Profiles of citizenship judges

Babcock, Floyd C.

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Etobicoke in June 2009, he has extensive international and inter cultural experience. For several years he was General Secretary/Chief Executive of a major Canadian charity, traveling extensively throughout Canada and around the world promoting translation, publishing and educational literature. In recent years he had been in private practice in Toronto. As a leader in the charitable sector, Judge Babcock has a significant understanding of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. He has made valuable leadership contributions in assisting non profit organizations in areas of organizational development and cultural change within society. He has also served on several non profit Boards of Directors. He has been a champion of education and schools for the indigents through the Mustard Seed Mission operating in Indonesia. He serves on the board of Youth Unlimited which cares for disenfranchised youth in the Greater Toronto Area. Born in Saskatchewan, he was educated in Manitoba, Ontario and Kentucky. Judge Babcock holds Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate degrees and is also an ordained minister.

Babikian, Aris

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Mississauga, in June 2009, he was previously serving on the Ontario Film Review Board and was the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of Canada in Ottawa. As a volunteer, he has served as President of the Armenian National Federation of Canada, secretary of the Canadian Ethno cultural Council, Agent General (Ottawa) for the National Ethnic Media and Press Council of Canada. He has participated in the UN’s World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and was a founding member of the Willowdale Legal Aid Service and the Wishing Well Community Association. As a journalist and author, Judge Babikian has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows and his articles have been published in numerous Canadian and international publications. Judge Babikian has received many awards and accolades for his outstanding volunteer services to the Canadian civil society, among which are the Ontario Volunteer Service Award (25 years of service), The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Canada’s 125th Confederation Commemorative Medal, and the National Ethnic Press and Media Council (Human Rights/Social Justice Award).

Brum Bozzi, Renata

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Appointed Senior Citizenship Judge in October, 2013, she is a former Member of the Social Security Tribunal on which she served immediately following her six year appointment as a Citizenship Judge in Mississauga.  As a Citizenship Judge, she presided over thousands of hearings in English and in French and was called upon to consult on policy, jurisprudence and legislative initiatives to combat fraud and reform the citizenship process.  Ms. Brum Bozzi was born in the Azores, Portugal, and came to Canada with her family as a child.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, a Master of Arts from the Toronto School of Theology, and a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Toronto.  She did legal and policy research for the Honourable Mr. Justice David M. Brown, now at the Ontario Superior Court, and was also a Senior Associate with the High Park Group providing research, media analysis and strategic advice.  Her community work has included serving as a host parent to international students studying in Canada; the 820 Chris Hadfield Royal Air Cadet Squadron; and the Milton District Hospital Foundation.  Ms. Brum Bozzi is a member of the Collegium of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. She is the mother of five children and speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

Dillon, Ann

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Vancouver in September 2009, she practiced law in Toronto as a partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and of Torys LLP. Her work focused on corporate and securities transactions but she also acted pro bono in assisting various non-profit organizations. Since 1997 Judge Dillon has lived in Vancouver where she has been involved with volunteer activities, primarily in the educational sector. She has served as a director and member of the executive of the board of Mulgrave School, assuming leadership roles in communications and strategic planning. She is also a governor of Shawinigan Lake School. Judge Dillon was for several years a director and the secretary of the board of a women’s hostel and has been a volunteer for the Writers’ Development Trust and the Canadian Cancer Society. Judge Dillon received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto.

Giroux, Renée

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Montreal in October 2009, she is a lawyer. Prior to her appointment, she served as judicial attaché within the Ministry of Justice of Quebec where she filled different functions in civil and criminal law.

Very active as a volunteer in her community, Judge Giroux is especially interested in crime prevention and public safety. She established Info-Crime on the south shore of Montreal where she acted as President and member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee for Info-Crime Quebec. She is now Vice-President for her region. In addition to coming to the defense of abandoned or mistreated animals, Judge Giroux gives her time to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada by actively participating in campaigns to raise funds. Judge Giroux graduated in management from the École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC Montreal) and in law from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). She is a member of the Bar of the province of Quebec.

