Minister announces designation and reappointment to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

    OTTAWA, March 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, today announced the designation of Ken Sandhu as
Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and
Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The Minister also announced the reappointment
of Barbara Berger to the IRB.
    Ken Sandhu (Toronto) was first appointed to the IRB on June 21, 2004. He
was designated Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division on
March 5, 2007. Prior to his appointment, he was the 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 Criminology from the University of Guelph and a
Masters in Criminology from York University.
    Barbara Berger has been reappointed as a part-time member in the Montreal
regional office for a term of one year, effective February 9, 2007. Ms. Berger
has been with the Board since October 28, 1996. Prior to her appointment to
the IRB, she was Chief of the Intercultural Affairs Division for the City of
Montreal and a part-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. She
also served as policy advisor to the Quebec Minister of Cultural Affairs and
Immigration and worked as Assistant Communications Director for the Allied
Jewish Community Services of Greater Montreal. While in Poland, Ms. Berger
worked as a journalist specializing in international affairs. She received her
certificate in Philosophy and her Master of Laws from the University of

    Created in 1989, the IRB is an independent administrative tribunal that
reports to Parliament through the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The
Board has three divisions - the Refugee Protection Division, the Immigration
Appeal Division and the Immigration Division. 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: 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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