Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

May 19, 2009 12:13 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Reappointments and Designation to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today announced two full-time reappointments and one designation to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Anna Maria Silvestri Corriveau was reappointed for a one-year term in the Montreal office. Kim D. Workun was reappointed for a one-year term and was designated Assistant Deputy Chairperson in the Vancouver office. These reappointments were made in accordance with the IRB's merit-based appointment process.

Prior to her initial appointment on September 8, 1998, Ms. Silvestri Corriveau was a self-employed researcher focusing on subjects relating 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 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 her initial appointment on August 10, 1998, Ms. Workun worked as a lawyer for a private legal practice in Alberta. She has also worked as legal counsel for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and was employed with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Ms. Workun was called to the Alberta Bar in 1986.

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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