OTTAWA, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment
of Ms. Murielle Brazeau as Chairperson of the new Social Security Tribunal (SST).
As announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, the new SST will consolidate
the four existing Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
tribunals for Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan and Old Age
Security appeals into a single decision-making body that ensures
administrative justice for appellants and greater value for Canadians.
"The new Social Security Tribunal will continue to ensure a fair and
accessible appeal process for Canadians," said Minister Finley.
"Ms. Brazeau's broad knowledge of the federal courts system, her strong
legal background and her significant management experience will
constitute valuable assets in her new role as Chairperson of the SST."
"I am honoured to accept this important role, and I am committed to
working to ensure that the appeal process is fair, transparent and
impartial for Canadians," said Ms. Brazeau.
For the past five years, Ms. Brazeau was the Deputy Chief Administrator
at the Courts Administration Service (CAS), where she managed all
judicial and registry services to the Federal Court of Appeal, the
Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court and the Tax Court of
Canada. Prior to joining the CAS, she held senior-level positions at
the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Canadian Human Rights
Commission, Health Canada, the Privy Council Office and the Department
Ms. Brazeau holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a License in Law, both
from the University of Ottawa. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar
In addition to Ms. Brazeau's appointment as Chairperson of the new SST,
Minister Finley also announced the appointment of 33 full-time members
that have been approved by Governor in Council. Members will be appointed from all regions of the country to ensure
fairness and regional distribution. The SST will begin its operations
on April 1, 2013.
For more information on the SST, visit servicecanada.gc.ca.
Announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012, the Social Security
Tribunal (SST) will eliminate duplication in appeal and tribunal
services for major federal social security programs. It will be an
administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial powers and will provide an
independent appeal process for government decisions on Employment
Insurance (EI), the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security
The new tribunal system will simplify and streamline the process for
appellants by providing them with a single decision-making body for EI,
CPP and OAS appeals. The SST will be led by a chairperson and three
vice-chairpersons appointed by Governor in Council. The SST will
comprise two levels of appeal. For the first level of appeal, a
vice-chairperson will head each of the EI and Income Security (CPP and
OAS) sections of the General Division. The third vice-chairperson will
head the Appeal Division, which is the second level of appeal. The
Appeal Division decides appeals of decisions made by the General
In addition to the chairperson and vice-chairpersons, the legislation
provides for up to 70 full-time members to render decisions on appeals.
Members are expected to maintain the public trust and avoid any
conflicts of interest. These members will be supported by advisors with
legal and medical expertise and will have access to professional
The current tribunals will continue to hear cases until March 31, 2013.
The new SST will begin its operations on April 1, 2013. The first year
will be a transition period during which the SST will hear all new
appeals while the four current tribunals will finalize and render
decisions on cases already heard.
More specifically, the EI Boards of Referees will continue to hear
appeals filed (and not decided) before April 2013. These decisions must
be issued no later than October 31, 2013. The CPP/OAS Review Tribunals,
the CPP Pension Appeals Board (PAB) and the EI Umpire will only
continue to hear appeals scheduled until March 31, 2013. Their
decisions must be issued no later than March 31, 2014.
Appeals filed with the Office of the Commissioner of the Review
Tribunals (OCRT), the PAB and EI Umpire that have not been heard by
April 1, 2013, will be transferred to the SST. The SST will notify
appellants whose files have been transferred and provide them with
additional information about the appeal process.
The transition period will be complete by April 1, 2014, at which time
the SST will be the only body hearing and deciding appeals for EI, CPP
and OAS. If any of the existing tribunals is unable to meet the
deadlines for issuing decisions, the SST will be responsible for
Key SST milestones:
March 29, 2012 - SST announced in Economic Action Plan 2012.
June 21, 2012 - SST receives Royal Assent.
March 12, 2013 - Announcement of SST Chairperson.
