New Senior Citizenship Judge Appointment Announced
By A Correspondent
Renata Brum Bozzi has been appointed as Canada’s new Senior Citizenship Judge, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced on July 12. The Senior Citizenship Judge heads the Citizenship Commission, an administrative tribunal consisting of all citizenship judges working across Canada.
Ms. Brum Bozzi’s appointment means that the majority of full-time citizenship judges will continue to be women.
“With her successful selection, 11 out of 19 full-time citizenship judges appointed by the Governor in Council since 2008 are women,” said Minister Kenney. “In addition, the current makeup of the Citizenship Commission quite appropriately reflects Canada’s diversity.”
Ms. Brum Bozzi previously served six years as a Citizenship Judge and conducted over 7,000 hearings in both English and French. She was called upon to consult on policy, jurisprudence and legislative initiatives to combat fraud and reform the citizenship process. Immediately prior to her appointment, she worked as a member of the Social Security Tribunal.
Ms. Brum Bozzi was born in Ribeira Grande 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. Her wide community work has included the 820 Chris Hadfield Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. She is a mother of five, and speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.
The position of Senior Citizenship Judge was publicly advertised. After a rigorous screening process, the individual is appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister, on a full-time basis for a five-year term.
Reporting to Parliament through the Minister, the Senior Judge is responsible for ensuring that judges perform their statutory and administrative duties under the Citizenship Act and is the liaison between judges, the Minister and departmental representatives on citizenship issues. The Senior Judge also acts as a spokesperson for the Commission and manages the administrative and professional services that the Commission provides to judges.
Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through rigorous screening, including a written exam, reference check and oral interview.