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Canada announces appointment of Chair of the Immigration Refugee Board

Ottawa, July 16, 2018 – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement:

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Richard Wex as the Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board, for a five year term, effective Monday, July 23, 2018.

“Mr. Wex is a senior executive and former Deputy Minister with the federal public service. Known for achieving results, for collaborating with partners, and for his integrity, Mr. Wex has successfully assumed increasing levels of executive responsibility across a broad range of portfolios over his twenty-five year career.

“Mr. Wex brings a strong legal, policy operational and management skill set to the position of Chair of the IRB. His background as a senior lawyer with the Department of Justice, combined with his experience at senior levels in both immigration and border services over the past decade provide him with a breadth of knowledge and relevant government experience necessary for addressing the issues at hand, and for the effective management of the IRB.

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