Canadian businesses demonstrate leadership around the world when they engage in responsible business practices while ensuring that more people can benefit from the opportunities that flow from trade and investment.

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, today announced the appointment of Sheri Meyerhoffer as Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), underscoring Canada’s continued commitment to advancing responsible business conduct abroad. The position is the first of its kind in the world.

Ms. Meyerhoffer is mandated to review allegations of human rights abuses arising from the operations of Canadian companies abroad. Recommendations made by the Ombudsperson will be reported publicly, and companies that do not cooperate could face trade measures, including the withdrawal of trade advocacy services and future Export Development Canada support. While serving in this role, the new Ombudsperson will focus on the mining, oil and gas, and garment sectors and is expected to expand to other sectors in the first year of operation.

This appointment underlines the importance of inclusive trade and respect for the fundamental rights of people abroad, as part of Canada’s trade diversification strategy, and reflects Canada’s commitment to responsible business around the world. Ms. Meyerhoffer has a strong background as an experienced Canadian lawyer in both the private and international development sectors. Her important work as a global governance and diversity expert assisting countries in transition will be invaluable in her new role as Ombudsperson.

The appointment of the CORE is the result of the new approach to Governor-in-Council appointments: an open, transparent and merit-based selection process developed to attract high-quality candidates while reflecting gender parity and Canada’s diversity.