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Andrea Baldwin

Andrea Baldwin


Practice Overview

Andrea leads our Immigration Law Practice.  As one of Canada’s leading business immigration lawyers, Andrea understands the challenges ever-changing immigration laws and policies pose for employers.  She provides strategic advice and recommendations to corporate clients related to all aspects of Canadian immigration law.  Andrea works with her clients to develop and implement effective strategies to bring international talent to Canada in a timely and compliant manner. 

Andrea serves as immigration counsel to regional, national and global clients in various industries and sectors, including pharmaceutical, energy, transportation, health care, oil and gas, natural resources, IT, manufacturing, post-secondary education, heavy civil construction and seafood harvesting and processing.

Prior to joining Barteaux, Andrea was a partner at a leading regional law firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she established and grew a business immigration practice before moving, in 2016, to a law firm affiliated with a “Big Four” accounting firm to launch their immigration practice in Atlantic Canada.       

Year of Call

Nova Scotia, 2003

  • Outside of the office, Andrea enjoys cooking, full-bodied wines, gardening, yoga, running and other outdoor adventures.  She can often be found on a beach or hiking trail somewhere in Nova Scotia with her two active tweens who keep her young at heart.

  • Andrea has been recognized by the International Who’s Who Legal since 2014 as one of the leading corporate immigration lawyers in Canada, and she has been named among the Best Lawyers: Immigration Law since 2016. In 2017, Andrea was identified in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Practitioner in Immigration Law.

  • Andrea is frequently called upon as a speaker on topics related to Canadian immigration law.  A sampling of her recent presentations include:

    • Moderator, CBA Law Series, “Brave New World if LMIA – How To’s & Practical Tips for the LMIA Online Portal”, January 30, 2023
    • Presenter, Nova Scotia Community College, “Recruiting Foreign Talent to the Canadian Workforce”, October 11, 2022
    • Presenter, COVE, “National Forum on Workforce Development: Attracting & Retaining International Trained Talent Through Immigration”, October 3, 2022
    • Presenter, Employment Law Alliance Webinar, “Canadian Business Immigration: Cross-Border Travel and Employee Mobility in Pandemic Times”, July 8, 2021
    • Presenter, CBA, “We’re in a Pandemic. The border is closed. What’s an Immigration Lawyer to do?”, March 1, 2021
    • Panelist, COVE, “Changing Tides Panel Series: Engaging Immigrants and International Talent in Canada’s Ocean Industries”, October 14, 2020
    • Presenter, CBA Immigration Law Online Presentation, “Running a Law Practice During a Pandemic – Practice Management”, May 29, 2020
    • Presenter, CBA-NS Immigration Law Section, “High-Wage Labour Market Impact Assessments: Current Trends”, November 14, 2018
    • Presenter, VENN Innovation, “Immigration 101: Demystifying the Requirements for Hiring & Retaining International Talent”, January 28, 2018
    • Presenter, Halifax Partnership, “Business Immigration 101”, November 28, 2017
    • Presenter, CPHR Nova Scotia, “Global Skills Strategy: Simplified Processes for Hiring Foreign Workers”,  September 26, 2017
    • Corporate Lawyers for Immigration to Canada – Atlantic Canada Member
    • Employment Law Alliance – Atlantic Canada Member
    • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society – Member
    • Canada Bar Association – Member
    • CBA Nova Scotia, Immigration Section – Past Chair
    • CBA Nova Scotia, Women Lawyers’ Forum – Past Chair
    • ABC Life Literacy Canada – Director
    • Halifax Partnership – Connector Program, Volunteer
    • Federal Court of Appeal, Law Clerk to Justices Julius Isaac and Allen Linden (2002-2003)
    • University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Laws (2002)
    • Mount Saint Vincent University, Bachelor of Public Relations (1998)