Gravill, Robert Larry

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Appointed Citizenship Judge in June, 2014, he has more than 37 years of dedicated police service in the Region of Waterloo. During his career he held progressively responsible positions in the Waterloo Regional Police Service. In 1992 he was appointed Chief of Police, serving in that role until his retirement at the end of 2007. In 2001, he was recognized for outstanding service and leadership to the policing profession and invested as a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. He continues to volunteer with several community groups. He has completed two terms as a member of the board of the Grand River Hospital Foundation and continues with that Foundation’s leadership and planned giving committee. He is a member of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada governing council, a former Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Research Foundation. Judge Gravill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, in Quantico, Virginia, and a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He has been awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Judge Gravill received an LLD - Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Waterloo in 2009.

Janega, Ann E.

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Nova Scotia in December 2013, Judge Janega is a lawyer with broad experience as an Industry Association Executive with agencies such as the Better Business Bureau and Canadian Home Builders Association. As provincial Vice-President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Ann Janega works with businesses, consumers and non-governmental organizations to promote economic growth for the community. She has been recognized as a Champion for Women in Business. Ms. Janega is a former RCMP Constable and previously worked for Dalhousie University. Judge Janega combines her management expertise with years of public service in the provincial government of Nova Scotia as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Small Business Development. Born in Halifax, NS, Judge Janega is proud of her Slovak heritage that brought her parents and their families to Canada. Ann Janega holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business, Law and Electronic Commerce from Dalhousie University.

Johnson, Veronica

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Montreal in August 2011, she was an educator for over 25 years. She taught History and English at the high school level and in adult education before being promoted as a high school Vice-Principal and then Assistant Director of an Adult Education Centre serving students from around the world.

Judge Johnson was a founding Board member of West Island Community Shares, a fund raising group for local charities. She was also a Board member of West Island Black Community Association and was its chairperson for two terms. She has also been a frequent speaker at community forums and a lecturer on Black History, Multiculturalism and self-esteem in children.

Judge Johnson graduated from Sir George Williams (now Concordia) University with distinction in Economics and Political Science. She also has a Diploma in Education, a TESL Certificate and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from McGill University.

Kains, Anne-Marie

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Vancouver in August 2009, she previously had an accomplished business career in telecommunications in her work for BC Tel, Stentor and Telus. Her extensive background in negotiations, telecommunications technology, executive management, operations, marketing and human resources has been recognized both professionally and in her community. She has been the recipient of many business awards for leadership and innovation as well as the Lion’s Gate Hospital “Dr. of Philanthropy” designation. Judge Kains has served as a Board member for Family Services of the North Shore, the Salvation Army, British Columbia Automobile Association, and Grace Hospital – Vancouver. She has chaired Ethics and Governance, Security and Selection committees and been appointed to the North Shore Family Court Committee. Judge Kains is also committed to S.O.S. Children’s Villages Canada and S.O.S. Villages, Barretts Town, Jamaica. She played a significant role in the fundraising efforts for the Lions Gate Hospital Hospice in 2008 and continues to be actively involved in her community. Judge Kains has a Bachelors Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Organizational Behaviour from Simon Fraser University.

Klein, Lilian Ruth

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Greater Toronto Area in May 2013, she has worked in human rights advocacy for a major part of her career. Prior to her appointment, she served for fifteen years as National Director of the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada, a position in which she led public policy, community outreach and educational initiatives designed to counter prejudice and advance cross-cultural dialogue. With a BA (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and a LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, she is a Chartered Mediator with experience in community, workplace and health care dispute resolution. She is a published author, editor and public speaker, and has served on a range of community advisory boards, most recently as a volunteer on the Clinical Ethics Committee at Baycrest Health Sciences. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and has been recognized for her work in fighting racism and promoting equity and diversity within Canadian society.

McCrae, James C.

