Parliamentary Committees

Committee recommends reappointment of Merit Commissioner


Feb. 17, 2016

Legislative Assembly – Province of British Columbia

VICTORIA – The all-party Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner has unanimously recommended to the Legislative Assembly that Fiona Spencer be reappointed as Merit Commissioner for a third term. The committee's recommendation is included in a report presented today in the Legislative Assembly.

"The committee reviewed Ms. Spencer's experience as a senior federal public servant with responsibilities for public service management issues, as well as her work as Merit Commissioner since 2010," said committee chair Marvin Hunt. "She has been a very capable and professional Merit Commissioner, and the committee has unanimously recommended her reappointment for a third term."

"We look forward to Ms. Spencer continuing her excellent leadership as an independent officer of the Legislature responsible for monitoring the application of the merit principle to public service appointments," added committee deputy chair Harry Bains. "The Legislative Assembly agreed to recommend her appointment in 2010 and her reappointment in 2013, and we believe she will continue to serve British Columbians with integrity, excellence and dedication to her role."

Bio attached.

The members of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner are:

Marvin Hunt, MLA Surrey-Panorama (chair);
Harry Bains, MLA Surrey-Newton (deputy chair);
Dr. Doug Bing, MLA Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows;
Laurie Throness, MLA Chilliwack-Hope;
Claire Trevena, MLA (North Island).

The committee's report is available at:

For further information:

Kate Ryan-Lloyd
Deputy Clerk and Clerk of Committees
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B.C., V8V 1X4
Telephone: 250 356-2933 (collect)
Toll-free: 1 877 428-8337
Fax: 250 356-8172

Biographical Information – Fiona Spencer

Fiona Spencer was first appointed as British Columbia's Merit Commissioner in February 2010, was reappointed in 2013 and was recommended for reappointment to a third term in February 2016.  As an Independent Officer of the BC Legislature, she provides oversight and insight into hiring practices in the BC public service.  Until 2007 when she moved to BC, Fiona's career was with the federal public service in Ottawa where she held a variety of executive positions in the human resources (HR) field in a number of departments and agencies.  She served in the Privy Council Office where her responsibilities included providing advice and guidance to the Clerk and Prime Minister on public service-wide HR issues and matters related to the federal government's most senior managers (including Deputy Ministers and CEOs of Crown Corporations).  Fiona's last position with the federal government was as Vice-President at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.   Between 2007 and 2010, Fiona worked as an independent management consultant.

Fiona has received a number of awards and honours including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service in British Columbia, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for exemplary public service, the Head of the Public Service Award for Valuing and Supporting People, the Ottawa Citizen Award for HR Professional of the Year, and the Hicks Morley Vision Award for Strategic Goals Champion.