Ian Stedman

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Dissertation Title: Keeping up with the Times: Are Canada’s parliamentary ethics laws based on outdated conceptions of transparency and accountability?

Dissertation Topic:

My research examines whether Canada’s parliamentary ethics laws are out-dated. Do the federal laws, which were first enacted in 2004 and modeled after the then 16-year-old Ontario laws, properly reflect what it now means for governments to be transparent and accountable?


  • Master of Laws - University of Toronto
  • Master of Arts, Philosophy - York University
  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Philosophy - Western University

Teaching Experience

  • 2017 (F): Guest Lecturer, “Parliamentary Ethics Laws” in Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice, LAW343 (cross–listed), Faculties of Law at UBC and UVic
  • 2015-2017: Instructor, Legal Process (LAW1300) Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • 2016-2017: Course Director, Philosophy of Law (PHL2050) Dept. of Philosophy, York University
  • Fall 2016: Course Director, Ethics and the Public Service: Integrity and Democracy (PPAS4190) School of Public Policy and Administration, York University
  • Winter 2015: Teaching Assistant, Ethics and the Law (PHL271) Dept. of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Mississauga
  • Fall 2014: Teaching Assistant, The Canadian Judicial System (POLC32) Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto, Scarborough
  • Fall 2014: Teaching Assistant, The Constitution of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (POLC68) Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Professional Experience

  • 2017-Present: Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN) at Schulich School of Business (York University), Advisory Committee Member
  • 2017-Present: Government of Ontario, Rare Disease Implementation Plan Steering Committee: Access to Genomic Diagnosis Sub-Group, Member
  • 2017-Present: Rare Disease International, Working Group on Rare Disease Research, Member
  • 2017-Present: Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, Communications Committee Member
  • 2016-Present: International Justice Partnership, Executive Director and Manager, Corporate Services
  • 2016-Present: Research Ethics Board, Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids), Legal Member
  • 2015-Present: Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, Board of Directors, Member
  • 2014-Present: Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee, City of Markham
  • 2014-2015: Investigations Lawyer, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  • 2011-2015: Inquiries Officer, Office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario
  • 2009-2011: Associate Lawyer, Black & Associates Law Office
  • 2008-2009: Student-at-Law, Giffen LLP


  • “Ethics Commissions.” in I. Greene & D. Shugarman, eds., Honest Politics Now: What Ethical Conduct means in Canadian Public Life, Second Edition. (Toronto, ON: Lorimer, 2017), pp. 124-153 (with Ian Greene)
  • Forthcoming. “Harnessing the Twittersphere: How Using Social Media can Benefit Government Ethics Offices.” Canadian Public Administration Journal.
  • Forthcoming. “Everything Under One Roof: Canada’s new Parliamentary Ethics Oversight Model”. Paper prepared for September 2017 conference Towards New Governance Strategies for Preventing Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice, Toronto, ON. Jindal Global Law Review


  • 2017-2018: Newton W. Rowell Graduate Scholarship ($5000), Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 2016-2017: York Graduate Fellowship ($6,000), York University
  • 2016: Dalhousie Alumni Paper Award ($300), Atlantic Conference on Public Administration
  • 2015-2016: Harley D. Hallett Graduate Scholarship ($10,000), Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 2015-2016: Hon. William Z. Estey Teaching Fellowship ($6,000), Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 2014-2015: Robert Law Fellowship in Legal Ethics ($10,000), University of Toronto Law


  • “Understanding and Debating the Role of Agents of Parliament” (roundtable participant). Public Policy Forum at University of Toronto School of Public Policy, Toronto, ON. 13 December, 2017
  • “Ethical and Professionalism Practices for OSC Lawyers”. Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, ON. 12 December, 2017
  • “Independent Ethics Oversight: Innovation, Advancement and Lessons from the Corporate World” (panel with Anita Anand, Ian Greene & Val Jepson). Council of Government Ethics Laws conference, Toronto, ON, 3-6 December, 2017
  • “The Federal and Provincial Science Policy Landscape” (panelist). Life Sciences Ontario Annual Policy Forum, Toronto, ON. 1 December, 2017
  • “Building Awareness, Access and Community through Advocacy”. International Conference on Rare Diseases & Orphan Drugs, Beijing, China, 7-10 September, 2017
  • “Patient as Partners and Advocates”. Novartis Auto-Inflammatory National Advisory Board, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Inc., Toronto, ON, 8 June, 2017
  • “The Outrage Porn Problem: How our Never-Ending Fury is leading to Hollowed-out Discussions about Government Ethics and Accountability”. Canadian Political Science Association, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Toronto, ON, May 30-June 1, 2017
  • “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Rare Disease Patients have been Forgotten”. Canadian Bioethics Society Conference, Montreal, QC, 24-26 May, 2017
  • “The Data Project: The Evolution of Ethical Politics in Canada” (with Ian Greene), Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, Winnipeg, MB, 16-17 May, 2017
  • “A New Chapter for Mankind: The Editing of the Human Genome: The Good (Eradicating Disease) and the Bad (Designer Babies)” (with Drs. Feng Zhang and Janet Rossant). The Gairdner Foundation, Massey College, Toronto, ON, 4 April, 2017
  • “Personalized/Precision Medicine-Science, Ethics and the Law: Examining the implications of CRISPR gene editing technology” (with Ron Pearlman). Keynote Speakers, Healthy Matters Research Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON, 28, February, 2017
  • “Transparency, Accountability and Trust: Examining the Public's Evolving Relationship with Parliamentary Ethics Laws in Canada”. Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership program, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, 16 February, 2017
  • “There can be no accountability without transparency: An examination of Nova Scotia’s outdated government ethics legislation”. Atlantic Conference on Public Administration, Halifax, NS, 21-22 January, 2016. “Ontario parliamentary convention: 20 years and 4 Integrity Commissioners later”. Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 12 June, 2015
  • “Encouraging Integrity and Accountability from Ontario’s Elected Officials: Whose Job is it Anyway?” York Collegium for Practical Ethics, York University, Toronto, ON, 12 November, 2014