Sidney B. Linden was appointed Ontario’s first full-time Conflict of Interest Commissioner in July, 2007. In February, 2015, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, which is the province’s highest official honour, and in July, 2016, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
He was Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice from 1990 to 1999. 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 and of the Canadian Council of Chief Judges. In 1997, Commissioner Linden was awarded the Justice Medal by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.
Commissioner Linden has also served as the Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Ontario (1999-2004) and Commissioner of the Ipperwash Public Inquiry (2004-2007).
In 1987, Commissioner Linden was appointed Ontario’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner. He was responsible for establishing the agency and served as Commissioner until April 1990.
Between 1985 and 1987, Commissioner Linden was Executive Director of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW – now Unifor) Prepaid Legal Services Plan. This plan was funded by the major automobile companies and was the first privately funded national prepaid legal service plan in Canada.
Between 1980 and 1985, he was the first Police Complaints Commissioner for Metropolitan Toronto and Chairman of the Police Complaints Board.
Commissioner 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.