Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada announces new Deputy Chair, Refugee Protection Division

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) today announced a new Deputy Chair and head of its Refugee Protection Division (RPD).

Shereen Benzvy Miller will assume the role as head of the RPD starting May 8, 2017. Since 2013, Ms. Miller has been the Assistant Deputy Minister for Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

She joins the IRB with over 20 years in the Public Service prior to which she worked in human rights and criminal law.



“I’m pleased to welcome Shereen Benzvy Miller to the IRB, and I know that her significant management experience as well as her proven dedication to human rights and public service will help her lead the Division during this very challenging period for the RPD.”

Mario Dion – Chairperson, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Quick Facts

    • Ms. Benzvy Miller has served on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and Reach Canada.
    • Ms. Benzvy Miller holds degrees from McGill, The University of Pennsylvania and Osgoode Hall Law School, and has taught at several major universities including McGill and Carleton Universities.
    • In 2015, Ms. Benzvy Miller was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
    • The RPD is the IRB’s largest adjudicative division, responsible for hearing claims for refugee protection made in Canada and deciding whether to accept them.
    • A Deputy Chairperson reports (DC) directly to the Chairperson of the IRB. The DC, RPD is accountable to the IRB Chairperson for providing adjudicative and corporate leadership to one of the Board’s four main business lines; for providing strategic leadership, vision, strategies and direction in the management of a quasi-judicial tribunal that determines refugee protection claims made according to Canada’s international obligations and in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; for informing and providing updates on all issues affecting the performance of the Division and all critical issues and making all adjustments to resolve them.

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