Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

June 24, 2008 09:43 ET

Appointments and Reappointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced nine full-time appointments and 12 full-time reappointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Eveline Fiset and Normand Leduc were each appointed for a three-year term in the Montreal office. Barry D. Barnes, Kirk Dickenson, Joseph Hunter, Judy Lewis, Michael Sterlin and Cynthia L. Summers were each appointed for a three-year term in the Toronto office.

Negar Azmudeh was appointed for a three-year term in the Vancouver office. Michel Jobin and Anna Maria Silvestri Corriveau were each reappointed for a one-year term and Guy Lebel was reappointed for a three-year term, all in the Montreal office.

Clifford Daniel Berry, Stephen C. Budaci, Ana C. Costa and Hazelyn Ross were each reappointed for a three-year term and Stuart J. Mutch and Harvey Savage were each reappointed for a five-year term, all in the Toronto office.

Paulah Jean Dauns was reappointed for a one-year term and designated to be Assistant Deputy Chairperson in the Vancouver office. Erwin Nest and Ross Anthony Pattee were each reappointed for a five-year term in the Vancouver office.

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

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Fiset practised immigration law in Montreal. She was a lawyer with Blain, Fiset and Associates. Ms. Fiset received her Bachelor of Laws from the Universite du Quebec.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Leduc held a number of positions with the IRB, such as Refugee Protection Officer and Operations Support Manager. Mr. Leduc received his Bachelor of Laws from the Universite de Montreal and was called to the Quebec bar in 1987.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Barnes, Senior Executive in Human Resources and Labour Relations, was Director of Learning with Lafarge North America and Manager of Human Resources with Lafarge Canada Inc. and Lafarge Construction Materials Canada East. Mr. Barnes received his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters in Education Technology from Concordia University (formerly known as Sir George Williams University) in Montreal.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Dickenson was a hearings officer with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). He has also been a regional program advisor with CIC and a refugee claims officer with the IRB. Mr. Dickenson received his Bachelor of Arts from York University.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Hunter was a Consultant and Speaker in the areas of Corrections, Security and Ethical Leadership. He was also a Deputy Chair of Police and a Chief of Detectives with the Toronto Police Service. Mr. Hunter received a certificate in Law Enforcement and Administration from the University of Toronto.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Lewis was a mediator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. She has also been a dispute resolution officer as well as a refugee claims officer with the IRB and an appeals officer for CIC. Ms. Lewis received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Sterlin was senior paralegal for the Ontario Realty Corporation and legal counsel for Centrecorp. He has also been legal counsel and leasing manager for Valiant Property Management. Mr. Sterlin received a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a Bachelor of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters in Business Administration from York University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1980.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Summers was Manager of Community Engagement and Research with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and a director at York University. She was also an adjudicator for the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal. Ms. Summers received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master's in Social Work from McMaster University.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Azmudeh was a lawyer with the Embarkation Law Group in Vancouver, B.C. She also worked with WLG Law Offices (formerly known as the Windsor Law Group) after leaving her own private practice. Ms. Azmudeh received her Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the British Columbia bar in December 1999.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Jobin, a current member of the Board, practised law with Pelletier, Rioux, Bosse and with Masse et al. He also worked for the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Education and the Department of Post-Secondary Education and Science for the Government of Quebec. Mr. Jobin received his Bachelor of Laws from Universite Laval and a Bachelor of Political Science.

Prior to her initial appointment, Ms. Silvestri Corriveau, a current member of the Board, worked as a self-employed researcher focusing on subjects related to municipal law, municipal taxation and realty assessment. She also worked as a municipal law instructor at the College de l'Assomption, as a researcher for the Bureau de Revision de l'evaluation fonciere du Quebec (the Quebec property assessment review office) and as a legal aid consultant in the Montreal offices of FILEF, an Italian federation for emigrant workers and families. Ms. Silvestri Corriveau did work toward a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Political Science at Concordia University and received her Bachelor of Laws and her Master of Laws in Social Law and Labour Law from the Universite du Quebec.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Lebel, a current member of the Board, was a prosecutor in St-Georges-de-Beauce with the Quebec Attorney General's office for offences under the Highway Code, the Act Respecting the Commission de controle des permis d'alcool, the Act Respecting Explosives and the Transport Act. He was an agent of the Attorney General of Canada for prosecutions under 31 federal statutes, including the Immigration Act. Mr. Lebel, a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission from 1983 to 1985, obtained his Bachelor of Laws from Universite Laval.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Berry, a current member of the Board, held the positions of Executive Officer, President and Vice-President of the North York District (of the City of Toronto) and Provincial Chair of the Contract Maintenance Committee for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). He was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Pool Services, Inc. Mr. Berry obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics and studied at Peterborough Teachers College.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Budaci, a current member of the Board, was National Sales Manager and Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Sales at Italfina. He was also Director of Marketing and Government Affairs and Executive Assistant to the President of AECL CANDU, and Executive Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources for the Government of Ontario.

Prior to her initial appointment, Ms. Costa, a current member of the Board, worked with women's groups across the province as a bilingual grants consultant for the Ontario Women's Directorate, Economic Development and Partnerships Branch. Prior to this, Ms. Costa worked for the City of Toronto in the Economic Development Culture and Tourism Department as Community Liaison Coordinator; for the Portuguese Interagency Network as Executive Director (where she co-founded the Portuguese-Canadian National Congress); for the Ontario Ministry of Culture as Special Assistant; and for the Office of the Premier as Community Liaison Officer. In a volunteer capacity, Ms. Costa took part in numerous community efforts, which included sitting on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Children's Aid Society for a period of seven years. Ms. Costa speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish and holds a B.A. from York University.

Prior to her initial appointment, Ms. Ross, a current member of the Board, was a lawyer with Shepherd Mondrow in Toronto. She held a number of positions in the Government of Ontario, working as a law officer intern in the Ministry of the Attorney General and as a policy development officer in the Race Relations and Policing Unit of the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies in Barbados and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1996. Before earning her law degree, she received her Bachelor of Arts, Honours Sociology, and her Master of Arts, Educational Technology, from Concordia University in Montreal.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Mutch, a current member of the Board, was an associate with Mediated Solutions Incorporated and, before that, a mediator and arbitrator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He practised law for seven years, chiefly as a litigator. Mr. Mutch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary, his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor and his Master of Laws degree from York University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1985.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Savage, a current member of the Board, conducted a largely immigration and refugee law private practice. He has also worked as a mediator, has published a legal text entitled Mental Health Law in Canada and has taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax and the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Toronto. Mr. Savage was called to the Ontario bar in 1971 and the Nova Scotia bar in 1972.

Prior to her initial appointment, Ms. Dauns, a current member of the Board, worked as a regional director with the Vancouver Legal Services Society, as a special prosecutor, as a child witness coordinator with the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General and as an immigration officer with the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Ms. Dauns was called to the Ontario bar in 1984 and to the British Columbia bar in 1991.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Nest, a current member of the Board, was Executive Director with the Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region. He received his Bachelor of Arts and completed post-graduate studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prior to his initial appointment, Mr. Pattee, a current member of the Board, worked for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia where he held numerous positions, including Corporate Counsel, and senior management positions with the Special Investigations Unit and Corporate Communications. Prior to that, he worked in private practice with a large national law firm. Ross Anthony Pattee received his Bachelor of Arts, Honours, and his Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1989 and the British Columbia bar in 1992.

Created in 1989, the IRB is an independent administrative tribunal that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. 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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