OTTAWA, July 14, 2023 — Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, Sean Fraser, recently announced the appointment of Ms. Manon Brassard as the Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).
Who is Ms. Manon Brassard and what does her appointment mean for Canada’s immigration system? Let’s break it down.
Ms. Manon Brassard’s Career: A Journey of Excellence
Ms. Manon Brassard has had an impressive journey in public service, marked by numerous leadership roles. Here are some of her career highlights:
- Service at the IRB: Brassard’s career took off at the IRB in 1989. She served as senior legal advisor and director general of the Policy, Planning and Research Branch.
- Leadership Roles: Brassard led various public service organizations as an assistant deputy minister, showcasing her excellent leadership skills. These Organizations include: Assistant Deputy Minister in Corporate Services at Citizenship & Immigration Canada (IRCC Now), Assistant Deputy Minister for Programs at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Assistant Deputy Minister for Compensation & Labour Relations, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
- Current Role: Since 2016, Brassard has held the presidency at the Canada Economic Development Agency for Quebec Regions. Ms. Brassard was also the Vice President for Operations at Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec from 2003-2010.
In addition to her extensive experience, Brassard boasts a Bachelor of Laws degree from Université Laval. She’s also a trained mediator and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Source- Prime Minister of Canada Website
Role of the Immigration & Refugees Board:
As the new chair of the IRB, Ms. Brassard will be working to ensure fairness and integrity in the Canadian Immigration system as part of the Immigration and Refugees Board’s mandate. Making Immigration less complex, uphold integrity & making it fairer while respecting the law is part of the IRB’s mandate.
One of IRB’s many responsibilities is to decide who needs refugee protection among the thousands of other claimants seeking protection under the Canadian Law each year. IRB is Canada’s largest Independent Administrative Tribunal.
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is responsible for this organization.