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Awards and Recognition

These are highlights of Evelyn Ackah’s work, awards and recognition and community-related activities.

Highlights of Evelyn Ackah's More Recent Work

  • Assisted an Australian corporation to obtain approval for 90 LMOs to bring electric transmission workers to Alberta
  • Assisted 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, American Bar Association
  • Included in Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers – Canada, 2010 to 2014
  • Ackah Business Immigration Law Voted Top Business Immigration Law Firm in Calgary Region for 2018

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

  • 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

  • Interviewed on CBC Radio, The Eye Opener about foreign worker program changes and small business challenges, April 30, 2013
  • Interviewed and Profiled in Alberta Venture Magazine “”She’s Lived Here for Just Five Years But Evelyn Ackah Already The Ultimate Albertan”, January 22, 2013
  • Interviewed for HR Professional Magazine “Immigration – The New Normal”, October 25, 2011
  • Interviewed on CBC Radio, The Eye Opener, “Hiring Foreign Workers”, September 12, 2011
  • Interviewed by Calgary Economic Development, “Be Part of the Energy” campaign, June 21, 2011
  • Interviewed for Alberta Venture Magazine “Immigration – What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You”, May 2, 2011
  • Interviewed on CBC Radio Canada International with respect to Canadian immigration changes and issues, April 11, 2011
  • Interviewed on CBC Home Stretch radio program about recent changes to Canadian immigration regulations, October 2010
  • Interviewed on CBC Radio National News regarding changes to ITAR legislation and possible impact on Canadian businesses involved with U.S. defence contracts, September 2010
  • Interviewed on Corus Radio’s The Rutherford Show about proposed changes to Canada’s temporary foreign worker program, November 12, 2009
  • Interviewed by the Calgary Herald regarding foreign worker issues, February 15, 2009
  • Interviewed by the Calgary Herald regarding future employment of foreign workers in Canada, January 17, 2009
  • Interviewed by CTV Noon News regarding Understanding the process of dismissing foreign workers, February 2, 2009
  • Interviewed by CTV Evening News regarding Alberta’s Foreign Worker Program, March 3, 2009
  • Interviewed for The Lawyers Weekly article “New immigration class welcomes foreign students and workers,” October 10, 2008
  • Interviewed for Canadian Lawyer In-house Magazine feature article “Beyond Borders: Employment and Immigration”, December 2007
  • Interviewed on Business News Network regarding Conrad Black Trial to discuss extradition and Canadian immigration laws, July 2007
  • Interviewed on CP 24 regarding new Ontario Provincial Nominee Program, May 30, 2007
  • Interviewed for HR Reporter article, published March 26, 2007
  • Profiled in Sway Magazine, March 2007
  • Interviewed and referenced in Canadian HR Reporter regarding Canadian permanent residence process, March 2007
  • Interviewed on CTV Newsnet regarding Canadian Immigration policy introduced by the Harris government, May 12, 2006
  • Interviewed on ROBTV/Workopolis regarding U.S. immigration for skilled workers, April 28, 2006
  • Interviewed on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning Show to discuss the lack of diversity represented on corporate and charitable boards, May 13, 2005
  • Profiled in Canadian Business Magazine article “A Win-Win Strategy: Altruvest Matches Execs with Charitable Boards”, October 25, 2004

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

I used the service of Ackah/ Business immigration Law for a TN work visa in the U.S. Both Sacha and Evelyn were professional and helpful in obtaining the visa and the border was smooth and not stressful. I would recommend their service to anyone requiring any help with Visa’s and cross border issues. Thanks.

– Warren Sharp

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