About Us

Robert (Bob) Vangenne

BCom Entrepreneurial Management
Juris Doctor
with specializations in:
Corporate Commercial Law and IT, IP, & E-commerce Law

As a serial entrepreneur, when I started practicing law I knew it was only a matter of time before I opened my own law firm.  I have taken a circuitous route to get to Victoria; growing up in the Peace country, studying at the University of Alberta, working in Taiwan for over 6 years, where I developed my Mandarin language skills, then setting up businesses in Calgary, Edmonton and finally Victoria. I bring my 20 years’ experience as a business owner in Taiwan and Canada to the firm and strong belief in the capability of local businesses to compete in this global market.

While studying law in Australia, I developed an intense interest in the rapidly evolving legal issues the Internet and our online interactions create for businesses and individuals. I have researched extensively in various areas of the field and have had papers published in legal journals discussing copyright in virtual worlds and ICANN’s new gTLD plans. Even more interesting to me is the real world application of theory to Internet relationships as well as the growth of gaming and game dynamics in an ever expanding range of aspects in our day to day life.

In business, I have experience working all along the production chain from manufacturing, wholesale, and retail both in Canada and in Asia. I have lead negotiations in Taiwan and China culminating in distribution agreements for foreign products in both jurisdictions As a former franchisee, I have a special interest in the legal aspects of the franchising relationship and franchises as a business growth strategy.

I am married with two children, who define much of my after work activities and thus far appreciate my unpaid position as a conduit from one activity to the next. I love living on Vancouver Island and thanks to a great Scouts troop have many opportunities to go out and enjoy the island with my children. Working in Victoria is a fabulous and convenient; lunch downtown, afternoons swimming at the lake or hiking with the kids, and an evening show or gallery viewing … or maybe just sitting back and watching the bald eagles soar.  Plus as a long time aromatherapist, my office smells great.

Adam B. Pawlovich

BA Education
Juris Doctor

Having worked across multiple industries across both the private and public sectors a career in law was a natural choice. With over 15 years’ experience in business I have learned you are only as successful as the team around you. I have worked on large project to one-on-one consulting engagements. After growing up in Vancouver, attending law school in Saskatoon, I have made Victoria my home.
Adam has an immigration story like so many other Canadians. His grandfather grew up in Warsaw, Poland during World War I. There were mass food shortages, so the only way to bring food to his family was to ask the Russian troops for food, and thus he learned to speak Russian.
Fast-forward a decade when Adam’s grandfather landed in Saskatchewan in the small farming town of Blaine Lake, where he met Adam’s grandmother – a descendant of Russian Doukhobor’s whose family had been exiled from Russia a generation before. Adam’s grandparents farmed a quarter section in Blaine Lake for over 40 years.
As a new Canadian citizen, Adam’s grandfather contributed to the war effort in World War II by providing part of his harvest to the troops in Europe. The family farm on which he farmed is still in operation today.
Adam has chosen to focus his practice on immigration law as this embodies his family history. He recognizes the tremendous advantages Canada gave to his family. He is eager to help others who seek similar opportunity in Canada.
Adam provides a full spectrum of immigration and citizenship law including permanent resident and citizenship applications, sponsorship applications under the family class, and work and temporary resident permits. Adam takes great pride in working to achieve your immigration goals and bring you to Canada.
Adam graduated with a J.D. from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and completed a year at the University of Victoria Law School. He is a practicing member of the Law Society of BC and a member of the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Section. Adam also regularly volunteers with Access Pro Bono by providing free legal advice to people who cannot afford a lawyer.
Adam is married and him and his wife have a daughter.