Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner Lynn Morrison is honoured to be named this year’s recipient of the 2014 COGEL Award.
The award is bestowed by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, and is that organization’s highest form of recognition. It is given to “an individual who has, over a significant period of time, made a meaningful and positive contribution to the fields of campaign finance, elections, ethics, freedom of information or lobbying.”
Commissioner Morrison was appointed Integrity Commissioner in 2010, after serving as Acting Integrity Commissioner for three years. She has been with the Office since its inception in 1988, working in a succession of increasingly senior roles. She has been the province’s Lobbyists Registrar since 1999. She recently marked 35 years in public service.
As Integrity Commissioner, she oversees the Office’s five mandates under six pieces of legislation: Members’ Integrity, Ministers’ Staff Ethical Conduct, Disclosure of Wrongdoing for the Ontario Public Service, Lobbyists Registration and Expenses Review.
An Officer of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Integrity Commissioner is independent of government.
Commissioner Morrison is to receive the award at COGEL’s annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA, in December.
COGEL is an organization of government ethics administrators.
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Cathryn Motherwell, Director