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Ethics Advisor

The Ethics Advisor provides advice and guidance to members of Council on matters of conduct that create a legal risk for a Council member, or a risk to a Council member’s public reputation. The Ethics Advisor provides advice to members of Council individually, but also advises on general questions of conduct relevant for all members of Council. The Ethics Advisor will not provide an opinion on the appropriateness of a Council member’s conduct unless asked to do so by that Council member, but can provide advice to all members of Council where it appears to her to be appropriate or useful to do so. The Ethics Advisor may assist in the resolution of complaints about Council member conduct referred by the Integrity Commissioner after assessment.

Integrity Commissioner

Complaints about Council members conduct will be received and reviewed by the Integrity Commissioner who, in the Integrity Commissioner’s sole discretion, will decide how or whether such complaints should be pursued. Options for the Integrity Commissioner on receiving a complaint about Council member conduct will include dismissing the complaint, further investigation of the complaint, adjudicating the complaint or referrirng the complaint to the Ethics Advisor for resolution. The Integrity Commissioner will make recommendations to Council on the appropriate consequence or sanction for improper conduct by a Council member. The Integrity Commissioner will not consider complaints about City Administration or the City Auditor.

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Biographies

Alice Woolley – Ethics Advisor

Professor Woolley is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with High Distinction and a Bachelor of Laws degree (first in class) from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Law degree from Yale Law School. Professor Woolley previously served as a Law Clerk to the Right Honourable Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced law in Calgary.

In addition, Professor Woolley is the author of numerous books, articles, book chapters, commentaries, and book reviews, has been a frequent presenter at conferences on ethics and other topics, is the recipient of several grants, scholarships and awards, and currently serves as President of the International Association of Legal Ethics as well as being President of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics. In 2015, Professor Woolley was named by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers in the justice system and legal profession.

Sal LoVecchio – Integrity Commissioner

Hon. LoVecchio served 22 dedicated years of judicial service to the Court of Queen's Bench, and to the people of Alberta. He was born in Toronto, but later moved to Montreal to pursue his Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University. Shortly after, he completed his Bachelor of Civil Law in 1970. Given his high academic standing and skill-set in sports, he was also a member of McGill's Scarlet Key Honour Society, as well as a record-holding player on the University's football team.

Hon. LoVecchio's expertise was in commercial and corporate law, and he has been named partner at multiple law firms such as Borden Ladner Gervais, and Bennett Jones. He also served as chair of the Judicial Dispute Resolution and the commercial committee, of the court for several years.

His contributions to the community are extensive; he co-authored several articles such as "Foreign Investment Considerations for Mexico, Russia and China", served as a lecturer at the University of Calgary Law School, served as member of the Cabinet of the United Way, Director of West Island College, and countless more. Aside from his passion for Law, he is an excellent skier, avid golfer, squash player, world traveller and first-rate photographer.

 

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