Overview • Roles • Biographies • Making Complaints • Policies and Documents • Reports
Citizens expect members of City Council to meet the highest standards of conduct when carrying out their public functions. This means serving constituents and the public in a conscientious and diligent manner; acting with integrity; avoiding conflicts of interest and improper use of influence; and, arranging private affairs in a way that promotes public confidence and will bear close public scrutiny.
The Ethical Conduct Policy for Members of Council establishes and promotes ethical conduct standards for Members of Council.
The City of Calgary is the first municipality in western Canada to create an independent Integrity Commissioner. Within the newly-created Integrity and Ethics Office, the Integrity Commissioner is responsible for investigating and adjudicating potential ethics matters related to City Council where he sees fit. The Ethics Advisor will provide advice and education to City Council while also being a resource to help Calgarians better-understand ethical expectations for elected municipal officials.
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.
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, referring the complaint to the Ethics Advisor for resolution, further investigation of the complaint, and/or adjudicating the complaint. 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.
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.
Allen Sulatycky – Integrity Commissioner
A former Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Mr. Sulatycky holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and had an extremely distinguished career as a lawyer and Justice. In 1968, former Justice Sulatycky was elected Member of Parliament for Rocky Mountain and in that capacity served on numerous House of Commons committees and as Parliamentary Secretary to both the Ministers of Energy, Mines and Resources and Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Former Justice Sulatycky was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in 1982. In 1997, he was appointed as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Alberta and Justice of the Court of Appeal of the North West Territories. In 1999, he was appointed as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nunavut. In 2000, he was appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, a position he retired from in 2004. After service as a Supernumerary Justice, former Justice Sulatycky retired in 2013.
How to make a complaint
Do you have a complaint about an elected official? Individuals who wish to make formal complaints must do so by submitting a complaint through the Whistle-blower Program. All reports to the Whistle-blower Program will be handled in confidence in accordance with City policies.
Whistle-blower Program contact information
Online: online reporting tool (operated by Clearview Connects)
Phone: 1-866-505-5039 (independent external phone line)
Integrity and Ethics Office
The City of Calgary, #8001
P.O. Box 2100, Stn. M
Calgary AB T2P 2M5
Policies and key documents
City of Calgary Whistle-blower Program
Ethical Conduct Policy for Members of Council (CC042)
News release announcing Integrity and Ethics Office
Reports to Council
Sept. 26, 2016 - Bylaw and Policy Amendments Required as a Result of the Adoption of Terms of Reference For the Ethics Advisor and Integrity Commissioner and A Procedure Protocol For the Integrity Commissioner
Sept. 26, 2016 - Proposed Ethical Guidelines for Councillor Conduct in Relation to Other Councillors Wards
July 25, 2016 - Report to City Council concerning Mayor Nenshi's recorded comments in Boston
July 4, 2016 - Ethics Advisor and Integrity Commissioner Terms of Reference
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