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An “ombudsperson” is an independent and confidential dispute resolution specialist who acts impartially in reviewing and when appropriate, investigating complaints about unfair treatment. 'Ombudsperson' is a derivation of the original Swedish term of 'Ombudsman' which was first established in the early 1700’s.  However, the function fulfilled by an Ombudsperson is observable from historical accounts as early as the Control Yuan in China, the dispute resolution structures of aboriginal people and the Ottoman empire.

The Ombudsperson, Kwame Addo, has spent the majority of his adult life, working in ombudsman organizations at the provincial and municipal levels of government.  Prior to joining Ryerson University, Kwame held the position of Director, Investigations, & Conflict Resolution, at Ombudsman Toronto.  He has also worked as an investigator at Ombudsman Ontario, and finished his time there, working as a member of the Special Ombudsman Response Team, leading and working on several high profile systemic investigations.

The Assistant Ombudsperson is Ayesha Adam. LL.M (UKZN), B.PROC (UDW) and Gemma Kerr M.Ed (TCD), B.Sc (DCU).

Everyone in the Office of the Ombudsperson at Ryerson University abides by the PDF fileForum of Canadian Ombudsman Statement of Ethical Principles, external link and the PDF fileAssociation of Canadian University and College Ombudspersons Standards of Practice, external link.

The Office of the Ombudsperson was created in 1997 and is governed by PDF fileTerms of Reference which outline the powers and responsibility of the Ombudsperson and the role of the PDF fileOmbudsperson Committee

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