Ottawa, August 28, 2014 – After four years at the helm of the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, Mario Dion is leaving the Office for personal reasons. Mr. Dion was first appointed Interim Commissioner in December 2010 and named Commissioner one year later.
“Together, with this dedicated team, I feel that at this time, the Office is well placed to effectively deliver the mandate set out in the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, and as such, public servants should feel confident that there is a body ready and available to address their concerns,” stated Mr. Dion. “The objectives I set out to accomplish have been met, and the Office is ready to welcome new leadership to continue strengthening the public sector whistleblowing regime.”
In March of 2012, Mr. Dion tabled the very first Case Report of Founded Wrongdoing under the Act. He has since tabled eight more and made six referrals to the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal regarding reprisal complaints.
On April 1, 2013, Mr. Dion put in place service standards which outline specific timeframes in which disclosures of wrongdoing and reprisal complaints must be dealt with. As a result, disclosers and reprisal complainants concerns are being addressed in a more timely fashion while ensuring the spirit of natural justice and procedural fairness are always respected.
Mr. Dion also focused a great deal of his efforts on outreach to improve the limited awareness of the Office within the public sector, and he leaves a strong outreach roadmap that will continue to be implemented in the years to come.
The Goverment has launched a publicly-advertised, competency-based selection process to identify a new Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.
Mr. Dion’s personal Twitter account will remain active. Those who wish to stay informed on news from the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada after December 2014, can follow the Office on Twitter @PS_Integrity.
For more information, contact:
Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada
Telephone: 613-946-2138 or BB: 613-294-1678