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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney,
Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for
Multiculturalism, today announced the appointment of four full-time
members to the new Social Security Tribunal (SST).
Mr. John Janes Eberhard Q.C. and Dr. Adriano Persi were appointed to the
General Division of the SST. Ms. Hazelyn Ross, currently a member of
the Income Security Section of the General Division, and Ms. Janet Lew
were appointed to the Tribunal's Appeal Division.
Ms. Ross' appointment was effective as of December 17, 2013. Ms. Lew's
and Dr. Persi's appointments are effective as of February 1, 2014, and
Mr. Eberhard's appointment is effective as of March 1, 2014.
The new SST is a single decision-making body that consolidates the work
previously done by four separate tribunals. It simplifies the appeal
processes for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) and
Employment Insurance (EI) with a single point of contact, while
providing greater value for Canadians.
The SST is comprised of two levels of appeal. The General Division, the
first level, includes two sections: an EI section for EI appeals, and
an Income Security section for CPP and OAS appeals. The Appeal Division
is the second level.
To date, 57 members, in addition to the chairperson and three
vice-chairpersons, have been appointed from all regions of the country.
The SST began its operations on April 1, 2013.
"The members and staff of the new Social Security Tribunal are
implementing simplified, efficient and effective appeal processes that
will improve administrative justice for Canadians. They are committed
to operating a tribunal that is fair, credible, impartial and
independent. The new members bring a wide variety of professional
experience, education and exemplary leadership skills, making them
excellent additions to the SST." Jason Kenney Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for
SST backgrounder (including new SST member biographies)
Announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012, the new Social Security
Tribunal (SST) replaces the four separate tribunals for social security
appeals. It is an administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial powers
and provides fair, credible, impartial and independent appeal processes
for government decisions on Employment Insurance (EI), the Canada
Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS).
The new tribunal system simplifies and streamlines the process for
appellants by providing them with a single decision-making body for EI,
CPP and OAS appeals. The SST is led by a chairperson and three
vice-chairpersons appointed by the Governor in Council. The SST
comprises two levels of appeal. For the first level of appeal, a
vice-chairperson heads each of the EI and Income Security (CPP and OAS)
sections of the General Division. The third vice-chairperson heads the
Appeal Division, which is the second level of appeal. The Appeal
Division decides appeals of decisions made by the General Division.
The first year of operations for the SST is a transition period during
which it will hear all new appeals while the four tribunals finalize
and render decisions on cases already heard. The transition period will
be complete by April 1, 2014, at which time the SST will be the only
body hearing and deciding appeals for EI, CPP and OAS.
On March 12, 2013, Ms. Murielle Brazeau was appointed to the role of
Chairperson of the SST, along with 34 full-time members, by the Governor in Council. Members have been appointed from all regions of the country to ensure
fairness and regional distribution.
Members of the SST are expected to maintain the public trust and avoid
any conflicts of interest. These members are also supported by advisors
with legal and medical expertise and have access to professional
Key SST milestones:
March 29, 2012-SST announced in Economic Action Plan 2012.
June 21, 2012-SST received Royal Assent.
March 12, 2013-SST Chairperson announced.
March 31, 2013-Last day for the CPP/OAS Review Tribunals, the Pension Appeals Board
and the EI Umpire to hear new cases. The Boards of Referees will
continue to hear appeals filed up to this date.
April 1, 2013-SST began operations.
April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014-Four tribunals finalize cases and wind down operations; SST receives
all new appeals.
October 31, 2013-The EI Boards of Referees must have issued all decisions on cases filed
before March 31, 2013.
March 31, 2014-The CPP/OAS Review Tribunals, PAB and EI Umpire will have issued their
decisions on all appeals heard before March 31, 2013.
April 1, 2014-SST becomes the only decision-making body.
Mr. Eberhard is a former member of the Canada Pension Plan/Old Age
Security Review Tribunals. He has been a crown prosecutor, mediator for
the Canadian Bar Association, and a member of the Civil Aviation
Tribunal. He was appointed as an Honorary Queen's Counsel and is a
member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Eberhard is a past
Rotary International Director, most recently the Executive Director for
Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development
(2000-2012). He received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees
from Western University and a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from Assumption University.
Janet Lew, Vancouver, British Columbia
Ms. Lew is a former member of the Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security
Review Tribunals. Her past experience has also included serving on a
federal policy task force reviewing CPP legislation and regulations.
Her law practice focuses on aspects of the law related to coverage
issues, insurance, policy interpretation and assessment of claims.
Ms. Lew is also a practice standards reviewer for the Law Society of
British Columbia. She is a graduate of the University of British
Columbia, where she was awarded both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of
Dr. Adriano Persi, Hamilton, Ontario
Dr. Persi is a former member of the Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security
Review Tribunals. He is a registered chiropractor and pharmacist and is
currently Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster
University. He is also the Clinic Director at AssessNet Inc., a
multidisciplinary clinic that provides independent, third-party health
care assessments. Dr. Persi has worked in private practice as a
chiropractor, and as a staff pharmacist with St. Joseph's Hospital. He
received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of
Toronto, completed a residency in nuclear pharmacy at McMaster
University and graduated cum laude from the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Canadian Memorial
Hazelyn Ross, Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Ross is currently a full-time member for the Income Security section
of the Social Security Tribunal. She has also served as the Assistant
Deputy Chairperson on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and
was a member of the Board's Immigration Appeal Division and the Refugee
Protection Division. She is a sought-after speaker and has delivered
presentations at numerous national conferences. Ms. Ross attended
Concordia University in Montreal, where she received Bachelor's and
Master's degrees in Arts. She is a graduate of the University of West
Indies (Barbados) and earned her legal degree in Trinidad.