About Us

The office of the Public Interest Commissioner is an independent office of the Alberta Legislature.  We provide advice to employees and public entities, and review and investigate disclosures of wrongdoing and complaints of reprisal made under the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.

 

ROLE OF THE COMMISSIONER

As one of seven Legislative Officers for Alberta, the Public Interest Commissioner is responsible for ensuring strong protection for public sector employees who report a wrongdoing and face reprisals for doing so. The Commissioner provides oversight of disclosures and investigations as well as investigating complaints of reprisal in the public sector covered by The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, which came into force June 1, 2013.

The legislation applies to the Alberta Public Service, provincial agencies, boards and commissions, as well as academic institutions, school boards, charter schools, and public sector health organizations. Health care professionals appointed to the medical or professional staff of a public organization, or who hold privileges with one, are also protected under the Act.

The Act also requires public entities to establish an internal process to manage and investigate reports of wrongdoing. Under the legislation, public sector bodies are required to appoint a designated officer within their organization to investigate and resolve complaints by employees who report violations of provincial or federal law; acts or omissions that create a danger to the public or environment; and gross mismanagement of public funds. Employees not satisfied with the outcome or who believe they were a victim of reprisal can take their complaint to the Office of the Public Interest Commissioner.

MEET THE COMMISSIONER

Marianne Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marianne Ryan was officially appointed as Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner on July 4, 2017. Marianne grew up on a farm near London, Ontario, and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1982 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Marianne led a successful career that spanned 35 years, touching the lives of people in Manitoba, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Marianne’s first posting was in Manitoba where she spent time building bridges with Indigenous communities. She has extensive operational police experience at the local, national and international levels, leading major investigations targeting organized crime groups involved in a myriad of criminal activities including drugs, proceeds of crime and organized crime.  Marianne also has extensive experience in human resources and change management.

Three years after becoming the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations for Alberta, Marianne was appointed Commanding Officer of the RCMP for Alberta in 2013 and retired from the RCMP in March 2017.

Marianne resides with her partner and their family in Edmonton.