Grace Akpan

Articling Student

Grace obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. She subsequently obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the National University of Singapore.

Grace also attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Nigeria, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995. After being called to the Bar, she was posted to Njikoka Local Government Council, on mandatory national service for one year, as an In-house Counsel. Thereafter, she joined a mid-sized law firm of G. S. Yilyok & Co, (Gantan Chambers), and practiced as an Associate Counsel for three years before moving to Singapore, where she worked as a Litigation Executive for over ten years with a full-service commercial law firm of Allen & Gledhill LLP, one of the largest law firms in Singapore. She later returned to Nigeria and joined a mid-sized law firm of Joseph Nwobike, SAN & Co, and practiced as an Associate Counsel/Head of Dispute Resolution for two years, before moving to Calgary, Canada in August 2015.

Upon moving to Canada, she volunteered with non-profit organizations, including legal clinic at Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) supported by Calgary Legal Guidance, Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre supported by CIWA, and Winners Chapel Int’l Calgary.  As a volunteer at CIWA legal clinic, she developed deep interest in immigration law as a result of the complex issues associated with immigration law matters, and joined the MAPLE 2.0 - Mentorship Program, which placed her as a Mentee in Ackah Business Immigration Law (Ackah Law) for three months. During her mentorship placement program at Ackah Law, she was further exposed to more complex immigration law matters, which inspired her to enter the practice of immigration law to support clients to achieve their desired individual and organizational goals.  

While in Canada, Grace registered for the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Exams and has successfully completed her NCA Exams. She will be qualified to practice law in Canada upon completion of her Articling term.

In addition to her immigration law experience, Grace has extensive experience in litigation, corporate and commercial law. When not at work, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.