Item - 2021.MM34.31

Tracking Status

MM34.31 - Appointment of a Toronto Ombudsman - by Mayor John Tory, Seconded by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 8 and 9, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council appoint Kwame Addo as Ombudsman effective August 23, 2021, subject to and following written acceptance by Kwame Addo of the prescribed Accountability Officer employment agreement offered by the City, for a 7-year non-renewable term ending on August 23, 2028, with all the powers and duties imposed upon the Ombudsman by Chapter 3, Accountability Offices, of the City of Toronto Municipal Code.

 

2.  City Council appoint Ciaran Buggle, the current Deputy Ombudsman as Interim Ombudsman effective July 23, 2021 and ending August 22, 2021, with all the powers and duties imposed upon the Ombudsman by Chapter 3, Accountability Offices, of the City of Toronto Municipal Code. 

 

3. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce the necessary Bills to give effect to City Council's decision.

 

4. City Council authorize the public release of the Curriculum Vitae Summary in Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (June 4, 2021) from the Chair, Ombudsman Selection Panel.

 

The following Curriculum Vitae Summary for Kwame Addo is now public:

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

June 2019 – present              Ombudsperson, at Ryerson University

 

Feb 2009 – Jun 2019             Director of Investigations, Ombudsman Toronto

 

Nov 2015 – Sep 2016            Interim Ombudsman, Ombudsman Toronto

 

1990 - 2009                            Investigator, Ombudsman Ontario

 

1988 - 1990                            Senior Claims Officer, Ministry of Transportation

 

1985 -1988                             Claims Adjuster, Crawford and Company

 

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Human Resource Management Certificate University of Toronto

Honours Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Biology/Nutrition (minor) University of Guelph

 

AFFILIATION

 

2013 – Present: Board of Directors - Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators Education

2014 – Present: Sub-committee member Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators

2011 - Present:  Humber College Advisory Committee-ADR Program

2019 – Present: Forum of Canadian Ombudsman

2019 - Present:  Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons

Past Member:    Employment Equity Committee – Ombudsman Ontario

Past Member:    Mayor’s Committee on Community and Race Relations

Confidential Attachment - Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees

Background Information (City Council)

Member Motion MM34.31
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/mm/bgrd/backgroundfile-167809.pdf
(June 4, 2021) Report from the Chair, Ombudsman Selection Panel on Appointment of a Toronto Ombudsman
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/mm/bgrd/backgroundfile-167847.pdf
Confidential Attachment 1

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Notice (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, need to be waived to permit introduction of Motion MM34.31. A two-thirds vote of Council Members present is required to waive notice.


Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM34.31 be referred to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.


Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-09-2021 2:31 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM34.31 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are John Tory
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council