Advisory Board

Advisory Board to CIIPS

CIIPS draws on the exper­tise of a range of pro­fes­sion­als, aca­d­e­mics and oth­er experts, prac­ti­tion­ers, and stake­hold­ers. Mem­bers of this group, may also sit on var­i­ous com­mit­tees and project teams.


Tim Bray
Soft­ware Devel­op­er and Writer
Van­cou­ver, BC

Tim BrayTim Bray is a Cana­di­an soft­ware devel­op­er and writer. He has been a founder of two com­pa­nies includ­ing Open Text—Canada’s largest soft­ware company—worked for Google and Ama­zon, edit­ed Inter­net stan­dards, pub­lished open-source soft­ware, and writ­ten over a mil­lion words on his blog. He has received an hon­ourary Doc­tor of Sci­ence degree from Uni­ver­si­ty of Guelph.



Andrew Clement
Pro­fes­sor, Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Salt Spring Island, BC

Andrew ClementA mem­ber of the found­ing board of CIIPS, Pro­fes­sor Clement has a long­stand­ing research and teach­ing inter­est in the social impli­ca­tions of information/communication tech­nolo­gies and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry design. Among his recent privacy/surveillance research projects, are, an inter­net map­ping tool that helps make more vis­i­ble NSA war­rant­less wire­tap­ping activ­i­ties and the rout­ing of Cana­di­an per­son­al data through the US, even when the ori­gin and des­ti­na­tion are both in Cana­da; and, which doc­u­ments (non)compliance of video sur­veil­lance instal­la­tions with pri­va­cy reg­u­la­tions, and helps cit­i­zens under­stand their relat­ed pri­va­cy rights while call­ing sur­veil­lant orga­ni­za­tions to account. Clement is a co-researcher with the Pol­i­tics of Sur­veil­lance Project, a schol­ar-activist col­lab­o­ra­tion study­ing sur­veil­lance infra­struc­tures and prac­tices.


Gary Dick­son, QC
Bar­ris­ter & Solic­i­tor
Ottawa, ON

Gary DicksonGary Dick­son is a lawyer and for­mer Alber­ta MLA and the first Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Com­mis­sion­er of Saskatchewan. He is cur­rent­ly Com­mis­sion­er in Res­i­dence at the office of the fed­er­al Infor­ma­tion Com­mis­sion­er. Gary prac­ticed law in Cal­gary, Alber­ta for 23 years. He then served as the Mem­ber of the Alber­ta Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly for Cal­gary Buf­fa­lo from 1992 to 2001. From 2001 until his Saskatchewan appoint­ment Gary worked exclu­sive­ly in the areas of pri­va­cy and access to infor­ma­tion. He was direct­ly involved in the cre­ation, enact­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor FOI and pri­va­cy laws in the province of Alber­ta.


Ter­ry East­wood
Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus, School of Library, Archival and Infor­ma­tion Stud­ies, UBC.
Rich­mond, BC

Terry EastwoodPro­fes­sor East­wood was the found­ing pro­fes­sor of his school’s Mas­ter of Archival Stud­ies Pro­gram, which he chaired from 1981–2000. Before he joined the fac­ul­ty of UBC, Ter­ry was an archivist in the BC Provin­cial Archives. Ever since, he has tak­en a keen inter­est in, and writ­ten acclaimed research about, the role pub­lic archival insti­tu­tions play in pre­serv­ing infor­ma­tion about the con­duct of gov­ern­ment. Pro­fes­sor East­wood is an Hon­orary Mem­ber of both the Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­di­an Archivists and the Asso­ci­a­tion of British Colum­bia, and is a Fel­low of the Soci­ety of Amer­i­can Archivists. He has taught, lec­tured, or spo­ken on archival sub­jects on all the world’s con­ti­nents except Antarc­ti­ca.


Sean Hol­man
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Jour­nal­ism, Mount Roy­al Uni­ver­si­ty
Cal­gary, AB

Sean HolmanSean Hol­man writes the Unknow­able Coun­try blog on free­dom of infor­ma­tion and trans­paren­cy in Cana­da. He is also the found­ing edi­tor of the pio­neer­ing British Colum­bia-based online inves­tiga­tive polit­i­cal news ser­vice Pub­lic Eye. Holman’s nine-year career cov­er­ing pub­lic affairs issues also includ­ed stints as a syn­di­cat­ed colum­nist, a leg­isla­tive reporter for 24 Hours and The Van­cou­ver Sun, and a week­ly talk show host on CFAX 1070. He joined Mount Roy­al in 2012, hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly taught jour­nal­ism at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vic­to­ria. A for­mer gov­ern­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tions advi­sor, Holman’s report­ing has reg­u­lar­ly appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Tyee, the Times Colonist and Dow Jones News Ser­vice. His research inter­ests include eval­u­at­ing the state of account­abil­i­ty in Canada’s pub­lic and pri­vate insti­tu­tions.


