June 14, 2006

IAPP Announces Bi-Lingual Training In Advance Of First Canadian Privacy Credentialing Exam

IBM Canada Ltd. to Present Live Webcast
YORK, Maine — June 14, 2006 —- Registration opens today for the first training course in support of the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C), a new professional designation for Canadian privacy professionals offered exclusively by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
The live series of bi-lingual Webcasts (English and French) will help candidates prepare for the CIPP/C examination, which assesses understanding of privacy laws, standards and practices across Canada, its provinces and territories, as well as the fundamentals of information security, information sharing and online privacy. The first CIPP/C examination will be held in Toronto, Ontario, on October 20 as part of the IAPP Privacy Academy 2006 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.

Researched and authored by the privacy team at IBM Canada Ltd., the English version of the CIPP/C training course will be held from 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on June 29, followed one week later by the French version, from 1-3 p.m. (ET) on July 6. Nigel Brown, CIPP, and Senior Consultant, and Anick Fortin-Cousens, LL.L., LL.B., Privacy Program Manager, both of IBM Canada Ltd., will present the complete training course, the first bi-lingual education program ever to be offered by IAPP. The Webcast itself is enabled by the LiveMeeting conferencing technology, courtesy of Microsoft.

"IBM Canada is proud to be a part of the first professional certification for Canadian privacy," said Yim Chan, Chief Privacy Officer, IBM-Canada Ltd., who also serves on the Advisory Board of Canadian privacy professionals who compiled the CIPP/C curriculum. "We are looking forward to providing this essential educational program, the CIPP/C training course, to the Canadian marketplace."

IAPP Executive Director J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, a native of Ontario, added, "The IAPP is excited to make Canada the focal point of our first international credentialing program. We recognize the unique regulatory challenges Canadian privacy professionals face and are confident that the CIPP/C will both validate the skill set necessary to meet these challenges as well as elevate the role of the privacy professional across Canada."
Designed by the IAPP in coordination with top Canadian privacy officers, the CIPP/C seeks to advance the privacy profession throughout Canada and to establish standards of knowledge in Canadian privacy. The CIPP/C program is made possible through an underwriting grant from Deloitte.

In addition to Ms. Chan of IBM-Canada, the IAPP developed the CIPP/C program with an Advisory Board of these privacy leaders from corporate Canada:

  • Laura Davison, CIPP, Director of Privacy, Deloitte and Touche LLP;
  • Drew McArthur, Vice President Corporate Affairs, TELUS Communications Co.;
  • Robin Gould-Soil, Chief Privacy Officer, TD Bank Financial Group;
  • Peter Cullen, CIPP, Chief Privacy Strategist, Microsoft (formerly Chief Privacy Officer, Royal Bank of Canada); and
  • Jeff Green, Chief Privacy Officer, RBC Financial Group.

The cost of the Webcast is U.S. $159, which entitles the student to live Web and audio access as well as a .PDF copy of the course materials. Separate registration is required for each Webcast at www.privacyassociation/certification. A CD-ROM archive will become available in August also for U.S. $159 per program.
The IAPP launched the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) program in October 2004 as the first broadly available certification in information privacy. This credential was followed in March 2005 with the CIPP/G, an advanced course in U.S. government privacy. Today, there are more than 650 IAPP-certified professionals working in the fields of information privacy and information security.