Evelyn Ackah is the founder and managing lawyer of Ackah Business Immigration Law based in Calgary, AB, Canada, with satellite offices in Vancouver and Toronto. Her legal practice focuses exclusively in the area of Canadian and cross-border US immigration law. The firm embodies her independent spirit, passion for immigration law and desire to provide the best possible client service.
Evelyn was born in Accra, Ghana and moved to Vancouver with her family at the age of five. Besides being a proud Ghanaian-Canadian, Evelyn is very appreciative of the immense opportunity she has had as an immigrant to Canada and what it has meant to her life and the lives of her two children. She values the opportunity to give back to the global community, which prompted her to join the Operation Eyesight Board of Directors in June 2019.
“As an immigrant to Canada and an immigration lawyer, I was drawn to the international focus of Operation Eyesight and the incredible work they do in many countries to prevent blindness and restore sight. It is an incredible honour to contribute to the great work of Operation Eyesight and to give back to the global community. I look forward to working with the wonderful team they have assembled.”
Evelyn has had a successful legal career in Ontario and Alberta for more than 20 years. She has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the Top 30 Corporate Immigration Lawyers in Canada. She was also named to Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list for 2010. She is the recipient of the 2014 Obsidian Award for Professional of the Year and a 2018 Finalist for the Top 500 Fastest Growing Law Firms in North America.
Evelyn is active in the community and is an experienced board member and contributor to a number of organizations including the International Women’s Forum in Calgary; the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; the American Immigration Lawyers Association – Canada Chapter; the Ontario Bar Association – Immigration Section; the Immigration Section of the National Bar Association (US); and the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. She was also a National Committee member and Chair of the Calgary “Women Moving Women” campaign on behalf of the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) and chaired the foundation’s first annual Professional Women’s Breakfast in Calgary.
Evelyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Simon Fraser University and her law degree from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the bar in both Ontario and Alberta.