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August 5, 2009
Janet Leiper appointed Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner
  
Today, City Council appointed Janet Leiper as the City’s Integrity Commissioner, effective September 8, 2009. 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 bylaws, policies and legislation governing ethical behavior.

Ms. Leiper, a lawyer and adjudicator, has practiced administrative and criminal law since her call to the Bar in 1987. She served most recently as Visiting Professor, Public Interest Law at Osgoode Law School where she implemented the first public interest graduation requirement for law students in Canada. Ms. Leiper is also the former Chair of Legal Aid Ontario appointed by the Government of Ontario from 2004 to 2007.

Ms. Leiper has extensive experience with investigations, prosecutions and defence work on behalf of lawyers and the Law Society of Upper Canada; and has served as independent counsel to a number of regulated health professional colleges. Ms. Leiper is also an Alternate Chair of both the Ontario Review Board and the Nunavut Review Board, presiding over hearings to determine the liberty of persons found not criminally responsible due to mental health disorders and persons found unfit to stand trial.

Ms. Leiper was awarded the 2009 Laura Legge Award from the Law Society of Upper Canada, an award that recognizes an Ontario female lawyer who has exemplified leadership in the legal profession.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Leiper, a highly respected lawyer, well known for her work serving the public interest, as the City’s Integrity Commissioner,” said Mayor David Miller. “Ms. Leiper 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. Leiper takes over the position from Lorne Sossin, appointed as Integrity Commissioner on an interim basis in September 2008. “On behalf of City Council, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Lorne Sossin, interim Integrity Commissioner, for his work and dedication over the past year,” said Mayor David Miller.

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 Ombudsman 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175 anniversary of Toronto’s incorporation as a city. 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,dwanagas@toronto.ca
Patricia Trott, Manager of Media Relations and Issues Management, Strategic Communications, 416-392-8937, ptrott@toronto.ca


Summary Profile of Janet Leiper

Janet Leiper is a practicing lawyer and an adjudicator. She has practiced administrative and criminal law in Toronto since her call to the Bar in 1987. She has extensive experience with investigations, prosecutions and defence work on behalf of lawyers and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is a former part time Assistant Crown Attorney.

She was made Visiting Professor, Public Interest Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007. From 2007-2009, she was the Director of the Osgoode Public Interest Requirement and in that capacity implemented the first Canadian mandatory public interest graduation requirement for law students. In 2008-2009, she taught criminal procedure and ethical lawyering.

From 2004-2007, she was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as Chair of Legal Aid Ontario.

She is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law and sits on the Certified Specialist Board, Law Society of Upper Canada. She has served as independent counsel to a number of regulated health professional colleges, including the Massage Therapists of Ontario, the College of Dental Technologists and the College of Pharmacists of Ontario. She served from 2003-2004 as Counsel to the Ontario Review Board.

She was the Head of Section for the Criminal Law Section of the Bar Admission Course from 1997-2004. She is an Alternate Chair of both the Ontario Review Board and the Nunavut Review Board, and presides over hearings to determine the liberty of persons found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder and persons found unfit to stand trial.

She is the recipient of the 2009 Laura Legge Award from the Law Society of Upper Canada, presented to a woman who has exemplified leadership in the legal profession.


 

 

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