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Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Evelyn Ackah

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial lawyer in Toronto on Bay Street, Evelyn soon discovered she craved the rewards of having more direct contact with clients and the freedom to manage her own files. Business immigration law allows her to work with corporations and the people who make them successful. The highly specialized nature of business immigration law drives Evelyn to strive to remain at the forefront of legal and policy developments to ensure her clients are fully compliant with the latest regulatory and legal changes, and that they understand the nuances and impacts of these changes on their business and their people.

Whether business is done south of the border, across the “pond” or around the world, Evelyn employs her expertise to help clients achieve their desired business objectives. She develops and implements immigration strategies, provides advice on immigration matters related to employee mobility or relocation, and assists with global investment opportunities.

When clients are establishing new corporations or making North American investments, Evelyn calls on her previous corporate/commercial experience to develop strategies and recommendations. Before establishing her own law firm, Evelyn was a Partner at a leading international law firm and served as the national head of the business immigration law practice.

Evelyn is called to the bar in both Alberta and Ontario. Having graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) in 1993, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1997.

Evelyn's native language is Twi and she has an advanced comprehension of it.

Evelyn is driven to give back to the community and to remain actively involved in her profession. She defines success by her personal, professional and community contributions. Evelyn attributes much of her professional success to the mentoring and support she received from other senior professionals across the country and believes in paying it forward by supporting a number of different organizations and charitable campaigns – both locally and nationally. In addition, she has mentored several dozen young law students across the country that are looking for guidance and support as they begin their careers.

Evelyn's current community involvement includes:

Operation Eyesight Universal

Secretary for the Governance Committee with Operation Eyesight Universal and Secretary of the Governance Committee, which is an international development organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness. This organization integrates Evelyn's interest in global development and humanitarian contributions. Operation Eyesight works in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Enterprise4Good

A Board Member of Enterprise4Good, a global organization focused on engaging and connecting people about social issues in their communities locally and globally to provide sustainable services, while at the same time working to permanently solve issues and problems.

International Women's Forum

Active Member of International Women's Forum, committed to shaping a future in which leadership has no gender and the next generation is inspired and equipped to transform the world.

    Evelyn has helped raise millions of dollars to help move low-income women and their children out of poverty and into financial security in her previous role as a National Committee member and Chair of the Calgary “Women Moving Women” campaign on behalf of the Canadian Women's Foundation. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, she served as Treasurer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association — Canada Chapter and served on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association — Immigration Section. She was also Vice Chair of the Immigration Section of the National Bar Association (U.S.). Evelyn also served four years as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. Evelyn also regularly participates in charitable 10k and half marathon races to raise funds for different organizations.

    Evelyn and Ackah Law are honoured to be recognized by many groups, organizations and publications for their contributions to the community and for providing excellent legal services:

    Evelyn has been recognized by The Who's Who Legal organization as an Expert in Corporate Immigration Law from 2010 to 2014. She was honoured to be nominated by one of her clients and chosen as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in Calgary in 2010. Most recently in 2013, Evelyn was nominated as an RBC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014, she received the Obsidian Awards Professional of the Year Award from The African, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian Society of Excellence in Alberta.

    Evelyn routinely shares her extensive legal expertise by speaking at conferences, writing articles and participating in media interviews. Evelyn has been featured in the Globe and Mail several times about her professional background and her entrepreneurial spirit.

    More about Evelyn

    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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