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Privacy Commissioner announces appointment of new Deputy Commissioner, Compliance

February 28, 2024

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Philippe Dufresne welcomes Isabelle Gervais to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Compliance.

Ms. Gervais, who comes to the privacy world with a wealth of relevant cross-regulatory experience, will begin her new role today.

“I know that Ms. Gervais will be an invaluable addition to an already impressive team, and that her leadership will help us deliver on our important mandate in the years ahead,” Commissioner Dufresne said.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Gervais was Assistant Commissioner of the Compliance Assurance Branch at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (OCOL). Responsible for all investigative activities in that office, she also oversaw a large-scale initiative to modernize the Official Languages Act.

Ms. Gervais first joined the public service in 2002, and, over the years that followed, contributed expertise to various regulatory development and review projects at Employment and Social Development Canada and Health Canada.

In 2012, her career became increasingly focused on compliance operations.

First, as a key member of the management team at the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, where she had leadership for compliance, investigative and court representation activities in the National Capital Region.

She subsequently joined the executive ranks at the Canada Revenue Agency, and had the opportunity to direct several national audit programs as well as specialized teams in the area of taxpayer compliance and complex data-driven strategies, including in the context of pandemic relief programs.

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