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July 31, 2009 15:46 ET

Minister Van Loan Announces Two Full-time Appointments to the National Parole Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced two full-time appointments to the National Parole Board.

Ontario/Nunavut Region

William Frederick Kerr Tufnell of Bolton, Ontario, is appointed as a full-time member. Mr. Tufnell has extensive experience in the Canadian law enforcement field. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968 where he served for five years. Between 1974 and 1988 he was a member of the York Regional Police Force. In 1989, Mr. Tufnell became the founding President of three of Ontario's leading Security Services companies. Mr. Tufnell's community involvement includes work with the Simcoe York District Health Council, the Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre, the York Central Hospital, Social Enterprise Canada, the Community Hospice Association of Ontario and Hospice Thornhill.

Quebec Region

Renaud Dutil of St-Georges de Beauce, Quebec, is appointed as a full-time member. Mr. Dutil served as a part-time member at the National Parole Board from 1986 to 2003. He holds a law degree and a Master's degree of Education in Law from the University of Laval and has experience as a trial lawyer in private practice. Mr. Dutil has been a member of the Barreau du Quebec since 1972.

"I am pleased to announce these two appointments, which reflect the federal government's commitment to ensuring appointments to the National Parole Board are based on merit and ability," said Minister Van Loan. "The National Parole Board is an independent decision-making tribunal that plays a significant role in contributing to the safety of our communities, making it imperative that we appoint highly qualified and committed people."

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