The Founders Circle as a group of people have made substantial donations to ensure the success of CIIPS from the very beginning of the organization. We thank them for their support, confidence, and generosity.

Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell

During his long and distinguished career as a librarian in British Columbia, Brian Campbell treated intellectual-freedom work as an integral part of his professional responsibilities. He has defended free speech and promoted free and equal access to information both inside and outside of libraries.

After launching his library career at Vancouver Public Library, Brian became a champion and chair of the B.C. Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee in the 1980s and helped found both the BC and Canadian Library Information Policy Committees. He also chaired library committees that campaigned for passage of provincial freedom of information and protection of privacy laws.

Thanks largely to Brian’s vision and efforts, BC was the first jurisdiction in Canada to provide free access to the Internet in all its public libraries. Extending that cause to the greater community, Brian became the founding president of the Vancouver Community Network, a non-profit Internet service provider offering free services to assist individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations in accessing and utilizing the Internet.

In 2015, Brian received the Canadian Library Association’s Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada.

Stephen Carlman

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Stephen Carlman has been a senior editor for daily newspapers and magazines across Canada and London, England. Before leaving daily newspapers, Stephen was a strategic planner and developer of new business ventures for Pacific Press. Now a consultant, he specializes in publication management, policy setting and strategic planning in publishing and communications. Stephen has sat as a governor of the National Newspaper Awards and the BC Newspaper Foundation and has organized an international conference on newspaper design. Stephen constantly researches the future of information technologies and media strategies. His present interest is in helping people bring a critical approach to both mainstream and social media.

Dr Ian Scott Cornell

Dr Ian Scott Cornell is a surgical pathologist at Royal Columbian Hospital in Vancouver region. He has a longstanding interest in privacy issues related to health information. Dr Cornell is concerned about our digital era’s rapid growth in the collection and analysis of personal information by both public and private organizations. He sees a role for CIIPS in bringing together experts in privacy and information access for debate, thoughtful commentary, and to explore policy options and education programs that can provide sensible guidance to the public and private sectors. Dr. Cornell has served on the board of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA), and has been a privacy officer for Excelleris and Dr CJ Coady Associates.

Tom Crean

Since 1978, Tom Crean has served as president of his family’s third-generation funeral home, Kearney Funeral Services. In addition to his volunteer work in groups serving his business sector, Tom has been a board member of key organizations involved in public education, civil liberties, and information and privacy. He is a board member of the BC Association for Media Education, and is treasurer of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA). Tom has a passion for educating students and the general public about information and privacy issues.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Represented by Troy Lanigan

Troy Lanigan

Troy Lanigan was appointed president and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in 2009, after serving the organization in various capacities since 1992 including British Columbia spokesperson from 1993–1999. Prior to the CTF, Troy worked for an educational foundation in the United States and experimented with – but never inhaled – partisan politics on both sides of the border. Troy was a founding director of voting reform advocacy groups both in British Columbia and nationally. He is a board director of the Stockholm Sweden-based World Taxpayers Association and has spoken at conferences internationally. Troy has a degree in economics and political science from the University of Victoria.

Paulette Lacroix

Paulette Lacroix

Paulette Lacroix is an independent management and privacy consultant specializing in healthcare transformation, informatics, electronic records management, and privacy. Her experience in health information/informatics has included advancing electronic records at a provincial and regional level, as well as development of curriculae for a USuniversity. Paulette’s clients include health authorities, universities, nonprofit organizations, private enterprise, and government. She has earned Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP) designation for both Canada and the US. Paulette is a member of AMIA, the American Medical Informatics Association, and plays a leadership role in developing the Canadian program of the organization.

Philippa Lawson


Philippa Lawson is a Canadian lawyer with 19 years experience practicing 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

Dave Loukidelis

David 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.”

Mary Marshall, LLB, LLM


Mary Marshall has worked as a lawyer on significant projects and committees as legal consultant, and as a leader in preparing policy papers and advice on privacy legislation and amendments to the Alberta Health Information Act and the province’s Mental Health Act. Mary was appointed Alberta’s first Health Advocate in 2014 and agreed to serve for six months. She has conducted investigations and provided advice for the Office of the Alberta Ombudsman and successfully argued for the privacy of therapeutic records before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mary has provided health law and policy advice to provincial and national health governance bodies, boards, and committees across Canada and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of health care policy.

Linda McKay-Panos

Linda McKay-Panos

Linda McKay-Panos is Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre and a sessional instructor in the faculties of Law and Arts at the University of Calgary. Linda received her Bachelor of Education, Juris Doctor, and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Calgary. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1991. Linda has authored several publications and made numerous presentations dealing with civil liberties, access to information, privacy, security, human rights, discrimination, equality, and related topics. She received the 2001 Suzanne Mah Award and an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for her work in human rights in Alberta.

Newspapers Canada
Represented by John Hinds


Newspapers Canada is the industry voice for newspapers in Canada, representing 830 daily, weekly, and community papers in every province and territory. The group has been involved in assessing and responding to the state of Freedom of Information since 1997 and funds a well-known annual FOI audit. John Hinds, the president and chief executive officer, has been a public advocate for journalistic freedom and democratic reform, and has represented newspapers in matters of public policy, marketing, and education. He was previously a lawyer in private practice and served as political assistant to government ministers of three portfolios.

Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts

The Canadian-born (and Queens University graduate) Alasdair Roberts is a law professor and the former Jerome L Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. Alasdair’s 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. Alasdair is published and quoted widely on issues of administrative law, public policy, government secrecy, governmental reform, dissent, and the crisis in democracy. 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.

Valerie Steeves

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Professor 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. In 2004, Professor Steeves was awarded the Labelle Lectureship at McMaster University.

Micheal Vonn

Micheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association (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.