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Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Connect with your Matas Law Society peers and experts for an insightful analysis of the complexities and nuances of Canada’s immigration law in the context of current global crises and national security. By participating in this program, you will enhance your ability to evaluate and apply immigration law principles to real-world situations, particularly those arising from the Israel-Hamas conflict. Join us to deepen your understanding and application of immigration law in these challenging times and examine: 

  • The effectiveness of Canada’s refugee system post-conflict and in general crises. 
  • The deportation complexities of failed refugee claims, especially those posing security threats. 
  • Comparisons between Canada’s treatments of refugees from different geographic locations, and the issues around policy standardization. 
  • Strategies for ensuring campus safety and addressing the involvement of foreign students in pro-terrorist or anti-Canadian demonstrations. 
  • Work permit processes for Israelis, the Gaza reunification project, and the legal and security implications. 
  • Strategies to combat online aggression towards Jewish lawyers and maintain professional integrity within a polarized immigration and refugee law environment. 

Join us for an enlightening session that promises not only to broaden your legal expertise but also to empower you with the knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact in your practice and the communities you serve. 


Sergio R. Karas is a Canadian immigration lawyer and Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Karas has facilitated numerous individuals and families in establishing their new lives in Canada. His expertise is not only sought after by multinational corporations for immigration strategies but also recognized for his significant contributions to Holocaust survivors and their heirs. His advocacy led to notable changes in Canadian immigration policies and his involvement with Jewish Immigrant Aid Services underscores his commitment to supporting the Jewish community. Karas’s work has been internationally acclaimed, earning him recognition in publications and documentaries for his role in pursuing justice for Holocaust survivors. 

Richard Kurland is an immigration lawyer and policy analyst and a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Law Society of British Columbia.  

Kurland is the editor-in-chief of Lexbase, a monthly publication covering immigration law and policy. Lexbase is widely received across the public and private sector, and media, for over 35 years.  

Richard’s volunteer work includes the Canadian Bar Association, local community initiatives, all four federal political parties, and national print and electronic media, where he seeks to improve immigration policy and operations.  Among his many roles, he has been a special advisor to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, and a frequent expert witness at Parliamentary committees. Kurland’s contributions have earned him significant recognition, including a medal from the Senate of Canada in 2017 for his valuable service to the nation. 


David L. P. Garson is the Managing Partner of Garson Immigration Law. He has been practicing immigration law for over 30 years and is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Immigration Law. According to the “International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers,” the official research partner of the International Bar Association, David Garson is rated as one of the top 10 highly regarded individuals in immigration law in Canada. David advises clients on immigration issues related to conducting business across international borders. His client roster includes senior executives and individuals, as well as institutions and large multinational organizations. He acts for major IT companies involved in semiconductor design innovation, Enterprise Content Management, software development and IT finance solutions. David has practiced in the field of immigration law since 1988 and is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, Immigration and Citizenship Section and is a past Chair of the Canada Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

For more information about this event, contact us at: [email protected] | 416.633.6224 ext. 220

This program is eligible for up to 1 Substantive Hour in Ontario and may be considered as a learning activity in your mandatory annual CPD plan in Alberta and in Nova Scotia.


Apr 10 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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