Richard Wex - Chairperson
Richard 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 taken on increasing levels of executive responsibility across a range of legal, social, economic and security portfolios over his twenty-five year career.
Mr. Wex was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, in September, 2015. In this role, along with the Deputy Minister, Mr. Wex provided leadership to the Department and advice to the Minister on the full range of issues across the Department’s mandate. Highlights include providing senior executive leadership to “Operation Syrian Refugee”, a national project that welcomed more than 25,000 Syrian Refugees to Canada; developing the first-ever multi-year immigration levels plan, representing the highest sustained level of immigration in Canada’s history; reducing immigration backlogs and improving processing times; as well as leading the department’s operational response to the unprecedented irregular migrant movement at our border. Mr. Wex also led a management agenda focussed on innovation as well as sound financial and human resource management during a time of significant departmental growth.
Prior to this appointment, he served as Vice-President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) responsible for policy and program development, covering the full span of the Agency’s mandate, from facilitating low risk travel and trade to preventing illegal goods and people from entering the country. While at CBSA, Mr. Wex led the delivery of key priorities from the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan aimed at modernizing border approaches, and strengthened program management by driving an Agency-wide program integrity agenda, and implemented an organizational redesign to better advance Agency priorities.
From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Wex served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Law Enforcement and Policing Branch at Public Safety Canada, where he provided strategic leadership and policy advice to the Minister of Public Safety in carrying out his responsibilities for the RCMP and CBSA. In this capacity, he successfully negotiated a multi-billion dollar 20 year services agreement between the RCMP and contracting provinces, territories and municipalities; strengthened RCMP accountability through the establishment of a new civilian oversight body for the RCMP; and worked extensively on Canada-US cross border initiatives.
Prior to joining Public Safety Canada, Mr. Wex held a number of executive positions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He began his public service career with the Department of Justice, practicing in the areas of Public and Aboriginal law, and providing the full range of advisory, negotiation and litigation services.
Mr. Wex has a Bachelor of Laws degree (L.L.B.) from Queen's University, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a graduate of the Public Service Advanced Leadership Program, and the Senior Managers in Government Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a recipient of both the Public Service Award of Excellence as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal of recognition for his contributions to Canada.
He is married to Laila, and has two adult children, Josh and Kyra.
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Jason Choueiri - Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Jason Choueiri was appointed Executive Director of the Immigration and Refugee Board on September 19, 2018. As a senior executive within the federal public service, he brings significant experience across a broad range of disciplines including strategic management, business transformation and change management, program and project management, and corporate services.
Previously, Mr. Choueiri was the Director General, Transformation Planning, Design and Oversight at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), where he led the development and implementation of multi-year service improvement strategies and service design practices. In this role, Mr. Choueiri founded ESDC’s Acceleration Hub, an innovative and collaborative space where clients and employees use design-thinking methods to co-create service delivery improvements. Prior to this, he served as the Director General, Strategic Directions where he developed the long-term vision for the modernization of Canada’s three largest statutory programs (Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security) and oversaw the provision of management services to a branch of over 1000 employees.
Mr. Choueiri has also held several senior roles at Shared Services Canada, National Defense and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada where he led complex government and department-wide change initiatives, led and managed various major crown projects and complex procurements, and supported red-tape reduction for small and medium enterprises.
Mr. Choueiri has a Master’s degree in Business Administration as well as Bachelor of Commerce, Specialization in Management of Information Systems from the University of Ottawa. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.
A/Deputy Chairperson of the RPD
Roula Eatrides - A/Deputy Chairperson of the RPD
Roula joined the IRB as Deputy Chair of the Immigration Division in April 2018.
From 2015 to 2018, Roula was the Deputy Superintendent, Operations and Corporate Services at the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, where she managed a national regulatory program.
From 2012 to July 2015, Roula was the Executive Director and General Counsel at the Federal Court. In this role, Roula managed the Judicial Services of the Federal Court and provided legal support in the Office of the Chief Justice.
From 2009 to 2012, Roula held the position of Registrar of the Tax Court of Canada, where she managed all Registry Services of the Tax Court.
Prior to joining the Public Service, Roula practised law at Osler and Stikeman Elliott.
Roula taught Corporate Finance for several years as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa's Common Law Program, and has spoken about a variety of legal issues at numerous conferences and events.
Roula has been recognized for her contributions, including a Public Service Award of Excellence in 2015 for Management Excellence and a Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Roula is a member of the Ontario Bar and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, an LLB and an MBA.
A/Deputy Chairperson of the ID
Acting Deputy Chairperson of the IAD
Suzanne Gilbert - Acting Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division
Ms. Gilbert has been appointed member of the IAD-Toronto in January 2017 and Assistant Deputy Chair in August 2017. While keeping her position as ADC she is now acting as Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division since the end of January 2018. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Gilbert was for 10 years the Chair and Associate Chair for the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario with the Child and Family Services Review Board and Custody Review Board. Prior to that appointment, she worked in a number of positions at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in Montreal and Toronto, including as Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division in Toronto. Ms. Gilbert holds a Master’s in Health Law from the Université de Sherbrooke and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1981.
Acting Deputy Chairperson of the RAD
Paula Thompson - Acting Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Appeal Division
Paula has been committed to the IRB mandate for more than 20 years, leaving only to spend few years at home with her kids Zoya and Maksim and to participate in OSCE missions in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Romania and Ukraine. A Sovietologist (more relevant than ever it seems), wannabe modernist architect, L. Cohen fan and one-time Gagauz chronicler, Paula has previously worked at the IRB as an executive, Chief of Staff, Refugee Claim Officer and Researcher. Paula studied in Ottawa, Moscow, Vienna and received her LL.M in International Human Rights Law in the UK.
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