Meet the Alberta Ombudsman

– Peter Hourihan

Peter was sworn in as Alberta’s eighth Ombudsman in October 2011. Originally from Three Hills and later Calgary, Alberta, Peter spent 35 years in the RCMP. His career took him to all provinces in western Canada and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.  He worked in a variety of policing roles including Criminal Operations Officer for Alberta where he oversaw all police operations and Commanding Officer for British Columbia, where he was responsible for all federal, provincial and municipal police operations and activities.

Peter is an experienced mediator. He has taught courses at the college level in Saskatchewan and was involved heavily in the internal RCMP program where he assisted in developing programs and delivering training. He has also worked internationally with the Department of Public Safety in Texas, USA, in the development and implementation of its mandatory mediation program.  Additionally, Peter has significant experience as a decision-maker as well as an advisor in the areas of discipline and grievances.

Peter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa.  He received the Long Service medal in 1996, Bronze Clasp in 2001 and Silver Clasp in 2006.  He received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

One of seven Legislative Offices for Alberta, the Ombudsman promotes fairness in public administration and investigates complaints from individuals regarding unfair actions or decisions made by provincial government department, agencies, boards and commissions and some professional organizations.  The Alberta Ombudsman’s office provides education and training to groups who want to ensure that the decisions they make are clear, transparent and informative.

Peter and his wife Donna enjoy meeting new people, the outdoors, travel and the big prairie sky! They have two adult children, Chris and Michelle.





Peter Hourihan

Meet the Deputy Ombudsman

– Joe Loran

Joe became the Deputy Ombudsman on May 22, 2012. Previously, he served as the Executive Director for the Law Enforcement and Oversight Branch with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. Prior to working for the provincial government, Joe spent over 32 years with the RCMP in a variety of policing duties retiring as a Chief Superintendent in the role of Deputy Criminal Operations Officer for “K” Division (Alberta) in Edmonton.

Originally from Saskatoon, Joe served in the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta in a wide variety of roles throughout his career. Some of his policing career highlights are: implementing the Integrated Response to Organized Crime in Alberta (now referred to as CFSEU); implementing the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams Ltd. (ALERT); involved in planning and operational oversight of major events such as Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Vancouver, G8 in Kananaskis, 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and G8 in Huntsville Ontario.  His policing background includes: a variety of investigative roles; protective policing; adjudicating on RCMP discipline matters; intelligence work; administration and risk mitigation.

Joe currently resides in the Edmonton area with his wife, and they have an adult daughter and two adult sons.