OUR LAWYERS

Laura Best

Co-founder

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.

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Fadi Yachoua

Co-founder

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.

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Arabic
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Dorab Colah

Lawyer

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.

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Elena Zubrilova

Lawyer

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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