Who to Talk to About Ethics

Ask your supervisor or manager if you have questions about ethics. You may also choose to talk with your organization’s ethics advisor.

General questions about the Standards of Conduct can also be submitted through AskMyHR.

Ethics Advisors

The role of the ethics advisor is assigned to a deputy minister, associate deputy minister, assistant deputy minister, or executive lead. Ethics advisors are expected to demonstrate active leadership in upholding the BC Public Service commitment to integrity and ensuring ethics are understood to be a corporate priority.

Responsibilities

  • Provide advice on Standards of Conduct issues, including addressing possible conflicts of interest and ethics issues
  • Promote knowledge and resources within their ministries to encourage a BC Public Service culture that supports employees and supervisors to address ethics issues
  • Seek guidance and advice from the BC Public Service Agency and other central agencies on ethics issues that are complex or cannot be easily resolved
  • Actively and visibly champion the importance of ethics within their ministry and the corporate network of ethics advisors
  • Work with government’s Corporate Ethics Lead to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to ethics management across the public service
  • Direct employee questions to the right services - ethics advisors do not usually perform investigations

Contact Your Ethics Advisor

The ethics advisors are listed below by organization.

Ministry Ethics Advisor
Office of the Premier Elizabeth MacMillan
Intergovernmental Relations Elizabeth MacMillan
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training Kevin Brewster (backup Jeff Vasey)
Ministry of Agriculture Wes Shoemaker
Ministry of Attorney General Kurt Sandstrom
Liquor Distribution Branch Todd Cooper
Ministry of Children & Family Development Philip Twyford
Ministry of Citizens’ Services Bobbi Sadler
Ministry of Education Sally Barton
Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources Les MacLaren
Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy Jennifer McGuire
Ministry of Finance and Deputy Premier Heather Wood
BC Public Service Agency Rueben Bronee
Government Communication & Public Engagement Mike Lowe
Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat Chris Rathbone
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Dianne Nicholls
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Doug Caul
Ministry of Health Deb Godfrey
Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology Tracy Campbell
Ministry of Labour Trevor Hughes
Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions Neilane Mayhew
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Kevin Volk
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Patricia Boyle
Emergency Management BC Patricia Boyle
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Michael Lord
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sasha Hobbs
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Silas Brownsey

Corporate Ethics Lead

Ethics advisors work with the corporate ethics lead to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to ethics management across the public service.

The current corporate ethics lead is:

  • Lori Halls, Deputy Minister, BC Public Service Agency & Corporate Ethics Lead

An Ethics Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group has been formed with members from the Corporate Information and Records Management Office, Office of the Comptroller General, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Provincial Treasury and the BC Public Service Agency.

All of these organizations have key ethics-related policy and compliance responsibilities under the corporate ethics management framework. This working group, led by the corporate ethics lead, meets to discuss ethics compliance and monitoring and is working toward building capability to report results going forward. 

Contact

For more information contact the Corporate Ethics Advisory Service at:

The Corporate Ethics Advisory Service is available for all employees of organizations covered by the Public Service Act.

Ethics Framework Contacts

Find contact information for the Treasury Board, Office of the Comptroller General, BC Public Service Agency, Corporate Information & Records Management Office and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.