- Meet the Ombudsperson
Benjamin Roebuck (he/him) was appointed as the Federal Ombudsperson for Victims of Crime in October 2022. Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of victimology, with over 15 years of experience as a researcher and educator on victim rights. Prior to his appointment, he was Research Chair and Professor of Victimology and Public Safety at Algonquin College, where he was a founding member of the Victimology Research Centre. He has been the principal investigator for studies exploring resilience and posttraumatic change with survivors of violence, victim service providers, and people with lived experiences of homelessness. Benjamin previously served on the Board of Directors for Crime Prevention Ottawa and committees focused on restorative justice, mental health, and youth justice. He also served as a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Sexual Misconduct Support and Resource Centre, which provides support for Canadian Armed Forces members and National Defence public service employees affected by sexual misconduct.