Global Immigration Specialists

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John P. Ryan

OSJ, KStG, C.GIS, RCIC, ICD.D, C.Dir, ASC, A.C.C., H.R.C.C.C.

John has enjoyed a diversified career that includes International experience as Corporate Director, Senior manager, Public Servant and Entrepreneur.

As a public servant, John has had the privilege of serving Canada as Senior Immigration Officer, Customs Inspector and a Commissioned Officer in the Armed Forces. He was awarded Grant of Arms by the Governor General of Canada in 1998 in recognition of his contribution to the community. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

As a corporate director, John has been sitting in various non-profit and for- profit boards during his career of corporate Governance. He is the award winner of Gill Bennett Award in Corporate Governance in 2010 and he was also a fellow of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) USA in 2011.

As an entrepreneur, he started up various businesses including VSI, Aerie Leisure Inc. and Splashvox Inc. He also set up various profitable businesses for the boards he has served. He is an expert in both immigration consulting and corporate director/senior executive education.

John is also a licensed realtor in BC and a FAA licensed private pilot.

Imran Qayyum

C.GIS, FCMI, ICD.D, C.Dir, ASC, A.C.C., RCIC

Imran has been a practising immigration consultant for over 26 years and specializes in family, skilled worker and business class immigration. He has been a strong advocate for the promotion and enhancement of the Immigration Consulting profession. He participates regularly in consultative meetings with Citizenship and Immigration Canada on matters involving immigration policy and operational procedures and has been invited on several occasions to appear as a witness in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) to give testimony on issues pertaining to Canada’s immigration system being examined by the Committee. In addition, Imran contributes regularly on immigration matters for Canadian media.

Throughout his career, Imran has been closely involved with the progression of Canada’s Immigration Consulting profession and firmly believes that in order to provide competent service, all immigration professionals must undergo a formal education program of immigration studies in order to gain the core competencies needed to understand Canada’s complex immigration laws and policies. To that end, he teaches and mentors on a regular basis.

Dianne Normandeau

C.GIS, RCIC

Dianne Normandeau is a Global Immigration Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the industry. She runs her own immigration consultancy practice in the province of Quebec, Canada. Throughout her career, she has assisted individuals from around the globe to immigrate and settle mainly in Canada, but also in the USA and other countries. Over the last ten years, she taught and prepared professionals with diverse backgrounds in becoming immigration consultants. She has contributed to course development projects, including one with the Institute of Global Immigration Specialists (IGIS). She is looking forward to assisting you in successfully achieving your career goals.

Holly Gracey

C.GIS, RCIC,

Holly has been involved in the immigration consulting profession for close to 35 years. She has a passion for teaching and has been an instructor since 2009. In addition, she has also taught at immigration consulting educational conferences at both a national and regional level. She has consistently proven her dedication to her chosen profession by holding several positions on key boards of directors and committees instrumental in the development and growth of the immigration consulting profession.

Holly is the Managing Director and Secretary of R.M.G. Consultants Ltd. She specializes in Canadian immigration applications for all federal and provincial economic classes with special emphasis on business classes, temporary classes (including visitor and student) and worker family classes specific to spouses and parents, as well as dependent and adopted children.

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Dr. Saqlain Halim

Dr. Halim possesses extensive international experience in senior executive management positions and a multidisciplinary academic background with a doctorate and five master’s degrees among several other qualifications in Business Administration, Computer Information Science, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Technology, Airframe Technology, and Powerplant Technology.

As President, Xymius Education Group, Dr. Halim has been helping institutions and businesses for years with their international business needs. In the past, as President and Chief Academic Officer, he managed a large, complex multinational educational consortium with executive management degree program offerings in several countries. He has repeatedly helped numerous institutions and businesses representing a wide range of industries with strategic turnaround, management of change, rapid business expansion, and international partnerships. He has lived and worked in many countries, managed several institutions, taught, lectured, and trained senior civil servants and their trainers, business owners, and corporate executives from around the world.

Dr. Halim has published over 100 articles covering a wide range of topics and has been the recipient of numerous international awards for academic and professional excellence from prestigious honour societies.

