Emma K Rhodes BA LLB

Emma Rhodes has been involved in many activities to promote education and awareness of youth legal issues, including sitting on numerous panels for Legal Aid Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Family Lawyers Association, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ontario Bar Association. In 2014, Emma testified before the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights about the overrepresentation of visible minority youth in the criminal justice system. She is a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for child protection, custody and access, minor parents, Voluntary Youth Service Agreements (VYSA), and secure treatment hearings.

Emma is on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Child and Youth Law Section, and sits on Legal Aid Ontario’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee and Criminal Law Youth Panel Standards Advisory Committee. Emma was an Instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she taught Trial Advocacy from 2010 to 2016, and was an adjunct professor at University of Toronto from 2012 to 2014 for a course on Youth Criminal Justice. She is the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s representative for youth criminal justice issues for all of Ontario.

Emma was selected to be part of the Ministry of Attorney General’s Independent Legal Advice panel for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program. Emma is co-author of Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases (Edmond Publishing) and a contributing editor for Wilson on Children and the Law (LexisNexis), and for Halsbury’s Laws of Canada (LexisNexis). She was the recipient of the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Honsberger Award in 2019 for representing each of the three pillars of the TLA – knowledge, community and advocacy.

Peter W. Hutchins

During his forty years of practice devoted exclusively to Aboriginal peoples, Peter Hutchins has been involved extensively in negotiation, litigation, counsel and special advisor work for First Nations and Inuit across Canada as well as non-Aboriginal Governments. His litigation experience includes numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Courts of Canada, the courts of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, as well as the United Nations Human Rights Committee (as it then was) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Mr. Hutchins has developed treaty negotiation positions involving historic, contemporary – including intensive work on the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement – and international treaties and implementation measures on a full range of issues including Aboriginal rights and title, human rights, environmental, constitutional and international law for Aboriginal communities throughout Canada. He has extensive experience in treaty and legislative drafting and has advised the Federal and Territorial governments on Aboriginal governance and treaty implementation issues.

Mr. Hutchins has served as Special Advisor on Aboriginal Self-Government to the Canadian Minister of Indian Affairs. During the Crown/Mohawk crisis of 1990 in Quebec, he acted as special envoy for the National Chief and subsequently as counsel for the Chief Negotiator for the Mohawk community of Kanesatake. He was also legal adviser to the Aboriginal members of the Canadian delegation negotiating amendments to the 1916 Migratory Birds Convention.

In 1980, Mr. Hutchins introduced the Aboriginal Peoples and the Law course at McGill University Faculty of Law which he taught through to 1996. He has written extensively and appears regularly as guest lecturer, chair and panellist addressing Aboriginal, constitutional, environmental and international law issues.

Firm Overview:

At Hutchins, we are dedicated to empowering Indigenous Peoples in asserting their rights, including the right to self-determination, and holding governments to account for their actions and obligations—past, present, and future.

We partner with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations to ensure the recognition and implementation of Aboriginal and treaty rights, and to assert their political, economic and cultural rights, interests, and autonomy.

We are passionate about advancing both the immediate goals and long term visions of our clients. In this work, we strive to ensure that the legal strategies and solutions we provide are firmly grounded in the varied and unique traditions, experiences, and needs of Indigenous Peoples.

Justin Fogarty, B.A., LL.B., L.L.M.

Justin Fogarty is an expert in corporate governance, civil litigation and insolvency and restructuring. He combines significant legal and business experience to help his clients with strategic advice. A known leader and an innovator, he uses his creative skills to assist clients develop viable and sustainable solutions to complex problems.

Firm Overview:

DS’s strength lies in its deliberate choice to provide its clients with high-level legal services throughout their growth. Lawyers and clients are committed business partners in a joint entrepreneurial adventure.

Founded over ten years ago in Québec by Jean-François Welch and Martin Bussières, two lawyers respectively from a national law firm and an international accounting firm, the firm Welch Bussières, located in Québec, has been from the start a proximity law firm focused on providing high-quality legal services at a moderate cost while staying close to its clients.

The firm chose to expand in 2013 and became DS Lawyers Canada, extending its resources through an international partnership.

