Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 24, 2008 15:05 ET

New Member Appointed to the Canadian Forces Grievance Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2008) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the appointment of a new member to the Canadian Forces Grievance Board.

Ms. Carina De Pellegrin was appointed as a part-time member to the Board effective 20 November 2008, for a three-year term. A legal professional, Ms. De Pellegrin has worked as a corporate counsel and litigation lawyer and appeared before government administrative boards and tribunals, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. She is also a former aeronautical engineering officer in the Canadian Forces and a graduate of the Royal Military College.

"The Canadian Forces Grievance Board plays an important role in ensuring our military personnel are treated fairly," said Minister MacKay. "The experience and qualifications Ms. De Pellegrin will bring to the Canadian Forces grievance system will be most useful and I am pleased to welcome her to the Board."

The Canadian Forces Grievance Board is an administrative tribunal, with quasi-judicial powers, independent from the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. Board members review certain categories of military grievances and issue Findings and Recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff. The Board's external review adds transparency and fairness to the grievance process.

The creation of the Board in 2000 made Canada the first country in the world to have a civilian body mandated to review military grievances.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Forces Grievance Board
    Najwa Asmar
    Manager, Communications Services
    613-995-5120 or 1-877-276-4193
    Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353
    After hours: 613-792-2973