Senior Canadian ethics official to run Ireland’s new lobbying regulation system

Online system to be launched next week and become legal requirement in September

April 24 2015
: A senior Director from Canada’s Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has been appointed as Ireland’s first Head of Lobbying Regulation.

Ms Sherry Perreault’s appointment was announced today, in advance of next week’s launch of the online registration system for lobbying which follows the recent enactment of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. Those who may need to register lobbying activity can begin using the website from May 1st, and will be obliged by law to register lobbying activity that takes place from September 1st next.

Welcoming the appointment the Chairman of the Standards in Public Office Commission Mr Justice Daniel O’Keeffe said: “We are delighted that a person with substantial expertise in the area of ethics in public life in another jurisdiction has agreed to take up this position. Ms Perreault will be responsible for overseeing Ireland’s new system for registering and making public lobbying activities.  She will therefore be making an important contribution towards ensuring transparency and high standards in public life and we wish her well.”

Ms Perreault has been with the Canadian Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner since 2009, and has held her current post as Director, Policy, Research and Communications since 2011.  She has significant public sector experience at the federal level in Canada, specialising in policy development and analysis, communications and Parliamentary relations.

In her current role, Ms. Perreault manages a multi-disciplinary team and directs strategic policy and research, public and media relations, Parliamentary affairs, performance measurement and planning, and domestic and international outreach on behalf of the Office.  During her time with the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, a branch of the Parliament of Canada, Ms. Perreault has contributed to a number of key initiatives, including the Parliamentary reviews of the Conflict of Interest Act and the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons.

Highlights of her previous experience include serving as Executive Advisor to the Commissioner within the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, as well as posts at the Department of Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, the Privy Council Office and Transport Canada. She began her career in the private sector, working in client relations and marketing, prior to joining the federal public service in 1999.

Ms. Perreault holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, also in political science, from the University of Manitoba.

Ms Perreault said:  “I am very much looking forward to playing a role in this important new development in Ireland, which seeks to add a new level of transparency to the process of policy development and political decision-making.”