Ombudsman of Ontario
André Marin was appointed as Ontario’s sixth Ombudsman in April 2005, for a five-year term. He brings to the Ombudsman’s office a highly respected and extensive background in the oversight of public institutions. Since his appointment, he has reorganized the Ombudsman's office and refocused its resources on high-profile, systemic investigations into issues affecting millions of Ontarians, from newborn babies to property taxpayers to lottery players, through the creation of the Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT). Along with responding to more than 16,000 individual complaints a year, the office has conducted more than a dozen systemic investigations using SORT, resulting in dramatic government reforms. The Ombudsman's recommendations to date have been overwhelmingly accepted by the government.
For the past 13 years, Mr. Marin has worked as an agent of change in bringing accountability to public institutions. His pioneering work in conducting systemic administrative investigations has reinvigorated the ombudsman community. His guidance and expertise in setting up an effective ombudsman office and investigative team has been sought out by ombudsmen and other watchdog agencies across Canada and around the world. In April 2009, Mr. Marin was selected as the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Tom Marshall Award of Excellence, for his outstanding contribution to the practice of public sector law in Ontario.Prior to his appointment as Ombudsman of Ontario, Mr. Marin served as Canada’s first Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces for six-and-a-half years. Having set up the office from day one, he was responsible for the investigation of complaints from those serving in the Canadian military as well as civilian members. His work led to resolving systemic problems as he made recommendations to ensure accountability, transparency and the integration of ethics into Canada’s military. From May 2007 to May 2009, he served as president of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman, representing public and private ombudsmen across the country. He has also been the North American Regional Vice-President of the International Ombudsman Institute since July 2006.Before becoming the military Ombudsman, Mr. Marin was Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, from 1996 to 1998. The SIU is an independent, civilian agency mandated to maintain public confidence in Ontario’s police services by assuring police actions resulting in serious injury or death are subjected to rigorous,independent investigations. Prior to 1996, Mr. Marin was an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Ottawa and became known for prosecuting difficult, high-profile and sensitive criminal cases.