The pace of the IAPP's privacy events and the enormously successful Academy conference in Toronto last month are indicative of the demand in the marketplace for privacy pros and the IAPP's role as the leading professional organization for our growing global ranks. The IAPP Privacy Academy 2006, our first conference outside the U.S., served as the backdrop for the launch of our new CIPP/C program for Canadian privacy pros. The Toronto conference, which attracted 750 attendees, was our most successful Academy in our 5-year history.

The Academy also gave us an opportunity to recognize some of this past year's privacy leaders during a memorable member reception held at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Open exclusively for Academy attendees, the Hockey Hall of Fame exuded an aura of greatness and stellar achievement, serving as the perfect setting to recognize the high achievers in our own profession.

I would like to thank Deloitte for sponsoring the IAPP/Deloitte & Touche Vanguard Award, which recognizes the privacy professional of the year. This year's award was given to a dedicated privacy leader, Chris Zoladz of Marriott, a member of the IAPP Board of Directors who also is the past president. I want to extend my personal congratulations to Chris, who is more than deserving of this recognition for his ongoing contributions to our profession.

Also delivered during a lively presentation in the NHL Legends hall were the IAPP Innovation Awards, given annually to recognize privacy leadership in the public, private and technology sectors. I also would like to recognize the four companies that won this year's award: Royal Philips Electronics and General Electric Corp., which tied in the Large Organization category; ATB Financial, which won in the Small Organization category; and Voltage IBE, which won the second annual Technology award.

No sooner were the Toronto boxes unpacked when it was time to crank on the remainder of our whirlwind of fall activity. Most notably, we proudly hosted The IAPP Privacy Dinner in Washington, D.C., which gathered Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, top CPOs, regulators, attorneys and consultants. The first-ever privacy dinner provided a rare opportunity to network and share a meal with leading members of the privacy community. Held Nov. 6 at The Willard Hotel, the event was a notable complement to the Federal Trade Commission's Tech-ade hearings.

All the while, we already are deep into the planning stages for the IAPP Privacy Summit 07 in Washington, D.C. The IAPP also will soon announce an exciting initiative to help in our commitment to provide the most relevant and best educational opportunities to our members. I am proud to announce that we will soon unveil the membership of our new Education Advisory Board, which will assist us in developing strong programming for the profession in the months and years ahead.

Thank you for the contributions you make that propel the success of our profession. We will continue to help you thrive in your career as we look to you to fulfill your duty to serve the profession through the IAPP.

J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP
Executive Director, IAPP


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