Former YK immigration consultant facing lawsuit for unpaid fees to local interior designer

Yellowknife Courthouse (CKLB File photo).

A former Yellowknife immigration consultant is facing a lawsuit for alleged unpaid fees to a local interior designer.

Liang Chen, who is listed as the director of Northern Gateway Consulting Services Ltd., is facing a civil suit from Charlotte Henry of Henry Design Build Live for $29,891.62 from unpaid services and material.

The incident stems from an earlier lawsuit Chen faced when he was forced to pay $185,000 to a former client in 2020.

The client, Jie Qiao, was a Chinese immigrant looking to open a high-end gift shop in Yellowknife.

Court documents say Henry completed approximately $31,380 in services and material and Chen only paid $10,488.64.

Henry is asking for the unpaid $20,891 and $18,942.76 in interest.

CKLB reached out to Henry by phone who said she couldn’t comment on the matter as it is still before the courts.

CKLB reached out to C.L. Pacific Immigration Consulting Ltd., another of Chen’s companies, by phone multiple times for comment, but received no answer.

On the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council website, Chen’s profile says he is under an administrative suspension that began on Mar. 19, for failure to pay membership fees.

Former MLA and cabinet minister David Ramsay was also listed as the director of Northern Gateway Consulting Services Ltd., in several documents dated April 2016, but is not named in any court documents related to the case.

But Ramsay told CKLB over the phone he has not been associated with the company for “a number of years.”

Ramsay said he couldn’t comment on the situation as it is before the courts, but added he has been a longtime friend of Chen’s.

Chen was also the grand prize winner of the 2019 Win Your Space YK.

Posts on social media say he would be creating a restaurant called Big Fish NWT, which has yet to come to fruition.

CKLB reached out to the city to see what the procedure is for this situation.

City staff were unable to respond in time for publication.

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