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Andrew Carvajal LL.B / B.C.L. (Hons.), M.A., B.A. (Hons.)
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Andrew is a Toronto lawyer and Partner at the immigration boutique Desloges Law Group. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. He has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 2011. Andrew’s immigration practice focuses on permanent residence applications under federal and provincial economic programs, all types of business immigration, applications for sponsorship under the family class and temporary resident applications. He also appears frequently for clients at the Immigration and Refugee Board, as well other administrative tribunals. In addition to his immigration practice, 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 the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.  
Cassandra Fultz
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Cassandra Fultz began her career in the Canadian immigration industry in 2008 and is currently the Managing Partner of Doherty Fultz Immigration Inc., located in Toronto, ON. At DFI, Cassandra specializes in immigration cases pertaining to criminal inadmissibility, Canadian citizenship, Family Sponsorship, Study Permits, and visitor status. She also oversees all business development and marketing initiatives, file management, and client satisfaction. Cassandra has also been the General Manager of Immigroup Inc., a boutique immigration firm in Toronto, since 2011. Given her extensive experience in the immigration field, she has been a contributor to discussions on Global News Toronto and AM680 News among other news agencies across Canada
Gerry Power
Instructor, Immigration Consultant Instructor

Gerry Power has an extensive expertise in immigration and citizenship matters with over 35 years of experience in both public and private sectors going from working for the Quebec government to private institutions in the field of international immigration. After earning a Bachelor Degree in Political science, Gerry started his career with the Government of Canada at the Citizenship Branch of the Secretary of State; then joined the Government of Quebec, during which he was the Director of the Quebec Immigration offices in Hong Kong, Haiti, Bangkok, New York and Rabat
Zdenka Acin
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Prior to working in the field of immigration consultancy, Zdenka had worked with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) as an accredited and awarded interpreter and translator for over 10 years. At the IRB alone, she participated at extensive number of hearings in various settings: at Refugee Protection Division; Immigration Appeal Division; Immigration Appeal Division – Alternative Dispute Resolution; Immigration Division - Admissibility Hearings – Exclusion and Inclusion; Immigration Division - Detention Reviews as well as Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA), Removal Order and Deportation Order. Therefore, when the refugee and immigration process is in the matter, Zdenka Acin is considered as a real expert. Zdenka also gained tremendous experience in dealing with all possible immigration issues, categories and classes – from the Family Class (Family Sponsorship: spouse, common-law, conjugal partners [opposite and same sex], dependent children, parents, grandparent), and the Economic Class (Federal Skilled Workers and Federal Trade Workers) to the Business Class (Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Self-Employed) as well as the Canadian Experience Class; the Provincial Nominee Programs; Student Visa and Renewal; Live-in Caregivers – “nanny” work permits; Labour Market Opinion (LMO) – recently changed into Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); Permanent Residence and Citizenship. Zdenka also had worked as a professor at George Brown College. Her great passion for teaching, as student-oriented educator, and commitment to justice has been reflected in the course that she crated and taught under the name War Crimes Against Women/ Women and War as well as in her course Literature in Exile -based on her published book “I Renounce Revenge” that is dedicated to Nobel Prize Awarded exiled writers who formed literature in exile in the 20th Century.
Narender Batan, ICCRC, B.Sc. (Hons)
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Narender received an Immigration Consultant Diploma with honours from Herzing College, Toronto, Canada. He was also nominated as student of the year 2016 in Immigration Consultant Program by Herzing College authorities.  Narender also holds a Bachelor of Science. He has been a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council since April 2017. Narender’s immigration practice focuses on permanent residence applications under federal and provincial economic programs, all types of business immigration, applications for sponsorship under the family class and temporary resident applications. He also appears frequently for clients at the Immigration and Refugee Board, as well other administrative tribunals. Narender has successfully processed cases in all categories and even he has successfully dealt with previously refused applications and other complicated cases.  His underlying goals are to help people reunite with their loved ones and to assist people in being able to enjoy a safer and better life in Canada.
Kieran Verboven
Instructor, Immigration Consultant Online