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Winnipeg in April, 2013, Judge McCrae has enjoyed extensive and varied experience as a court reporter; Hansard reporter in the House of Commons; alderman for the City of Brandon, Manitoba (1983-86); Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Brandon West (1986-99); Attorney General and Minister of Justice; Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Corrections, Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Co-operative Development, Health, Environment, Education and Training. Judge McCrae also held responsibility for the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation, and served as Government House Leader. In 2006, Judge McCrae was elected a city councillor for Brandon, serving until his appointment as a citizenship judge. Born in Vancouver, Judge McCrae was educated in British Columbia, Manitoba and California. Judge McCrae has served on a number of community and professional boards, including the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Brandon Real Estate Board, Manitoba Real Estate Association, the Keystone Centre Board and other community organizations.

McMillan, Karen

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Appointed April 2013 in Mississauga, Judge McMillan is a former Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada where she served twice during the early 1990s and again in 2012. Between her two terms, she worked in her own firm where she developed highly specialized skills for her cross Canada work with multi-national corporations, Canadian CEOs and Government clients in marketing, advertising and corporate event initiatives and projects. Judge McMillan has long been associated with and continues to volunteer her time as a studio reader for the CNIB. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a program certificate from the Executive Business Program at York University. Judge McMillan has been recognized and received awards for her service to her community and from those whose lives she has touched.

Minor, Dane

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Surrey, British Columbia, in February 2011, Judge Minor is a retired sales and marketing executive in the office technology field. He has extensive community experience in issues related to youth crime, gang violence and victims of crime. Prior to his appointment, he was active as a victim’s rights advocate. Judge Minor served as Vice Chair of the Victims Advisory Council to the Parole Board of Canada and Correctional Services Canada. In 1993, he co-founded Crime, Responsibility and Youth, and worked with the organization until 2003. He has spent a number of years actively involved in community initiatives and is recognized for his work in ethnic outreach. Judge Minor holds a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Economics and recently was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community.

Mozeson, Laurie Zandra

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Edmonton, Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, in October 2012, she is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts and Law. She began her legal career as a Prosecutor in 1978 with the Attorney General of Alberta. In 1982, Judge Mozeson became a Prosecutor with the Federal Department of Justice until 1991, when she served as a Sitting Justice of the Peace with the newly created Traffic Division – Provincial Court of Alberta. In 2009, she went back to Alberta Department of Justice and resumed her career as a prosecutor. Judge Mozeson has been an active volunteer in her community, including the first female president of the Beth Israel Synagogue, Co-President of the Alberta Association of Sitting Justices of the Peace and Board member and fundraiser for many organizations. Judge Mozeson recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her service to the community.

Nguyen, Trang

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Vancouver in November 2013, she has been working as an Accredited Court Interpreter for the Attorney General in BC for more than 20 years. She is active in the Vietnamese community through her involvement with Vietnam Heritage Day, Vietnamese Canadian Student Scholarships and Bursaries for Vietnamese Women’s Society and as a spokesperson for the Vietnamese Canadian Community. Judge Nguyen also volunteered as an anchor-woman, reporter and radio host for Channel M, Omni T.V. and Fairchild Radio. Through her community services, she was able to act as a bridge between cultures. She was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to Canada with her family as a boat refugee. Judge Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Psychology from Simon Fraser University and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community.

O’Malley, Terrence M.

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Regina in August 2009, he hails from Toronto. but joined the National and Olympic hockey university program in Vancouver and Winnipeg. His career development centered around education and international hockey including seven years with the Japan Hockey League and a head coach position with the University of British Columbia. Following his hockey career, he joined Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Saskatchewan where during 23 years he served in many capacities including president between 2003 and 2006. He was a member of the Canadian Olympic and National hockey team from 1964 to 1970, again in 1980, and in 1966, was captain of the team. Judge O’Malley was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Canadian History from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in Sacred Letters from St. Mark’s Theological College, at the University of British Columbia. He has also served in many volunteer capacities in Regina: vice president of the Big Brothers of Regina, Board Member of “one life makes a difference” Foundation, assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougar Women’s Hockey Team, the Marion Center and Hockey Regina.

