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Awards and Recognition


Highlights of Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law team’s key work, awards and recognition, publications, presentations and community-related activities.

Awards and Recognitions

Evelyn Ackah's Recent Key Work

  • Assisted an Australian corporation to obtain approval for 90 LMOs to bring electric transmission workers to Alberta
  • Assisted a North American construction company with the development and implementation of immigration strategies to relocate 100 specialized workers to Canada for the creation of a cross-border electric transmission line
  • Advised a multinational imaging and printing corporation on immigration strategies to assist with employee transfers and secondments from other regions of the world
  • Acted for national recruitment and staffing companies on major projects to identify, recruit and relocate a high volume of skilled trades workers from around the world to address critical skills shortages in Canada
  • Assisted international oil and gas companies to develop immigration policies and processes for international recruitment purposes
  • Assisted major multinational corporations to establish Canadian and U.S. operations and advised on strategies to transfer experienced employees from other locations of the corporations to the new North American operations
  • Assisted international Venezuelan corporation with bulk LMO applications and Work Permits for highly skilled employees

Memberships/Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association — Immigration Section (Alberta and Ontario)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), Canada Chapter and Washington State Chapter
  • Member, International Women's Forum
  • Member, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Included in Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers – Canada, 2010 to 2014

Publications

  • “Twibling Revelry”, Facts and Arguments – The Globe and Mail, October 23, 2013
  • “Fast and Furious – The Changing Nature of Canadian Immigration Law” published in The Lawyers Weekly, April 2012
  • “Mexican Business Visa Program Needs Work” published in The Lawyers Weekly, May 21, 2010
  • “Cross Border Travel — Be Prepared To Wait” published in The Lawyers Weekly, February 1, 2010
  • “The Foreign Worker Recession Question” published in Canadian Employment Law Today, July 15, 2009
  • Focus on Immigration Law “The New Canadian Citizenship Act” published in The Lawyers Weekly, May 22, 2009
  • “Canadian Employers, Foreign Workers and the Current Economic Crisis” published in Labour Notes, May 18, 2009
  • “Canadian Employers, Foreign Workers and the Current Economic Crisis” published in HRAC Perspectives Magazine, March 10, 2009
  • “New Immigration Class Welcomes Foreign Students and Workers” published in The Lawyers Weekly, October 10, 2008
  • “Risky Business: Crossing Borders with Laptops” published in The Lawyers Weekly, May 16, 2008
  • “Government Should Go Further with Foreign Worker Programs” published in The Lawyers Weekly, July 6, 2007
  • “Sovereignty or Sales” published in HR Professional Magazine, June/July 2007
  • “Advantage Canada Strategy: Will Canadian Employers Really Gain an Advantage in the Recruitment of Foreign Workers?” published in The Lawyers Weekly
  • “Immigration Requirements for Working in the U.S.”, Toronto Board of Trade’s Young Professionals Newsletter, July 2006
  • “Opportunities for Young Professionals Working Cross-Border”, Toronto Board of Trade’s Young Professionals Newsletter, May 2006 “When the Teacher is Ready”, published in Globe and Mail Facts and Arguments Section, March 21, 2006

