Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

November 29, 2010 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Reappointment and Designation to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) - Robert Néron has been reappointed to the Montreal office of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

Mr. Néron was also designated Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division for the Eastern region. This reappointment was made in accordance with the IRB's merit-based appointment process.

Minister Kenney is committed to delivering on the Government of Canada's promise to fill vacancies on the Board with qualified individuals as quickly as possible after vacancies arise. Since October 2008, the Minister has made 83 appointments and 40 reappointments to the IRB. The IRB has been at 80% or above of its full complement since January 2009, and at 95% or above of its full complement since November 2009.

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 the biography on the IRB member, please see below.

BACKGROUNDER

Reappointment and designation to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Robert Néron

Robert Néron (Montréal) was appointed to the IRB on November 27, 2000. He was subsequently reappointed on November 27, 2002, November 27, 2007 and September 9, 2009. On June 30, 2004, Mr. Néron assumed the position of Acting Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) in the Toronto office until May 2005. Mr. Néron was transferred to the Montréal office, where he was Coordinating Member of the IAD. On September 9, 2009, Mr. Néron was designated Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) for the Eastern Region. Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Néron was in private practice specializing in immigration and refugee law. He received a Bachelor in Political Science from the Université Laval, a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Moncton and a Master in Management from the Université de Sherbrooke. Mr. Néron is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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