Meet the Alberta Ombudsman

– Marianne Ryan

Marianne was officially appointed as Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner on July 4, 2017.  On July 7, 2017, Marianne was acclaimed as the new North American Regional Director for the International Ombudsman Institute.

Marianne grew up on a farm near London, Ontario, and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1982 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Marianne led a successful career that spanned 35 years, touching the lives of people in Manitoba, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Marianne’s first posting was in Manitoba where she spent time building bridges with Indigenous communities.  She has extensive operational police experience at the local, national and international levels, leading major investigations targeting organized crime groups involved in a myriad of criminal activities including drugs, proceeds of crime and organized crime.  Marianne also has extensive experience in human resources and change management.

Three years after becoming the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations for Alberta, Marianne was appointed Commanding Officer of the RCMP for Alberta in 2013 and retired from the RCMP in March 2017.

Marianne resides with her partner and their family in Edmonton.