About Us

The office of the Public Interest Commissioner is an independent office of the Alberta Legislature.  We provide advice and investigate disclosures of wrongdoing and complaints of reprisals made by employees of  jurisdictional public entities.

 

 

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 or 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

Ted Miles was appointed Acting Commissioner as of April 16, 2017, upon the retirement of Peter Hourihan, Alberta’s first Public Interest Commissioner.

Ted’s background includes more than 33 years’ experience in policing in Alberta with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring at the rank of Superintendent.  Some of his most recent positions were as the manager of the federal Witness Protection Program and as the Operations Director for the Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta.  In 2007, Ted was selected by the Board of Directors as CEO of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), a not-for-profit corporation focused on fighting organized and serious crime throughout the province.  For more than six years, Ted led ALERT through significant advancements to integrated policing, and achieved an unprecedented impact on organized crime. This unique model of policing was recognized both nationally and internationally as a best practice. During his tenure, ALERT expanded from 100 personnel (three agencies in two locations) to over 400 police officers (nine agencies in seven locations) throughout Alberta.

In June 2013, following the enactment of the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act, Ted sought an opportunity outside policing, and was selected as the first Director of the office of the Public Interest Commissioner.  As Director, he brought numerous years of supervisory and leadership experience, and demonstrated ability to develop and implement focused and effective teams.

In the role of Director, Ted’s goal was to ensure public sector employees have an avenue to voice concerns internally without fear of reprisal, and, when appropriate, disclose wrongdoings externally to the Public Interest Commissioner, advancing accountability and transparency.