March 31, 2013 - Last day for the CPP/OAS Review Tribunals, the PAB and the EI Umpire
to hear new cases. The Boards of Referees will continue to hear appeals
filed up to this date.
April 1, 2013 - SST begins operations.
April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 - Four tribunals finalize cases and wind down operations; SST receives
all new appeals.
October 2013 - The EI Boards of Referees must have issued all decisions on cases
filed before March 31, 2013.
March 31, 2014 - The CPP/OAS Review Tribunals, PAB and EI Umpire will have issued their
decisions on all appeals heard before March 31, 2013.
April 1, 2014 - SST becomes the only decision-making body.
SOCIAL SECURITY TRIBUNAL CHAIRPERSON
Murielle Brazeau, Chelsea, Quebec
Murielle Brazeau has been appointed the Chairperson of the Social
Security Tribunal. For the past five years, Ms. Brazeau was the Deputy
Chief Administrator at the Courts Administration Service (CAS), where
she managed all Judicial and Registry services to the Federal Court of
Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and
the Tax Court of Canada.
Ms. Brazeau has 23 years of experience in the federal public service,
having held senior-level positions at the CAS, the Treasury Board
Secretariat, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Health Canada, the
Privy Council Office and the Department of Justice. Prior to joining
the federal public service, she also practised law in the private
sector for six years.
She has extensive experience in setting up new organizations and
initiatives, having done so at the CAS, the Treasury Board of Canada
Secretariat, Health Canada and Justice Canada, and in managing change
in small and large departments as well as in regional offices.
Ms. Brazeau holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a License in Law, both
from the University of Ottawa. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar
COURTS ADMINISTRATION SERVICE - Deputy Chief Administrator, Judicial and Registry Services
May 2011 - March 2013
COURTS ADMINISTRATION SERVICE - Deputy Chief Administrator, Registry Services
January 2008 - May 2011
TREASURY BOARD SECRETARIAT - Executive Director, Policy Renewal Directorate
March 2005 - January 2008
CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - Deputy Secretary General, Operations
August 2001 - March 2005
HEALTH CANADA - Director General, Office of Consumer and Public Involvement
July 2000 - August 2001
HEALTH CANADA - Director General, Strategies and Systems for Health
December 1998 - July 2000
PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE - Policy Analyst
February 1998 - December 1998
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - Team Leader/General Counsel, Child Support Initiative
April 1996 - February 1998
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - Senior Counsel, Family, Children and Youth Section
September 1994 - March 1996
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - Legal Counsel, Family, Children and Youth Section
May 1989 - September 1994
CURRENT SST MEMBERS
Joanne Blanchard, Saint-Bruno, Quebec
Joanne Blanchard has held the positions of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees for her area and Independent Chairperson of
the Disciplinary Court of Correctional Services Canada. She has
training in law, as well as in translation and writing. Her experience
includes Canada-wide and international work experience.
Mark Borer, Toronto, Ontario
Mark Borer is a lawyer with a wide range of experience and is a former
member of the Toronto Licensing Tribunal. He is the founder and CEO of
Silver Ladder Consulting, an executive-level legal recruitment firm.
Prior to that, he was a Senior Legal Consultant with ZSA and David
Aplin Recruiting, with a focus on partner-level opportunities. Before
becoming an executive recruiter, Mark served as a Policy Advisor with
the Ontario Government. A graduate of Queen's University and the
University of Toronto, Mark was called to the Ontario bar in February
Alcide Boudreault, La Baie, Quebec
Alcide Boudreault has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees for his area. He has management experience
in insurance, finance and real estate, and he is very involved in
community and volunteer organizations in his area.
Renata Brum Bozzi, Milton, Ontario
Renata Bozzi is a former Citizenship Judge at Citizenship and
Immigration Canada. She has worked as a General Manager, Researcher and
Senior Associate with organizations such as the Catholic Civil Rights
League, High Park Group, and for the Honourable Mr. Justice David M.
