Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it involves people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial/tech lawyer, Evelyn soon discovered she craved the rewards of having more direct contact with clients. Business immigration law allows her to work with corporations and the people who make them successful. The highly specialized nature of business immigration law drives Evelyn to remain at the forefront of legal and policy developments to ensure her clients are fully compliant with the latest regulatory and policy changes, and that they understand the nuances and impacts of these changes to their business and their people.
Whether business is done south of the border, across the “pond” or around the world, Evelyn Ackah employs her expertise to help clients achieve their desired business objectives. She develops and implements immigration strategies, provides advice on immigration matters related to employee mobility or relocation, and assists with global investment opportunities.
Evelyn calls on previous corporate/commercial/tech experience when clients are establishing new corporations or making North American investments. Before establishing her own law firm, Evelyn was a Partner and Co-founder of a specialized boutique HR law firm in Alberta and British Columbia. She was also a Partner at a leading national law firm and served as the head of the business immigration practice.
Evelyn is called to the bar in both Alberta and Ontario. Having graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) in 1993, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1997.
Evelyn is driven to give back to the community and to remain actively involved in her profession. She defines success by her personal, professional and community contributions. Evelyn attributes much of her professional success to the mentoring and support she received from other senior professionals across the country and believes in paying it forward by supporting a number of different organizations and charitable campaigns – both locally and nationally. In addition, she has mentored dozens of young law students across the country that are looking for guidance and support as they begin their careers.
Evelyn has helped raise millions of dollars to help move low-income women and their children out of poverty and into financial security in her previous role as a National Committee member and Chair of the Calgary “Women Moving Women” campaign on behalf of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, she served as Treasurer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association — Canada Chapter and served on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association — Immigration Section. She was also Vice Chair of the Immigration Section of the National Bar Association (US). Evelyn also served four years as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. Evelyn also regularly participates in charitable 10k and half marathon races to raise funds for different organizations.
Evelyn has been recognized by The Who’s Who Legal organization as an Expert in Corporate Immigration Law from 2010 to 2014. She was honored to be nominated by one of her clients and chosen as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in Calgary in 2010. Most recently in 2013, Evelyn was nominated as an RBC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014, she received the Obsidian Awards Professional of the Year Award from The African, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian Society of Excellence in Alberta.
Evelyn routinely shares her extensive legal expertise by speaking at conferences, writing articles and participating in media interviews.