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20240522 Joint Clients and Conflicts of Interest (Video recording will expire 22 May 2025 for CICC).

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Presenter/s: Lynn Gaudet B.A., LLB., RCIC

Date: 22 May 2024

Time: 11 am to 2:15 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $75.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours approved. Includes 3 hours of professionalism/Code of Professional Conduct. Video recording will expire 22 May 2025.
  • LSBC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours approved. Video recording will expire on 31 December 2024.  Attendance to this course will provide you with 45 minutes of ethics and professional responsibility component for your BC Law Society reporting.
  • Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Barrister's Society of Nova Scotia
    • For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements.

This 5-part series focuses on the RCIC Code of Professional Conduct providing expert guidance for both experienced RCICs and those just starting out.   A very practical “how-to” approach is taken in each seminar to help RCICs properly fulfil all their professional duties to clients, as well as their duties to the College. All sessions will focus on common ethical pitfalls with examples, solutions and opportunities for participants to engage in resolving common issues for better practice management and preventing client complaints.

Joint Clients and Conflicts of Interest


The new Code of Professional Conduct contains clear guidance on how to manage actual and potential conflicts of interest. Potential conflicts include all situations where you represent more than one client on a single service agreement or two clients on related matters such as an LMIA and work permit. This seminar will provide guidance to RCICs when representing spouses not only in sponsorships, but also as family members on any application. We will cover the Code provisions applicable as well as provisions in the College Regulations.


  • Recognition of potential conflict situations
  • Managing potential conflicts properly
  • Relevant provisions in College regulations
  • Service Agreement clauses
  • Recognizing actual conflicts to avoid
  • RCICs recruiting foreign workers
  • RCICs recruiting foreign students

Related provisions in service agreements 


College of Citizenship and Immigration - Essential Competency mapping  


Case Management

2.2 Engages in a process to ensure the client is full informed and able to make a decision whether to proceed with the RCICs professional services and enter into a retainer agreement.


6.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice 

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

Critical thinking, problem solving, and evidence based practice

92. Reflects on and evaluates options when faced with problems, issues, and challenges.

9.2.1 Identifies potential or real problems, issues or challenges. 


Lynn Gaudet B.A., LLB. RCIC

Lynn is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) who operated her own business as a sole practitioner in Calgary, AB for 17 years from 2004-2021, is now semi-retired in Nanaimo, BC. Her practice areas spanned a broad spectrum of immigration and refugee applications with a focus on Permanent Resident applications and criminal inadmissibility issues. She also has decades of experience in adult education - teaching, writing and developing instructional materials such as the Immigration Practitioner’s Handbook published annually by Thomson Carswell Ltd. from 2006-2012.

Lynn is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queens University teaching in the Graduate Program in Immigration and Citizenship Law [GDipICL]. She has taught the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Course for the Program since its inception and has also served as the Coordinating Instructor with responsibility for the curriculum.

She has a B.A. in Communications from Simon Fraser University and an LL.B. from the University of Victoria. She is a licensee in good standing of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Section. 


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