Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 17, 2009 13:17 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Announces New Chair for the Veterans Review and Appeal Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced the new Chair of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB).

John D. Larlee of Fredericton, N.B. has been appointed Chair of the Board effective April 27, 2009.

"Mr. Larlee brings the kind of leadership and talent that our Veterans and other clients will quickly appreciate seeing at the Veterans Review and Appeal Board," said Minister Thompson.

The Veterans Review and Appeal Board handles the reviews and appeals of disability pension and award decisions for Veterans, Canadian Forces personnel, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and certain civilians and/or their dependants. It also deals with the final appeal on War Veterans Allowance decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Created in 1995, the Veterans Review and Appeal Board is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal that reports directly to Parliament through the Minister of Veterans Affairs. There are now 25 full-time members on the Board, including the Chair and Deputy Chair.

Minister Thompson also took the opportunity provided by this announcement to thank James MacPhee for filling in admirably as Acting Chair after Victor Marchand's retirement as Chair in December 2008. Mr. MacPhee will remain a Member of the Board and Deputy Chair.

"I truly appreciate the exemplary service Mr. Marchand provided our government in leading VRAB and I thank Mr. MacPhee for stepping in during the search to find a new Chair," said Minister Thompson.

For more information, including a backgrounder on the appointment process for new members, visit the Board(s Web site at


John Larlee is a bilingual lawyer, having practiced law since 1975. He opened the John D. Larlee Law Office in July 1975 and engaged in the private practice of law as a general practitioner until May 1995. He was president of the Restigouche Barristers Society from 1984 to 1985 and chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Society of New Brunswick from 1992 to 1998. Mr. Larlee has served as a provincial and federal prosecutor for 11 years, as well as an expropriations advisory officer for over 15 years. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in December 1993. In 1995, he joined the law firm of Hanson Hashey (now Cox & Palmer), and has been a partner in the firm since 1998.

He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, a member in good standing of the Law Society of New Brunswick, and a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a Labour Arbitrator and member of the Expedited Labour Arbitration Panel in New Brunswick and a mediator in private personal injury and disability pension matters.

Mr. Larlee also devotes time to his community, having served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Campbellton Regional Hospital from 1983 until March 1992, and as president of the Campbellton Branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses. He has also served as a Campbellton City Councillor.

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