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New members appointed to the Advisory Committee for persons with disabilities

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Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, announced the appointment of six new members to the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC).

The DAC plays an important role in providing the Minister and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with advice on appropriate support to taxpayers with disabilities. Their expertise in the fields of medicine and academia provide the CRA with important perspectives regarding the people it serves. In order to provide fulsome and representative advice, it is important the DAC’s membership reflects Canada’s rich and diverse population. As such, committee membership includes individuals from equity deserving groups.

The CRA welcomes the following new DAC members who have begun their two-year terms:

  • Liza Arnason – Owner Principal and Chief Education Officer- Arnason Consulting Inc.
  • Dr. Jennifer Chalmers – Executive Director at Tl’oondih Healing Society and Registered Psychologist practicing in the Northwest Territories
  • Laura Housden – Director, Fraser Health Authority and Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Guillaume Parent – Founding President and Financial Security Advisor at Finandicap – Wealth Management
  • Emile Tompa – Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health
  • Dr. Jennifer Zwicker – holds a doctorate in neurophysiology and is the Director, Health Policy and Assistant Professor, Kinesiology at the University of Calgary

The new members join the seven current DAC members, whose terms are ongoing. Read more about the new members on the DAC’s webpage.

The DAC is co-chaired by the Assistant Commissioner of the Assessment and Benefits Services Branch (or delegate) and a private-sector member of the committee who has served on the DAC for a minimum of 24 months prior to their appointment.

Starting in September, existing committee members Sharon McCarry and Jonathan Lai will assume the roles of private-sector co-chair and vice-chair respectively.


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