OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
today announced the appointment of Mr. G.R (Randy) Barber, Dr. Michael
Tyler Moore, Mr. Patrick Michael O'Neil, Ms. Shuang Qiao, Mr. Raymond
H. Raphael and Dr. David J. Somer as full-time members of the new Social Security Tribunal (SST).
The new SST is a single decision-making body that consolidates the work
previously done by four separate tribunals. By offering one point of
contact for submitting an appeal, it simplifies the appeal processes,
while ensuring continued access to administrative justice for
appellants and providing greater value for Canadians.
"The members and staff of the new Social Security Tribunal are
implementing simplified, efficient and effective appeal processes that
will improve administrative justice for Canadians. They are committed
to operating a Tribunal that is fair, credible, impartial and
independent," said Minister Kenney. "Mr. Barber, Dr. Moore, Mr. O'Neil,
Ms. Qiao, Mr. Raphael and Dr. Somer bring a wide variety of
professional experience, education and extensive community involvement,
making them excellent additions to the SST."
The SST is comprised of two levels of appeal. The General Division, the first level of appeal, includes an Employment Insurance (EI)
Section for EI appeals, and an Income Security Section for Canada
Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) appeals. The Appeal Division is the second level of appeal as it decides appeals of decisions made
by the General Division.
To date, 50 members, in addition to the Chairperson and three
vice-chairpersons, have been appointed from all regions of the country
to ensure regional representation and fairness of decisions. The SST
began its operations on April 1, 2013.
For more information on the SST, visit canada.gc.ca/sst-tss.
Announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012, the new Social Security
Tribunal (SST) replaces the four, separate tribunals for social
security appeals. It is an administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial
powers and provides fair, credible, impartial and independent appeal
processes for government decisions on Employment Insurance (EI), the
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS).
The new tribunal system simplifies and streamlines the process for
appellants by providing them with a single decision-making body for EI,
CPP and OAS appeals. The SST is led by a chairperson and three
vice-chairpersons appointed by the Governor in Council. The SST
comprises two levels of appeal. For the first level of appeal, a
vice-chairperson heads each of the EI and Income Security (CPP and OAS)
sections of the General Division. The third vice-chairperson heads the
Appeal Division, which is the second level of appeal. The Appeal
Division decides appeals of decisions made by the General Division.
The first year of operations for the SST is a transition period during
which it will hear all new appeals while the four tribunals finalize
and render decisions on cases already heard. 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.
On March 12, 2013, Ms. Murielle Brazeau was appointed to the role of
Chairperson of the SST, along with 34 full-time members, by the Governor in Council. Members have been appointed from all regions of the country to ensure
fairness and regional distribution.
Members of the SST are expected to maintain the public trust and avoid
any conflicts of interest. These members are also supported by advisors
with legal and medical expertise and have access to professional
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 31, 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
For more information on the SST, visit canada.gc.ca/sst-tss.
NEWLY APPOINTED SOCIAL SECURITY TRIBUNAL MEMBERS
G.R. (Randy) Barber, Markham, Ontario
Prior to being appointed as a member of the SST, Mr. Barber has served
as a chairperson of the EI Boards of Referees and as a member of the
Parole Board of Canada. He has exemplary leadership and communications
skills and has an extensive professional network of contacts across the
private, public and voluntary sectors. Mr. Barber is very involved in
his community and is an active member of several charitable
organizations and initiatives.
Michael Tyler Moore, Bailieboro, Ontario
Dr. Michael Tyler Moore has been a practicing chiropractor and the
medical director at the Taunton Chiropractic and Health Centre. He
attended McMaster University where he received a Bachelor of Science
degree in Kinesiology and Psychology. He obtained his Doctor of
Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and
received his diploma in Acupuncture from the McMaster Contemporary
Medical Acupuncture Program. Dr. Moore served as a medical panel member
of the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals and has been an
active member of several chiropractic associations.
Patrick Michael O'Neil, Kingsville, Ontario
Mr. Patrick Michael O'Neil attended the University of Windsor where he
studied law and graduated with high honours. He practiced law for close
to thirty years. In 2001, he became a legal member of Ontario's
Consent and Capacity Board. He subsequently served as a legal panel
member of the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals. Mr.
O'Neil has extensive community involvement, including Public Utilities
Commissioner, Police Commissioner, Mayor of the Town of Kingsville, and
Warden of the County of Essex.
Shuang Qiao, Markham, Ontario
Shuang Qiao received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Bournemouth
University in the U.K. and then completed her MBA at York University in
Toronto, Ontario. She was a chairperson of the EI Boards of Referees
and has extensive experience in contract negotiations, relationship
management and business development. She is a strategic thinker with
strong analytical and communications skills. Ms. Qiao is fluent in
three languages and has worked in North America, Europe and Asia.
Raymond H. Raphael, Toronto, Ontario
Mr. Raphael studied law at the University of Toronto where he co-founded
the University's law school newspaper and co-edited the 1970 Law
Review. He has extensive legal experience and served as a legal panel
member of the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals. He
received several awards for his excellence in law and received
scholarships to complete his education.
David J. Somer, Hamilton, Ontario
Dr. Somer attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a
Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He served as a medical panel member of
the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals. Dr. Somer has
served in leadership positions in several associations representing his
profession as well as being an active member of other community
organizations. He has received several awards and other forms of
recognition throughout his life.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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