BRAMPTON, ON (July 10, 2019) – Today, Brampton City Council appointed Muneeza Sheikh of Levitt LLP to the joint position of Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar, effective July 11.
Muneeza will take over from Suzanne Craig, who was serving as the Interim Integrity Commissioner.
As Integrity Commissioner, Muneeza will oversee the application of the Council Code of Conduct, along with any City by-laws, procedures, rules and policies governing the ethical behaviour of the Mayor and Councillors.
In her role as Lobbyist Registrar, she will enforce the City’s Lobbyist and Gift Registries, as well as the Lobbyist Code of Conduct. The Lobbyist Registrar has the power to investigate complaints and to impose sanctions if lobbying activity has not been disclosed or if an individual has contravened the Lobbyist Code of Conduct.
For both roles, she will produce reports summarizing complaints, investigations and advice and will make recommendations for any improvements to the City’s accountability process.
Muneeza is a senior partner at Levitt LLP specializing in labour and employment law in the GTA. Having worked with large corporations, Muneeza brings a wealth of expertise, and has also conducted a number of workshops on the importance of diversity engagement in the workplace. Recognized for her thought leadership, Muneeza appears regularly in major Canadian broadcast media, including a CBC panel with Carole MacNeil.
In her spare time, she is the Director of Communications for Canadian Muslim Vote, promoting the engagement of Muslim Canadians in the democratic process.
“Brampton’s new Integrity Commissioner is not only a leading legal expert and an advocate for the democratic process, but also represents the very mosaic of Brampton’s diversity. She is the first Muslim female of colour to be appointed on a full contract as Integrity Commissioner in Brampton’s history. Supported by her leadership, this Council is committed to transparency and government excellence which are foundational to Brampton being a Well-Run City.”
– Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton