Philippe Capelle

Certified Specialist

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Philippe (Phil) Capelle has earned a solid reputation for providing pragmatic advice to clients on corporate, individual and family immigration matters.

Philippe can be reached at or by calling our office at 613-230-7070.


Philippe (Phil) Capelle has earned a solid reputation for providing pragmatic advice to clients on corporate, individual and family immigration matters. He has over 20 years experience in the field and a particular expertise in obtaining work permits under International Mobility Programs such as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Phil works with Provincial Nomination Programs to leverage the benefits of the various categories available to Canadian employers and prospective applicants. He has assisted clients from a myriad of countries in obtaining immigrant visas under a multitude of skilled worker streams. Phil proactively engages with Canada’s Case Processing Centres and Visa Offices to finalize sponsorship and permanent residence applications for Canadian citizens and permanent residents seeking to re-unite with their spouses and partners.

The Law Society of Upper Canada recognizes Phil as a Certified Specialist in Canadian citizenship and immigration law. In 2010 and again in 2011 immigration practitioners from across Canada elected him to the Executive Committee of the National Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Phil maintains a healthy perspective by beginning each day on one of the wilderness trails surrounding Ottawa in the company of his dog Lacie.


  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association (Immigration Section)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Immigration Section)
  • Carleton County Law Association


  • Bar admission, Ontario 1991
  • LL.B., University of Windsor 1989
  • B.A., (Honours) Carleton University 1981

Professional Activities

Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Section Executive Committee, Member-at-Large 2010-2012

Phil regularly presents seminars for corporate clients, educational institutions and professional groups, including human resource professionals. He is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Programs presented by:

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • l’Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l’immigration (AQADDI)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Community Service

Ontario Review Board, 2015 to present:

  • Alternate Chair & Lawyer Member – Makes/reviews dispositions concerning a criminally accused person in respect of whom a verdict of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder or unfit to stand trial is rendered.

Law Society Tribunal, 2013 to present:

  • Appointed Adjudicator – Adjudication of complaints against lawyers and paralegals that may have failed to meet standards of professional competence and conduct.

Consent and Capacity Board, 1998-2013:

  • Senior Lawyer Member 2000-2013 – Adjudication on matters of capacity, consent, civil committal and substitute decision making, balancing the rights of vulnerable individuals with public safety.

Phil Capelle has repeatedly proven himself to be a valued corporate immigration advisor. He has consistently delivered the expertise and soft skills required to enable the transition of foreign executives to Canadian corporations. These observations encompass my current and previous roles as CFO for a dozen early stage companies.

Sheldon Stevens, CFO, Risk Sciences International

My sponsorship was complicated as I immigrated to Canada as a child and left a few years thereafter. The solution involved filing multiple applications to re-acquire permanent residence status. Betsy demonstrated confidence and knowledge about cases like mine. We felt we were in the best possible hands throughout the process. We received excellent service from an experienced professional. I landed in just over 6 months.

Harald Heuser, Spousal Sponsorship

We retained Philippe Capelle for an immigration solution to a time sensitive executive hire. Phil is a skilled and pragmatic lawyer. He delivered outstanding results.

Howard Sutton, President, Terra Capital Corporation

As a technology startup, we actively recruit and hire individuals with very specific skill sets from around the globe. Capelle Kane has shown deep expertise in immigration practices while seamlessly helping both our team and our candidates through the immigration process. Betsy and Tamara are knowledgeable and resourceful guides who deliver favourable results.

Elisha Gray, Chief of Staff, Street Contxt, Toronto

Phil Capelle helped smooth a stressful and at times complicated process, thereby allowing me to concentrate on patient care and my other responsibilities.

Dr. Carlos Torres, Specialist Physician