Meet the Alberta Ombudsman

– Marianne Ryan


Marianne Ryan was sworn in as Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner in the Alberta Legislature on July 4, 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Ryan served as Commanding Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Alberta, the culmination of a 35-year career in leadership with the RCMP. There she worked extensively alongside Indigenous Communities, building bridges and discussing best practices and improvements to the partnership with the RCMP. Over the course of her first year as an independent Officer of the Legislature, Marianne has led operational changes to prepare for and execute the expansion of the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to include Alberta’s approximately 350 municipalities.

On March 1, 2018, amendments to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act came into force, and included new definitions that expanded the jurisdiction of the Public Interest Commissioner and protection for whistleblowers. Marianne spoke publicly about the significance of the legislation and her position in favour of a workplace culture where the reporting of wrongdoing is encouraged and supported.

Marianne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and resides with her partner and their family in Edmonton.