Presentations

  • Panel, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs Legal Requirements for Hiring Canadians to Work Abroad, September 2019
  • Presenter, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2017: Border Patrol: Cross-Border Canadian Visa Options for Filmmakers and Other Artists
  • Presenter, APEGBC: Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Vancouver: NAFTA Requirements for Working in the U.S., April 2017
  • Presenter, APEGBC: Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia: NAFTA Requirements for Working in the U.S., September 2017
  • Presenter, Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA): Best Practices to Protect Your Organization if Terminating TFWs in Alberta's Current Economic Climate, November 2016
  • Presenter, APEGBC: Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia: NAFTA Requirements for Working in the United States, October 2016
  • Presenter, Armstrong Mitchell Lawyers, “Canadian Immigration Law – Recent Updates” October 24, 2012
  • Presenter, GE Women’s Network “Innovate and Inspire Diverse Leadership Panel”, October 2012
  • Presenter, Young Women of Influence Keynote “Negotiating Career Success”, October 10, 2012
  • Presenter, Calgary Exchange HR Group “Immigration Update”, February 8, 2012
  • Presenter, Alberta Law Conference – Employment Law Panel “Reaching New Pools of Talent”, January 26, 2012
  • Co-Chair/Presenter at Canadian Institute Employing Foreign Workers Conference, October 19/20, 2011
  • Presenter, Junior Achievement World of Choices “My Secrets of Success”, May 27, 2011
  • Presenter, Human Resource Association of Calgary “A Whole New World – Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, March 22, 2011
  • Presenter, CBA Alberta Employment and Labour Subsection Seminar “Recent Changes to Canadian Immigration Law”, October 7, 2010
  • Delivered Webinar on Immigration Law Updates for the Human Resources Professional Association, September 21, 2010
  • Presenter at the Human Resources Professional Association Annual Conference in Toronto “Canadian Immigration and the Economic Recession”, January 28, 2010 Presenter, “Business Development Strategies for Women Lawyers” to Lilith Law Mentoring Program participants, Calgary, November 2009
  • Presenter, “Finding Innovative Solutions for Hiring Foreign Workers: Alternative to LMOs”, Business Immigration Conference, Calgary, October 22–23, 2009
  • Presenter, “Special Challenges with Work Sharing/Layoffs/Terminations”, Insight Employee Terminations & Restructuring Conference, Calgary, September 28–29, 2009
  • Presenter, CBA National 2009 Citizenship and Immigration Law Conference in Whistler, April 16–19, 2009
  • Presenter at the Human Resource Professional Association Annual Conference in Toronto, January 28, 2009
  • Presenter, “Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Skilled Foreign Workers: Effective Management of the Complex Business Immigration Process”, 3rd Annual Western Canadian Forum on Employment Law, Calgary, January 22–23, 2009
  • Delivered Webinar on Immigration Law Updates for the Human Resource Professional Association, October 2008
  • Presenter at Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Conference in Calgary, Alberta, February 2008
  • Speaker at the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario’s Annual Employment Law Seminar regarding immigration issues for human resource professionals, October 2007
  • Presenter/Facilitator, 14th Annual Immigration Forum, Law Society of Upper Canada, November 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, Junior Black Achievement Awards in Vancouver, October 2006
  • Presented on “Trailblazers” panel for Working Mother’s Best Companies for Multicultural Women’s Town Hall and The National Association for Female Executives, June 22, 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, “Brothers on the Bench — Living the Dream”, honouring Mr. Justice Selwyn Romilly of the British Columbia Supreme Court and Judge Valmond Romilly of the British Columbia Provincial Court for their contributions to the bench and the community, March 2004

Media

Evelyn Ackah and Ackah Business Immigration Law in the MEDIA.

    Community Involvement

    • Director, Operation Eyesight Universal which is focused on preventing blindness and restoring sight around the world
    • Invited member of International Women's Association (IWF) - a non-profit membership organization of professional women and business owners
    • Member of Committee for Calgary Raising Canada event for Children First Canada
    • National Committee Member, Women Moving Women campaign for the Canadian Women’s Foundation, aimed at helping to move 2,500 women out of poverty by the sponsorship of educational programming, 2008–present
    • Chosen as Protégé for Women’s Executive Network Professional Mentoring Program, 2006–2008
    • Member, Diversity Advisory Committee, Career Edge, 2006–2007
    • Member of Board of Directors, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 2005–2007
    • Member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, 2003–2007
    • Mentor to Law Students from all across Canada, ongoing

    Meet Our Team

    Evelyn Ackah

    Founder/Managing Lawyer

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    Howard Ames

    Director of Operations

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    Ginette Mangena

    Registered Immigration Consultant

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    Regina Ramos

    Registered Immigration Consultant

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    Rocky Law

    Registered Immigration Consultant

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    Paulina Huschenbett

    Client Engagement Coordinator

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    Patricia Marquez

    Legal Assistant

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    Patty Busano

    Office and Marketing Assistant

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    Catherine Russell

    Digital Marketing Consultant

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    Liz Profumo

    U.S. Immigration Counsel

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    Linh Ho

    Client Engagement Coordinator

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    It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

    This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

    A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

    We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

    Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

    Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

    To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

    Eternally thankful

    – The Brummunds

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