OPA Education Committee


OPA Education Committee


  • Chantal Desloges, LL.B
    Chantal Desloges, LL.B
    Senior Partner at Desloges Law Group - Immigration Lawyers

    Chantal Desloges is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in both Citizenship/Immigration law and Refugee law. Her practice focuses on Canadian citizenship, family sponsorships, temporary residence, refugee cases, humanitarian and compassionate requests, residency obligation advice, inadmissibility, plus Appeals and Judicial Reviews of refused cases.

    Chantal was called to the Bar in 1999. She now leads her own law firm in downtown Toronto.

    Chantal taught Immigration Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000/2001. She served as in the Seneca College Immigration Practitioner Certificate Programme from 1999 – 2010. She taught for several years at Herzing College. She currently teaches current and aspiring immigration consultants at both IMEDA and LPEN. She is currently assisting Queens University Law School in developing its curriculum for its Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law.

    In 2012, Chantal was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, followed by the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono award. In 2013, Chantal was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee, and was reappointed for a further term in 2016. In 2014, Chantal was elected to the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section, where she continues to serve.

    In November, 2016, Chantal and her good friend Cathryn Sawicki published a law book called Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law: A Practitioner’s Handbook, available for sale through Emond Publishing. The book is now in its 3rd edition.

    Chantal has been called upon dozens of times by Parliamentary and Senate Committees to appear as an expert witness on immigration and refugee issues.

    Chantal is the past Chair of the Board of Homes First Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing supportive housing in Toronto for severely marginalized individuals with the fewest housing options.

    Chantal is a regular immigration commentator on CTV News, and has been interviewed by both national and local television stations such as CBC, W5, CTV YourMorning, Global News and CP24. She has also been interviewed and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen.

  • Rochelle Ivri, Paralegal, Citizenship Judge
    Rochelle Ivri, Paralegal, Citizenship Judge
    Citizenship Judge, Professor of Paralegal Studies, Paralegal, RCIC, Notary Public

    Professor Ivri was the first African-Canadian professor in Mohawk College’s Paralegal Program. She was the first paralegal and immigration consultant appointed as one of 10 citizenship judges in Canada. In addition, she is committed to enriching the Hamilton-Niagara communities where she sits on the boards of Bravo Niagara!, the Niagara Region Women’s Advisory Committee and the FAB Foundation.
    Ivri, who has a degree in criminology and a paralegal diploma from triOS college in Hamilton, began teaching at Mohawk College in 2015. She is also a licensed immigration consultant.
    The Lincoln Alexander Award, established in 2002, is awarded annually in recognition of an Ontario lawyer or paralegal who has demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario. The award was created in honour of The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, PC, CC, OOnt, CD, QC, LSM, as recognition of his dedication to the people of Ontario and the legal community.


Upcoming Events

Next Event


Aug 11 2021


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Free for active members.

OPA CPD SERIES: Immigration Law – Pathways and Future Opportunities


August 11, 2021 ‒ 7 – 9 PM via Zoom

As part of the 2021 OPA CPD Series, the Education Committee presents a remote live-streamed Zoom CPD:





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