Tina Ryan

C.GIS, RCIC,

Tina is the Chair of Canadian Migration Institute, the President of Visa Seminars International Inc.—a reputable immigration consulting firm based in Vancouver Island and the General Partner of US based Aerie Leisure LLP. Tina is also a US FAA licensed Private Pilot and a Co-author of PCTIA accredited immigration educational program CSIC E-Academy, an instructor and a bilingual entrepreneur who has conducted business successfully in different countries such as China, Canada and USA.

Canadian Immigration Law

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Holly Gracey

Holly has been involved in the immigration consulting profession for close to 35 years. She has a passion for teaching and has been an instructor with e-Academy since its inception in 2009. In addition, she has also taught at immigration consulting educational conferences at both a national and regional level. She has consistently proven her dedication to her chosen profession by holding several positions on key boards of directors and committees instrumental in the development and growth of the immigration consulting profession.

Holly is the Managing Director and Secretary of R.M.G. Consultants Ltd. She specializes in Canadian immigration applications for all federal and provincial economic classes with special emphasis on business classes, temporary classes (including visitor and student) and worker family classes specific to spouses and parents, as well as dependent and adopted children.

Imran Qayyum

RCIC, ICD.D, C.Dir, ASC, A.C.C.,

Imran is the Chair of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) and former Chair of the Canadian Migration Institute (CMI).

Imran has been a practising immigration consultant for over 26 years and specializes in family, skilled worker and business class immigration. He has been a strong advocate for the promotion and enhancement of the Immigration Consulting profession. He participates regularly in consultative meetings with Citizenship and Immigration Canada on matters involving immigration policy and operational procedures and has been invited on several occasions to appear as a witness in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) to give testimony on issues pertaining to Canada’s immigration system being examined by the Committee. In addition, Imran contributes regularly on immigration matters for Canadian media.

Throughout his career, Imran has been closely involved with the progression of the Canada’s Immigration Consulting profession and firmly believes that in order to provide competent service, all immigration professionals must undergo a formal education program of immigration studies in order to gain the core competencies needed to understand Canada’s complex immigration laws and policies. To that end, he teaches and mentors on a regular basis.

John P. Ryan

RCIC, ICD.D, C.Dir, ASC, A.C.C., H.R.C.C.C.

John’s diversified background and teaching experience makes him a top-notch instructor at e-Academy. His career has spanned several professions, but his dedication to immigration consulting and the regulation of the profession has always been top of mind.

John has a thorough understanding of most areas of Canadian immigration, rendering his experience virtually unparalleled in the profession. He has been fortunate to enjoy a diversified career that includes international experience as a corporate director, a senior manager, a public servant and an entrepreneur. As a public servant, he also had the privilege of serving Canada as a Senior Immigration Officer, a Customs Inspector and a Commissioned Officer in the Armed Forces.

John has several areas of specialty including immigration, corporate governance, human resources and compensation.

Dianne Normandeau

Dianne has been an instructor with the CSIC e-Academy since June 2010. She is an accomplished Immigration Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the immigration industry. Her background has given her the advantage of gaining practical experience and knowledge in various areas of immigration most specifically, business, family class and all temporary applications, such as work permits, study permits and visitors. Her professional path has led her to her own immigration consultancy practice since October 2008.

Dianne is a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC), Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and is a Recognized Consultant by the Quebec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC).

Dianne has great pleasure in providing guidance and helping the students to reach their goal of becoming Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. The e-Academy not only teaches them about immigration matters, but where to research to find the valuable information they will need to help their future clients; tools of the trade and industry insight.

TINA RYAN

RCIC, CCIC
Tina is the Chair of Canadian Migration Institute, the President of Visa Seminars International Inc.—a reputable immigration consulting firm based in Vancouver Island and the General Partner of US based Aerie Leisure LLP. Tina is also a US FAA licensed Private Pilot and a Co-author of PCTIA accredited immigration educational program CSIC E-Academy, an instructor and a bilingual entrepreneur who has conducted business successfully in different countries such as China, Canada and USA.

KEITH C. A. FRANK ESQ.

REGULATED CANADIAN IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT

Mr. Keith Frank has been in practice, specializing in immigration law for the past 39 years.

Mr. Keith Frank is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and a member in good standing of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). He has held the title of National President of the Association of Immigration Counsel of Canada (AICC) as well as Vice President of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Counsel (CAPIC) for several years, which is the current professional body of Immigration Consultants.

