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Ontario Appoints New Parole Board Chair

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Ontario Appoints New Parole Board Chair

McGuinty Government Names Commissioner Of Corrections To Post

Ministry of the Solicitor General

The Ontario government has appointed Arnold Galet, currently the province's commissioner of corrections, to head the Ontario Parole and Earned Release Board. The appointment follows an extensive national recruitment and takes effect September 30, 2008.

A former assistant deputy minister and chief executive officer of corrections in Alberta with more than 30 years of senior corrections experience, Galet was named Ontario's first commissioner of corrections on March 1, 2006, with responsibility for the province's 31 correctional institutions and 119 probation and parole offices.

He holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in sociology, and is a graduate of the Queen's University public executive program. He has received numerous awards including the Alberta Premier's Award of Excellence in 2000 and 2001. He also led the correctional services team that received the 2002 Institute of Public Administration of Canada gold award for innovative management.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Parole and Earned Release Board handles all adult offenders in the province who have prison sentences of under two years; the National Parole Board handles all offenders who have prison sentences of two years or more.
  • Parole is the early release of an offender from prison under the supervision of a parole officer. Only a Parole Board can make decisions about parole.

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“The Ontario Parole and Earned Release Board plays an important role in helping ensure a safe and secure Ontario. Arnold Galet has a proven track record of leadership and teamwork in the field of corrections and will make significant contributions as the board's new chair.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services



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