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Ottawa, March 8, 2011— The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced eight appointments to the Parole Board of Canada.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring appointments to the Parole Board of Canada are based on merit and ability,” said Minister Toews. “As an independent decision-making tribunal that plays a significant role in contributing to the safety of our communities, it is imperative that we appoint highly qualified and committed people. I'm pleased to make today's announcement.”


Anne-Marie Asselin, of Pointe au Pic La Malbaie, Quebec, is re-appointed as a part-time member. Ms. Asselin was first appointed full-time from 1987 to 1997, and re-appointed part-time for two terms from 1997 to 2003. Most recently, she served part-time from 2008 to 2011. Currently, she is a member of La Société de criminologie du Québec, and a past member of La Fondation de l'Hôpital St-Joseph de La Malbaie and La Fondation de l'Opéra du Québec. Mme Asselin is a former teacher for the Commission scolaire régionale de Charlevoix.


Gordon McRae, of Mission, British Columbia, is re-appointed as a part-time member. Mr. McRae was first appointed part-time in 2008. He served as a regular member of the RCMP for 25 years, with postings in Penticton, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam and Surrey. Mr. McRae also worked as crime prevention specialist for the City of Surrey.


Lanny Der, of Edmonton, Alberta, is appointed as a part-time member. A former part-time member of the Board from 2004-2007, Mr. Der provides assistance and support to Aboriginal communities with the Government of Alberta as the Manager for Economic Capacity Building. Previously, he developed training strategies as a project manager with the Northern Alberta Institute for Technology. He has worked in community outreach and family support with Métis Child and Family Services, the Correctional Service of Canada, Native Counseling Services of Alberta, and Alberta Justice.


Douglas Hummell, of St. Catharines, Ontario,is appointed as a part-time member. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen's University, Mr. Hummell joined various law firms in St. Catharines, including as an associate at Pedwell and Makowy, and as partner at Freeman, Frayne & Hummell. From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for Ontario West and South.

John Kenyon, of Burlington, Ontario, is appointed as a part-time member. Mr. Kenyon is a retired police officer who spent 32 years in various positions with the Hamilton Police Service, including management, police court branch, communications, community services and public relations. He has extensive experience as an investigator, and was responsible for the investigation and case preparation into business, bank and real estate fraud. Mr. Kenyon has sat on the boards of the Ontario Safety League, Chamber of Commerce, and Block Parent Association. He has also worked in security and private business.

Linda Lennon, of Hepworth, Ontario, has been re-appointed as a part-time member. Ms. Lennon was first appointed to the Board full-time from 1993-1998, and re-appointed part-time in 2005. Between 1985 and 1993, Ms. Lennon sat on City Council for the City of Guelph, served on a number of committees, and chaired three of them, including Planning and Development, Community Services and Administrative Services. Previously, she was office manager for the Financial Building Corporation of Canada in Waterloo, where she worked from 1998 to 2005. Ms. Lennon has volunteered for Big Brothers, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Guelph General Hospital Fundraising campaign.

Theodore Nemetz, of Toronto, Ontario,is appointed as a part-time member. From 1997 to 2008, Mr. Nemetz was Chair of the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) of Ontario, and acted as its senior lawyer in the adjudication of all issues under the Mental Health Act. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Nemetz was a contracted Adjudicator for the Indian Residential Schools Project, and a member with the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal.A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Mr. Nemetz has been a part-time Crown Attorney, private practitioner, lecturer and senior litigator specializing in personal injury, commercial and criminal litigation.

Chris Trowbridge, of Westport, Ontario, is re-appointed as a part-time member. A graduate of Queen's University, Mr. Trowbridge was first appointed part-time to the Board in 2005. He retired from a career in federal corrections that spanned more than 35 years, including 25 years with the Parole Board of Canada as a regional manager of case supervision, special projects officer, regional communications and training coordinator, and senior policy analyst. He also spent 10 years with the Correctional Service of Canada as a classification officer, parole officer and section supervisor.

Caroline Douglas
Director of Communications
Parole Board of Canada

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