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Three new members appointed to OPC external advisory committee

OTTAWA, August 19, 2011 — Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart today announced the addition of three new members to her Office’s External Advisory Committee.

The appointees bring to the committee further expertise in a range of areas, including the privacy implications related to online technologies and electronic commerce. The new members are:

  • Mark J. McArdle, a seasoned technology executive with more than 18 years of global product development experience, including over 10 years at McAfee Inc. in California;
  • Loreena McKennitt, a self-managed Canadian singer/composer and successful business woman, who, through her independent record label, has won critical acclaim worldwide. In 2006, she was involved in a landmark human rights privacy case in Britain, where the courts ruled in her favour; and
  • Jean-François Renaud, associate founder of Adviso Consulting Inc., a company specializing in Internet strategy and web marketing.

The 18-member External Advisory Committee comprises experienced privacy experts and public sector scholars and practitioners, who provide expert advice on strategic directions for the Office.

 “Since its establishment in 2004, the External Advisory Committee has been an invaluable resource as my Office develops strategic plans and works to defend the rights of Canadians in a constantly evolving privacy landscape,” says Commissioner Stoddart.

The committee was established in 2004 to provide the Office of the Privacy Commissioner with a full range of public policy perspectives on matters related to privacy and personal information protection. Committee members are consulted individually or as a group, meeting on an as-needed basis to offer their expert advice on issues of interest to the OPC.

For a complete list of External Advisory Committee members, please visit:

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is mandated by Parliament to act as an ombudsman and guardian of privacy in Canada. The Commissioner enforces two federal laws for the protection of personal information: the Privacy Act, which applies to the federal public sector; and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which applies to commercial activities in the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Territories.  Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia each has its own law covering the private sector.  Even in these provinces, PIPEDA continues to apply to the federally regulated private sector and to personal information in interprovincial and international transactions.

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For more information, please contact:
Anne-Marie Hayden
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: (613) 995-0103

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