André Marin

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Ontario's sixth Ombudsman, André Marin

André Marin LLB (born January 12, 1965) is a former Crown Attorney, University of Ottawa law professor, Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman. On April 1, 2005 he was appointed as Ombudsman of Ontario by the Ontario Legislative Assembly and was reappointed on June 1, 2010 to a second five-year term ending on May 31, 2015.[1][2]

Early career[edit]

After graduating from the University of Ottawa's National Program with civil and common law degrees, André Marin worked as an assistant Crown attorney and as a part-time professor of law in Ottawa, Canada.[1][2]

From September 1996 until June 1998, he served as the Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).[1][2] During his tenure at the SIU, the office initiated over 300 investigations, laid 5 charges resulting from those investigations and obtained 0 convictions.[3]

In June 1998, André Marin became Canada’s first military Ombudsman, responsible for investigating complaints from members of the Canadian Armed Forces.[1][2] He created a “Special Ombudsman Response Team” (SORT) which investigated broad systemic issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers and compensation for the families of soldiers who are killed or wounded.

A 2006 workplace assessment conducted by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and commissioned by Marin's successor, Yves Côté, in the wake of Marin’s seven-year tenure found that he left a dysfunctional workplace, rife with complaints and 150 staff departures.[4] The report found the human resources department "may actually be contributing to inefficiency in the organization” and that "adversarial investigations were anticipated and encouraged" during Marin's tenure.[4] On Marin’s departure, the report stated that staff expressed “overwhelming relief . . . to see the new leadership take its place.”[4] In 2010, upon learning of the DND’s negative report on Marin’s tenure as the Canadian Military Ombudsman, Marin’s predecessor as Ontario Ombudsman, Clare Lewis, commented that he would not have supported Marin’s appointment.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Canadian Who’s Who 2011. Orillia, Ontario: Third Sector Publishing. 2011. p. 792. ISBN 978-0-921173-27-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hyson, Stewart, ed. (2009). Provincial and Territorial Ombudsman Offices in Canada. University of Toronto Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-1-4426-4067-2. 
  3. ^ "Ontario ombudsman wrong person to lead SIU probe, critics say". National Post. 
  4. ^ a b c d Bruser, David; Welsh, Moira (June 2, 2010). "André Marin left dysfunction and discontent as military ombud". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2015-03-06. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
James M. Stewart
Director of the Special Investigations Unit
Succeeded by
Peter A. Tinsley

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