Growing a Successful Consultancy
Netherlands-born Bas Brusche’s career in public affairs, communications and business development has taken him to countries and communities around the world: Thailand, Belgium, Afghanistan, Angola and Mexico to name a few. He has worked for the Dutch government, VANOC and the Red Cross.
Bas, who is fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish, had immigrated to Canada in 2007 and was working in Mexico for a Vancouver-based renewable energy company when he became aware of how many people wanted to move here. “I wanted to get back to my roots and passion for helping people and refugees,” says Bas. “How could I do that the best way possible?”
Around the time he was considering a career change, a long-time colleague and immigration consultant suggested he look into the UBC CILPP program.
After enrolling in and completing the 100% online program in 2018, Bas wrote and passed the ICCRC Entry-to-Practice Exam. Soon after, he and a fellow classmate launched an immigration practice based on his home Bowen Island, just off the coast of Vancouver. Now, just nine months after he launched his consultancy, Bas says he’s working full-time as an immigration consultant – and is getting busier and busier.
“CILPP was a very good choice. UBC has assembled a high-quality group [of instructors] who are really interested in students' success. As a graduate, I’m able to draw on the knowledge a number of experienced immigration consultants who are all UBC alumni or UBC tutors, and who are willing to help me out. That’s the incredible value of good contacts, well-taught [courses] and access to resources,” says Bas.
Today, Bas counts among his clients people from Mexico, Indonesia and the Netherlands. He and his business partner, who recently relocated to Russia, are also collaborating with another classmate fluent in Urdu and Hindi.
While Bas attributes his business’s success in part to the contacts he made in the CILPP program, he also has words of advice for prospective and current students. “Immigration consulting is a people business. Try to be likeable and trustworthy from the start, and meet your clients in person. People choose you because they like you and trust you.” He adds, “Use everything that UBC has given you – your instructors’ knowledge, and your contacts with instructors and fellow students. The meaningfulness of this work is what brings us all together.”
Take the first step toward becoming a regulated immigration consultant in Canada with the UBC CILPP program.