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Citizenship and Immigration Canada

September 10, 2009 15:00 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Appointments and Designation to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today announced seven full-time appointments and one designation to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Edward E. Aronoff, Sonia Beaupre, Anna Brychcy and Maria de Andrade were appointed for three-year terms in the Montreal regional office. Sandy Morris was appointed for a three-year term in the Toronto regional office. Peter Bowal was appointed for a three-year term in the Calgary regional office. Baljinder K. Chahal was appointed for a three-year term in the Vancouver regional office.

Robert Neron was designated Assistant Deputy Chairperson in the Montreal regional office.

These appointments and designation were made in accordance with the IRB's merit-based appointment process.

The Minister is committed to delivering on his promise to fill vacancies on the Board with qualified individuals as quickly as possible after vacancies arise. Since October 2008, the Minister has made 50 appointments and 11 reappointments to the IRB. With today's announcement, the IRB is at 94 % of its full complement.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Aronoff was most recently a senior litigator specializing in commercial and civil law with McMillan Binch Mendelsohn. Previously, he was a lawyer with Mendelsohn and Associates where he practiced law for over 30 years. Mr. Aronoff received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Beaupre was corporate secretary of the Agence de l'efficacite energetique. She also held positions as director of corporate affairs at Melior Group Inc., director of legal affairs at the Fonds de placement immobilier BB and Devimco Inc., and executive vice-president for corporate affairs at Gestion Portland-Vimy Inc. In addition, she practised notarial law for over 10 years. Ms. Beaupre holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a graduate degree in notarial law from the Universite de Sherbrooke.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Bowal was a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He has also been a Fulbright Research Chair at Michigan State University, Judicial Fellow at the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and a Barrister and Solicitor in a private law practice. Mr. Bowal received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Brychcy worked for 30 years as the Executive Director of the Institut Canadien-Polonais du Bien-Etre Inc., a residential and long-term care centre. As well, she is a founding member of the Fondation de l'Institut Canadien-Polonais du Bien-Etre Inc. Ms. Brychcy received a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master in Heath Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. de Andrade was a refugee protection officer at the IRB for 20 years. Before that, she was a lawyer working mainly in the area of civil and commercial litigation. She was also an assistant syndic at the Quebec Real Estate Association. She received her Licentiate in Laws from the Universite de Montreal. Ms. De Andrade was called to the Quebec Bar in 1982.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Morris had her own private practice. She has also been a Partner with Wilson Christen LLP, Barristers and Torkin Manes LLP, Barristers & Solicitors. Ms. Morris received a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Chahal was Vice Chair of the Worker's Compensation Appeal Tribunal in Richmond, British Columbia. She has also held the positions of Paralegal with the Legal Services Society and Settlement and Community Worker/Manager with the Ontario Administration of Settlement and Integration Services (OASIS) Immigrant Services Centre in Vancouver. Ms. Chahal received her Bachelor of Arts in English, Political Science and Economics as well as her Master of Arts in English Literature from Punjab University in India.

Robert Neron was appointed to the IRB on November 27, 2000, and assigned to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). He was reappointed on November 27, 2002, and on November 27, 2007. On June 30, 2004, Mr. Neron assumed the position of Acting Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the IAD in the Toronto office until May 2005. After that, Mr. Neron was transferred to the Montreal office, where he was Coordinating Member. Since February 11, 2008, Mr. Neron has been acting Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division at the Montreal office.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Neron owned his own firm, the Law Offices of R. Neron, Barrister & Solicitor. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Universite Laval, his Bachelor of Laws from Universite de Moncton and his Master of Arts in Management from the Universite de Sherbrooke. Mr. Neron was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1997.

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.

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