Tamir Israel
Staff Lawyer, CIPPIC, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Tamir IsraelThe staff lawyer with the Samuel­son-Glushko Cana­di­an Inter­net Pol­i­cy & Pub­lic Inter­est Clin­ic (CIPPIC), Tamir Israel he leads CIPPIC’s pri­va­cy, net neu­tral­i­ty, elec­tron­ic sur­veil­lance, and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions reg­u­la­tion activ­i­ties. His research and advo­ca­cy also includes elec­tron­ic rights issues, includ­ing access to infor­ma­tion, online juris­dic­tion, and Inter­net gov­er­nance mat­ters. His advo­ca­cy has includ­ed writ­ten and oral inter­ven­tions in the Supreme Court of Cana­da and pro­ceed­ings before the Cana­di­an Radio-tele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion and the Office of the Pri­va­cy Com­mis­sion­er of Cana­da. Tamir is also a mem­ber of the Advi­so­ry Board of Pri­va­cy Inter­na­tion­al and lec­tures on Inter­net reg­u­la­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa.


Herb Lainch­bury
Soft­ware Devel­op­er, Dynam­ic Solu­tions Inc
Vic­to­ria, BC

Herb is an expert in com­put­ing tech­nol­o­gy, infor­ma­tion man­age­ment, com­mu­ni­ty build­ing and open data. He is the founder of Open­Data­BC and the pres­i­dent of the Open Data Soci­ety of BC. Herb is also a mem­ber of the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s Advi­so­ry Pan­el on Open Gov­ern­ment and advi­sor on the Open Knowl­edge Foun­da­tion’s Open Def­i­n­i­tion Advi­so­ry Coun­cil.


Mike Larsen
Instruc­tor, Crim­i­nol­o­gy Depart­ment, Kwantlen Poly­tech­nic Uni­ver­si­ty
Sur­rey, BC

Mike Larsen’s research focus­es on gov­ern­ment secre­cy, law of access to infor­ma­tion and free­dom of infor­ma­tion, as well as the pol­i­tics and prac­tices of “high polic­ing.” His recent pub­lished works include “Indef­i­nite­ly Pend­ing: Secu­ri­ty Cer­tifi­cates and Per­ma­nent Tem­po­rari­ness” (2014, in Vosko, Pre­ston, and Lath­am, Lib­er­at­ing Tem­po­rari­ness? Migra­tion, Work, and Cit­i­zen­ship in an Age of Inse­cu­ri­ty, McGill-Queen’s Uni­ver­si­ty Press), Access in the Acad­e­my: Bring­ing ATI and FOI to Aca­d­e­m­ic Research (2013, BC Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Asso­ci­a­tion), and Bro­ker­ing Access: Pow­er, Pol­i­tics, and Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Process in Cana­da (2012, co-edit­ed with Kevin Wal­by, UBC Press).


Philip­pa Law­son
Bar­ris­ter & Solic­i­tor
White­horse, YK

Philipa LawsonPhilip­pa Law­son is a Cana­di­an lawyer with 19 years expe­ri­ence prac­tis­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, pri­va­cy, and con­sumer pro­tec­tion law from a pub­lic inter­est per­spec­tive. Before mov­ing to White­horse, Yukon with her spouse in 2008, she was found­ing Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Samuel­son-Glushko Cana­di­an Inter­net Pol­i­cy and Pub­lic Inter­est Clin­ic (CIPPIC), a tech­nol­o­gy law clin­ic based at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa. Under Philippa’s lead­er­ship, CIPPIC devel­oped a nation­al rep­u­ta­tion for cut­ting-edge research and prece­dent-set­ting advo­ca­cy on legal and pol­i­cy issues aris­ing from the use of new tech­nolo­gies. She is a mem­ber of the recent­ly-formed Civ­il Soci­ety Infor­ma­tion Soci­ety Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee (CSISAC) of the OECD, and con­tin­ues to work with civ­il soci­ety groups both indi­vid­u­al­ly and as an Asso­ciate of CIPPIC.


David Loukidelis, QC
Chair, Law Enforce­ment Review Board of Alber­ta
Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Com­mis­sion­er of BC, 1999–2010
Edmon­ton, AB

Dave LoukidelisDavid Loukidelis served as BC’s Infor­ma­tion & Pri­va­cy Com­mis­sion­er for 11 years. Pri­or to that, he was a found­ing mem­ber and board mem­ber of the BC Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Asso­ci­a­tion (FIPA). As a mem­ber of FIPA’s Leg­isla­tive Task Force, David was the main author of FIPA’s law reform report, Infor­ma­tion Rights for British Colum­bia. That report — which con­tained 73 leg­isla­tive rec­om­men­da­tions — played a key role in the enact­ment of BC’s Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion and Pro­tec­tion of Pri­va­cy Act in 1993. In the ear­ly years of the Act, David wrote reports on access and pri­va­cy issues and inter­vened in appeals to the Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Com­mis­sion­er before tak­ing over the port­fo­lio. In 1998, David was award­ed FIPA’s Infor­ma­tion Rights Award, in recog­ni­tion of his “major con­tri­bu­tion to infor­ma­tion rights in Cana­da.”


