by Alexandra Lucchesi
photography by sofie Kirk
As immigration policies continue to evolve in the U.S., senior Canadian immigration lawyer Cathryn Sawicki (BA ’95, JD ’06) believes more and more businesses will look to relocate to Canada “as a friendlier, healthier place to have their employees prosper.”
“People used to think immigration was just refugees,” elaborates the Osgoode Hall Law School grad who helms the Global Business Immigration Services Team at PwC Law in downtown Toronto. “Now, I think they more realize that immigration affects their companies and the mobility of their employees.”
To help her fellow lawyers better serve this new class of immigrants as well as others, last year Sawicki published Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law: A Practitioner’s Handbook, a comprehensive and practical guide referencing relevant legislation and in-depth analysis of the fundamentals of immigration law.
She and co-authors Chantal Desloges and Lynn Fournier-Ruggles, both immigration specialists, wrote the book using plain language, making it accessible to a broad audience, “which is in itself an important public service,” says former minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism Jason Kenney, who has publicly endorsed the book.
For Sawicki, the timing was right.
“I think as our neighbours address their immigration issues, it allows Canada to really position itself as an incredible place in which to live and do business,” she says. “And I think that’s really fantastic.”