Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

October 27, 2009 13:00 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Appointment and Reappointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2009) - One appointment and three reappointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) were announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

"This government is committed to delivering on our promise to fill vacancies on the Board with qualified individuals as quickly as possible after vacancies arise," said Minister Kenney.

Luella Gaultier was appointed for a three-year term in the Calgary regional office. Michelle Langelier and Marie-Claude Paquette were reappointed for five-year terms in the Montreal regional office. Kenneth MacLean was reappointed for a five-year term in the Toronto regional office.

These appointments were made in accordance with the IRB's merit-based appointment process. Since October 2008, Minister Kenney has announced 52 appointments and 22 reappointments to the IRB.

Created in 1989, the IRB is an independent administrative tribunal that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. The Board has three divisions - the Refugee Protection Division, the Immigration Appeal Division and the Immigration Division. The IRB determines refugee protection claims made in Canada, hears immigration appeals, and conducts admissibility hearings and detention reviews.

For biographies on the IRB members, please see the backgrounder (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2009/2009-10-27.asp).

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