Bren­da McPhail
Direc­tor, Pri­va­cy, Tech­nol­o­gy and Sur­veil­lance Project, Cana­di­an Civ­il Lib­er­ties Asso­ci­a­tion (CCLA)
Toron­to, ON

BrendaMcPhailBren­da McPhail is cur­rent­ly devel­op­ing a new pro­gram at the CCLA, focused on pro­tect­ing pri­va­cy rights, cre­at­ing con­nec­tions between aca­d­e­mics and advo­cates, and cre­at­ing pub­lic aware­ness about the impor­tance of pri­va­cy and the ways in which it is at risk in con­tem­po­rary soci­ety. This builds on CCLA’s long­stand­ing advo­ca­cy efforts in this area, and includes pri­va­cy in rela­tion to nation­al secu­ri­ty and intel­li­gence sur­veil­lance, pri­va­cy and infor­ma­tion shar­ing prac­tices and poli­cies, and pri­va­cy in the social con­text of exist­ing and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies. Pri­or to join­ing CCLA, her PhD. research focused on work­place sur­veil­lance, iden­ti­ty and account­abil­i­ty. She has pub­lished in the areas of iden­ti­ty per­for­mance; video sur­veil­lance; and the pri­va­cy impli­ca­tions of new tech­nolo­gies includ­ing con­nect­ed cars and bio­met­ric iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.


Sharon Pol­sky, MAPP
Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Con­sul­tant
Pres­i­dent, Pri­va­cy and Access Coun­cil of Cana­da
Pres­i­dent, AMINA Corp
Cal­gary, AB

Sharon holds Canada’s most senior pro­fes­sion­al pri­va­cy des­ig­na­tion, Mas­ter Access and Pri­va­cy Pro­fes­sion­al (MAPP). Since 2001, Sharon has been an adjunct instruc­tor at SAIT Poly­tech­nic. She has taught at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­gary and for Insur­ance Insti­tutes across Cana­da, and was instru­men­tal in defin­ing the Nation­al Com­pe­ten­cy Stan­dards and the Pro­fes­sion­al Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion require­ments for infor­ma­tion access and pri­va­cy pro­fes­sion­als in Cana­da. Sharon is also the Edi­tor-in-Chief of The Win­ston Report, the fore­most quar­ter­ly jour­nal devot­ed to infor­ma­tion access, pri­va­cy pro­tec­tion and data gov­er­nance in Cana­da. She is also a board mem­ber of the Rocky Moun­tain Civ­il Lib­er­ties Asso­ci­a­tion; a Mem­ber of the Health Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment Pro­gram Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee; and a mem­ber of the PACC Nation­al Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Accred­i­ta­tion Advi­so­ry Board.


Jim QuailJim Quail
Part­ner, Quail Worth & All­e­va­to Bar­ris­ters and Solic­i­tors
Van­cou­ver, BC

Jim Quail is a part­ner in Quail Worth & All­e­va­to and a Van­cou­ver lawyer spe­cial­iz­ing in reg­u­la­to­ry and labour law, includ­ing infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy and con­sti­tu­tion­al law. He is a past exec­u­tive direc­tor of the BC Pub­lic Inter­est Advo­ca­cy Cen­tre.


Alas­dair S. Roberts
Pro­fes­sor, Tru­man School of Pub­lic Affairs, Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri
Boston, MA, USA

Alasdair RobertsThe Cana­di­an-born (and Queens Uni­ver­si­ty grad­u­ate) Alas­dair Roberts is a Pro­fes­sor of Pub­lic Affairs at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri. He also holds a cour­tesy appoint­ment in the School of Law and an adjunct pro­fes­sor­ship in the Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri. Roberts is a renowned author of arti­cles and books on pub­lic pol­i­cy issues, espe­cial­ly admin­is­tra­tive law, gov­ern­ment secre­cy, dis­sent, and the cri­sis in democ­ra­cy. His acclaimed 2007 book, Blacked Out: Gov­ern­ment Secre­cy in the Infor­ma­tion Age, quick­ly became a must-read for those inter­est­ed in free­dom of infor­ma­tion, and received four major aca­d­e­m­ic awards. He is a fel­low of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion, a pub­lic mem­ber of the Admin­is­tra­tive Con­fer­ence of the Unit­ed States, and co-edi­tor of the schol­ar­ly jour­nal Gov­er­nance.


