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Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Ann served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There, she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an International Standard and, in 2018, Privacy by Design was included in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
Ann is currently the Executive Director of the Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Ann is the author of two books, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust” with Tyler Hamilton, and “Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World” with Don Tapscott.
Ann has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017), among others, such as:
Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada
Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy
‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business
50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders
Top Women in Tech
Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award
Top 100 Identity
Top 18 Global AI Influencers within the AI and Tech Space
2020 Canadian Women in Cybersecurity Lifetime Achievement Award In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Cybersecurity and Privacy in Ontario
Ann holds a BA from York University and an MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in criminology and law.