Ann Cavoukian


Global Privacy and Security by Design Centre

Executive Director

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Executive Director of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big Data Institute. Appointed as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ont. in 1997, Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into design, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In October 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of privacy protection. Since then, PbD has been translated into 38 languages.

Dr. Cavoukian has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy. Her mantra of “banish zero-sum” enables multiple interests to be served simultaneously.


Contributions by Ann Cavoukian

  • Ensuring Privacy of Electronic Medical Records To Enable Healthcare Delivery
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2023
  • The Need for Privacy by Design has Never Been Greater, With Surveillance and AI Posing Greater Threats
    Speaker at Virtual Toronto and Victoria Joint KnowledgeNet: January 26, 2023
  • Privacy by Design: The past, present and future
    Speaker at Virtual Pune KnowledgeNet: 23 July 2022
  • Privacy, Ethics, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2022
  • Privacy by Design: More relevant today than ever
    Speaker at Virtual Bermuda KnowledgeNet: 13 May 2021
  • Surveillance and Privacy by Design
    Speaker at Virtual Phoenix KnowledgeNet: May 27, 2020
  • The Need to Embed Privacy by Design into All Things Connected: IoT, Big Data, AI — privacy engineering at its best!
    Speaker at Phoenix KnowledgeNet: March 20, 2019