Brown at the Ontario Superior Court. She participates at the community
level as a Director for the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Ms. Bozzi holds
a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts
from the Toronto School of Theology and a Certificate in Public
Relations from the University of Toronto.
Kathleen Craig, Q.C., Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Kathleen Craig, Q.C. is a practising lawyer serving clients throughout
the province of PEI. She is a former Chair of the Canada Pension Review
Tribunal and of the Real Property Assessment Appeal Board of PEI. Mrs.
Craig obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New
Brunswick, as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from
Paul J. Demers, Sudbury, Ontario
Paul Demers has served as chairperson of the Board of Referees for the
Ontario Regional Division since 2007. Mr. Demers has more than 11 years
of experience working in public service at the provincial and municipal
levels. His experience includes working for the Premier of Ontario and
three Ontario Cabinet Ministers, and being the Principal Advisor to the
Mayor of Greater Sudbury. He was a Vice-President with Pathway Group
Consulting and has been elected twice as a School Board Trustee. Mr.
Demers holds a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University in
Claude Durand, Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Claude Durand served as the Chairperson and a member of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees in the Mauricie region for five years. Ms.
Durand has held senior positions at a number of private and public
corporations, including Télé-Québec and Métro-Richelieu. She has also
served as the President and General Manager of the Trois-Rivières
Chamber of Commerce and as the Director of Political Operations for
Quebec for the Conservative Party of Canada. Ms. Durand has been on the
board of directors for a number of organizations, including the
Trois-Rivières Port Authority, the Trois-Rivières municipal housing
office, the Table Régionale sur L'immigration and the Artisans de la
Paix en Mauricie. She holds a master's degree in public administration
from ÉNAP (École nationale d'administration publique) and has also
studied communications and business administration.
Connie Dyck, Steinbach, Manitoba
Connie Dyck has held the positions of chairperson for the Board of
Referees and member with the Office of the Commissioner of Review
Tribunals. Ms. Dyck has been teaching in primary schools for the past
10 years and has worked as a legal secretary in the areas of family,
civil, real estate and criminal fields. She is active in her community,
volunteering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Mennonite
Heritage Village and the Food Bank. Ms. Dyck holds a Bachelor of Arts
and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba.
Jane A. Galbraith, Burlington, Ontario
Jane Galbraith has held a member position with the Canada Pension Plan
Disability Review Tribunal. She began her career as a public health
nurse and went on to work at the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) as
a Case Manager and the Director. After the CCAC, she worked for
Disability Task Matters, providing nursing assessments and reports .She
currently provides expert nursing consulting and is the author of "Baby
Boomers Face Grief - Survival and Recovery." Ms. Galbraith holds a
Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has studied Business, Finance and
Control at McMaster University. She is a registered nurse and has been
a volunteer facilitator for support groups with Acclaim.
William James (Bill) Glover, Lethbridge, Alberta
Bill Glover has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. He is the Sales Manager at Reiter Computer
Associates Ltd. Mr. Glover holds a Master of Arts in Administration
from Gonzaga University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in General
Studies from the University of Calgary.
Valerie A. Hazlett Parker, Ottawa, Ontario
Valerie Parker has held the position of Chairperson of the Canada
Pension Plan Review Tribunal. She is a practising lawyer who has
authored numerous law articles and papers. She is also a Chartered
Mediator and Arbitrator. She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of
Arts from the University of Western Ontario.
Pierre Lafontaine, Montreal, Quebec
Pierre Lafontaine is a former chairperson of the Employment Insurance
Board of Referees in his area. Mr. Lafontaine holds a Bachelor of Law
degree from the Université de Montréal and has had an independent law
practice since 1992.
Leroy J. Légère, Arcadia, Nova Scotia
Leroy Légère has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees for his area. Over the course of his
career, he has taken on several management positions in the school
system and in education, including Chief Executive Officer of the
Southwest Regional School Board and Regional Education Officer for the
Nova Scotia Department of Education. Mr. Légère has also been very
active in various community organizations in his province.
