Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 29, 2008 14:35 ET

Reappointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced five full-time reappointments to the Toronto office of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

Atam Uppal was reappointed for a five-year term, Richard Adam Dawson was reappointed for a three-year term and Dian J. Forsey, Veda Rangan and James W. Waters were reappointed for a one-year term. These reappointments were made in accordance with the IRB's merit-based appointment process.

Prior to his initial appointment in July 2006, Mr. Uppal served as a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Ontario and was Vice-President of Econometric Research Limited (ERL). Prior to that, Mr. Uppal was Director of Operations with the Ontario Casino Corporation. He has also worked as a senior policy advisor in the Ministry of Finance of Ontario and has taught Economics. Mr. Uppal received his Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Economics from Bishop's University in Quebec and his master's degree in Economics from the University of Guelph.

Prior to his initial appointment in April 2001, Mr. Dawson was a superintendent with the Halton Regional Police Service. He retired on December 31, 1995, after 28 years of distinguished service. He received the Canada 125 Medal and many other awards for volunteer service in his community. Mr. Dawson studied at York University in the Executive Development program. He completed a three-year Police Management course at Humber College and a three-year Police Science course at Mohawk College. He also attended the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, where he took many courses to expand his knowledge and experience.

Prior to her initial appointment in April 1998, Ms. Forsey was Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of Univirus Research of Canada, a senior board member at the Rent Review Hearings Board of Ontario, a senior partner with Thom Malcolm and Associates and President of Gosling Consultants Limited. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University in St. John's, and studied History at the University of Birmingham and Business Administration at John Abbott College in Montréal.

Prior to her initial appointment in April 1998, Ms. Rangan was Vice-Chair of the Social Assistance Review Board and a member of the National Parole Board. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Ms. Rangan has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, and certificates in Social Services and French.

Prior to his initial appointment in August 1997, Mr. Waters worked as an associate with MacKenzie, Wood, Magill & Blakeman, as an associate with the Law Office of Tobias & Bagshaw and as a sole practitioner in Huntsville. He also served as a child advocate with the Office of the Children's Lawyer, as a deputy judge in a small claims court in the Central East region and as President of the Muskoka Law Association. Mr. Waters received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and his Bachelor of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1979.

Created in 1989, the IRB is an independent administrative tribunal that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. 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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