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Kathleen Leighton


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2016

Legal Assistant(s): Linsay Newell

Kathleen believes that a key factor of providing quality client service is getting to know her clients and their businesses. Once she fully understands the big picture and goals at hand, she is able to create and offer a unique plan to address each element of the unique problem her client is facing. Kathleen’s practice is focused on corporate immigration work, including:

  • Supporting local employers to bring skilled foreign workers to Canada;
  • Working with foreign employers to help their employees obtain immigration authorization to fulfill service contracts with Canadian entities;
  • Advising employers on various immigration matters and their related obligations;
  • Obtaining temporary resident documents including work and study permits; and
  • Evaluating permanent residency options for foreign workers and assisting with permanent residency applications.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, JD, 2015
Dalhousie University, BComm (Co-op), 2012


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Coordinator, Stewart McKelvey Beyond the  border: Immigration update publications
Peer educator, IB&M Society, 2013 – 2015
Volunteer, Community Outreach Program, Schulich School of Law, 2012 – 2015
Executive secretary, Community Outreach Program, Schulich School of Law, 2013 – 2015
Volunteer, Pro Bono Project, Schulich School of Law, 2012 – 2015
Volunteer, Business Law Associaiton, Schulich School of Law


Clifford Rae Achievement Award
Gowlings Law & Technology Prize
Dalhousie Schulich School of Law Entrance Scholarship
Eaton Foundation Scholarship
Dean’s List, Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship

Thought Leadership


“Top 5 Immigration Considerations for Employers”, Stewart McKelvey Nova Scotia Labour and Employment Law Client Seminar, October 2018

“Immigration Update – Key Opportunities and Risks for Employers”, Stewart McKelvey In-House Counsel Professional Development Day, April 2017

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