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20221123 - Start Up Visa Processing: Understanding and Avoiding a Peer Review - expired for CICC 23 November 2023

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Presenter/s: Catherine Sas KC (Moderator), Stuart Browne, and Stephen Green

Date: 23 November 2022

Time: noon - 2:00 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $50.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 2 hours - 2 CPD hours approved. Expired 23 November 2023. Includes 15 minutes of professionalism.
  • LSBC 2 hours - 2 CPD hours approved - Expired - attendance to this course will provide you with 53 minutes of ethics and professional responsibility component for your BC Law Society reporting.
  • For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta. 


  • What is a Peer review?
  • Who are the parties to a Peer review? 
  • How to avoid a Peer review?
  • Preparation for a Peer review.
  • What is the role of counsel in a Peer review?
  • After the Peer review - what comes next?
  • Review of the Jurisprudence on SUV’s and peer reviews.
  • Q & A, Professionalism and Ethical Considerations

CICC Essential Competency mapping  


1.3  Interprets Canadian immigration and refugee legislation, regulations and policies.

1.3.1 Interprets the relevant sections of the IRPA and IRPR, Citizenship Act and Citizenship Regulations.

3.2  Determines and locates current and reliable information and applicable law or policies that address the objectives of the research.

3.2.5 Locates the relevant leading cases that are binding and present similar issues and facts to the client's situation

6.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice

6.1.2 Stays current and complies with legislation, regulation, professional standards, policies and guidelines.



Catherine Sas KC

Sas and Ing Immigration - Owner and Founder

Catherine has been providing a full range of immigration legal services for over 25 years and is recognized as a leading immigration practitioner by Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada. Catherine has been voted Best Immigration Lawyer in the Georgia Straight’s “Best of Vancouver” for many years.

Catherine is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and International Bar Association. Catherine is the past National Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is presently the Co-Vice Chair of the Immigration and Citizenship Committee of the International Bar Association. She is also registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the State Bar of California which enables her to better serve her American clientele in the film and television and digital media industries.

Catherine has been part of Team Canada and Team British Columbia trade missions to countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China, Hong Kong, and the United States. She has participated in Continuing Legal Education seminars, appeared in parliamentary committees on immigration issues, and spoken at international conferences and symposiums. Catherine has worked extensively with clientele from around the world and travels frequently internationally to assist her clients with their Canadian immigration goals.

Stuart Browne

CEO of Pycap, a venture capital firm and incubator registered with the Canadian Federal Government as a Designated Organization for the Startup Visa Program.

CFO of ChargerQuest, Canada's leading EV infrastructure company.

Adjunct Professor at the Schulich School of Business, MBA and Master of Finance Programs.

Investment Committee Member of an Ontario Government backed fund with over $350M in Assets Under Management.

Stephen Green LLB

Stephen Green is one of the two Senior Partners at Green and Spiegel and is Certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by The Law Society of Ontario. Stephen has been practicing immigration law for 30 years and has extensive experience in all areas of Canadian immigration. Stephen has been identified for many years as a leading practitioner in immigration law. Stephen is considered a subject matter expert in the field, frequently asked to speak as a panelist, moderator and lecturer. Stephen has held numerous prestigious positions in the immigration industry during his career.

Stephen’s expertise includes all areas of Canadian immigration law, specializing in corporate employee transfers, federal skilled worker applications, investor applications, work permits, and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Stephen also leads the Investment and Entrepreneur Department at the firm, which assists experienced business people and high net worth individuals to invest in Canada to obtain Permanent Residence. Stephen also has particular expertise in CUSMA confirmation exemptions, work permit approvals for strategic, expert and key professional employees and high level executives.

Stephen’s clients range from the largest multinational corporations in the world to many start-up and entrepreneurial clients crossing all industries: IT, telecommunications, hospitality, transportation and consulting to name just a few. Stephen travels around the globe to speak to various business organizations and clients regarding Canadian immigration.


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