June 1, 2009

IAPP Canada Receives Grant to Expand Networking Programs for Canadian Privacy Professionals from Office of the Privacy Commissioner

OTTAWA – June 1, 2009 — The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world's largest association of privacy professionals, today announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) of Canada to expand its Canada KnowledgeNet program. The IAPP Canada KnowledgeNet program brings together privacy and data protection professionals for education and networking with peers through experts’ presentations on topics of timely relevance.  Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share experiences, mingle with colleagues, and make new acquaintances.

With funding from the OPC grant, the IAPP will facilitate 15 KnowledgeNets in four cities across Canada over the next year—Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver—in addition to existing meetings in Toronto.  These free events will be tailored to serve the specific needs of local privacy and information security professionals in the private and public sectors.     

“We are grateful to the Commissioner’s office for their leadership in supporting the privacy profession. The expanded KnowledgeNet program will help strengthen knowledge among Canadian privacy stakeholders and further galvanize Canada’s leadership in the global privacy arena,” said Kris Klein, Managing Director of IAPP Canada.

IAPP board member, Jeff Green, CIPP/C, Vice President, Global Compliance & Chief Privacy Officer of Royal Bank of Canada, said, “Privacy professionals are at the forefront of building trust in today’s information economy and protecting Canadians’ personal information. I applaud Commissioner Stoddart and her staff for their efforts to broadly develop this expertise. ”

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 49 countries.  The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification. IAPP Canada is a division of the IAPP that serves as a resource for the Canadian privacy community by providing services tailored to the unique challenges and needs of Canadian professionals.  More information about the IAPP is available at


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Tammy Vigliotti
International Association of Privacy Professionals
+1 (207) 351.1500