Will Tao

Country of Origin:

Canada

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Asian Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity

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Bio

I am an Associate and Immigration Lawyer at Larlee Rosenberg, Barristers and Solicitors, a leading Vancouver boutique immigration law firm where I represent clients in all areas of Canadian Immigration Law. I have been a freelance/contributing writer for several newspaper and magazine publications in Canada, the United States, and China. I serve on the City of Vancouver's Cultural Communities Advisory Committee and as Mentorship Chair and Board Member for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers - British Columbia Chapter. I am a volunteer mentor with MOSAIC and a volunteer Pro-Bono Immigration Lawyer with Access Pro Bono.

In my spare time, I am working on my first novel and blog on Canadian immigration issues at the Vancouver Immigration Blog, my personal project.

Social media: Twitter (https://twitter.com/thewilltruth); LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vancouverimmigrationlawyer); Personal Blog (http://vancouverimmigrationblog.com/)

Story

Born in Victoria and spending almost my entire youth on Vancouver's quaint west side, I grew up rejecting my Chinese cultural heritage and blaming it for the way others perceived me. I was made fun of for the way I dressed, the food I ate at school, and how I communicated; even though I was born in Canada. Through taking Asian Migration courses with Dr. Henry Yu at U.B.C., I realized that being Asian and having two strong cultural backgrounds, as much as they often clashed, was my greatest asset. Since then I have pursue a path of inspiring and motivating immigrants and now am able to live my passion as an immigration lawyer, helping new Canadians navigate a challenging and often prejudicial system of laws and policies.