Mr. Frank was instrumental in encouraging the government to regulate Immigration Consultants, which came into being in 2004. He also advocated that all Immigration consultants meet a test of competency, which is still in place today for all prospective Immigration Consultants, through the regulatory body, the Immigration Consultant of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

Before the creation of the ICCRC, Mr. Frank was selected by the first regulatory body of Immigration Consultants, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC), to mediate a dispute, thus preventing a lawsuit in the Federal Court.

Mr. Frank has equally received various recognitions, such as recognition from the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), for his distinguished service. He is also a past recipient of the Leadership Award for his outstanding vision, courage, dedication and commitment in service to the association, its members, and the profession.

Canadian Border Services Program (CBSA)

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Debra Heater

Debra Heater is a retired Border Services Officer. Born in Montreal, Quebec, she began her career in Ontario as a bilingual officer. She worked with CBSA for 25 years in various areas, including traveller processing and commercial. She also worked on the FRT (Flexible response team). In this capacity, she chose different projects to work on on a daily basis, which also included JFOs (Joint Forces Operations).

After some time, Debra worked strictly as an Immigration Officer, dealing with work permits, study permits, visitor visas, those seeking asylum in Canada, and inadmissible and fraudulent individuals. On the lighter side, she also processed temporary visitor records for entertainers like 50 Cent, Marilyn Manson, Blake Shelton, and Tommy Lee, to name a few. Debra now works from home as an TEFL teacher, teaching English to foreign nationals who wish to learn English and/or expand their English vocabulary whether for business or social reasons.

Carl Brault

Carl worked for the Canada Border Services Agency for 20 years. In the last 11 years, Carl worked as an Immigration Enforcement Officer in Calgary. He also worked as a Border Services Officer and an Intelligence Analyst with the CBSA.

Carl now runs his own consulting firm which specialized in Immigration issues and French/English interpretation and translation. Carl was born in Montreal and now resides in the Calgary area.

Alan Plaxton

Alan started his career in law enforcement in 1999 as a Correctional Officer in Renous, NB, the maximum-security institution for Atlantic Canada.

In 2006, Alan attended POERT for 13 weeks in Rigaud, QC. After initial training, he worked passenger mode at a highway port for a few months before transferring to St. John’s, NL, where he worked airport and marine, in traveler as well as commercial modes, occasionally boarding and searching small sailboats to large oil tankers, as well as aircraft of all sizes.

Alan has completed acting assignments as both superintendent and intelligence officer. At different points, he has also been a union rep and a Facilitator for several joint learning programs.

Alan left CBSA in 2018 after 12 years of service to move back home to New Brunswick, and have worked in transportation since then. He enjoys spending my free time in nature and like to hike, snowshoe, dirt bike, and kayak.

Todd Bondy

Todd was a Border Services Officer for almost 22 years and retired from the Canada Border Services Agency with the intention of pursuing a career in the legal services industry. He is a paralegal member of the Law Society of Ontario in good standing.

During his career with the CBSA, working at the busiest land border crossing in Canada, Todd held positions as a legislative Technical Trainer and Mentor, Acting Superintendent, Enforcement Officer, and completed assignments on Hiring Boards and in the Intelligence Division. As a CITES Specialized Officer (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), Todd attended the North American Conference in Wild Bird Trade held in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico as the anglophone representative of the CBSA.

He has designed and taught courses to Border Services Officers, security guards, and college students. Todd is a part time sessional instructor at St. Clair College, developing and delivering various course materials to adult college students in the Border Services Officer Program and he has also developed and delivered course materials in the Paralegal Program. Prior to retiring from CBSA, Todd was a recipient of the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal Award from the Governor General of Canada.

Morgan Pollyck

Morgan has been with the Law Enforcement community for over 20 years. He joined the Canada Border Services Agency in 2008 and has primarily worked in the Calgary area for the last 11 years.

Morgan started as a Border Services Officer in the Calgary airport as a Customs Officer. He was an acting Superintendent in the passenger mode then moved onto the Calgary Enforcement Team as an aircraft examiner. He did a few months in administration working on the development of the new Calgary Airport terminal (CBSA work space) before progressing on to the Inland Enforcement team with EIOD (Enforcement Intelligence Operations Division).

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