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June 11, 2014
Valerie L. Jepson appointed Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner
At its meeting today, City Council unanimously appointed Valerie L. Jepson as Toronto's Integrity Commissioner, effective September 6, 2014. The Integrity Commissioner provides advice, complaint investigation and education to City Council, Council members and appointees of most City agencies on the application of their respective Code of Conduct, and other bylaws, policies and legislation governing ethical behaviour.

“I am very pleased about the appointment of Valerie Jepson, a highly respected lawyer with extensive knowledge in the areas of ethics and accountability," said Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. “Ms. Jepson will play a significant role in maintaining public confidence in City Hall and in ensuring that the City’s Codes of Conduct and ethics governing elected officials and appointees of City agencies are objectively communicated and applied.”

"Ms. Jepson's extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, including her work with the Office of the Ontario Integrity Commissioner, will benefit her in her new term as the City's Integrity Commissioner," said Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby (Ward 4 Etobicoke Centre), Chair of the Integrity Commissioner Selection Panel.

Jepson takes over the position from Janet Leiper, who was appointed as Integrity Commissioner in August 2009. “On behalf of City Council, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Janet Leiper for her work and dedication during her term with the City,” said Deputy Mayor Kelly.

A lawyer and litigator, Jepson has practised law since 2002. She served most recently as Counsel for the Office of the Ontario Integrity Commissioner, a position she has held since 2007. Jepson advised the Integrity Commissioner on all aspects of her mandate including the Members’ Integrity Act, 1994, the Code of Conduct for MPPs in Ontario; and the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998, which establishes the Ontario Lobbyists Registry.

Jepson joined the Office of the Integrity Commissioner after having practised for five years as a litigator in the private sector in various areas of law including labour and employment, insurance, bankruptcy and insolvency, contract and estates. Jepson is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2004) and the Law Society of Alberta (2002).

The Integrity Commissioner is an independent officer, appointed by and reporting to Toronto City Council whose powers and duties are set out in Part V of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

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