March 3, 2009

IAPP Canada Launches with Networking Events for Privacy Professionals Across Canada

Five-City KnowledgeNet Tour Will Feature Dialogue with Provincial and Federal Privacy Officials

OTTAWA — March 3, 2009 — The IAPP, the world's largest association of privacy professionals, today announced that it will be hosting a series of special KnowledgeNet networking events to launch IAPP Canada, a new community that offers education, networking and certification opportunities tailored to the unique challenges and needs of Canadian privacy professionals.  

The free KnowledgeNet events will be held in five cities across Canada from March 23-26, 2009, and will include talks from federal and provincial privacy officials and other experts. Scheduled locations and speakers include:

  • Calgary: Monday, March 23, featuring Frank Work, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
  • Vancouver: Tuesday, March 24, featuring Mary Carlson, Executive Director, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia
  • Toronto: Wednesday, March 25, featuring Ken Anderson, Deputy Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and Lisa Campbell, Acting General Counsel, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Montreal: Thursday, March 26, featuring Chantal Bernier, Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Ottawa: Thursday, March 26, featuring Elizabeth Denham, Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada

"The privacy profession continues to grow at a tremendous rate, particularly in Canada," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes, a Canadian himself.  "We are delighted to be able to help define the profession and support the Canadian privacy community through IAPP Canada by serving up targeted educational resources, networking opportunities and certification programs."  

Kris Klein, an experienced privacy attorney in the Canadian federal regulatory arena, and former litigation counsel in the area of privacy law for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, will serve as managing director of IAPP Canada, assisted by an advisory board of Canadian privacy leaders.  According to Hughes, "Kris Klein is a top Canadian privacy professional who is uniquely suited to lead IAPP Canada and ensure the organization serves local needs."  Klein also is the author of Canadian Privacy: Data Protection Law and Policy for the Practitioner, the textbook for the IAPP's Canadian privacy certification.

IAPP Canada serves the Canadian privacy community by providing networking, education and certification opportunities that address the distinct regional issues facing Canadian privacy professionals. Resources available include:

  • The IAPP Canadian Privacy Summit 2009: Developed and programmed by the IAPP's Canadian Advisory Board, this conference is a forum for education and discussion of the top issues impacting Canada's privacy profession.  The conference will be held in Toronto from April 29 — May 1, 2009.
  • Privacy certification: The IAPP offer the CIPP/C, the first national certification in privacy and data protection for Canadian professionals.
  • IAPP Canada Dashboard Digest: A free weekly compilation of Canadian privacy news delivered via email.

More information about IAPP Canada is available at  Those interested in attending the KnowledgeNet events can RSVP at

About the IAPP
The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's largest association of privacy professionals with more than 6,000 members across 47 countries.  The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification.  More information about the IAPP is available at


For more information, press only:
Tammy Vigliotti
International Association of Privacy Professionals
+1 (207) 351.1500