Krista Schofer Associate


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2016 - Massachusetts

Year of Call: 2009 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403 298 1944

Fax: +1 403 263 9193

Email: krista.schofer@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Calgary




Krista Schofer

Krista Schofer is an associate lawyer in Gowling WLG's Calgary office, practising in the Employment, Labour & Equalities, Immigration Law and Privacy groups.

Krista leads the western Canadian immigration practice, counseling corporate clients seeking to hire foreign nationals in Canada and/or the United States (US), and developing strategies to manage global workforces and cross-border travel. She has extensive experience advising on Canadian immigration compliance and various Canadian immigration options, including LMIA-exempt work permits, work permit exemptions, LMIA applications, study permits, visitor records, temporary resident visas, permanent residency and citizenship. Krista also provides advice on non-immigrant and immigrant status in the US, preparing petitions in a variety of categories for both temporary and permanent status.

In Krista's employment practice, she focuses on management-side labour and employment law. She advises on human resources, labour relations, human rights and privacy issues, encompassing all aspects of the employment relationship – from pre-employment hiring issues to performance management, termination and post-employment obligations.

In her privacy practice, Krista advises companies on privacy compliance and data protection issues, including compliance with the Personal information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), provincial privacy laws and laws governing the protection of health information. Krista regularly drafts privacy policies and data protection agreements and provides privacy training for clients.

Her experience includes:

  • Advising corporate and private clients on Canadian and US immigration requirements and processes.
  • Providing advice and labour estimates on projects and managing large immigration portfolios for clients across a broad range of industries.
  • Preparing employment policies, guidelines, executive employment agreements and restrictive covenants for corporate clients.
  • Advising clients on wrongful dismissal, employment standards and human rights.
  • Advising clients in privacy law including preparing privacy policies and compliance procedures and assisting clients with respect to privacy requests and complaints.
  • Drafting and advising on the employment, labour, privacy and immigration aspects of corporate transactions.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Award of Recognition Lawyer 100 Canada 2018 – Business Immigration
    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards 2018 – Immigration Law – Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      AI Global – 2018 Global Excellence Awards – Influential Women in Business Immigration Law 2018 – Alberta
  • 2016

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2016
      Year of Call, Massachusetts
  • 2009

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2009
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2008

    • Education
       2008
      University of Victoria, LLB
  • 2004

    • Education
       2004
      University of Alberta, B.Comm.

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Canada Human Resources Professional (CHRP)/Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) (2011)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)
  • Canadian American Bar Association (CABA)
  • Association of Women Lawyers (AWL)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Hot Button Employment Issues of 2019 - Canadian and U.S. Immigration - Updates, Trends and Tips,” Gowling WLG seminar, Calgary, AB June 2019.
  • “Canadian & U.S. Business Immigration - Changes, challenges and tips for success,” Undefined Conference, Edmonton, AB April 2019.
  • “Immigration Considerations,” Gowling WLG seminar, Vancouver, BC, October 2018.
  • “Employment Law Trends 2018 - NAFTA & Cross-Border Travel,” Gowling WLG seminar, Vancouver, BC September 2018.
  • “Hot Button Employment Issues of 2018 - Cross-Border Movement of Employees with or without NAFTA,” Gowling WLG seminar, Calgary, AB May 2018.

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