Edris Arib

Legal Assistant
edris@edelmann.ca

Edris Arib is a law and public policy professional with experience in international and civil society organisations. He was member of Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (2009 to 2013) and he practiced law in the areas of Criminal and Civil Defense. He worked as Legal Counselor for Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Senior Legal Advisor for both the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan; and International Development Law Organization (IDLO). His most recent experience was with Transparency International as Policy and Advocacy Consultant.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in Germany.

Edris is fluent in Dari/Farsi, Pashto, German; and can communicate in Urdu and Arabic.

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Edris Arib

Edris Arib

Legal Assistant

Zinab Alfakih

Legal Assistant
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Zinab Alfakih

Zinab Alfakih

Legal Assistant

Suzanne Baustad

Senior Paralegal
suzanne@edelmann.ca

Suzanne has worked as an immigration and refugee paralegal at Edelmann & Company since 2007. She assists lawyers and clients with refugee claims, temporary and permanent resident immigration applications as well as all aspects of hearing preparation, judicial reviews, and appeals.

Suzanne has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a Masters in International Development Studies from Sussex University, UK. She has a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and a Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures from the University of British Columbia.

Suzanne is a member of the British Columbia Paralegal Association and works with a number of community-based migrant justice, anti-poverty, and women’s organizations. She enjoys travel, biking, dog walks and spending time with her two children.

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Suzanne Baustad

Suzanne Baustad

Senior Paralegal

Randall Cohn

Articled Student
randall@edelmann.ca

Randall received his JD with honors from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is licensed to practice in the states of Minnesota and Washington. He practiced criminal defence at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office in Minneapolis, and received the 2017 Paul Marino People’s Lawyer Award from the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

Before turning to the law, Randall was an outreach worker and later a shelter manager for homeless adults and youth in the Twin Cities, and was a co-founder of the Minnesota Harm Reduction Community.

He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of fine arts from New York University.

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Randall Cohn

Randall Cohn

Articled Student

Christine Edelmann

Office Manager
christine@edelmann.ca

Christine earned her Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa. She is driven to make positive change in the world and began her career with a focus on environmental issues. Her earliest endeavors ranged from non-profit project coordination to managing logistics in an environmental engineering firm. Having thus honed her organizational skills, she continued her passion for establishing functioning organizational systems at Edelmann Co.

After a work break of several years at home, growing a garden along with two young children, she came back to the firm in 2012 and continued putting her problem-solving abilities to good use as the Office Manager helping enable the firm to successfully grow into what it is today.

Christine oversees the smooth operation of the office. She drafts retainers; manages the accounts payable and accounts receivable; and oversees human resource management including staff, payroll and holidays. She ensures that the firm is in compliance with the rules and regulations set out by Canada Revenue Agency, the Minister of Finance and the Law Society of British Columbia.

Christine is bilingual (English/French) and keeps the plants in the office alive.

 

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Christine Edelmann

Christine Edelmann

Office Manager

Peter Edelmann

Lawyer
peter@edelmann.ca

Peter Edelmann has a practice focused primarily on litigation and appeals in the areas of immigration and refugee law, extradition and criminal defence. He regularly appears before all levels of the federal and provincial courts as well as the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He is an active member of the national Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association and on the litigation committees of both the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Peter is a regular presenter at conferences on various topics related to criminal and immigration law. He regularly appears before Parliamentary committees and before the Supreme Court of Canada on issues related to criminality and national security in the immigration context.

Peter taught for several years in the Computer Forensics program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is currently an instructor in the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) program.

Peter is bilingual (French and English) and fluent in Spanish.

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Peter Edelmann

Peter Edelmann

Lawyer

Molly Joeck

Lawyer
molly@edelmann.ca

Molly Joeck joined Edelmann and Co. in 2017 and currently practices in all areas of immigration and refugee law.

Molly is from Vancouver, and graduated with a dual common law/civil law degree from McGill University in 2012 before going on to article with the Federal Court of Canada. She was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2014, and the bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 2017.

Subsequent to her articles, she practiced immigration and refugee law with a leading law firm in Toronto, Canada, where she assisted hundreds of new arrivals to Canada from all over the world with their refugee and immigration matters.

She represents refugee claimants at all stages of their claims, including appeals, judicial reviews, and cessation/vacation proceedings, as well as pre-removal risk assessments and humanitarian and compassionate applications. She also assists individuals with their immigration and citizenship matters, including permanent resident applications, spousal/parental sponsorships, visitor visas, work permit applications and citizenship applications.

