Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 27, 2010 11:32 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Announces Appointment to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced the appointment of a new member to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. 

Jean-Paul Arsenault of Charlottetown, P.E.I., has been appointed to the Board for a three-year term, effective August 30, 2010.

"Mr. Arsenault will bring a wealth of skills and abilities to his role as a Member of the Board," said Minister Blackburn. "His knowledge of the role played by administrative tribunals and his experience in the application and interpretation of legislation will serve our Veterans and other Canadians well."

The Veterans Review and Appeal Board handles the reviews and appeals of disability pension and award decisions for Veterans, Canadian Forces personnel, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and certain civilians and/or their dependants. It also deals with the final appeal on War Veterans Allowance decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Created in 1995, the Veterans Review and Appeal Board is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal that reports directly to Parliament through the Minister of Veterans Affairs. There are now 26 full-time members on the Board.

Mr. Arsenault is bilingual and is currently the Director of Human Resources Eastern Canada for the Parks Canada Agency. He has a Masters of Business Administration from l'Université Laval and has spent more than 30 years working in both the private and public sectors.

For more information, including a backgrounder on the appointment process for new members, visit the Board's Web site at www.vrab-tacra.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Acting Director of Communications
    Office: 613-992-3465
    Cell: 613-608-3252
    or
    Veterans Review and Appeal Board
    Danielle Gauthier
    Head of Communication
    902-566-8575