Kevin Scott
Char­i­ta­ble Sec­tor Exec­u­tive
Van­cou­ver, BC

Kevin ScottKevin Scott has worked for two decades in senior man­age­ment posi­tions in non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, most of them focused on envi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion. His expe­ri­ence includes devel­op­ing gov­ern­ment rela­tions strate­gies. Kevin has devel­oped and over­seen fundrais­ing strate­gies and pro­grams in sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions.


Valerie Steeves
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of Crim­i­nol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Valerie SteevesPro­fes­sor Valerie Steeves’ main area of research is human rights and tech­nol­o­gy issues. She has writ­ten and spo­ken exten­sive­ly on pri­va­cy from a human rights per­spec­tive, and is cur­rent­ly a researcher with the New Trans­paren­cy project at Queen’s Uni­ver­si­ty, which is exam­in­ing sur­veil­lance as a tech­nol­o­gy of gov­er­nance. Valerie is also an active par­tic­i­pant in the pri­va­cy pol­i­cy mak­ing process and a fre­quent inter­venor before par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees on tech­nol­o­gy and human rights issues. Among oth­er pub­lic works, she is Chair of the Nation­al Pri­va­cy Coali­tion. Valerie is the author of a num­ber of award-win­ning edu­ca­tion­al games designed to teach chil­dren how to pro­tect their human rights in cyber­space. Pro­fes­sor Steeves was award­ed the 2004 Labelle Lec­ture­ship at McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty.


Micheal Vonn
Pol­i­cy Direc­tor, BC Civ­il Lib­er­ties Asso­ci­a­tion (BCCLA)
Van­cou­ver, BC

Micheal VonnMicheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Pol­i­cy Direc­tor of the BCCLA since 2004. Micheal has been an Adjunct Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia (UBC) in the Fac­ul­ty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival and Infor­ma­tion Stud­ies where she has taught civ­il lib­er­ties and infor­ma­tion ethics. She was hon­oured as a recip­i­ent of the 2010 Acco­lAIDS award for social and polit­i­cal advo­ca­cy ben­e­fit­ting com­mu­ni­ties affect­ed by HIV/AIDS. Micheal is a fre­quent speak­er on a vari­ety of civ­il lib­er­ties top­ics includ­ing pri­va­cy, nation­al secu­ri­ty, polic­ing, sur­veil­lance, and free speech. She is an Advi­so­ry Board Mem­ber of Pri­va­cy Inter­na­tion­al.


Kevin Wal­by
Chancellor’s Research Chair in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice, Uni­ver­si­ty of Win­nipeg
Win­nipeg, MB

Walby 2Kevin Wal­by is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor and Chancellor’s Research Chair, Crim­i­nal Jus­tice, Uni­ver­si­ty of Win­nipeg. He has pub­lished wide­ly on sur­veil­lance, pri­va­cy, and free­dom of infor­ma­tion. Pro­fes­sor Wal­by has co-edit­ed with RK Lip­pert Polic­ing Cities: Urban Secu­ri­ti­za­tion and Reg­u­la­tion (2013, Rout­ledge) and Cor­po­rate Secu­ri­ty in the 21st Cen­tu­ry: The­o­ry and Prac­tice in Inter­na­tion­al Per­spec­tive (2014, Pal­grave). He is co-author with RK Lip­pert of Munic­i­pal Cor­po­rate Secu­ri­ty in Inter­na­tion­al Con­text (2015, Rout­ledge). Kevin has co-edit­ed with J Brown­lee Access to Infor­ma­tion and Social Jus­tice: Crit­i­cal Research Strate­gies for Jour­nal­ists, Schol­ars, and Activists (2015, Arbeit­er Ring Pub­lish­ing).


Reg Whitak­er
Dis­tin­guished Research Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus, York Uni­ver­si­ty
Adjunct Pro­fes­sor, Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, Uni­ver­si­ty of Vic­to­ria
Vic­to­ria, BC

Reg WhitakerReg Whitak­er is the author of many books on Cana­di­an pol­i­tics, secu­ri­ty and intel­li­gence, and the sur­veil­lance state. They include Cold War Cana­da: the Mak­ing of a Nation­al Inse­cu­ri­ty State, and The End of Pri­va­cy: How Total Sur­veil­lance is Becom­ing a Real­i­ty. Most recent­ly, Pro­fes­sor Whitak­er co-author the prize-win­ning Secret Ser­vice: Polit­i­cal Polic­ing in Cana­da from the Feni­ans to Fortress Amer­i­ca. He is a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of the British Colum­bia Civ­il Lib­er­ties Asso­ci­a­tion.