Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, JD, BA, RCIC
Member of The International Bar Association
Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., was founded by Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, a member of the International Bar Association and a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant recognized by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments of Canada. Jenny has been practicing immigration for over 25 years and brings a wealth of experience to clients worldwide.
At Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., Immigration to Canada has been much more than about providing a consultation, assessing the individual case, preparing the forms, compiling the facts and submitting the file. It has always been about changing lives of individuals and affecting families in a way that will forever touch them. Our firm takes the time to provide professional services and knowledgeable advice on immigration matters while earning the clients' trust in an ethical manner.
Jenny was named One of Canada's Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network in Canada in 2013. She was titled "Iconic Woman Creating a Better World For All" at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) in India in 2017. In 2017, she co-founded the Canadian Federation For Citizenship.
Jenny currently serves on the executive board of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women which holds General Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She assumed this role after serving as President of The Canadian Federation, BPW Canada, the first Canadian Muslim to assume this role in Canada. In her 2 year term (2016-2018), she focused on diversity and pluralism, re-establishing a club in Quebec and bringing women from male dominated industries in her home province of Alberta to re-establish a club in Edmonton. As President of BPW Canada, Jenny led a parallel event on Canada's Immigrant and Indigenous women in New York City during the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women focused on empowering rural women and girls. She is a fierce advocate on the issue of equal pay.
Jenny was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award presented by the University of Calgary. Locally, she was declared as "Volunteer of the Year" in 2010 by The United Nations Association of Canada in Calgary, occupied a seat on the Advisory Council for the Quest for Best Campaign at the Bow Valley College including its 1000 Women Rising campaign, and served as Co-Chair of the Professional Services Division at the United Way of Calgary and Area. Internationally at BPW, Jenny has served as Taskforce Chairperson and is registered as an Expert for "Women Migrants and Global Citizenship". She has also served on the Legislation and the International Peace and Intercultural Understanding Committees. Jenny was an Advisory Executive Council member of WEF 2017 in India and led the Theme of "Understanding the Century of Migration and Mobility".
In 2011, Jenny had undertaken a three-year voluntary "Time and Knowledge Nazrana (Gift)" assignment (TKN) as an Immigration Law Analyst at His Highness The Aga Khan Council for Australia and New Zealand. She has served as Subject Matter Expert for Immigration and Citizenship at His Highness The Aga Khan Council for Canada's National Settlement Portfolio. She is also listed in the Expert Women Database at Canada's Informed Opinions.
While Jenny presents on Immigration, Citizenship, Diversity and Pluralism around the globe, she is also a sought-after speaker on the topic of Leadership and Empowerment at various forums including the Women's Executive Network, Young Women of Power, Every Woman Organization, The Athena Women's Leadership Symposium, University of Calgary's Scholars' Academy and Leadership Exchange Conference as well as BPW clubs across Canada and abroad. At the BPW International Congress in Egypt in 2017, as President of BPW Canada, Jenny presented on "Women on Boards" as well as on "Women, Peace and Security".
Jenny is a dynamic speaker with the ability to address various audiences. One of her keynote addresses was delivered at the European Union Residence in Ottawa on the topic of "Trade and the Economic & Social Empowerment of Women" where she was invited to speak to Women Heads of Mission or Ambassadors from over a dozen countries around the world. She has also addressed fellow colleagues through the Law Society of British Columbia and the Immigration Education Alliance as part of their Continuing Professional Development, informs business leaders on the topics of diversity and inclusion, discusses the importance of immigration to Canada's future with journalists and employers, speaks to post secondary students at the University of Calgary's Social Work and the Law Classes as well as students in junior and senior high schools on recognizing and embracing differences to tackle bullying at school.