Drew McArthur, CIPP/C


Former Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC

Drew McArthur was appointed Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. on July 6, 2016.

Best known for his role as the former Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at TELUS, he was responsible for the development and implementation of its industry-leading privacy policy.

A founding member of the Canadian Council of Chief Privacy Officers, Mr. McArthur was also a long-standing member of their executive committee. He founded a cross-industry networking association in British Columbia in 2004 to help privacy practitioners understand the implications of private sector privacy legislation. In 2006, Mr. McArthur worked with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), an international organization dedicated to privacy education, to develop the Canadian professional certification program. He was one of the first individuals to achieve the designation of Certified International Privacy Professional of Canada (CIPP/C).

Following his retirement from TELUS in 2007, he has continued to work in the field of privacy and compliance in his consulting practice. Mr. McArthur also served on the External Advisory Board of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from 2010 until his appointment as Acting Commissioner.


Contributions by Drew McArthur

  • Commissioners’ Game Show
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2017
  • Using Big Data Responsibly: Governance, De-Identification and Re-Identification
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2017
  • A Look at Public-Sector Privacy with Canada’s Commissioners
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2017
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2007