Thanh Hai Ngo was reappointed as a Citizenship Judge in Ottawa and Dr. Ijaz Qamar appointed as a part-time Citizenship Judge in Toronto, both for three-year terms, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced.
First appointed Citizenship Judge for Ottawa in 2007, Judge Ngo was Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees in Ottawa. He has a distinguished career in education both as a teacher in Ottawa and as an educator in Malaysia and Vietnam. Judge Ngo has also been an active member of various Vietnamese communities across Canada and overseas, and is the Founder and former Chairperson of the Ottawa Vietnamese Non-Profit Residence Corporation.
Judge Qamar has extensive work experience in public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Canada, Africa and Asia with an expertise in research, communications and policy development. Among his many achievements, Dr. Qamar was the recipient of the gold medal from the Human Rights and Race Relations Centre of Toronto, the 25th Anniversary Award from the Urban Alliance on Race Relations in Toronto and the Federal Citation for Citizenship. Dr. Qamar is also a past nominee for both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship.