ROLE OF THE COMMISSIONER
As one of seven Legislative Officers for Alberta, the Public Interest Commissioner facilitates the disclosure and investigation of significant and serious matters in or relating to departments, public entities, offices or prescribed service providers, that an employee believes may be unlawful, dangerous to the public or injurious to the public interest. The Commissioner investigates allegations of wrongdoing and investigates complaints where an employee believes they have been reprised against for reporting wrongdoing or seeking advice.
The Commissioner is responsible for conducting fair and impartial investigations, and making strong and effective recommendations for corrective measures when wrongdoing is found.
The Public Interest Commissioner is the resource for public sector employees who believe wrongdoing is occurring in their organization, and want to receive the confidentiality and protection provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.
MEET THE COMMISSIONER
Marianne Ryan was officially appointed as Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner on July 1, 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.