Laura is a Principal Lawyer and Co-Founder at Embarkation. Following her call to the bar in 2010, Laura has built a diverse, litigation-based practice focused on immigration and refugee law. Laura has appeared before all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and regularly represents clients in judicially reviewing negative decisions before the Federal Court of Canada.
Laura is listed as a Leading Practitioner in the Canadian Legal expert Directory. She is frequently relied upon by various media outlets to comment on issues relevant to Canadian immigration and has appeared on CTV, Global, CBC, as well as been quoted by the Globe and Mail, among other publications. She often is asked to speak at legal conferences and community events and co-chairs the annual “Immigration Issues in Depth” conference with CLE BC.
Laura maintains a close involvement with refugee rights in the community. She previously sat on the Board of Directors of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre and on the Vancouver Association of Survivors of Torture (“VAST”) for many years and is on the Legal Services Society duty counsel roster for immigration detention. Laura has working knowledge of Spanish and French.
Fadi is a Principal Lawyer and Co-Founder at Embarkation. He immigrated to Canada about 20 years ago, and he has lived, studied and worked in different cities across the country, which gives him a personal and intimate understanding of the challenges and benefits of immigrating and establishing a new life in Canada. He assists individuals, families and businesses from all over the world achieve their goals, and navigate the world of Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship law.
Fadi is driven to secure the most efficient and cost effective results for his clients, whether he is developing strategies to attain his clients’ immigration needs, or he is in court to challenge a government decision. He regularly represents clients at the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as the Federal Court of Canada, and he uses litigation strategically and creatively to achieve results.
Fadi is a frequent speaker at legal and community events, as well as a media commentator who advocates for the rights of migrants and refugees. He previously sat on the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and he was a researcher at the Refugee Forum/Human Rights Centre at the University of Ottawa. Fadi is fluent in Arabic, and has working knowledge of French.
Lobat has a litigation practice in immigration and refugee law. She has argued at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Lobat is Past President of the national organization of refugee lawyers and scholars, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She regularly acts for clients at the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Lobat’s practice includes refugee hearings, judicial reviews, motions for stay of removal, immigration and refugee appeals, detention reviews, admissibility hearings and other immigration applications. She also represents public interest organizations in interventions at appellate courts.
Lobat graduated from the University of Toronto’s joint law and social work program and has focused her legal career on social justice work. After articling and working at Lorne Waldman’s office, Lobat spent the first years of practice at the legal non-profit Pivot Legal Society. She also has worked at the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, focusing on systemic human rights issues facing low-income people. Lobat is on the legal committee for West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and has also served as Chair of the Refugee Lawyers Group of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBA-BC) and a board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) BC Branch.
Lobat has written numerous articles and reports on refugee and human rights issues. Her article “The MV Sun Sea: A Case Study on the Need for Greater Accountability Mechanisms at CBSA” was recently published in the Spring 2019 issue of the Dalhousie Law Journal. In 2015, Lobat co-authored a report funded by the Law Foundation of BC, “Refugee reform and access to counsel in British Columbia”, that examined how changes to the refugee system have had serious consequences for refugee claimants. Also in 2015, Lobat authored “Conditional Permanent Residence: The Dangers of Making Immigration Status Conditional on Living with a Spouse.
Lobat has testified a number of times at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and regularly provides training for front line advocates and law students on issues relating to immigration and refugee law, access to justice, and human rights.
Amanda provides counsel on all areas of Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship law. She appears regularly before all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on behalf of clients, as well as represents clients before the Federal Court of Canada. Amanda has also testified before federal standing committees of the House of Commons and Senate, and was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Students and Immigration.
Amanda is an active advocate for migrant populations, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Bar Association. She the Co-Chair of the BC Refugee Lawyers’ Group, and has also served as Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association provincial Immigration section. She has worked with organizations supporting women and worker’s rights, including the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund and the BC Government and Service Employees Union and is involved with Vancouver’s Sanctuary City movement and is a regular volunteer with Access Pro Bono. Prior to her life as a lawyer, Amanda worked at the national level advocating for accessible post-secondary education in Canada, representing post-secondary students.
Dorab is a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees, and practices all aspects of Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship law. He has appeared at all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and has extensive experience in preparing applications for leave and judicial review before the Federal Court of Canada.
Dorab was born in Mumbai, India, and immigrated to Vancouver at the age of 11. In 2012, he obtained his law degree from the University of Calgary. After being called to the Alberta bar in December 2013, Dorab remained in Calgary, practicing solely in the area of immigration and refugee law for a top immigration firm in the city. Given his work experience in Alberta, Dorab is extremely familiar with all aspects of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. He also volunteered for several non-profit immigration organizations in Calgary, and regularly conducted presentations on immigration law to members of the public.
Desiring to be closer to his family, Dorab moved back to Vancouver in July 2019, and became a member of the Embarkation Law team. When he is not in the office, Dorab enjoys spending time playing guitar, hiking, and walking his dogs. He spent over a year backpacking through South and Central America, and is conversational in Spanish.
Elena practices in all areas of immigration, refugee and citizenship law. She enjoys assisting and working with corporate and individual clients to identify legal solutions and strategies appropriate for their particular needs and goals.
Elena came to Canada as an international student in 2009 and, eventually, obtained her permanent residence status. Having personally experienced the complexity and emotional dynamics of an immigration process, Elena has a deep understanding of clients’ needs. She started her career in immigration law in 2013 and has experience with a wide range of immigration law files, including corporate immigration, permanent residence, admissibility, and litigation.
Elena obtained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence degree from the Far Eastern Federal University in 2006, and practiced law for approximately four years in Russia. In Canada, Elena graduated from the Master of Laws (Common Law) program at the University of British Columbia and received a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Prior to joining the Embarkation Law team, Elena worked at a boutique immigration law firm in Vancouver, where her practice was primarily focused on corporate immigration, study permits and criminal admissibility. Elena is fluent in Russian and will be happy to assist you either in English or Russian.
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