Warren Leonard Creates, B.A., LL.B is a Canadian Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship lawyer based in Ottawa, Canada. He was designated as a Certified Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006 and has maintained this designation every year since.
Born and raised in Montreal, Creates obtained his law degree from the University of Windsor and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1986. He was previously a legal advisor to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and is currently head of the Immigration Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.
Creates is frequently cited by Canadian media as a commentator on Canadian and international immigration issues.
Creates is one of the original founders of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, North America's largest dragon boat festival, first held in 1993. In 1998, he introduced the Festival's charitable component. He continues to serve on the Festival's Executive Committee.
In 2008, Creates helped found the Can-Go Afar Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping the Afar, one of the planet's oldest aboriginal cultures. He continues to act as President of the Foundation and legal counsel (pro bono) to the Afar people.
In 2013, Creates was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the County of Carleton Law Association's Gordon F. Henderson Award for his charitable services on behalf of the community.