For an initial consultation, please call:
Raha Seyed Ali
Direct line: 604-683-3008
Elgin, Cannon & Associates has two partners and four associate lawyers.
Direct line: 604-683-0007
Christopher Elgin has been a member of the British Columbia bar since January of 1988. He worked for the Immigration and Refugee Board as a legal advisor to the Board members for over three years and in 1993 he opened his own immigration law practice. In 1995, he joined forces with Douglas Cannon, another immigration lawyer, and Elgin, Cannon & Associates was born.
Direct line: 604-683-0683
In 1989, during his second year at Osgoode Hall Law School, Douglas was given the following advice from one of his professors: “Law is hard work; it also is stressful, rewarding, frustrating, and, if you are lucky, you will be well paid. Only one of those features will keep you from burning out in 5 to 7 years.”
Douglas decided to focus on Immigration and Refugee law because it was rewarding. He has now been practicing in this area in Vancouver for more than 20 years.
He is passionate about refugee and detention issues but has significant experience and interest in all areas of immigration law.
Douglas can often be found sharing his skills and experience with community groups, at legal conferences, and is often called upon for media commentary and analysis.
Direct line: 604-683-0277
Fritz Gaerdes is a dual qualified lawyer (Canada and South Africa). He was admitted to the British Columbia bar in August 2008, and as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in December 2000.
Fritz practices administrative law, employment law and immigration law. His immigration law practice focuses on judicial review of refused immigration applications in the Federal Court, family sponsorship and residency obligation appeals to the Immigration and Refugee Appeal Board, medical and criminal inadmissibility matters, Family Class and In-Canada spousal sponsorship applications, applications for permanent resident status under the Self-Employed Persons Class and applications for permanent resident status based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Fritz’s administrative and employment law practices are litigation based. He regularly provides advice and representation to clients on a range of employment and administrative law matters, including wrongful dismissal claims, human rights complaints, judicial review and injunction applications, professional regulatory and discipline issues, enforcement of employer confidentiality agreements and workplace use of social media policies, Canadian Forces grievance and medical release proceedings, bullying and harassment complaints and access to information matters. Fritz also advises employers and employees on Labour Market Impact Assessments and work permit applications.
Fritz has represented clients before all levels of Courts in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal as well as before many administrative tribunals, including the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, WorkSafeBC and the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.
Before joining Elgin, Cannon & Associates in March 2013, Fritz worked as a litigation associate at one of the leading regional law firms in Vancouver, where he practiced Maritime law, Labour and Employment and Business Immigration. Before moving to Canada in 2007, Fritz worked as a litigation lawyer for Lawyers for Human Rights, a non-governmental human rights organization in South Africa. In that capacity Fritz participated in many public interest cases, including the first case in which South Africa’s Constitutional Court considered whether refugee status constituted a constitutionally protected ground of non-discrimination, and the first case in which a South African Court recognized that unaccompanied foreign children were entitled to legal representation at State expense. Fritz also acted as counsel in the case that removed the statutory exclusion of disabled refugees in South Africa from receiving government assistance benefits.
Fritz also speaks Afrikaans.
Direct line: 604-678-6871
Peggy Lee was called to the British Columbia bar in 2010 and practices in all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law. Peggy received her Juris Doctor law degree with Social Justice specialization from the University of British Columbia in 2009 and her Masters of Law in Human Rights with Academic Distinction from the University of Hong Kong in 2005. Peggy received numerous awards during her legal studies including: the Gordon Bisaro Memorial Prize in Aboriginal Law (2009), Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award (2009) for contributions to feminist law, Canadian Bar Association Law Student Award (2008) for contributions to social justice law, Pam Baker Scholarship (2005) for contributions to human rights law and the Anna Wu Prize in Human Rights (2005). Peggy has advocated internationally for human rights of vulnerable minorities and recently co-authored “Your Hate Won’t Change Us: Triangle Project Human Rights Report” (2013) for Triangle Project in Capetown, South Africa. Peggy co-authored “Forced Labour and Debt-Bondage in Hong Kong: Experiences of Filipina and Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers” (2006) for the University of Hong Kong and the research paper was submitted to the United Nations CEDAW Committee 36th Session (2006). Peggy has worked as a teacher, academic researcher and community-based human rights advocate for migrant workers, refugees, LGBTI and women survivors of violence.