Irwin Glasberg was appointed as Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner on January 10, 2020.
Irwin is a lawyer and public servant who began his career at the Ontario Ministry of Labour in the occupational health and safety field. He then moved to the Ontario Workers’ Compensation Board, serving first as the Chief of Staff to the Chair and then in a number of executive-level positions. Subsequently, he joined the Information and Privacy Commission and was appointed as the Assistant Information Commissioner, the most senior adjudicative position in the organization.
Irwin has worked at Cabinet Office in the Ontario government on two separate occasions, first as the Executive Coordinator responsible for the intergovernmental, municipal and justice portfolios and later as the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Roots of Youth Violence Review.
He has also held a variety of executive level positions at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, where he was responsible for the Victims and Vulnerable Persons, Policy and Adjudicative Tribunals, and Civil Law Divisions.
Irwin was appointed as Ontario’s Deputy Attorney General on two separate occasions – first in 2017 and most recently in 2020. In these roles, he served as the senior legal advisor to two governments. He also successfully transitioned his organization through the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic and led the transition to a virtual court model.
As Fairness Commissioner, Irwin has pivoted his agency to become a modern regulator committed to a risk-informed compliance framework, served as an advocate for internationally trained professionals and worked with the government to advance initiatives to make it easier for qualified applicants to obtain registration quickly and to eliminate barriers.
Irwin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. He is also a graduate of the Ivey Senior Public Sector Leadership Program at the University of Western Ontario.