2024 Conference


The Registration Desk will be located in the Palm Court of the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with colleagues from all levels of government, education, banking, private corporations, health care and a variety of other organizations.

Ombuds On Edge

This year’s theme is Ombuds on Edge:  Tackling Challenges, Evolving Practices, Enduring Principles and will include two and half days of keynote presentations, concurrent learning sessions, a panel discussion, Welcome Reception and Dinner. 

Keynote Speakers

Marion Buller
Chancellor, University of Victoria

Rob Behrens
Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, UK

Ghizal Haress
Former Ombudsperson, 
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Marc-André Dowd
Protecteur du citoyen du Québec


Marion Buller
Chancellor, University of Victoria

Marion Buller is a member of the Mistawasis Nehiyawak, a Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan. Ms. Buller was the initial First Nations woman to be appointed as a judge in British Columbia. While a Provincial Court Judge, Ms. Buller established the initial First Nations Court in BC and built the foundation for BC’s first Indigenous Family Court. After presiding in the BC Provincial Court for twenty-two years, Ms. Buller was appointed as the Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Since the completion of the National Inquiry, Ms. Buller has returned to the practice of law. She is currently the Chancellor of the University of Victoria.

Ghizal Haress
Former Ombudsperson, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ghizal Haress is an Afghan constitutional lawyer who was forced to leave the country after the Taliban's takeover in 2021. She now resides in Canada and works as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, engaging in research and teaching. Ghizal was Afghanistan's first Ombudsperson and the first woman to lead a law enforcement institution in the country. She also served as a Commissioner for Afghanistan's Independent Constitutional Oversight Commission. Ghizal has over a decade of experience as an Assistant Professor and has been the Chair of the Law department for three years at the American University of Afghanistan.

Concurrent Learning Sessions

In addition to our Keynote Speakers, we are pleased to offer over 20 outstanding concurrent learning sessions during the FCO/ACCUO joint 2024 conference.

Welcome Reception – Tuesday, October 22, 2024 (18:00-20:00)

Join your colleagues for delicious appetizers, drinks and conversation.

Gala Dinner – Wednesday, October 23, 2024 (18:00-21:00)

Let's celebrate getting together!!  Join your colleagues for dinner at the Fairmont Empress.

For registration enquiries, contact the FCO office:
Email info@ombudsforum.ca