Mark Holthe started his legal career with a large national law firm in Calgary where he initiated the business immigration practice at the firm. He then worked at a regional law firm balancing his business immigration practice with a general solicitor practice. He also has spent some time with a regional human resource boutique firm and was also one of the founding partners of Holthe Tilleman LLP. He currently serves as a Lawyer for the Lethbridge office of Stringam LLP, focusing primarily on Canadian immigration and corporate commercial law across the globe.

As a Canadian immigration lawyer, Mark has particular experience in assisting clients with all aspects of Canadian immigration law. He assists large national and multinational companies in navigating the complex world of Canadian immigration and provides strategic immigration advice to international and domestic companies seeking to recruit and retain foreign skilled and semi-skilled personnel.

Mark also assists temporary foreign workers with their transition to permanent resident status in Canada and over the past few years, he has taken great satisfaction in helping individuals and families with their various immigration related needs. Mark finds no greater satisfaction than helping to facilitate the reunification of families.

While attending law school, Mark worked as an Immigration officer for Citizenship and Immigration Canada on the Alberta/Montana border. While completing his final year of law school, he worked as a pro bono student to the Canada Border Services Agency Hearings Officers representing the minister before the Immigration Appeal Division in Calgary, Alberta. As a result of his prior experience as an immigration officer, Mark has been able to enhance the services he offer to his cross-border and overseas clients. Since that time, he has continued to work hard fostering positive relationships with the various immigration related government departments and has focused a significant portion of his practice on cross-border matters.

Whether you are an HR Manager seeking a little insight on the foreign worker program, a foreign national exploring opportunities to immigrate or remain permanently in Canada, or a Canadian citizen seeking information on how to sponsor a spouse from abroad, there is something here for you.

Periodically, Canadian Immigration Lawyer Mark Holthe addresses various topics related to Canadian immigration law, policy and practice. Having previously worked as an Immigration Officer with Citizenship and Immigration Canada on the Canada/US border, he uses this valuable experience to offer insight into many aspects of the complex and sometimes confusing area of Canadian Immigration Law.

To listen or read about Mark’s latest immigration podcast, please visit the Canadian Immigration Podcast website. Or, feel free to subscribe today and download his Podcasts on iTunes by clicking here.

        • Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta “Immigration Fundamentals Seminar”, Calgary, AB, March 14, 2017

        • Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta “Immigration Fundamentals Seminar”, Edmonton, AB, March 23, 2017

