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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is inclusive and representative of our Members, from young lawyers to senior members of the Canadian immigration bar across Canada. They are a reflection of the rich tapestry of our country and the immigration bar. Directors are elected from within our membership and serve a two-year term, each holding an officer’s position with specific accountabilities.

Board Members

Co-President

Barbara Jo (‘BJ’) Caruso (She/Her/Elle)

BJ is a highly regarded senior member of the immigration bar with over 30 years of experience practicing immigration and citizenship law.More

Co-President

Vance Langford (He/Him/Il)

Vance has been practicing immigration law for 25 years. His education includes a B.A. in International Relations and LL.B. from University of British Columbia. More
Vice President

Nicolas Simard-Lafontaine (He/Him/Il)

Nicolas is the founding partner at Galileo Partners, a Montreal based immigration and international recruitment law firm. More

Vice President

Lou Janssen Dangzalan (He/Him/Il)

Lou is an immigration lawyer based in the Greater Toronto Area. Having lived on three continents, he brings his diverse personal and professional background in the work he does for his clients. More
Vice President

Samuel Escobar (He/Him/Il)

Samuel Escobar is a trained Immigration Lawyer, graduating from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and subsequently called to the bar in Ontario. More

Vice President

Randolph Hahn (He/Him/Il)

Randy is a partner with Garson Immigration Law. He has a wide-ranging practice that includes matters pertaining to the transfer of personnel, matters of inadmissibility, and immigration-related litigation. More
Vice President

Ho Sung Kim (He/Him/Il)

Ho Sung has 15 years of experience in Immigration Law and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Association québecoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l’immigration (AQAADI) from 2014 to 2023. More


Vice President

Jonathan Leebosh (He/Him/Il)

Jonathan has been practicing immigration law in Canada for 25 years. Originally from Montreal, he started his legal career in Toronto and has gradually moved west, currently residing in Vancouver. More

Past Board Members

They contributed to CILA’s success

Administrative Team

Executive Director

Kareem El-Assal (he/Him/il)

Kareem has worked in strategic and operational roles for CILA since 2021. He has been a Canadian immigration policy professional for over a decade. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Durham University.

Membership Coordinator

Dinah Singh (She/Her/Elle)

Dinah has been supporting CILA from the onset of the association. She supports board members with important tasks essential to running the organization. Dinah holds a BA in French, Spanish and English translation and a Master of information in Library and information science, both earned from the University of Ottawa.

Events Coordinator

ruwanthi mudalige kay (She/Her/Elle)

Ruwanthi joined CILA in 2024 and supports the board members in implementing CILA’s strategic event and communication priorities. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto and has been working in the field of Canadian Immigration and Refugee law for the past seven years. 

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