Ethics and Integrity Commissioner
The position of Ethics and Integrity Commissioner was created by Executive Council in 2015 as part of a series of measures to maintain and strengthen public confidence that the work of government is conducted with high standards of ethics and integrity.
Initially, the primary area of responsibility for the commissioner was conflict of interest disclosure for deputy ministers and senior officials in similar positions. In the fall of 2015, the commissioner’s mandate was expanded to include a key role in the newly-developed Public Interest Disclosure and Whistleblower Protection Policy. Administratively, the office is associated with the Public Service Commission.
About the Commissioner
Shauna Sullivan Curley
Shauna Sullivan Curley is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude, political science, 1979) and a Bachelor of Laws degree (1982). She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2001.
Shauna practiced law with the firms Boudreau, Beaton and LaFosse in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Mullin, Carr, Stevenson & MacKay in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island prior to beginning her public service career in 1989 with Legal Services at the Prince Edward Island Department of Justice and Attorney General. From 1995 to 2013, Shauna served in various deputy minister positions with the Government of Prince Edward Island, including Deputy Minister of Provincial Affairs, and Deputy Attorney General; Secretary to the Legislative Review Committee and Counsel to Executive Council; Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development; and Deputy Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice, and Deputy Attorney General. For several years, she chaired the Deputy Ministers’ Council. While a deputy minister, Shauna gave presentations on public service values and ethics at orientation sessions for new employees. In 2006 the Institute of Public Administration of Canada awarded her the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.
Shauna retired from the public service on December 31, 2013. On March 31, 2015, she was appointed to the part-time position of Ethics and Integrity Commissioner for a five year term.
Active in her community, Shauna currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Prince Edward Island and is an elder at the Kirk of St. James. She is past president of Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island, as well as the Prince Edward Island Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Shauna has been a director of the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island and a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Judicial Appointments.
Reports of the Commissioner