Expansion within Canada soon followed, with offices opening in Montréal (2014), Toronto (2015), Vancouver (2016) and Ottawa (2018). While significantly enhancing its scope, the firm retains what makes it strong: high-quality professional requirements focused on results, along with deep commitment to its clients, considered as business partners.

Setting up in strategic locations across Canada and choosing to become part of DS Lawyers’ international network was decided in order to enable the firm to provide multidisciplinary services adapted to the Canada-wide market and to market globalization. DS Lawyers Canada has 25 offices and 300 legal professionals but the major objective is still that of optimizing the performance of its clients’ business, whatever the field of action.

Randy Bauslaugh

Randy Bauslaugh leads McCarthy Tétrault’s national Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation practice.

Randy has been involved with many of the leading pension and benefit cases over the past 30 years. He is presently counsel to the administrator of the Canadian Nortel pension plans, a lead creditor in the world-wide bankruptcy proceedings. He has experience advising on plan governance, plan design, plan mergers, restructurings and conversions, surplus repatriation, and deficit management. Randy has led negotiations relating to pension and benefit issues, and has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator in pension related labour disputes. He has reviewed, negotiated and helped implement investment de-risking strategies. Randy’s clients include public and private companies, appointed administrators of wound up plans, financial institutions, joint boards of trustees, and Canadian and foreign governments; for example Randy has advised the Government of Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut on pension policy and legislation and the governments of Bermuda, Jamaica, and India on public pension issues and pension standards.

Randy is an independent expert Trustee for one of Canada’s largest ELHTs, recently established in October, 2016 to oversee implementation and administration of the consolidation of Life, Health and Dental Benefits for approximately 45,000 English Catholic Teachers throughout Ontario. He is an active supporter of many industry associations: for example, he is a member of the Pension Policy Council of the C.D. Howe Institute, the editorial advisory board of Benefits and Pensions Monitor and a former Chairman of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association. Randy actively engages in community service. He served six years as Chair of the HR Committee of the Canadian Cancer Society, and currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Canadian National Exhibition Association and the Scarborough Hospital Foundation.

In 2014, Randy was inducted into the CPBI Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada, International Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Canada, The Legal 500 – Canada, The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a “most frequently recommended” practitioner in pensions and employee benefits, the Federated Press Directory of Professionals as a “distinguished contributor” and enjoys the highest rating granted to lawyers for professional competence and integrity in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Randy obtained a BA from the University of Waterloo in 1977 and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1981. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983.

Firm Overview:

McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that offers a full suite of legal and business solutions to clients in Canada and around the world. We deliver integrated business, litigation, tax, real property, and labour and employment solutions through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, New York and London, UK. Our industry knowledge and integrated national platform ensure we help build our clients’ competitive advantage.

Our culture is collaborative, inclusive, entrepreneurial and evolves with the pace of business. We are leading the charge to adapt to changing client needs by re-imagining of our service offerings, including our MT>3 and MT>Align divisions, and our Client Solutions. We are Canada’s first national law firm, and we are also its most innovative. We offer sophisticated legal and business advice that incents efficiency, leverages our deep industry knowledge and our national resources for an exceptional service experience that solves our clients’ most complex problems.

Dedication to our firm’s values helps us achieve our mission and helps clients achieve their business objectives. These values are intrinsic to who we are as a law firm and as a member of the global business community.

Adam Kardash

Adam Kardash is an acknowledged Canadian legal industry leader in privacy and data management; he leads the firm’s national Privacy and Data Management practice. Adam has been lead counsel on many of the most significant privacy matters in Canada. He advises Fortune 500 clients in their business critical data-protection issues, compliance initiatives and data governance. He regularly represents clients on regulatory investigations and security breaches.

Adam is Special Counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada and counsel to the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada. He has extensive experience in the privacy law area and regularly advises Chief Privacy Officers, in-house counsel and compliance professionals in the private, health, public and not-for-profit sectors on managing security incidents, privacy regulatory investigations, anti-spam law compliance, privacy and security reviews/audits; privacy policies, practices and procedures; privacy compliance initiatives; and service-provider arrangements involving personal information, including transborder data flows.

