Meet the Ombudsman

Mary McFadyen is Saskatchewan’s Ombudsman and Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner.

Mary McFadyen the Ombudsman and Commissioner

Mary McFadyen, QC

Mary McFadyen began her role as Ombudsman and Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner for the province of Saskatchewan on April 1, 2014. Prior to returning to her home province of Saskatchewan to serve in this capacity, she was Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada and previously Director General, Legal Services for the Office of the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces. She also served as Interim Ombudsman at that office from January 2008 to February 2009. Prior to that, Ms. McFadyen was employed at the Department of Justice where she served as Counsel to the War Crimes Section. She later became Senior Counsel/Coordinator to the Criminal Conviction Review Group.

In 1980, Ms. McFadyen obtained her B.A. from the University of Regina. She later earned her LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 and has been a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan since 1985. Ms. McFadyen worked in private practice in Regina until 1992 before obtaining her LL.M. from the University of London (London School of Economics) in 1993. On December 16, 2016, she was recognized with an honourary Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation.