Liseanne Forand is the Government of Canada appointed Commissioner. She is serving her second term as Commissioner and was initially appointed in 2020. She is a retired public servant with over 30 years’ experience in intergovernmental affairs, policy, natural resource management and international relations.
She began in public service with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in 1985. Throughout her career she progressively assumed senior roles, serving as Assistant Deputy Minister (DM) in both the DFO and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. Liseanne was also Senior Associate DM of Human Resources and Skills Development, Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada, and served in the Privy Council Office as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, Social Development Policy. She was also the first President of Shared Services Canada and retired from public service in 2015.
Liseanne also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Honours) from Concordia University. She has also served on a number of boards, including Vice Chairperson of the Board of Polar Knowledge Canada, Chair of the CHEO Foundation and on the Institute on Governance Board.
Liseanne and her husband, Jonathan, live in North Saanich, and she is a proud step-mother and grandmother.