Justice.