Government of Canada Announces Three Appointments to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Ottawa, May 24, 2013 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister  Jason Kenney today announced three full-time appointments to the Immigration  and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). Timothy J. Crowhurst, George F. Pemberton and W.J.  Sterling Sunley were each appointed  to three-year terms in the Vancouver  regional office.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Pemberton spent most of his  career as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Most recently,  he was Team Lead of the Anti-Human Smuggling Initiative, RCMP in Bangkok, Thailand.  He lectured extensively at the RCMP   Academy and to industry,  police and academic groups around the world. Mr. Pemberton received his  Bachelor of Commerce from the University  of Alberta and his Master of Business  Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Sunley was a consultant with Oregon  Scientific Global Distribution Ltd. where his key responsibilities included  strategic planning, business development, marketing strategies and  communications. He also served as President and Co-Founder of Camnex Marketing  Inc. and held a number of positions with other financial companies. Mr. Sunley  received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Alberta.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Crowhurst managed his own  business, Sea Level Communications Ltd., a strategic communications and  business advocacy company. He has also served as a senior policy and  communications advisor to cabinet ministers with a variety of portfolio  responsibilities. Mr. Crowhurst attended the Université de Nice in France  and the University   of British Columbia.

These appointments were made in accordance with the IRB’s merit-based  selection process. Under this process, candidates must demonstrate by way of a  written exam, interview and reference checks, the competencies required as well  as their personal suitability  to  fulfil their important role.

Created in 1989, the IRB is an independent  administrative tribunal that reports to Parliament through the Minister of  Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. The Board has four divisions:  the Refugee Protection Division, the Refugee Appeal Division, the Immigration  Division and the Immigration Appeal Division. The IRB determines refugee  protection claims made in Canada,  hears immigration and refugee appeals, and conducts admissibility hearings as  well as detention reviews.