What's New: New Full-Time Vice-Chairperson Appointed

December 20, 2013

Ms. Sonia Gaal has been appointed as full-time Vice-Chairperson of the Military Grievances External Review Committee for a four-year term starting on February 1st, 2014. Her appointment was announced on December 20, 2013 by the Minister of National Defence Robert Nicholson.

Ms. Gaal has lengthy experience in labour litigation and mediation, both at the provincial and federal levels. Her experience in quasi-judicial tribunals includes appointments as Vice-Chairperson of the Public Service Staffing Tribunal, as well as Member with the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Ms. Gaal holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Athabasca and a Civil Law Degree (LL.L) from the Université de Montréal.

I am extremely pleased by the nomination of a seasoned professional in this important position, said the Chairperson of the Committee, Bruno Hamel. Ms. Gaal has dealt with complaint resolution in various environments; she will bring a fresh perspective and complement the expertise the Committee has acquired since it began operations in 2000, he added.

The Canadian Armed Forces grievance system will benefit from the experience and qualifications Ms. Gaal will bring to the Committee, Minister Nicholson said in his announcement.

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