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June 25, 2008
Geri Sanson appointed Toronto’s new Integrity Commissioner
Today, City Council appointed Geri Sanson as the City’s new Integrity Commissioner, effective September 1, 2008. The Integrity Commissioner provides advice, complaint resolution and education to Council members and appointees of most of the City’s agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) on the application of the City’s Code of Conduct and other by-laws, policies and legislation governing ethical behavior.

Ms. Sanson, a lawyer, practises in the areas of human rights, labour, employment and administrative law. She is a trained arbitrator and mediator and has acted as a third party neutral in conducting complex investigations, broad based workplace facilitations, mediations and adjudications for various government agencies, non-profit organizations, unions and the private sector.

Ms. Sanson has acted as counsel or co-counsel on several significant cases before a variety of administrative tribunals, and on judicial review applications in the Divisional Court, appeals to the Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court of Canada.

She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall and has taught Public Law in the Bar Admissions program. Prior to opening her own practice, Ms. Sanson served as counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Geri Sanson, a highly respected lawyer and well-known human rights advocate, as the City’s new Integrity Commissioner,” said Mayor David Miller. “Ms. Sanson will play a significant role in maintaining the public’s confidence in City Hall and in ensuring that the City’s codes of behavior and ethics governing elected officials and members of various ABCs are objectively communicated and applied.”

Ms. Sanson takes over the position from David Mullan, Toronto’s first Integrity Commissioner and the first municipal Integrity Commissioner in Canada.

The Integrity Commissioner, an independent officer reporting to City Council, is one component of the City’s accountability framework required under the City of Toronto Act. The others are the Auditor General, the Ombudsperson and the Lobbyist Registrar.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Don Wanagas, Director of Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller, 416 338-7134,;
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149,



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