Richard Wex



Mr. Wex was appointed Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in July, 2018. 

From 2015-2018, Mr. Wex was the Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Prior to this appointment, he served as Vice-President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) responsible for policy and program development.  From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Wex served as 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.  Prior to joining Public Safety Canada, Mr. Wex held a number of executive positions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of Justice. 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 Ontario. 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 in recognition of his contributions to Canada.