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Canada appoints three to Social Security Tribunal

Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 11:15 AM | By Elisa Birnbaum

Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the appointment of three new members to the Social Security Tribunal.

Catherine Frenette, Manon Sauvé and Linda Bell were appointed as full-time members of the Employment Insurance (EI) section of the tribunal's general division. Sauve will serve a four-year term with the independent administrative body starting on March 6, while Frenette and Bell will serve three years, also starting on March 6.

These appointments are part of the rigorous new approach to Governor in Council appointments — an approach that uses open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive for gender parity and reflects Canada's diversity to support ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions within their portfolio. The tribunal renders fair and impartial decisions on appeals regarding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) and EI claims for benefits.

Frenette is a criminal and penal prosecutor with Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions. Her responsibilities include authorizing criminal dockets and making representations before the different levels of court. Frenette has a law degree from Université Laval and a bachelors degree in sexology from the Université du Québec-Montréal. She is also a member of the Barreau du Québec.

Sauvé has 13 years of experience as an administrative judge in Quebec. Sauvé also has 10 years of private practice and seven years of experience in an executive position with a youth organization. Sauvé holds a licence to practise law from the École du Barreau de Montréal and has been a member of the Barreau du Québec for 25 years. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and a law degree from the Université du Québec-Montréal.

Bell has almost 20 years of experience working in both the federal government and the government of British Columbia. She is an arbitrator for the Residential Tenancy Branch of the government of British Columbia. Her responsibilities include interpreting and applying legislation such as the Administrative Tribunals Act, common law and contract law. Bell has a master of arts in conflict analysis and management and an advanced diploma in human resource management.