Ann Cavoukian


Ryerson University

Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence

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

  • 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
  • Closing General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018
  • Privacy by Design: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Disruptive Technology
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2016
  • Big Data and Privacy Protection: Why They Can Be Reconciled
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2016
  • Privacy, Security, and Ethics in the Age of Big Data – Guidance through the Maze
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2016
  • PbD and the GDPR: Changes and Impacts on Data Controllers and Processors
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2015
  • The Role of De-identification in the Age of Big Data
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2015
  • Women Leading Privacy Networking Social
    Speaker at Toronto, Ontario KnowledgeNet: January 14, 2015
  • Privacy Policies Are Not Enough: We Need Software Transparency
    Privacy Perspectives
  • More Privacy Paternalism: “We Know What’s Best for You”
    Privacy Perspectives
  • So Glad You Didn’t Say That! A Response to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
    Privacy Perspectives
  • Consent and Personal Control Are Not Things of the Past
    Privacy Perspectives