Commissaire à l’information et à la protection de la vie privée de l'Ontario
Territory: Province of Ontario, (Canada)
Competence: Privacy/Data Protection and ATI/RTI
Year established: 1987
Number of staff: 130
Head of authority: Patricia Kosseim
She brings to her role as Commissioner significant experience and a wealth of knowledge in the areas of privacy and access law, having worked in public, private and health sectors, and across various jurisdictions.
Previously, she was counsel in Osler’s Privacy and Data Management Group and served for more than a decade as senior general counsel and director general at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Patricia has held executive positions at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She obtained her business and law degrees from McGill University, and a Master’s Degree in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College, University of London, UK.
Also is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Quebec, and is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90f31
Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90m56
Personal Health Information Protection Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/04p03
Child, Youth and Family Services Act Part X: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17c14#BK381
Anti-Racism Act: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17a15
A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER: Championing Access and Privacy in Times
of Uncertainty: https://www.ipc.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ar-2020-e.pdf