Gerard (Gerry) McCarthy, Lindsay, Ontario
Gerry McCarthy has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. He is currently a freelance journalist and
a former publisher and editor of The Social Edge. Mr. McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History
and has completed one year of the Master of Divinity program at the
University of Toronto.
D. Ross McCrimmon, Waterdown, Ontario
Ross McCrimmon has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. He has held numerous senior positions in
the fields of marketing, sales and personnel management in the private
sector, culminating in the positions of President and CEO of Metrospan
Printing and Publishing Ltd. and of Fuel Application Limited companies.
He is currently self-employed, specializing in professional consulting
services. Mr. McCrimmon holds an MBA from the University of Chicago
Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from
Normand Morin, Quebec, Quebec
Normand Morin is a former chairperson for the Employment Insurance Board
of Referees for his area. Mr. Morin is a teacher with the Commission
scolaire de la Capitale. He holds a master's degree in education
administration and evaluation from the Université Laval, where he also
completed a specialized post-graduate diploma (D.E.S.) in school
management, preceded by a bachelor's degree in primary and preschool
education as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Morin was also a
founding member and chairperson of the Association de défense des
jeunes enseignants du Québec.
Neil Parvaiz Nawaz, Toronto, Ontario
Neil Nawaz has held the position of Chairperson with the Canada Pension
Plan Review Tribunal. He is a practising lawyer who has worked at
Raphael Partners LP, served as a Director of Finance and Legal Affairs
at Arius Research Inc. and is currently the principal lawyer at Neil
Nawaz Law Firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business
Administration from the University of Toronto. Mr. Nawaz obtained a
Bachelor of Law from the University of Manitoba and is a member of the
Law Society of Manitoba and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
John Noonan, Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador
John Noonan has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. He is a former school teacher, former
Director of Adult Basic and International Education at BC's Northwest
Community College and has worked in the field of event planning for
both the governments of British Columbia and of Newfoundland and
Labrador. Mr. Noonan studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Eleni Palantzas, Toronto, Ontario
Eleni Palantzas has held the position of Chairperson for the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. She has spent a number of years with the
College of Midwives of Ontario in a number of senior-level roles. She
has also worked in various capacities for the Workplace Safety and
Insurance Board. Ms. Palantzas has played an active senior role within
the Greek community of Toronto and has been elected to serve in a
number of executive positions. She is also an advocate of women and
awarded community volunteerism. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours
from the University of Toronto.
Takis Pappas, Pickering, Ontario
Takis Pappas has held the position of Chairperson for the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. He has served as a member for the Consent
and Capacity Board for 10 years as well as with the Ontario Film Review
Board. Mr. Pappas spent a number of years in business in a senior sales
management capacity and is an active member of his community. He has
been involved with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization for
the past 12 years. He holds an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management
from the MBA program at Athabasca University.
Shane R. Parker, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Shane Parker has held the position of Chairperson of the Canada Pension
Plan/Old Age Security Review Tribunal. He is a member of the Pipeline
Arbitration Committee of the Pipeline Arbitration Secretariat. Prior to
dedicating his focus to public service adjudication, Mr. Parker
practised as a litigation lawyer with an emphasis on employment,
personal injury, real estate and drug prosecutions. Mr. Parker obtained
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from the University of
Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of
Jean Philippe Payment, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Jean Philippe Payment is a specialist in communications and public
relations with several years of experience working in the field of
politics and related areas. He is currently Director General of the
Association of Municipal Engineers of Quebec, and President and Senior
Counsel for Acces-Com & Acces-Affaires. He has a graduate degree in
public affairs and representation of the public interest from the
Université Laval and a two-year advanced diploma in institutional
governance from the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies.