        • Presenter, “Express Entry“, CBA National Immigration Law Conference, Vancouver, BC, (to be held on April 7-9, 2016)
        • Presenter, “Ensuring Employer Compliance“, Canadian Institute’s Immigration & International Workers Forum West, October 28, 2015
        • Presenter, “Workshop – Working through Labour Market Impact Assessments“, Canadian Institute’s Immigration & International Workers Forum West, October 27, 2015 
        • Presenter, “Canadian Immigration Law Event“, Canadian Institute, Lethbridge Lodge, Lethbridge, AB, September 23, 2015
        • Presenter, “Recent changes to Canada’s Immigration Laws and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Potential Impacts on Hiring and Recruitment“, Alberta General Counsel Association, Petroleum Club, Calgary, AB, April 9, 2015
        • Presenter, “The Effect of the Revised Foreign Workers Regime on Recruiting Among Key Western Canadian Sectors“, Canadian Institute’s Western Talent Management Summit, Telus Convention Centre, Calgary, AB, January 27-28, 2015
        • Presenter, “Temporary Foreign Worker Program“, Attracting, Engaging, Retaining your Workforce, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, Sandman Hotel, Lethbridge, AB, January 22, 2015
        • Presenter, “Stopped at the Border: Ensuring your foreign workers make it to work“, Canadian Institute’s Employing Foreign Workers Program, Metropolitan Conference Centre, Calgary, AB, October 28-30, 2014
        • Presenter, “Workshop: Reducing costs through efficient applications: A step-by-step guide to securing LMIAs, Work Permits, Permanent Resident status in Canada“, Canadian Institute’s Employing Foreign Workers Program, Metropolitan Conference Centre, Calgary, AB, October 28, 2014
        • Presenter, “Immigration 101: Essential Strategies for Securing Work Permits and assisting foreign workers with Permanent Residence in Canada” CPD Seminar, Ashton College, Calgary, AB, June 14, 2014.
        • Presenter, “Money Matters: the Business of Immigration Law”, CBA National Immigration Law Conference, Calgary, AB, May 9-10, 2014
        • Co-Presenter, “Immigration Planning 2014: An HR Manager’s Guide” Human Resource Institute of Alberta Conference, Calgary, AB, April 9, 2014
        • Presenter, “Strategies for Retaining Foreign Workers Permanently” , Immigration Law and Employer Compliance: A New Era for Employer Liability, Calgary, AB, Lorman Education Services, February 5, 2014
        • Co-Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta “Immigration Seminar”, Edmonton and Calgary, AB, October 15-16, 2013
        • Presenter, “Pathways to Permanent Residence – Deciding on the Best Choice for Your Foreign Workers”, Employing Foreign Workers Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB, October 29-30, 2013
        • Presenter, “Temporary Foreign Workers – Low Skilled”, CBA National Immigration Law Conference, Montreal, QC, May 9-11, 2013
        • Co-Author, Article, “Coming Complexities to Canadian Immigration”, Mobility Magazine May 2013 issue.
        • Presenter, “Minimizing Your Chances of Refusals and Other Problems at the Port of Entry”, Employing Foreign Workers Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB, March 5-6, 2013.
        • Presenter, “Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Applications after Changes to the Regulations: LMOs, Work Permits and the Provincial Nominee Programs”, Employing Foreign Workers Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB March 4, 2013
        • Guest Lecturer, “Immigration Law”, Public Legal Education Foundation, Faculty of Social Work, University of Lethbridge,  2010 – present
        • Guest Lecturer, “Immigration Law” Public Legal Education Foundation, Sociology Department, Lethbridge College, 2007 – present
        • Presenter, “Minimizing Your Chances of Refusals and Other Problems at the Port of Entry”, Employing Foreign Workers Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB, October 16-17, 2012.
        • Presenter, “We Stand On Guard: Canada Border Services Agency”, CBA National Immigration Law Conference, Kelowna, B.C. May 3-5, 2012.
        • Presenter, “Workshop: A step-By-step Guide to Mastering Applications after Changes to the Regulations: LMOs, Work Permits and the Provincial Nominee Program”, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB,  March 1, 2012.
        • Presenter, “Successfully Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility Challenges”, Employing Foreign Workers Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB, February 28-29, 2012.
        • Co-Presenter, “Inadmissibility Issues” Employing Foreign Workers Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB, October 18-20, 2011.
        • Presenter, “Work Shop: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Applications After Changes to the Regulations: LMOs, Work Permits and the Provincial Nominee Program”, Employing Foreign Workers Conference, Canadian Institute, Calgary, AB, October 18-20, 2011.
        • Co-Chair,  Legal Education Society of Alberta “Immigration Seminar”, Edmonton and Calgary, AB, September 2011
        • Presenter, “Criminal and Medical Inadmissibility Issues” Legal Education Society of Alberta Immigration Seminar, Calgary, AB, September 2011.
        • Co-Presenter, “Nomination Received: Top 10 Issues in PNP-Western Canada – Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program” CBA Citizenship & Immigration National Law Conference, Gatineau, QC, May 12-14, 2011.
        • Presenter, “Workshop, Hiring, Retaining or Terminating Foreign Workers in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan”, Business Immigration Conference, Canadian Institute, October 21-23, 2009, Calgary, AB
        • Presenter, “Immigration Law”, Southern Alberta Language Assessment  Regional Meeting, October 14, 2009, Lethbridge, AB
        • Presenter, “Immigration Workshop”, Canadian Institute Employing Foreign Worker Conference, October 20-22, 2008, Calgary, AB
        • Presenter, “Immigration Law”, Lethbridge Economic Development Board Meeting, Fall 2006
        • Speaker, “Sourcing Foreign Workers and Crossing Borders”, Facing the Future in Agriculture, 2nd Annual Leadership and Management Conference, Okotoks, AB,  May 29, 2006
      • Member, Law Society of Alberta
      • Past Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Section
      • Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section, Alberta South Region
      • Member, International Bar Association
      • Member, American Immigration Lawyer Association, Canadian Chapter
      • Chair, J. Rueben Clarke Law Society,  Lethbridge Chapter

EDUCATION

  • B.A., B.Ed. | University of Lethbridge
  • LL.B. | University of Manitoba

Articles by Mark Holthe