The Honourable Sidney B. Linden was appointed Ontario’s first full-time Conflict of Interest Commissioner in July 2007.
Justice Linden graduated from the University of Toronto Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1966. He was in private practice until 1980.
Between 1980 and 1985, Justice Linden was the first Police Complaints Commissioner for Metropolitan Toronto and Chairman of the Police Complaints Board. Between 1985 and 1987, he was Executive Director of the Canadian Auto Workers (C.A.W.) Prepaid Legal Services Plan, the first privately funded national prepaid legal service plan in Canada. In 1987, he was appointed Ontario’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner. He was responsible for starting up the agency and served as Commissioner until April 1990.
In April 1990, Justice Linden was appointed Chief Justice of the newly reorganized Ontario Court of Justice (Provincial Division). During that time, he was Co-Chair of the Ontario Judicial Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Judicial Institute. In 1997, Justice Linden was awarded the Justice Award by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.
Justice Linden has also served as the Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Ontario (1999-2003) and Commissioner of the Ipperwash Public Inquiry (2003-2007).