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Ombudsman André Marin to receive Carleton University’s highest alumni award

Date: 2011-10-31

Ombudsman André Marin to receive Carleton University’s highest alumni award

TORONTO (October 31, 2011) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has been awarded the A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction by the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA).  Mr. Marin will receive the award and give a brief address tomorrow evening (November 1) at a reception in Toronto.

The award is Carleton’s highest alumni honour and is presented once a year to a graduate of the university in recognition of outstanding achievement in his or her chosen field.  Mr. Marin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton in 1985.  “Carleton set me on the path to where I am today,” Mr. Marin said.  “It’s a great honour to receive this award.”

Mr. Marin was chosen for the award “in honour of his contributions to law and public service in Canada,” said CUAA president Jane Gilbert.  “He is dedicated to making Ontario and Canada a better place and his fellow graduates and future Carleton alumni are very proud of his efforts.”

Mr. Marin’s career has been devoted to bringing accountability to public institutions.  As Ontario’s Ombudsman since 2005, his high-profile systemic investigations have sparked government reforms affecting millions of Ontarians, from newborn babies to lottery players to citizens whose civil liberties were compromised during last year’s G20 summit in Toronto.  He has also shared his investigative expertise with fellow watchdogs around the world, through an innovative training course (known as “Sharpening Your Teeth”) that has been attended by ombudsmen and investigators from more than 30 countries on five continents.

Mr. Marin also served as Canada’s first military ombudsman from 1998 to 2005, and as Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit from 1996 to 1998.  After graduating from Carleton, he completed degrees in civil and criminal law at the University of Ottawa.

More information on the A.D. Dunton award can be found here.
You can also watch the video of the Ombudsman's speech.

Ombudsman André Marin accepts the A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction from the Carleton University Alumni Association President, Jane Gilbert.

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Patricia Tomasi
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Ashley Bursey
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