Osmane, Farid

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Appointed Citizenship judge in Montréal, in May 2013, he served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada for eight years, presiding over quasi-judicial hearings, adjudicating refugee matters and evaluating permanent residence requests for the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. He also taught ethics and immigration remedies at LaSalle College.

Before moving to Canada, Judge Osmane studied law and management at the University of Algiers and the University of San Francisco.

Paine, Andrea

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Appointed Citizenship Judge in Montreal in June 2013, Judge Paine’s career includes work at the most senior federal and provincial government levels. She has been Policy Advisor and Director of Communications, located in Quebec City, and Montreal. In Ottawa, she served in various capacities including Senior Legislative and Parliamentary Advisor, Policy Expert and Issues Management Specialist. Most recently Andrea served as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Health and CanNor. Fluently bilingual, she has a BA with a double major in Journalism and Political Science from Concordia University and studied Civil Law at Université Laval.  A breast cancer survivour, she is also the author of an inspirational blog about cancer survivourship and running, and is a published author, with a chapter in a book by British journalist, Chris Geiger. She has also been on the speaker’s circuit on behalf of Saint Mary’s Hospital’s “The Girls for a Cure” in 2011, and a presenter, in 2012 and 2013, for the Federated Press Annual Conference on "Working with Ministers and Parliament" in Ottawa.

Pash, Gerald

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Judge Pash was appointed Citizenship Judge for British Columbia in June 2012. Following a 27-year career in radio broadcasting, he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, in Victoria, B.C. In his civilian occupations and as a Canadian Forces reservist, Judge Pash has received several awards in recogntion of his commitment to active, engaged citizenship involving health, education, law enforcement, families, women, youth, veterans, heritage, culture, arts, and commerce. For 13 years he volunteered as an auxiliary RCMP constable and served for 25 years in the Canadian Forces Reserve in the Public Affairs Branch and as a Cadet Instructor. An Aide de Camp to the Lieut.-Governor of B.C., he retired at the rank of Lieut.-Commander. The B.C. Association of Broadcasters named him “Broadcaster Citizen of the Year,” and he was Penticton “Citizen of the Year.” A member of Rotary for over forty years he is a Paul Harris Fellow. Nationally, Judge Pash is an Officer of the Order of St. John, and he holds the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.


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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Greater Toronto Area in March 2013. Judge Persichilli was Director of Communications for the Prime Minister of Canada from September 2011 to April 2012. He was a political columnist for The Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, The Hill Times and political editor at Corriere Canadese, an Italian daily newspaper based in Toronto. He frequently appeared as a guest political commentator in radio and TV programs, was host of a weekly one hour program on Toronto Multicultural Radio CHIN. Previously he was vice President Corporate Development and News Programming and Public Affairs at CFMT (now Omni). Born in Italy, he immigrated to in Canada in 1975. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Film Development Corporation; a committee member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Race Relations and Anti-Racism initiatives at the University of Toronto. He was also president of the Canadian Italian Journalists Association. Angelo is the recipient of the Canadian Ethnic Journalist’s and Writer’s Club award in excellence in journalism reflecting multicultural issues and also received a national award by the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association for his contribution to broadcasting.

Rokerya, Rafiq

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Greater Toronto Area, in June 2013, has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Concordia University and is a Certified General Accountant. Judge Rokerya has over 30 years of experience in auditing, accounting and tax related matters with Canada Revenue Agency. He has served the City of Mississauga as Vice Chair of the Appeal Tribunal, Chair of the Election Campaign Finance Committee, and as a member of the Compliance Audit Committee for the Peel District School Board. He is also a director of the John Howard Society.

Originally from Pakistan, Judge Rokerya has been involved in volunteer and fund raising activities in the South Asian community. He is a founding member of the Memon Association of Canada and co-hosted and produced a radio talk show for the South Asian Community.

Judge Rokerya has received awards such as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Ontario Distinguished Service Award by the CGA – Ontario and Civic Awards of Recognition by City of Mississauga. He was recognized for his service to the association, the accounting profession, and the community through a Fellowship-FCGA granted by CGA-Canada.

