Organization Profile - Immigration and Refugee Board

Immigration and Refugee Board



Minister Responsible

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

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 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 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.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairperson
Dion, Mario
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-01-01
2019-12-31
Deputy Chairperson and Member Refugee Appeal Division (RAD)
Sandhu, Ken S.
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2004-06-21
2017-06-20
Deputy Chairperson and Member Immigration Appeal Division (IAD)
Aterman, Paul
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-03-09
2020-03-08
Ottawa District Office
Full-time Members (Ottawa)
Ryan, Julie Mary
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Vancouver Regional Office
Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Vancouver)
Fortney, Douglas Bruce
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-05-28
2019-03-15
Kingma, Maryanne
Calgary, Alberta
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-04-20
2019-08-03
Full-time Members (Vancouver)
Broad, Patricia
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Campbell, Larry James
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-05-25
2017-05-24
Costantino, Craig Michael Smith
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Dhir, Rena
Burnaby, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-01-19
2019-01-18
MacAulay, Philip J.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-06-25
2017-06-24
Mattu, Kashi
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-05-25
2017-05-24
Pemberton, F. George
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2013-06-17
2017-06-16
Sunley, W.J. Sterling
Anmore, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2013-06-17
2017-06-16
Vachon, Roxane
Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
2 Vacant Positions
Calgary District Office
Full-time Members (Calgary)
Cunningham, Lynne Patricia Edith
Calgary, Alberta
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-09-01
2017-08-31
1 Vacant Position
Toronto Regional Office
Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Toronto)
Morrish, Deborah Ann Grace
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2019-08-31
Paul, Noeline Sujithra
Thornhill, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2017-08-31
Full-Time Members (Toronto)
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
2017-06-03
Bebbington, Robert Joseph
Uxbridge, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2019-11-22
Bosveld, Edward John
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
2017-11-22
Dickenson, Kirk
Mississauga, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-07-14
2017-07-13
Erauw, Gregg
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Fainbloom, Kevin
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2019-03-15
Favreau, Leonard D.
Oakville, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-09-01
2017-08-31
Fiorino, Pasquale A.
Amherstburg, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2019-08-31
Garner, Robert Sinclair
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-02-16
2019-02-15
Greenside, Patricia
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-04-04
2017-04-03
Israel, Milton
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-03-23
2017-03-22
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
2017-04-11
Lowe, David J.
Barrie, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-11-07
2019-11-06
MacLean, Kenneth Duncan
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-02
2017-01-01
Mason, Lesley Elizabeth
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-04
2017-05-03
McCaffrey, Michael Scott
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-05-25
2019-05-24
Miscampbell, Patricia Jean
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2017-08-31
Patel, Vandana
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2017-08-31
Pettinella, Michele
Huttonville, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-09-01
2019-08-31
Rose, Elana Nancy
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-01-07
2017-01-06
Sami, Marian Mahfoz
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Setton, Dominique
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-03-03
2017-03-02
Sterlin, Michael
Toronto, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2008-06-23
2017-01-22
Zanfir, Veronica Gabriela
Mississauga, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2012-03-26
2020-03-25
17 Vacant Positions
Montréal Regional Office
Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member (Montréal)
Gauthier, Lyne
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2012-05-03
2017-04-29
1 Vacant Position
Full-Time Members (Montréal)
Alary, Suzanne
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-09-08
2018-09-07
Aronoff, Edward Earl
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2019-11-22
Basmajian, Haig
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2019-11-22
Bissonnette, Alain
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2017-01-14
Chernin, Mark David
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-09-08
2018-09-07
Côté, Marie-Louise
Longueuil, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Cousineau, Louis
Laval, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-04-20
2019-05-02
Cyr, Roxane
Longueuil, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-03-16
2019-03-15
de Andrade, Maria
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2009-11-23
2019-11-22
Doyle, Elaine
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-09-29
2018-09-28
George, Caron L.
Sainte-Famille, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Harrison Baird, Christina M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Labranche, Caroline
Laval, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-09-06
2017-09-05
Leduc, Normand
Longueuil, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2011-09-29
2018-09-28
Lerner, Ivan Mark
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2007-01-15
2017-01-14
O'Connor, Patricia M.
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Raymond, Mélanie
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
Rivest, Marie-José
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-03-23
2017-03-22
Roberge, Marie-Claude
Gatineau, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-09-06
2017-09-05
Sokolyk, Diane Elizabeth
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-03-23
2017-03-22
Trudeau, Marilyne
Longueuil, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-09-06
2017-09-05
Verma, Veena
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2016-05-30
2017-05-29
2 Vacant Positions
Total vacancies: 23