Minister Finley Announces New Designations to the Immigration and Refugee Board



    OTTAWA, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, today announced the designations of Ken Sandhu as
Deputy Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), and Lois Figg as the
IRB Assistant Deputy.
    Ken Sandhu (Montreal) was first appointed to the IRB on June 21, 2004. He
was designated Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division of the
IRB on March 5, 2007. Prior to his appointment to the IRB, he was the Acting
Chair of the Ontario Board of Parole. He was also Regional Director of
Community Corrections with the Ministry of Public Safety and Correctional
Services of the Ontario Government, and has taught criminology at the
University of Guelph as a sessional lecturer. Mr. Sandhu is a past President
of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association and past President of the Ontario
Association of Corrections and Criminology. In 2001, he was awarded the Medal
of Honour by the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators for his
outstanding contribution to the administrative justice system of Ontario and,
in 2002, the Association of Paroling Authorities International awarded him the
Vincent O'Leary award for his contribution to the field of parole. He has a
Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Political Science and Sociology from the
University of Guelph and a Masters in Criminology from York University.
    Lois Figg (Toronto) has been a member of the IRB since 2000. She was
appointed acting Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division in
Toronto in May 2005. Before joining the IRB, she worked as a Human Rights
Officer at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and an Appeal Counsellor at the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts
(honours) in History from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of
Laws from the University of Windsor, and a Masters of Laws from the Osgoode
Hall Law School of York University. She has been a member of the Law Society
of Upper Canada since 1988 and was elected Vice-President of the International
Association of Refugee Law Judges in 2006.

    Created in 1989, the IRB determines refugee protection claims made in
Canada, hears immigration appeals, and conducts admissibility hearings and
detention reviews.




For further information:

For further information: (media only), please contact: Philippe Mailhot,
Press Secretary, Minister's Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, (613)
954-1064; Marina Wilson, Spokesperson, Media Relations, Communications Branch,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, (613) 952-1650

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