Liza Anne Robichaud, Bathurst, New Brunswick
Liza Robichaud has held the position of Chairperson of the Office of the
Commissioner of Review Tribunals. She is lawyer formerly practising
criminal law, family law, corporate/commercial law, municipal law and
real estate transactions. Ms. Robichaud obtained her Bachelor of Law
degree from the University of New Brunswick.
Brian Rodenhurst, Woodstock, Ontario
Brian Rodenhurst has held a member position with a number of tribunals,
committees and boards including the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board,
the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee and the Social Benefits
Tribunal Hiring Committee. He has served as Executive Director for Law
School Clinics with the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor and
was a founding member of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal. He has
played an active role in municipal politics and holds a Bachelor of
Laws from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts Honours from
the University of Guelph.
Aline Rouleau, Sainte-Françoise, Quebec
Aline Rouleau is a former chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board
of Referees for her area. She has experience in integrated financial
planning and in private legal practice. She has a diploma in notarial
law, a Bachelor of Law degree and a financial planner designation, and
she is a former member of the discipline and arbitration committees of
the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Virginia Lee Saunders, Vancouver, British Columbia
Virginia Saunders has served as Chairperson of the Canada Pension Plan
Review Tribunal. She was a litigation lawyer for a private practice in
Vancouver and is a legal researcher and writer for Charron Favell
Anctil. At the community level, Ms. Saunders is involved with Just Aid
Foundation, the Girl Guides of Canada and the Vancouver Minor Softball
Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New
Brunswick and a Bachelor of Law from the University of British
Andrea Schloegl, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dr. Andrea Schloegl has held the position of medical member with the
Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal. Dr. Schloegl holds a Bachelor of
Science from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Chiropractic
from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She was a member of
the Canadian National Swim Team.
Michael Sheffe, Thornhill, Ontario
Michael Sheffe has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. He has extensive experience in the fields
of teaching and education, having held senior management positions in a
variety of teaching establishments, and is the former Principal of
Wales College. Mr. Sheffe holds a Master of Education from the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts from York
Kelley Sherwood, Ottawa, Ontario
Kelley Sherwood has held a member position with the Canada Pension
Plan/Old Age Security Review Tribunal. She has more than 14 years of
experience in the health insurance/consulting industries. Ms. Sherwood
holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University.
Roy Smith, Richmond, British Columbia
Roy Smith has held the position of Chairperson for the Board of
Referees. Mr. Smith had an exemplary 31-year career with the Vancouver
Police Department and was instrumental in bringing community policing
to Vancouver. In 2010, he was appointed by the Minister of Defence as
Honorary Colonel to the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, representing the
regiment and the Canadian Forces within the community and promoting
interaction between business and community leaders. Mr. Smith's
10 commendations include the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals
and the Order of St John. He is a graduate of the Justice Institute of
Richard Wilton Edward Sterne, Brantford, Ontario
Richard Sterne has held the position of Chairperson for the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. He founded Datasym Inc. and served as its
President for over 25 years and has occupied a number of senior-level
positions at Sternson Ltd. Mr. Sterne sits on the board of a number of
charitable foundations and community associations in the Brantford
area. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen's University, a MBA
Honours from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of
Western Ontario as well as professional designations in engineering,
management and a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors
from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Katherine Wallocha, Coalhurst, Alberta
Katherine Wallocha has held the position of Chairperson of the
Employment Insurance Board of Referees. She is a member of the County
of Lethbridge Subdivision and Development Appeals Board. She is the
Partnership Manager at the Lethbridge & District YMCA. Ms. Wallocha
studied Political Sciences at the University of Lethbridge and has
followed training in the fields of alternative dispute resolution and
Alyssa J. Yufe, Montreal, Quebec
Alyssa Yufe has held the position of Chairperson of the Employment
Insurance Board of Referees. She is a practising lawyer currently
employed with a privately held corporation based in Montréal. Ms. Yufe
holds Bachelor of Law degrees from the Université de Montréal and from
Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's
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