Kieran Verboven is Senior Consultant in the Immigration Practice Group at Cambridge LLP and is a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Kieran received his Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and has been an immigration practitioner since 2007.
Laura Truesdell
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Laura has been studying, working and researching in the field of forced migration and human rights for over 5 years. She currently works as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Ottawa with Edirmana Law on various types of immigration and refugee applications, including: humanitarian and compassionate applications, family reunification applications, claims for refugee protection, and appeals before various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. A graduate of the Immigration Consultant program at Herzing College, Laura also holds a Masters Degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies from the University of London International Programmes. Her dissertation focused on the utility of private sponsorship programs for refugees as a tool for resettlement and has presented her research at the Refugee Law Initiative Conference in London, England. Laura is also a certified Child and Youth Counsellor (CYC) and member of the Ontario Association of Children and Youth Care (OACYC), and has practical experience working with extremely vulnerable clients – victims of domestic violence, refugee claimants, victims of human trafficking, and children and youth.
Lina Zakaria, RCIC
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Lina is a Managing Director at HSC Immigration Services Inc., and specializes in Immigration Investor Programs. ​Prior to joining HSC Immigration Services Inc., Lina worked at PWC Law LLP in Toronto, Canada, and practiced in the areas of both temporary immigration and permanent residence. Lina's clients were fortune 500 companies with multi-national operations worldwide. ​PWC Law LLP is an affiliate of PWC Canada LLP, a member firm of Pricewaterhousecoopers Global, one of the largest accounting & advisory firms worldwide. ​Prior to joining PWC Law LLP, Lina worked at Fragomen Worldwide in their Toronto, Canada office where she worked in the area of temporary immigration. Lina's clients were fortune 500 companies with multi-national operations worldwide. ​Fragomen Worldwide is one of the largest immigration law firms worldwide specializing solely in the area of immigration law. ​Lina's experience includes: Temporary Residence • Business and Visitor Visas • Work Permits • Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) • Legislative Compliance • Study Permits • Temporary Resident Permits Permanent Residence • Express Entry • Family Sponsorship • Citizenship Professional Designations & Affiliations • Member, Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council      (RCIC) • Licensed Immigration Consultant (RCIC#510110) • Lina also studied mathematics at the University of Toronto
  • Lina is fluent in both Arabic and English
Katharina Kontaxis, RCIC
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Mrs. Katharina Kontaxis is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant at KIS Migration and practices Canadian immigration and citizenship law in English, French and German. Prior to immigrating to Canada, she studied law at the University of Vienna, Austria, Europe. While living in Montreal, QC she fell in love with a refugee claimant, who she married in 2012. To help her husband, she managed his inland refugee claim, inland spousal sponsorship, work permit applications and inadmissibility issue while studying to become an Immigration Consultant. In 2018, he finally became a Canadian citizen. In 2016, she started her own business KIS Migration and helped many people on their journey to Canada. She considers helping others a noble cause and her passion in her work shows.
Gennadiy Bogutsky, B.Com., J.D.
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Gennadiy was previously employed with Levine Associates as a law clerk and now returns as an articling student. Unlike most students Gennadiy comes to us with a wealth of both educational and practical experience.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law dual degree program. Prior to that, he completed legal education and practical training in a civil law jurisdiction, followed by a Master of Laws program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During his studies, Gennadiy focused on citizenship, immigration and refugee law as well as comparative and international criminal law and procedure. Gennadiy’s LLM thesis was devoted to researching the issues of extradition in criminal procedure and its interaction with immigration and administrative law. Gennadiy is also a licensed Immigration Consultant.  In that capacity he assisted corporate clients from Fortune 500 Companies at Fragomen Canada, focusing on intra-company transfers of specialized knowledge personnel and senior managers and executives, Labour Market Impact Assessments and exemptions as well as criminal inadmissibility issues. Gennadiy has also gained practical experience in the United States while interning at Fragomen in Troy, Michigan, where he worked on corporate immigration files. Prior to his return to Levine Associates, Gennadiy interned at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. While studying law at Windsor, Gennadiy volunteered at a legal aid clinic and participated in the Zuber Moot Court. He also received an award for academic achievements in the Trial Practice course at Detroit Mercy Law and placed second in the Patrick Kennan Moot Court. Gennadiy is married and has a son. He is passionate about the rule of law, and in his spare time enjoys playing chess and basketball.
Shahnaz Perveen
Instructor, Immigration Consultant

Shahnaz Perveen is a Regulated Immigration Consultant and the founder of Sapphire Immigration Inc. She is an active member of the Immigration Consultant’s of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and a Licensed Immigration Consultant of Saskatchewan. For more than eight years she has worked in the immigration field and enjoyed every success of each of her clients. She came to Canada from Bangladesh as an immigrant in 2002 with a dream to add value in people’s lives, including her family, friends and community, despite personal hardship and challenges. She has a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and graduated in Project Management from Toronto, Canada. When she decided to work in the immigration sector she obtained a degree in Canadian Immigration Consultant program from Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Her professional journey started in Bangladesh as a government officer, and at one point she left her job and moved to the non-profit sector. She had the opportunity to work for reputed agencies such as Save the Children, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and upheld her responsibilities as a part of a senior management team. When she moved to Canada she restarted her career in the non-profit sector in a different capacity and stayed in that sector until 2011.  From 2011 to the present she serves her clients and communities with knowledge, experience and work ethics. Beginning in March 2019, she joined Herzing College as an Instructor for the Accredited Immigration Consultant program. She describes herself as a determined and highly motivated person, that is positive, energetic and enjoys challenges. She is married and a mother to a lovely daughter. She has two sisters and one brother living in Canada. She lost her parents more than a decade ago but is inspired by them every step of her life.