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Gilda Villaran Associée/Partner Montréal

Gilda Villaran, AdE

Partner Fasken
Canada is known for being open to international talent, regardless of country of origin.
Jurisdiction Quebec, 1998 | Lima, 1982
Language(s) Spanish, French, English
Office(s) Montreal

Gilda Villaran specializes in business immigration law. She advises clients on the international relocation of executives and highly skilled workers, specifically to obtain business visas and temporary work permits in Canada, permanent residence and Canadian citizenship.

Gilda has specific expertise in NAFTA and regulatory exemptions which fast tracks the processing of certain temporary work permit applications, namely for intra-company transferees, professionals and other skilled workers.

Before joining Fasken, Gilda worked in Peru, her native country, and in France as a research associate in various business sectors with the Institut européen d'administration des affaires (INSEAD graduate business school).

Gilda is a Fulbright scholar and attended Yale Law School, where she earned both a master’s degree and a Juris Doctor. Her doctoral thesis was supervised by Professors Henry Hansmann, Peter Schuck and Oliver Williamson (Nobel Prize for Economics 2009).

  • Recognized nationwide in Immigration law, Chambers Canada 2020
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada , The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 to 2020
  • Recognized by the Legal 500 in the area of Immigration, Legal 500 2018
Chambers Canada Recognized nationwide in Immigration law Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
The Best Lawyers in Canada Named in Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized in Immigration Law


  • Equivalency McGill University
  • J.S.D.,(Doctor of the Science of Law) Yale University
  • LLM Yale University
  • BCL Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Québec Bar
  • President of the Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Québec) (2014-2016) and member of the to National Executive (since 2012)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Latin-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Bar of Montréal 
  • Member, Québec Immigration Lawyers Association (AQAADI)
Quebec Immigration - Recent changes to the skilled worker program Canadian Bar Association National Citizenship and Immigration Law Conference in Halifax location location Halifax
Québec : Destination of choice ? Canadian Bar Association National Citizenship and Immigration Law Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake location location Niagara-on-the-Lake
Round-Table "Diversity in employment" Quebec Young Chambers of Commerce location location Québec