This week is quite special for me. I've traveled to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, to visit my friends who work at the IAPP headquarters. The reason for the trip is to catch up with people face to face (over and above our regular video conferencing) and to celebrate the fact that I have been working with the IAPP for 10 years now.
Those 10 years have really flown by. In that time, we have increased our membership to more than 2,300 people in Canada. We have certified about 800 of them, and we've hosted our ever-growing annual conference in Toronto every May. We've also launched KnowledgeNet chapters across the entire country, and we continue to expand the privacy profession by leaps and bounds.
Reflecting back on the growth of the profession and the role the IAPP has played in supporting and promoting all of us, I can't help but think what the next 10 years might be like. With pretty big changes globally (like the pretty serious movement afoot in the U.S. for a national data protection law), surely we will see our fair share in Canada, too. Legislative reform in the new year, perhaps?
What do you think? Where will we be 10 years from now? All I know for sure is that I hope I'm still connected with you through this great association. So, buckle up, and be ready for more rants — and hopefully a few helpful nuggets, too — in this space for some time to come.
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