Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 18, 2010 14:13 ET

Minister Finley Announces Appointment of Commissioner of Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security Review Tribunals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, today announced the appointment of Julie Gagnon as Commissioner of the Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security Review Tribunals. 

"Ms. Gagnon's leadership will help the Tribunals continue to offer the fair representation expected by all Canadians," said Minister Finley. "Her extensive experience as a lawyer and senior executive at various levels in the public and private sectors will be an important asset to the Tribunals."

Most recently, Ms. Gagnon has served as Executive Director of the Appeals and Litigation Branch for the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Small Business and Revenue (MSBR) for the Province of British Columbia. She has also worked as Manager of Gas Development for Enbridge Inc. and as Senior Regulatory Counsel for Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Ms. Gagnon has six years of experience as Independent Counsel for Global Interactive Resolutions Inc.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree in Public Law and a Graduate Diploma in Specialized Legal Studies from the University of Ottawa.

The Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals oversees the work of panels that hear appeals from Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) clients whose applications for benefits have been denied. A review tribunal is a quasi-judicial body that operates independently from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to hear and decide on appeals of decisions brought forward under the CPP or the OAS Act.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559