Chief Privacy Officer
IBM Canada Ltd.
Yim Chan has been with IBM for over 30 years. During that time, Chan has held several middle management and executive positions in software compiler development, industry solutions and was formerly the CIO for IBM Canada.
Her career at IBM has also included international assignments to the Far East. Chan holds two patents for a Business Application Dialogues Architecture and Toolset in the privacy assessment environment and maintains a CIPP/C and CIPM certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has been IBM Canada’s chief privacy officer since 2002. Chan was also the global privacy executive for the IBM Corporation from 2007 to 2012. Her responsibilities have included developing and implementing programs at the enterprise level and embedding privacy into IBM’s relevant business processes. Managing both roles reflects the increasing complexity of the privacy requirements demanded of globally-integrated organizations such as IBM and the steps necessary to be taken to maintain recognition as a technology and business leader. Chan is also a member of the Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative (IPSI) advisory board at the University of Toronto and was an active member of the Canadian IAPP board up until 2012. She is also a Privacy by Design Ambassador. Chan co-authored “Privacy by Design: From Policy to Practice,” a paper sharing the case study of IBM transformation from policy to implementing privacy practices. She is an alumni member of the University of Waterloo, holds a master’s certificate in project management.