Anne Bertrand

Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner, Government of New Brunswick

Anne Elizabeth Bertrand hails from northern New Brunswick and she pursued her post-secondary studies in Sciences and in Law at the University of New Brunswick. She established her private law practice in Fredericton and worked in the areas of administrative law, criminal law, employment law and civil litigation for more than 24 years. In doing so, Ms. Bertrand acquired extensive experience as counsel appearing before all levels of courts including two appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. For many years Ms. Bertrand sat as an adjudicator on various administrative tribunals, including as Vice-Chair of the Labour and Employment of New Brunswick, Member of the Public Service Staff Relations Board, and as Alternate Chair of the New Brunswick Review Board to review cases of accused persons suffering from mental disorders. Ms. Bertrand continued to find time to be involved as a volunteer in a number of not-for-profit organizations. Among those, she became National Vice-President of the Mounted Police Foundation, Director of the Greater Fredericton Economic Development Corporation, President of the York Sunbury Law Society, President of the Conseil Économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, Chair of the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts, Member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for New Brunswick. On September 1st, 2010, Anne E. Bertrand, Q.C. became the Province’s first Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner, an appointment which carries a mandate of five years.