The office of the Public Interest Commissioner is an independent office of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, responsible for investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the public service and complaints of reprisal made under the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.
As one of Alberta’s Legislative Officers, 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 a reprisal has occurred against them 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 Commissioner’s office aims to promote a culture within the public sector that encourages employees and management to report wrongdoings in their workplace.
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.
Following the retirement of Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s second Public Interest Commissioner, the Lieutenant Governor in Council appointed Peter Sherstan as the Acting Public Interest Commissioner, effective July 1, 2022.
Peter Sherstan has occupied the position of Deputy Public Interest Commissioner since August 2018. As the Acting Commissioner, he oversees an investigative team charged with facilitating the disclosure and investigation of significant and serious matters that public sector employees believe to be occurring in their workplaces.
Prior to joining the Public Interest Commissioner’s office, Mr. Sherstan worked in the private sector within the Investigative and Risk Management Services department of a major league sports and entertainment corporation. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for over 31 years having served in three different provinces as well as the Yukon Territory.
Mr. Sherstan holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree and has instructed at both the RCMP Training Academy and the Canadian Police College. Mr. Sherstan enjoys outdoor activities and in his free time can be found cycling and rock climbing.