Meet Our Team of Experts

We understand the significance of the immigration process to you and your family or your organization. In turn, we take this heavy responsibility very seriously, and so we try to treat each case as if it was a member of our own family.

Joe Kenney

Joe Kenney

Joe Kenney has over 20 years of experience in the field of immigration. He is currently an instructor for the University of British Columbia's Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures. He has also served as a Consultant Director for the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) and was previously a part-time instructor for the Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma Program.

Before founding J. Kenney Consulting, Mr. Kenney held leadership positions within the Immigration Division of the British Columbia government, serving as the Director of Economic Immigration Programs and the Manager of the BC Provincial Nominee Program. Prior to that, Mr. Kenney worked as a Senior Consultant in one of Canada’s largest immigration consulting firms and served as National Vice-President of the Association of Immigration Counsel of Canada.

Joe Kenney is a registered member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and a registered member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). For more information on Mr. Kenney’s background and experience, see Credentials.

Minako Watanabe

Minako Watanabe specializes in serving the Japanese-speaking clientele of J. Kenney Consulting. For over two decades, she has been assisting clients in dealing with the complexities of the Canadian immigration process.

Ms. Watanabe is well known within the Vancouver-area Japanese community as someone who provides quality assistance and is always available to meet clients at times most convenient to them.

Minako and Joe Kenney work together to ensure that J. Kenney Consulting’s clients are provided with comprehensive and seamless immigration representation.

Haiyan (Maggie) Wu

Haiyan (Maggie) Wu

Maggie specializes in serving the Chinese-speaking clientele of J. Kenney Consulting. Ms. Wu is a registered member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures.

Before entering the immigration consulting field, Ms. Wu worked for nearly a decade in the media industry in both China and Canada.

She is fluent in Mandarin and English and able to use her thorough understanding of Canadian immigration policies and processes to ensure that J. Kenney Consulting’s clients reach their goals.

Tiffany Chi

Tiffany Chi

Tiffany is a registered member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).

Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, and is currently an Online Instructor in UBC’s Certificate in Laws, Policies, and Procedures program. She has extensive experience in preparing applications under economic classes, family class, provincial nominee programs, and temporary residence.

With a writing and research background, Tiffany will ensure that your application package is thoroughly completed in an efficient and professional manner. Tiffany is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Sachiko Kawamura

Sachiko provides bookkeeping and accounting services for J. Kenney Consulting, and assists in servicing our Japanese-speaking clientele. She has over 20 years of professional experience as a Certified Tax Accountant across Japan and Canada.

Sachiko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. She is also a graduate of the International Trade and Business Development Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.Sachiko speaks both English and Japanese.

Matt Cairns

Matt assists in the preparation of a wide range of immigration applications at J. Kenney Consulting and is a part of the team that contributes to services for our clients.

Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, is a graduate from the University of British Columbia’s Certificate in Immigration Laws, Policies and Procedures and has a Tourism Certificate from Capilano University.

Before entering the immigration field, Matt taught as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has enjoyed diving at locations around the world.

ICCRC is the national regulatory body for Canadian immigration consultants.

Our Credentials

We are backed by decades of experience in providing expert advice, counsel, representation and advocacy on behalf of many hundreds of successful clients.

With prior experience working at both the provincial and federal levels in the immigration field, we provide a complete understanding and knowledge of the application process as it relates to an individual’s case, not only as consultants but also as educators and acknowledged leaders in our field.