Salci, R.T. (Ted)

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Niagara Falls and Hamilton in February 2012, Judge Salci is the former Mayor of Niagara Falls, serving the municipality from 2003 to 2010. Prior to his time as Mayor, Judge Salci served as a member of the Board on the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission where he adjudicated hearings across Ontario as well as having served as Vice Chair of Niagara Regional Police Services Board. Judge Salci began his career in Niagara Falls as a Real Estate Broker and successful owner of a local real estate company for 25 years. He has volunteered his time with the Rotary Club of Niagara Sunrise as President in 2000 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Ted served as President of the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, as well as holding multiple volunteer positions with the Greater Niagara General Hospital Foundation, Project SHARE and Saint Michael’s High School Parent Council. Judge Salci has received numerous awards and recognition for his service to his community.

Sami, Marian

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for the Greater Toronto Area in May 2013, Judge Sami is a lawyer. Prior to her appointment, she practiced law, had a small business, and served as a community liaison to lawmakers and a consultant for cultural events. She has extensive experience in public speaking and teaching within her community. Her active service to the community also includes involvement in a number of charities, with a focus on helping vulnerable children, and fostering the importance of education, cross-cultural respect and inter-religious harmony amongst youth.

Senécal-Tremblay, Marie

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Montreal, Quebec in April 2013, she has broad experience as a lawyer, senior manager, philanthropic and community leader. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of Heritage Montreal directing a major change reorganization of this leading Canadian heritage preservation foundation. Judge Senécal-Tremblay combines her management expertise with years of legal practice in the federal sector as labour in-house counsel with the Canadian Pacific Railway; advocate before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board, the Veterans Review and Appeal Board as well as Assistant Crown Attorney in North Bay, Ontario. She has prior administrative tribunal experience as member and vice-chair of a quasi-judicial federal agency overseeing the Status of the Artist Act. Born in Chicoutimi, Quebec she lived and was educated in Guyana, Switzerland, Ireland, France and has lived east to west across Canada from Kitimat, B.C. to Arvida, Quebec. A long-standing member of the Ontario Bar, Judge Senécal-Tremblay holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology and Law from the University of Ottawa. In 2013, she completed a joint MBA from Université de Montréal and McGill University.

Siew, Nancy M.

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Nancy M. Siew of Oakville, Ontario was appointed by the Governor General in Council as a Citizenship Judge in June 2014. Judge Siew is fluently bilingual in English and Chinese.

While a Federal public servant, Judge Siew worked on high-profile national initiatives. Her dedication earned the public’s respect, making her the recipient of four medals - including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. For over thirty years, Judge Siew has been supporting veterans, senior issues, mental health and multiculturalism.

Judge Sie’s esoteric knowledge in business etiquette made it possible for her to regularly write a column on this topic.

Judge Siew earned a Master degree in Social Work (Gerontology) at McGill University. She has four other post-secondary degrees and diplomas – from Canada, Hong Kong and Switzerland. Her global education has enabled her to appreciate diversity and different cultures.

Judge Siew works in the Greater Toronto Area.

Sniegowski, Wojciech

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Mississauga, in August 2009, he was for a period of ten years president of the Canada – Poland Chamber of Commerce of Toronto. As a vice president, he co-created and managed the event Management Company staging annual ethnic festival at Ontario Place, managing trade exhibits and hosting trade. He founded and co-managed a consulting practice in the field of immigration and served two terms as a member of the Community Reference Group on Ethno-Racial and Aboriginal Access to Metropolitan Toronto Inc. Services advising Metro Toronto administration on wide range of municipal issues. He currently serves as a member of the Chief of Toronto Police Advisory Council and as Chairman of the Board of Canada – Poland Chamber of Commerce of Toronto. As an associate producer he is in charge of the production team creating two Polish language weekly TV shows, airing on OMNI TV channels.

Judge Sniegowski holds a Master of Administration from the Department of Law and Administration of The Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.

