Worlds Colliding? (C07-13/14)

B was an appointee to the board of a public body. He was also on the board of another entity. Recently, the public body’s mandate had changed and the two organizations would now have more contact than before. The chair of the public body asked the Commissioner for advice about whether B could be reappointed to the public body when his present term expired.

The Commissioner advised that conflicts of interest could arise for B because of his obligations to the public body and the other organization. The Commissioner suggested some ways to mitigate such conflicts such as having B recuse himself from matters where both organizations had an interest. The Commissioner cautioned that if such matters arose often B might not be able to make a useful contribution to the public body and may have to step down from one of the organizations.

O. Reg. 381/07, s. 8 & 9.