Currently, Molly’s practice focuses on the confluence of immigration and criminal law, including but not limited to criminal inadmissibility, danger opinions, exclusion, applications for rehabilitation and pardons. She is also experienced in immigration detention matters, including detention reviews and related litigation.

She also represents individuals for purposes of applications under the International Transfer of Offenders Act, as well as applications for review of seizures pursuant to the Customs Act or the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.

Molly regularly appears before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and has argued multiple applications for judicial review and stays of removal before the Federal Court of Canada.

Molly is fluent in French.

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Molly Joeck

Molly Joeck

Lawyer

Melissa Ng

Receptionist
melissa@edelmann.ca
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Melissa Ng

Melissa Ng

Receptionist

Erica Olmstead

Lawyer
erica@edelmann.ca

Erica Olmstead practices in all areas of immigration, refugee and criminal law.

Erica graduated with a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2010. She has assisted individuals from all over the world make applications to immigrate and obtain status in Canada and to resolve issues of admissibility. She regularly appears before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court, and she has acted in cases before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In her work, she cultivates a particular interest in Charter rights, global social justice and appellate work.

Erica also works as a case review lawyer with the Legal Services Society, Appeals Department, where she advises staff on immigration, refugee and criminal law issues and works to support access to justice. She is an instructor with the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) program, and is a regular presenter at immigration and refugee legal education conferences and events in British Columbia.

Erica received a certificate of recognition by the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch – Immigration Section for outstanding contribution to the administration of justice in service to clients in need in response to the arrival of the MV Sun Sea.

Erica is conversationally fluent in French and Spanish.

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Erica Olmstead

Erica Olmstead

Lawyer

Erin Roth

Lawyer
erin@edelmann.ca

Erin C. Roth practices immigration, citizenship, and refugee law.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta, followed by completing Law School at the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2009 and in British Columbia in 2016. Erin appears regularly before the Federal Court, Immigration Division, Immigration Appeal Division, Refugee Protection Division (RPD), and has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal and attended Citizenship Hearings.

Erin started her practice with a focus in refugee law, focusing on RPD claims and the judicial review of refugee refusals. Her practice has expanded to inadmissibility cases and appeals, as well as Federal Court applications for all types of refusals or delayed applications, including economic class, family class, temporary visa applications, stays of removal, and Service Canada applications.

Erin has been a speaker at conferences organized by the Canada Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. She is published in the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the Immigration Law Reporter, and ImmQuest.

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Erin Roth

Erin Roth

Lawyer

Will Tao

Lawyer
will@edelmann.ca

Will Tao has a broad-ranging practice in immigration and citizenship law and is in the process of building his capacity in the areas of refugee and criminal law.

Will completed a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and History (with a focus on migration history) from the University of British Columbia in 2011. He then completed Law School at the University of Ottawa in 2014 where he was a student caseworker at the Ottawa Centre Legal Clinic. In 2015, Will was called to the Bar in British Columbia. Will regularly appears before the Federal Court, Immigration Division, and Immigration Appeal Division, in addition to his focus on responding to complex procedural fairness letters, visa office interviews, and seeking remedy for refused applications.

Will started his practice primarily as a solicitor, filing permanent resident, temporary resident, and work permit applications for employers, employees, international students, families (via family sponsorship), and individuals. Over the past few years, Will has shifted his focus to complex immigration applications, litigation, and inadmissibility matters. Will moved to Edelmann and Co. to further his interest in assisting temporary foreign workers, international students, and vulnerable persons in navigating Canadian immigration laws and advocating for broader legal reform to issues that affect newcomers to Canada.

Will is a frequent presenter, commentator, and writer on Canadian immigration issues. His immigration blog, Vancouver Immigration Blog ("http://vancouverimmigrationblog.com">http://vancouverimmigrationblog.com) won a Clawbie for Best New Law Blog in Canada in 2015. Outside of work, Will sits as the Chair of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Communities Advisory Committee and is a Member of the Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration. Will feels privileged and fortunate to live and work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples and spends most of his days with partner, Olivia, navigating ethnic groceries and restaurants in Southeast Vancouver.

Will is conversationally fluent in Mandarin.

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Will Tao

Will Tao

Lawyer

Janet Woo

Legal Assistant
janet@edelmann.ca

Janet served as the assistant to the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East for many years and is experienced at advocacy at all levels of government on behalf of marginalized groups, particularly on behalf of immigrants and refugees. She has a degree in urban planning and a diploma in criminology.

Born and raised in East Vancouver, she is a child of hard working immigrants who came from China to Canada in the 1950s. She is dedicated to, and inspired by, immigrants and their experiences.

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Janet Woo

Janet Woo

Legal Assistant