Elda is a Regulated Immigration Consultant and founder of Trans-Continental Migration. Prior to entering private practice, she had a successful career with Citizenship and Immigration Canada where she held various roles including Chief of Business Immigration & Free Trade, Director of Immigrant & Non-Immigrant Programs, and Director of Legislation & Litigation Strategy.
A Brock University graduate, Elda received several awards and citations from Ministers of the day at CIC during her public service for performance and leadership. She spearheaded various intergovernmental task forces on Sponsorship Default, on Temporary Foreign Worker Policy and Programs, the Foreign Student Program, and Family Reunification. She led international negotiations on various matters such the bi-lateral trade agreement with Chile, participated in the Open Skies Agreement; the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). She also co-chaired the Temporary Entry Working Group with the United States and Mexico as trilateral partners in the NAFTA. As the first female Intelligence Analyst for what is today the Canada Border Services, Elda was a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee and a key player in the first Canadian team of senior intelligence analysts sent abroad to promote and enhance international cooperation to counter illegal migration.
As an immigration practitioner, Elda is well known and respected by her peers for her vast knowledge and experience in Canada’s immigration and citizenship programs. Often referred to as “The Queen of Hopeless Cases”, she has represented thousands of clients, helping them achieve their Canadian immigration and citizenship goals. Despite her busy practice, Elda continues to make time to contribute to the advancement of her profession. For decades, she has mentored lawyers, consultants, and students in immigration practices, served on various professional committees in leadership roles and has been sought after by various stakeholders to provide expertise in the areas of immigration education and continuing professional development. Elda is an active member of the National Advisory Committee, which is guiding the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University to develop the first English Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law.