Adam has worked on a wide variety of transactions involving information technology, including technology acquisitions, licensing, outsourcing and service-provider arrangements, as well as general corporate commercial issues with respect to carrying on business over the Internet and in the electronic environment.

Adam speaks regularly on privacy issues, is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association privacy section, and for three years taught an MBA course at York University’s Schulich School of Business on legal issues relating to electronic commerce.

Widely recognized as an innovator in his fast-moving area of law, Adam also oversees our firm’s integrated privacy compliance and data-governance consulting and information service that is complementary to the firm’s national privacy and data management practice. This integrated offering includes a thought-leadership forum that involves Chief Privacy Officers and senior in-house counsel from many of Canada’s leading companies; in addition, it provides online subscription tools for CPOs, in-house counsel and compliance professionals.

Osler Alumni Network:

We are committed to maintaining lifelong, career-spanning relationships with our alumni.

With more than 1,300 members, the Osler Alumni Network is a powerful resource. Wherever you’re planning to go, there’s a good chance you already have a connection.

Whether you hope to maintain personal relationships with long-time friends and colleagues, make new professional connections, search job opportunities or simply stay up to date with everything Osler and its alumni are doing, the network provides the news, connections and resources you need.

Michael Niren

Michael Niren is President and CEO of VisaPlace LLC and the President and Managing Partner of Michael H. Niren Professional Corporation (“Niren and Associates”), an immigration law firm in Toronto, Canada that he founded in 1997.

Mr. Niren is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section, American Lawyers Association, and Associate Member of the American Bar Association.

He is an accomplished and sought after public speaker and is often called upon by the national and international media as an authority on immigration current events.

Mr. Niren’s media interviews and appearances in both Canada and the US include The Boston Globe, New York Daily News, CTV, Global News, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star and CBC. He also has published articles on immigration related topics including RealClearMarkets and is a contributor to the Huffington Post .

Mr. Niren is considered an industry leader, a professional businessman, a team coach and organizer with very strong entrepreneurial skills. Under his leadership, Niren & Associates has become an award winning and leading immigration law firm in Toronto, as well as one of the largest immigration law firms in Canada. Niren & Associates is the recipient of the “Top Choice Awards” for the Top Immigration Law Firm in Toronto from 2010 through to 2017 as well as many other global immigration awards. The law firm has successfully processed many thousands of visa applications.

As CEO of VisaPlace LLC, Mr. Niren has assembled a highly talented US and Canadian based team to roll out customized immigration client acquisition and distribution technology to service immigration solution providers world-wide.

Why Choose Us?

There are many options out there when seeking help with your Visa Application. We feel we can offer you the very best when it comes to immigration and visa services. We work with only licensed and experienced immigration professionals who have handled thousands and thousands of visa cases and know how to get the job done. And don’t take our word for it. Check out their reviews from real clients who used their services.

Welcome to VisaPlace:

All cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration lawyers. These licensed award winning Canadian and US lawyers and consultants are employed by Niren and Associates immigration lawyers in Toronto adhere to the highest standards of client service. They are all trained to be very responsive and know how to deal with government officials effectively in order to maximize outcomes for all visa applications.

VisaPlace uses the latest case processing technology, a wide range of advanced case management tools and of course top talent to ensure that your Visa case is handled with the upmost care.

Our lawyers have:

– Over 40 years of combined experience with thousands of cases filed
– A proven track record for handling all US and Canadian visa cases;
– Fully licensed US and Canadian lawyers
– Access to the latest technology that allows better communicate with clients and to track cases
– Are friendly and great to deal with!

Our Goal:

We know that these days, the Canadian and US government has created complicated barriers to entry. Immigration rules and regulations are becoming more and more complex. In order to qualify to relocate to Canada or to the US, you must present your case properly to an immigration officer who has the authority to grant or deny your admission.

We have made it our primary goal to be your navigation and information tool to assist you in getting your visa to Canada or to the US. And if you are facing removal, we can direct you to get the help you need to resolve your immigration problems. Our job is to help open the door so that you, your relative, friend or employee can live, work or study in Canada or the US.