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David is the Managing Partner of the Fragomen (Canada) Co. office in Toronto. David has extensive experience in providing immigration advice and assistance to businesses from a wide range of industry sectors. He works with general counsel, Human Resource professionals and internal mobility teams on policies and procedures related to recruitment, retention and related immigration obligations. He also leads the private client practice in Canada and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Prior to taking on the role of Managing Partner in Canada in August 2012, David was a Partner in the London office of Fragomen, with responsibility for operations and business development in the EMEA region. He was also a founding Partner of the Fragomen Australia practice. He previously served on postings as an Australian diplomat and prior to that was a university academic. David presents at conferences, publishes articles and drafts submissions to governments on immigration related matters. He is a member of several business organizations.

Education


University of New England (Australia) | Master of Letters, 1994
University of Sydney | D.Phil., 1987
University of Sydney | B.A., 1982

Awards

ACQ Global Award, 2014-2015

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Upper Canada (Ontario)

Immigration Credentials: Registered Migration Agent (MARN 9904872)

Member, Canadian Bar Association, 2016 to present

Member, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 2016 to present

Representative Member, Canadian Services Coalition, 2017 to present

Canada Member, Human Resources Professionals Association, 2012 to present

Member, International Bar Association, 2016 to present

Member, Migration Institute of Australia, 2003 to present

Member, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, 2015 to present

Member, Toronto Region Board of Trade, 2012 to present

Former Faculty Member in charge of Immigration of the International Human Resources Management Academy, King’s College, London, 2009 to 2012

Former Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK, 2009 to 2012

Former Member, British American Business, England, 2009 to 2012

Former Member, British-Australian Chamber of Commerce, 2009 to 2012

Former Member, French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2003 to 2009

Former Member, American Chamber of Commerce, 2003 to 2009

Former Convener and Member, Australian Human Resource Institute Special Area Committee on International Human Resources, 2003 to 2009

In addition to overseeing major account operations, in the recent past David has:

Drafted submissions to the Government of Canada on policy issues in 2016 and 2013.

Participated as a member of an IT Industry Association in Canada that liaises with the Government of Canada on immigration policy and procedural issues.

Arranged and led meetings of corporate clients with the UK Border Agency on proposed changes to UK immigration requirements.

Made representations to the UK government on key policy areas of interest to corporate clients moving staff into the UK.

Drafted submissions to government on areas of proposed policy change.

Given evidence before parliamentary enquiries.

Publications and Lectures

Quoted, “Canada holds doors wide open for Indians.” Times of India, 10 April 2019.

Canadian Representative, Global Services Coalition, WTO Public Forums, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2018.

Panelist, “Breakout Regroup.” The Ontario Economics Summit 2018: The Workforce of Tomorrow, Ontario, Canada, October 24, 2018.

Speaker, “Canada and U.S. Cross-Border Immigration: What You Need to Know.” Fragomen Canada Breakfast Briefing, Toronto, Canada, September 24, 2018.

Speaker, Council for Global Immigration 2018 Symposium, Arlington, Virginia, June 2018.

Speaker, “Going for the Gold.” Canadian Immigration Summit 2018: Strengthening Our Economy & Settlement Program, Ottawa, Canada, May 31, 2018.

Speaker, “Future of Immigration - Forces to Reckon With.” Fragomen India Symposium 2018, Bengaluru, India, May 17, 2018.

Speaker, Trade Accelerator Program, February 21, 2018.

Presenter, “Workshop - Talent Management.” iVentures 2017, Toronto, Canada, October 26, 2017.

Speaker, “Global Mobility in the Digital Age.” Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond, Ottawa, Canada, May 9, 2017.

Panelist, “Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Mobility Space.” Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) Central Region Event, Toronto, Canada, April 19, 2017.

Speaker, Fragomen Canada Client Call, teleconference, March 2, 2017.

Panelist, “Building Talent.” Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Transportation Summit, Toronto, Canada, October 19, 2016.

Panelist, “Managing Risk: International Trends in Immigration Compliance and What This Means for Canada?” Global Talent Canada Summit, Toronto, Canada, March 30, 2016.

Interviewee, “Immigration Essentials: With each case there is a very human story to consider.” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: Vol. 24., No. 1 (January 5, 2016): 14-15.

Speaker, “Immigration - Now and Tomorrow.” Worldwide ERC Conference, Washington, DC, September 2012.

“For immigration policy a rest is as good as a change.” Parliamentary Yearbook, April 2012.

“All Change for Global Immigration.” Re:locate Magazine, March 2012.

“The British Character.” Re:locate Magazine, March 2012.

Speaker, ECA Tax Conference, March 2012. 

Speaker, Global Mobility Summit, Lloyds, March 2012.

Presenter, Totally Expat: Forum for Expatriate Management, 2009.

Presenter, Global HR Conference, 2009 (London and Germany).

Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education, University of New South Wales, 2000-2006.

Presenter, Sydney HR Networking Group and the Relocation Network, 2000-2009.

Presenter, CPD sessions for migration advisors, Immigration Advice & Right Centre (IARC), 2005-2009.