John Badowski - Vice-Chairperson
Mr. John Badowski was appointed to a five-year full-time term as Vice-Chairperson of the Tribunal, effective January 1, 2014.
Mr. Badowski was a member of the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) since 2008 as a presiding member and, subsequently, as coordinating member and team leader. He is also the former chairperson of the IRB's Professional Development Committee and a former member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges, where he served on its Expert Evidence Working Party.
Mr. Badowski previously served in the Toronto Police Service for 27 years, holding supervisory and senior management positions in several of its units: the Marine Unit, Community Programs, and Forensic Identification. In addition to holding a bachelor of science degree from the University of Toronto, Mr. Badowski has been recognized at home and abroad for his innovative and exemplary work in policing. In 2003, he was awarded the Prague Medal from the Government of Romania for helping to modernize policing in Romania and assisting the country's entry into NATO. In 2002, he was awarded the Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal for his participation in the Toronto Police international policing mission to Rwanda in 1994.
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