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Ontario Privacy Commisioner Honoured

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Dr. Ann Cavoukian (pictured), Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, was honored with an award marking her selection as one of Canada’s most powerful women.

The Women’s Executive Network, in its annual list of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada, named the Commissioner as one of the honorees in the "Trailblazers and Trendsetters" category for her groundbreaking work in protecting privacy. Dr. Cavoukian, who has won a number of awards both in Canada and internationally, is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world.

Dr. Cavoukian, Ontario’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner to be re-appointed to a second term, joined the office during its start-up phase 20 years ago. She has also played very prominent roles on a number of international committees and in working with international organizations.

A firm believer in the role that technology can play in protecting privacy, Dr. Cavoukian and her office, often in conjunction with major corporations, have developed a long list of tools, policy papers and other material that both governmental organizations and the private sector can use to protect privacy. Her mantra of "privacy by design" has now become part of the lexicon in seeking technology-based solutions to protecting privacy.