Patricia Thaine


Private AI

Co-Founder & CEO

Patricia Thaine is the Co-Founder & CEO of Private AI, a Microsoft-backed startup who just raised their Series A led by the BDC in November 2022. She is also a Computer Science PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto (on leave) and a Vector Institute alumna. Her R&D work is focused on privacy-preserving natural language processing, with a focus on applied cryptography and re-identification risk. She also does research on computational methods for lost language decipherment. Patricia is a recipient of the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, the RBC Graduate Fellowship, the Beatrice “Trixie” Worsley Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She is the co-inventor of one U.S. patent and has ten years of research and software development experience, including at the McGill Language Development Lab, the University of Toronto’s Computational Linguistics Lab, the University of Toronto’s Department of Linguistics, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.


Contributions by Patricia Thaine

  • Privacy Engineering for All: Operationalizing Data Minimization
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2024
  • Engineering Data Privacy and Security Controls by Default
    Speaker at In-Person Toronto KnowledgeNet: 18 April 2024
  • Privacy Engineering Section Forum
    Forum Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2023
  • Privacy Engineering: Privacy by design in practice
    Speaker at Virtual Calgary and Toronto KnowledgeNet: February 27, 2023