Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

May 18, 2010 12:55 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Appointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - Today the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced two appointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

In the Toronto regional office, David J.T. Mungovan was appointed for a three-year term. In the Calgary regional office, Lynne Patricia Edith Cunningham was appointed for a three-year term.

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

Prior to her appointment to the IRB, Ms. Cunningham was a detective with the Sex Crimes Unit and, previously, supervisor of the Domestic Conflict Unit, both with the Calgary Police Service. She has been with the Calgary Police Service for the past 30 years.

Prior to his appointment to the IRB, Mr. Mungovan was most recently Counsel with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP.

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 67 appointments and 34 reappointments to the IRB.

The IRB has not fallen below 80% of its full complement since January 2009, and has been above 95% of its full complement since November 2009. With today's announcement, the IRB is at 99% of its full complement.

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.

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