Organization Profile - Immigration and Refugee Board

Immigration and Refugee Board



Mandate

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada's largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRB decides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually.

Head Office

Ottawa, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

The Immigration and Refugee Board consists of the Refugee Protection Division, the Refugee Appeal Division, the Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division. The Board is composed of a Chairperson and other members as are required to ensure the proper functioning of the Board.

The Chairperson and members of the Refugee Appeal Division and the Immigration Appeal Division:
  • are appointed to the Board by the Governor in Council, to hold office during good behaviour for a term not exceeding seven years, subject to removal by the Governor in Council at any time for cause, to serve in a regional or district office of the Board;
  • are eligible for reappointment in the same or another capacity;
  • may not accept or hold any office or employment or carry on any activity inconsistent with their duties and functions under this Act; and
  • if appointed as full-time members, must devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties under this Act.
One Deputy Chairperson and not more than ten Assistant Deputy Chairpersons are to be designated by the Governor in Council for each of the Refugee Appeal Division and Immigration Appeal Division from among the full-time members of those Divisions. The Chairperson and the Deputy Chairpersons and Assistant Deputy Chairpersons of these Divisions are appointed on a full-time basis and the other members are appointed on a full-time or part-time basis.

The Chairperson is, by virtue of holding that office, a member of each Division of the Board and is the chief executive officer of the Board. The Chairperson must live in the National Capital Region or within reasonable commuting distance of it.

The Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division and a majority of the Assistant Deputy Chairpersons of that Division and at least ten per cent of the members of the Divisions must be members of at least five years standing at the bar of a province or notaries of at least five years standing at the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the Minister may authorize one of the Deputy Chairpersons or any other member of the Board to act as Chairperson.

