Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion works with counterparts across Canada and around the world. Our Office exchanges information about conflict of interest rules and practices in order to stay current on issues and developments in the field.
We coordinate information-sharing within the Canadian Conflict of Interest Network (CCOIN). It is made up of federal, provincial and territorial conflict of interest commissioners. We are responsible for gathering and disseminating information and materials acquired by or developed in the various Canadian jurisdictions.
We also work with other Canadian offices where appropriate. In March 2018, Commissioner Dion signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commissioner of Lobbying, Nancy Bélanger. In it, they agreed to jointly organize educational activities.
Our Office is a member of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL). It is a U.S.-based, international not-for-profit organization of public ethics practitioners.
We helped found a new network of conflict of interest and parliamentary ethics organizations in the Francophonie. This network fosters the sharing of best practices. The aim is to enhance expertise and help the parliaments of Francophonie member countries adopt ethics principles and conflict of interest rules. Commissioner Dion participated in the network’s first meeting. It took place in July 2018 in Québec City, in conjunction with the 44th plenary assembly of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.
We also act as an information resource for other countries and international organizations, by meeting with delegations, responding to inquiries and participating in conferences related to conflict of interest and ethics.