Government of Canada announces appointments to the Social Security Tribunal

OTTAWA, March 1, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today announced the appointment of three new members to the Social Security Tribunal.

Ms. Catherine Frenette, Mrs. Manon Sauvé, and Mrs. Linda Bell were appointed as full-time members of the Employment Insurance (EI) section of the Tribunal's General Division.

These appointments are part of the rigorous new approach to Governor in Council appointments—an approach that uses open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive for gender parity and reflects Canada's diversity to support Ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions within their portfolio. The Tribunal renders fair and impartial decisions on appeals regarding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) and EI claims for benefits.

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"I am pleased to announce the appointment of these three new members to the Tribunal. They are diverse and talented candidates who I have confidence will deliver just outcomes for Canadians."
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick Facts

  • The Social Security Tribunal is comprised of two levels of appeal. The General Division, the first level, includes two sections: an EI section for EI appeals and an Income Security section for CPP and OAS appeals. The Appeal Division is the second level.
  • Full-time members are appointed for terms up to five years and part-time members for up to two years.
  • The Tribunal began its operations on April 1, 2013.

Further Information

  • Biographies of newly appointed Social Security Tribunal members

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Biographies

Catherine FrenetteQuébec, Quebec

Ms. Frenette currently works as a criminal and penal prosecutor with the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales. Her responsibilities include authorizing criminal dockets and making representations before the different levels of court. Ms. Frenette has a Bachelor of Laws from Université Laval and a Bachelor's degree in sexology from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also a member of the Barreau du Québec.

Ms. Frenette will become a full-time member of the Employment Insurance section of the Tribunal's General Division. Her appointment will come into effect March 6, 2017, for a term of three years.

Manon Sauvé – Prévost, Quebec

Ms. Sauvé has 13 years of experience as an administrative judge with the Commission québécoise des libérations conditionnelles. Ms. Sauvé also has 10 years of private practice and 7 years of experience in an executive position with a youth organization. Ms. Sauvé holds a licence to practice law from the École du Barreau de Montréal and has been a member of the Barreau du Québec for 25 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in political science and a Bachelor of Laws from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Ms. Sauvé will become a full-time member of the Employment Insurance section of the Tribunal's General Division. Her appointment will come into effect March 6, 2017, for a term of four years.

Linda BellVictoria, British Columbia

Mrs. Bell has almost 20 years of experience working in both the federal government and the Government of British Columbia. She currently works as an arbitrator for the Residential Tenancy Branch of the Government of British Columbia. Her responsibilities include interpreting and applying legislation such as the Administrative Tribunals Act, common law, and contract law. Mrs. Bell has a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management and an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Mrs. Bell will become a full-time member of the Employment Insurance section of the Tribunal's General Division. Her appointment will come into effect on March 6, 2017, for a term of three years.

 

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P., Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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