Eligibility/Conflicts

The Chairperson and members of the Refugee Protection Division, Refugee Appeal Division and Immigration Appeal Division may not accept or hold any office or employment or carry on any activity inconsistent with their duties and functions; and if appointed as full-time members, must devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties. The Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division and a majority of the Assistant Deputy Chairpersons of that Division and at least 10 per cent of the members of the Refugee Protection Division, the Refugee Appeal Division and the Immigration Appeal Division must be members of at least five years standing at the bar of a province or notaries of at least five years standing at the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Interim Chairperson
Sandhu, Ken S.
Ottawa, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2013-06-13
Deputy Chairperson and Member Refugee Appeal Division (RAD)
Sandhu, Ken S.
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2004-06-21
2015-06-20
Acting Deputy Chairperson and Member Refugee Appeal Division (RAD)
Morrish, Deborah Ann Grace
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2013-11-04
Interim Deputy Chairperson and Member Immigration Appeal Division (IAD)
Dolin, Benjamin R.
Ottawa, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2014-01-06
Full-time Members (Ottawa)
Dolin, Benjamin R.
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-01-07
2016-01-06
Guénette, Gilles L.
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2015-01-14
Johnstone, Alexander George
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-10-20
2014-10-19
Interim Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Vancouver)
Fortney, Douglas Bruce
Vancouver, British Columbia
During Good Behaviour
2012-07-03
Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Vancouver)
2 Vacant Positions
Full-time Members (Vancouver)
Bruin, Lucinda Jane
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2015-03-15
Campbell, Larry James
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-05-25
2017-05-24
Crowhurst, Timothy J.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2013-06-17
2016-06-16
Dhir, Rena
Burnaby, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-01-19
2015-01-18
Fortney, Douglas Bruce
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2015-03-15
MacAulay, Philip J.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-06-25
2015-06-24
Mattu, Kashi
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-05-25
2017-05-24
McRae, Gordon Christopher
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-01-11
2016-01-10
Pemberton, F. George
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2013-06-17
2016-06-16
Sunley, W.J. Sterling
Anmore, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2013-06-17
2016-06-16
Full-time Members (Calgary)
Cunningham, Lynne Patricia
Calgary, Alberta
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-09-01
2016-08-31
Gaultier, Luella
Chestermere, Alberta
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2015-11-22
Kingma, Maryanne
Calgary, Alberta
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-04-20
2017-04-19
Narula, Bindu
Calgary , Alberta
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-02-16
2015-02-15
Interim Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Toronto)
Atkinson, Kenneth David
St. Catharines, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2013-11-04
Paul, Noeline Sujithra
Thornhill, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2012-08-07
Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Toronto)
1 Vacant Position
Full-Time Members (Toronto)
Agostinho, Luis Filipe
Toromto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-11-15
2016-11-14
Ahara, Roslyn
Georgetown, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-04-21
2017-04-20
Andrachuk, Rose
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-04-21
2017-04-20
Atkinson, Kenneth David
St. Catharines, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-06-04
2015-06-03
Barnes, Barry David
Thornhill, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-09-01
2014-08-31
Bebbington, Robert Joseph
Uxbridge, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2015-11-22
Bosveld, Edward J.
Hamilton, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-04-14
2017-04-13
Cheung, Teresa Tak Yan
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2017-11-22
da Silva, Anthony Peter
Brampton, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2015-11-22
Dickenson, Kirk
Mississauga, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-07-14
2017-07-13
Fainbloom, Kevin
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2015-03-15
Favreau, Leonard D.
Oakville, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-09-01
2016-08-31
Fiorino, Pasquale A.
Amherstburg, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2015-08-31
Forbes, Cathryn L.
Brantford, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-06-23
2017-06-22
Garner, Robert Sinclair
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-02-16
2015-02-15
Greenside, Patricia
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-04-04
2017-04-03
Hogarth, Marlene Donna Mary
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2006-11-27
2014-11-26
Israel, Milton
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2006-01-09
2016-01-08
Kawun, Walter
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-08
2015-01-07
Kivlichan, John Gerald
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-04-20
2015-05-02
Kular, Susan S.
Pickering, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-04-21
2017-04-20
Lee, David P.F.
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-04-12
2016-04-11
Lowe, David J.
Barrie, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-11-07
2014-11-06
Future Appointment: Lowe, David J. (2014-11-07)
Macdougall, Donald Virtue
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-08-01
2016-07-31
MacLean, Kenneth Duncan
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-02
2015-01-01
Markovits, Robert Allan
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2015-03-15
Mason, Lesley Elizabeth
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2015-11-22
McBean, David E.
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-10-15
2015-10-14
McCaffrey, Michael Scott
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-05-25
2015-05-24
McSweeney, Daniel
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-08
2015-01-07
Miscampbell, Patricia Jean
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2017-08-31
Morris, Sandy J.
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-03-01
2016-02-29
Morrish, Deborah Ann Grace
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2015-08-31
Mungovan, David J.T.
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-06-14
2016-06-13
Patel, Vandana
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2017-08-31
Paul, Noeline Sujithra
Thornhill, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2017-08-31
Pettinella, Michele
Brampton, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2015-08-31
Robinson, Edward Charles
East Gwillimbury, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-05-25
2015-05-24
Rose, Elana Nancy
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-01-07
2017-01-06
Setton, Dominique
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-03-03
2017-03-02
Sherman, Irvin Harold
Thornhill, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-06-04
2015-06-03
Sterlin, Michael
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-06-23
2017-01-22
Uppal, Atam
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2006-07-17
2016-07-16
Yaacov, Marie-Claude
Whitby, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2015-03-15
Zanfir, Veronica Gabriela
Mississauga, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2012-03-26
2015-03-25
1 Vacant Position
Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Montréal)
Gauthier, Lyne
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2012-05-03
2015-04-29
Interim Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Montréal)
Sokolyk, Diane Elizabeth
Montréal, Quebec
During Good Behaviour
2012-11-05
Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Montréal)
1 Vacant Position
Full-Time Members (Montréal)
Aronoff, Edward Earl
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2015-11-22
Atallah, Sherif
Laval, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2015-03-15
Basmajian, Haig
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2015-11-22
Bissonnette, Alain
Outremont, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2015-01-14
Bourque, Renée
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-09-29
2014-09-28
Brychcy, Anna
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-01-11
2016-01-10
Byczak, Michel Antoine
Chambly, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2015-01-14
Cousineau, Louis
Gatineau, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-04-20
2015-05-02
Cyr, Roxane
Saint-Lambert, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2015-03-15
de Andrade, Maria
Outremont, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2015-11-22
Diop, Youssoupha
Lachenaie, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-10-20
2014-10-19
Doyle, Elaine
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-09-29
2014-09-28
Future Appointment: Doyle, Elaine (2014-09-29)
Fiset, Éveline
Chambly, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-09-29
2014-09-28
Gallagher, Stephen James
Kirkland, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-04-12
2016-04-11
Kean, Dana
Côte-Saint-Luc, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2015-01-14
Leduc, Normand
Longueuil, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-09-29
2014-09-28
Future Appointment: Leduc, Normand (2014-09-29)
Lerner, Ivan Mark
Côte-Saint-Luc, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2015-01-14
Paquette, Marie-Claude
Candiac, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2015-01-14
Rivest, Marie-José
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-03-01
2016-02-29
Sokolyk, Diane Elizabeth
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-01-11
2016-01-10
Zicherman, Doris
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-10-17
2016-10-17
Total vacancies: 5