Privacy Advisor

IAPP in the News

November 1, 2007

he IAPP Launches New Canadian Education Advisory Board

The IAPP is pleased to announce the appointment of 16 Canadian privacy professionals who will comprise the new Canadian Education Advisory Board.

The IAPP will hold its first annual privacy conference next year in Canada. The newly appointed experts will work closely with the IAPP to identify the emerging privacy issues in Canada across industry sectors.

"We are pleased to announce the appointment of these highly committed and qualified Canadian privacy pros, who will greatly assist us in our ongoing commitment to serving our members in Canada," said IAPP Board President Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, Associate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance Companies. "The Canadian Education Advisory Board further demonstrates the IAPP's commitment to offering the best in global privacy education, networking and certification to our members."

The 16-member Canadian Education Advisory Board is comprised of privacy professionals representing government, financial, consulting, healthcare, privacy and telecom services. The creation of the Canadian Education Advisory Board follows the IAPP's launch of the Certified Information Privacy Professional/ Canada certification credential, which the IAPP began offering to privacy pros in June 2006.

The Canadian Education Advisory Board's first mission will be to help the IAPP program the new IAPP Canadian Privacy Summit in May 2008. Registration for this event will open in mid-February.

Executive Director J. Trevor Hughes announced the appointment of the following IAPP members to serve on the inaugural Canadian Education Advisory Board:

  • Antoine Aylwin, Lawyer, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Abigail Carter, Privacy Officer, University Health Network
  • Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • Yim Chan, Global Privacy Executive, Chief Privacy Officer, IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Nicholas Cheung, CIPP/C, Principal, The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • David Dunn, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • Robin Gould-Soil, Corporate Privacy Officer, TD Bank Financial Group
  • Jeff Green, Chief Privacy Officer, RBC Financial Group
  • Gail Guimont, Compliance Director, Telus
  • Karina Guy, Partner and National Privacy Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Lorne MacDougall, Legal Counsel, Assistant Chief Privacy Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Holt Renfrew
  • Drew McArthur, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Compliance Officer, Telus
  •  Terry McQuay, CIPP, CIPP/C, President, Nymity
  •  Thérèse Reilly, Senior Manager, Privacy, Scotiabank
  • Charmaine Shaw, Privacy Officer, LHIN 4DI-r Project and Chief Privacy Officer, LHIN 4
  • Donald E. Sheehy, CA-CISA, CIPP/C,  Associate Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

San Francisco Daily Journal Showcases the Privacy Profession

A recent article in the San Francisco Daily Journal offered readers a chance to understand the responsibilities of a Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) as well as the rapid growth in the profession, particularly for lawyers. The article, which ran last month just before the IAPP Privacy Academy 2007 in San Francisco, prominently mentions that the IAPP is adding 100 members per month.

Staff writer Craig Anderson interviewed J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, Executive Director of the IAPP, as well as IAPP members Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer, Sun Microsystems; Tess Koleczek, Chief Privacy Officer, E-Loan Inc.; and Richard Purcell, CIPP, Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Privacy Group.

The article focused on the CPO role as "one of the fastest-growing positions for lawyers today." Anderson also added that privacy professionals are responsible for much more than ensuring legal compliance.

"Many privacy officers, especially in Silicon Valley, say their tasks go far beyond ensuring their companies comply with the law," Anderson told the Daily Journal. They are involved in business strategy and advising company executives about the best way to keep business and personal data secure—a role advocates say is very important in an information-driven economy."

Dennedy, who formerly worked in Sun's legal department, told the Daily Journal that she proposed the creation of a CPO position to "clarify that her role is not simply that of ensuring the company complies with all of the relevant laws and regulations."

Koleczek also pointed out that "privacy officers must be able to prove they add value to the company, and are not merely glorified compliance officers telling executives what they cannot do."

Purcell emphasized the business strategist aspect of the job as well. The article quoted him as saying, "[CPOs] need to grow to be more than a lawyer. Lawyers are classically trained as risk managers. This is a component [of the job], but it's not a goal. They have to use their education, but not let that education dictate their judgment."