Irwin Glasberg was appointed as Ontario's Fairness Commissioner on January 10, 2020. His office oversees the registration processes of 41 regulated professions and health regulatory colleges whose members participate in key sectors of the provincial economy. Since his appointment, Irwin has worked with the government, regulators and other stakeholders to develop and implement important legislative and program-based changes to enhance fair registration practices.
Irwin is a lawyer and former 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 Commissioner as Director of Appeals. He was then 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 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. For a three-year period, he also co-chaired the Debwewin (means "truth" in Ojibway) Jury Review Implementation Committee in conjunction with Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Irwin was also appointed as Ontario's Deputy Attorney General on two separate occasions -- in 2017 and most recently in 2020.
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.