OTTAWA, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment of Mr. David Wake, Mr. Dominique Bellemare and Ms. Margot Ballagh as Vice-Chairpersons of the new Social Security Tribunal (SST). The new SST is a single decision-making body that consolidates the work previously done by four separate Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) tribunals. By offering one point of contact for submitting an appeal, it simplifies the appeal processes, while ensuring continued access to administrative justice for appellants and providing greater value for Canadians. "The new Social Security Tribunal will be fair, credible, impartial and independent. It will improve administrative justice for Canadians by offering simplified appeal processes and an efficient and effective adjudicative process," said Minister Finley. "Mr. Wake, Mr. Bellemare, Ms. Ballagh each have strong legal backgrounds and varied professional experiences that will constitute valuable assets in their new roles as Vice-Chairpersons of the SST." The SST is comprised of two levels of appeal. The General Division, the first level of appeal, includes an Employment Insurance (EI) Section for EI appeals, and an Income Security Section for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) appeals. Mr. Bellemare will head the Employment Insurance Section and Ms. Ballagh will head the Income Security Section. The Appeal Division, which will be led by Mr. Wake, is the second level of appeal as it decides appeals of decisions made by the General Division. In addition to the appointment of the three Vice-Chairpersons of the new SST, Minister Finley also announced the appointment of nine additional full-time members approved by Governor in Council. To date, 42 members, in addition to the Chairperson and three Vice-Chairpersons, have been appointed from all regions of the country to ensure regional representation and fairness of decisions. The SST began its operations on April 1, 2013. For more information on the SST, visit canada.gc.ca/sst-tss.