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 sworn in as Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner in the Alberta Legislature on July 4, 2017.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Ryan served as Commanding Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Alberta, the culmination of a 35-year career in leadership with the RCMP. There she worked extensively alongside Indigenous Communities, building bridges and seeking improvements to the community partnership with the RCMP.
Since her appointment, Marianne has led operational changes, in preparation for, and the execution of the expansion of, both the Ombudsman Act and the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act. On April 1, 2018, Alberta’s approximately 350 municipalities were added to the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman’s office. On March 1, 2018, amendments to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act came into force, and included new definitions that expanded the jurisdiction of the Public Interest Commissioner and protection for whistleblowers. Marianne spoke publicly about the significance of the legislation and her position in favour of a workplace culture where the reporting of wrongdoing is encouraged and supported.
Marianne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and resides with her partner and their family in Edmonton.