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Chantal Desloges

LL.B., CS - Barrister & Solicitor

Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and Refugee Law

Chantal Desloges is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in both Citizenship/Immigration law and Refugee law. Her practice encompasses every possible area of Canadian citizenship, immigration and refugee law, such as business class applications, skilled workers, family sponsorships, work and study permits, refugee cases, citizenship applications, plus Appeals and Judicial Reviews of refused cases. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1999 and is the founding and senior partner of Desloges Law Group.

Chantal taught Immigration Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000/2001. She also taught in the Immigration Practitioner Certificate Programme at Seneca College from 1999 - 2010 and the Immigration Consultant Diploma at Herzing College from 2015 - 2018. She currently teaches a number of continuing professional development programs for LPEN, IMEDA and the Ontario Bar Association, among others.

In November, 2016, Chantal and her good friend Cathryn Sawicki published the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law: A Practitioner’s Handbook. Chantal has been called upon 15 times by Parliamentary and Senate Committees to appear as an expert witness on immigration and refugee issues.

In 2012, Chantal was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, followed by the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono award. In 2013, Chantal was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee, and was reappointed for a further term in 2016. In 2014, Chantal was also elected to the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section, where she served until 2018.

Chantal is a regular immigration commentator on CTV Power Play, and has been interviewed by both national and local television stations such as CBC, CTV National News, W5, Canada AM, Global News and CP24. She has also been interviewed and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. 
 

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Andrew Carvajal is a Toronto lawyer and partner at Desloges Law Group, where he is the Head of Economic Immigration. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011.

Andrew’s legal expertise involves immigration law, administrative law and some civil litigation. His immigration practice focuses on permanent residence applications under federal and provincial economic programs, all types of business/corporate immigration, applications for sponsorship under the family class and temporary residence applications. 

 

Andrew also represents individuals and corporations in administrative matters, professional and academic discipline cases, as well as Small Claims Court litigation. His professional discipline practice includes the representation of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants in complaint and discipline proceedings before their regulatory council.

Besides his work at Desloges Law Group, Andrew has been an instructor in the Immigration Consulting program at Herzing College and a guest speaker in a number of immigration education programs and seminars organized by professional associations and community centres. He is also a frequent contributor to several publications dealing with immigration, refugee and administrative law and has been invited to speak about immigration changes on local and national news segments.

 

Prior to practising law, Andrew was a sociology professor at McGill University and a university researcher in projects dealing with criminal justice, equality laws, family transformation and social research methods.   

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Andrew Carvajal

LL.B / B.C.L. (Hons.), M.A., B.A. 

Barrister & Solicitor

Stewart Gillis

LL.B., CS - Deputy Judge SCJ

Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation

Stewart Gillis is a Deputy Judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court). He was Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada on September 7, 2000 and since his Call to the Ontario Bar in March, 1977, he practiced in personal injury law, exclusively. 

He has served as a Director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and  been a lecturer in civil procedure and practice at the Bar Admission Course in Toronto. 

He began his career in Toronto involving himself in insurance defence work including motor vehicle personal injury litigation, medical and hospital malpractice matters, and municipal liability cases. 


In 1986, he relocated to Brampton and established a successful plaintiff personal injury practice ultimately founding Gillis Zago LLP in 2001 and Gillis Injury Law (Stewart Gillis Legal Professional Corporation) in 2010.

In June 2016, he stepped away from day-to-day practice and is following his twin passions for the courtroom and for mentoring up-and-coming lawyers in their trial practice and procedures. 

Sherry Levitan was one of the original pioneers in the field of third party reproductive law and is now recognized as the leading surrogacy and fertility lawyer in Canada.

After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1984, she was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986 and has been doing fertility and surrogacy law since 1991. Her law practice is exclusively devoted to the highly specialized area.

Sherry regularly acts on behalf of intended parents who are trying to achieve a pregnancy with the assistance of sperm donors, ovum donors, embryo donors or surrogates, and has also represented donors surrogates. Over the past 25+ years, she has worked on over 2,500 surrogacy agreements and more than 1,500 egg donation agreements.

Sherry is frequently asked to provide insight and context regarding surrogacy law and fertility law for the news media, including CTV, Canada AM, CBC, CBC Radio, ET Canada, Macleans Magazine, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Today’s Parent Magazine, The Walrus, and The Law Times. She was also privileged to be invited to address Superior Court of Justice Education Program.

In August 2014, Sherry was appointed to sit on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), a position she still holds.

Sherry is also legal counsel to several pre-eminent Canadian infertility clinics and has been invited to testify before the federal Standing Committee of Health, and to participate in the development of guidelines by the Federal Ministry of Health for the practice of third-party reproduction.

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Sherry Levitan

B.Sc., LL.B

Barrister & Solicitor

Rafael Fabregas

B.A., LL.B.

Barrister & Solicitor

Rafael is a Senior Associate Lawyer and Manager in EY Law LLP’s Canada and cross-border North American Free Trade Agreement (CaNAFTA) practice. He advises clients on all aspects of Canadian citizenship and immigration law, with a particular focus on temporary and permanent entries of business personnel into Canada.

Rafael was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He holds his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and his BA from the University of Toronto.

Rafael was the recipient of the Prize in Immigration Law during convocation rites at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. In 2008, the Federation of Asian-Canadian Lawyers presented Rafael with its inaugural Lawyer of Distinction award for his legal advocacy for foreign live-in caregivers. In 2009, he was chosen as one of Canadian Immigrant magazine’s “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants”.

Rafael has spoken to audiences across Canada, and has authored articles and editorials for various Canadian media outlets. He is a regular contact for media inquiries on a variety of immigration-related topics. He has also testified before the House of Commons’ Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in Ottawa on amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Prior to joining EY Law LLP, Rafael worked with a boutique immigration firm in Toronto for more than six years, where he represented individual clients in temporary and permanent resident and citizenship applications, assisting on issues ranging from eligibility to inadmissibility. He has also appeared before the Federal Court of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board.

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Antonio is the thought leader behind Workplace Legal. He focuses on improving work climate and empowering business leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, supervisors and human resources professionals to reduce the inherent threats of workplace relations by providing innovative training, advisory, investigations, and litigation services. Antonio uses coaching tools and skills to inform, advice and represent workplaces in their virtual and physical challenges, including business transformation and managing toxic leadership.

Antonio obtained a Bachelor’s of Civil Law from Zulia’s University in 2003 and completed the Canadian National Committee on Accreditation in 2015. His legal work includes employment standards, human rights, health and safety, pay equity, harassment, discrimination, violence, hazards, privacy, BYOD, agreements, contracts and policies, employment related ADRs (mediation, arbitration), and litigation (wrongful/constructive dismissals). He has successfully represented and assisted clients at the Superior Court of Justice and various administrative tribunals in Ontario.

Antonio also conducts workplace investigations regarding allegations of violence, harassment, discrimination, accidents/incidents, theft and failure to comply with company policies, by-laws and collective agreements.

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Antonio Urdaneta

B.C.L., N.C.A., GP. LL.M. 

Barrister & Solicitor

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