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May 02, 2007 17:27 ET

Minister Day Announces Appointments to the Pacific Region of the National Parole Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the appointments of Bent Andersen and Ulf Konrad Ottho to the Pacific Region of the National Parole Board.

"I would like to congratulate Messrs. Andersen and Ottho on their appointments and welcome them as new members of the National Parole Board," said Minister Day. "Given their extensive background and experience in the justice system, I am confident they will be conscientious in rendering decisions that ensure the safety of Canadians and the protection of our communities," he added.

Bent Anderson of Victoria, British Columbia is appointed as a part-time member for the Pacific Region. Mr. Andersen is currently Chief Constable of the Oak Bay Police Department, a position he has held since August of 1995. Prior to that, he served 27 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), from 1968 to 1995, posted to various locations in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. Mr. Andersen retired from the RCMP with the rank of inspector in charge of a large municipal detachment. He is also very active in his community with involvement in the Greater Victoria Boys and Girls Club, the B.C. Special Olympics, the Oak Bay Rotary Club and the Lions Club.

Ulf Konrad Ottho of Delta, British Columbia is appointed as a part-time member for the Pacific Region. Mr. Ottho is a lawyer with 30 years experience, the last 20 in private practice working in the areas of criminal law, family law, civil litigation, wills and estates and corporate law. From 1975 to 1986, he worked with the firm Ivens and Ivens (later Ivens, McGuire, Souch and Ottho).

From 1984 to 1996, he served as Standing Agent for the Department of Justice acting as counsel for the Crown and prosecuting offences under various federal statutes.

Mr. Ottho obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1974 and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of British Columbia.

The National Parole Board is an independent tribunal within the Public Safety Portfolio responsible for deciding the timing and conditions of release of offenders on various forms of parole. The Board contributes to the protection of the community by facilitating the timely integration of offenders as law-abiding citizens. The Board's first and foremost consideration in its decision-making is the safety of the public.

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  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    National Parole Board
    John Vandoremalen