Taschereau, Myriam

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Holding a Bachelor of Law from the Université de Sherbrooke as well as undergraduate degrees in Communications and Political Science, Ms. Taschereau was named a citizenship judge in June 2014. 

Having held management positions in both the public and private sectors, she has extensive experience in business management, communications, public relations and tourism development.

Having sat on a number of boards, Judge Taschereau makes it her duty to get involved in community projects and various causes, such as support for caregivers and conservation of built heritage.

Chosen as one of Eastern Quebec’s 50 leading women in power by the Journal Économique, she has also received a number of awards and distinctions in the economic, cultural and tourism fields.

Keenly interested in foreign cultures, Judge Taschereau has spent time in a number of countries, including Japan, the Philippines, Mexico and the United States. She has also crisscrossed Canada to deepen her knowledge and broaden her horizons.

Vachon, Normand

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Windsor, Ontario in December 2012, Judge Vachon completed nearly 25 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. His first RCMP posting in 1989 was in Rouyn-Noranda Québec followed by assignments in Montréal, Roberval and, most recently, in Sudbury where he was in charge of the Financial Integrity Section, conducting Federal Government Fraud Investigations in Northern Ontario. In 2008 Judge Vachon received the RCMP Long Service Award, for 20 years of “Long Service and Good Conduct”. Judge Vachon also served as a Military Policeman in the Canadian Armed Forces for seven years working out of CFB Kingston, Ontario and CFB St-Hubert, Quebec. From 2004 to 2012 Judge Vachon was a part time teacher at College Boreal in Sudbury. Throughout his career, Judge Vachon has volunteered in the communities he served, by organizing numerous RCMP Musical Ride charity events and coaching children’s hockey and baseball teams.

Watt, Robert

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Appointed Citizenship Judge based in Vancouver in September 2009, he is a Canadian social historian who has served as the first Chief Herald of Canada from 1988-2007 in the Office of the Governor General. He was previously Director of the Vancouver Museum, and the city of Vancouver Archivist. Judge Watt has served in several areas of heritage preservation and on the boards of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, the International Academy of Heraldy, the B.C. Museums Association, and the Vancouver Historical Society. He was also president of the Bureau permanent des congrès internationaux des sciences généalogique et héraldique. He has written, published and lectured extensively in Canada and internationally on Canadian heraldry, Canadian social history and material culture, notably historic Canadian stained glass, museum and archival studies and genealogy. Appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) he is also an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John and received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Judge Watt holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Carleton University.

Wong, Albert

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for the Greater Toronto Area in June 2014, he has over thirty-five years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces. Over his career, he has served in various public affairs positions with the military across Canada, with the United Nations in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and in Afghanistan. As a volunteer, he has made valuable leadership contribution to a number of organizations including as Chair of the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses (CPB). Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Judge Wong is a 2012 recipient of the Chinese Canadian Legend Award. He is currently serving as the Chief Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and was awarded the Vice-Regal commendation in 2014.

Wong, Roy Chew Yee

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Vancouver, in October 2012, he practiced law in Québec and British Columbia for many years. He previously served on the administrative tribunal at the Appeal Division under the British Columbia Workers’ Compensation Act. He also pursued a career as a professional artist painting in oil and watercolors. He has served as a director and member of the executive board at the Montréal Chinese Hospital. Judge Wong received a Bachelor of Arts in science and philosophy from New York University and earned a degree in Québec civil law from Université de Montréal. He later studied common law at the University of British Columbia.

Woodard, Joe

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Appointed Citizenship Judge for Calgary in March 2012, Judge Woodard has worked as an academic, a journalist and a writer. As the religion editor of the Calgary Herald, he developed broad relationships with that city’s ethnic communities. He also served as the Child and Family Policy advisor for the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, was the founding vice president of Canada Family Action, and a board member of several family support charities. Judge Woodard has taught political science and social philosophy at several universities; he earned degrees from the University of Alberta (B.A., 1975), Dalhousie University (M.A., 1980), St. John’s College (M.Lib.Std., 1980), and Claremont Graduate School (Ph.D., 1988).

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