Advisory Board

Advisory Board to CIIPS

CIIPS draws on the expertise of a range of professionals, academics and other experts, practitioners, and stakeholders. Members of this group, may also sit on various committees and project teams.


Tim Bray
Software Developer and Writer
Vancouver, BC

Tim BrayTim Bray is a Canadian software developer and writer. He has been a founder of two companies including Open Text—Canada’s largest software company—worked for Google and Amazon, edited Internet standards, published open-source software, and written over a million words on his blog. He has received an honourary Doctor of Science degree from University of Guelph.



Andrew Clement
Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Salt Spring Island, BC

Andrew ClementA member of the founding board of CIIPS, Professor Clement has a longstanding research and teaching interest in the social implications of information/communication technologies and participatory design. Among his recent privacy/surveillance research projects, are, an internet mapping tool that helps make more visible NSA warrantless wiretapping activities and the routing of Canadian personal data through the US, even when the origin and destination are both in Canada; and, which documents (non)compliance of video surveillance installations with privacy regulations, and helps citizens understand their related privacy rights while calling surveillant organizations to account. Clement is a co-researcher with the Politics of Surveillance Project, a scholar-activist collaboration studying surveillance infrastructures and practices.


Gary Dickson, QC
Barrister & Solicitor
Ottawa, ON

Gary DicksonGary Dickson is a lawyer and former Alberta MLA and the first Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan. He is currently Commissioner in Residence at the office of the federal Information Commissioner. Gary practiced law in Calgary, Alberta for 23 years. He then served as the Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly for Calgary Buffalo from 1992 to 2001. From 2001 until his Saskatchewan appointment Gary worked exclusively in the areas of privacy and access to information. He was directly involved in the creation, enactment and implementation of public and private sector FOI and privacy laws in the province of Alberta.


Terry Eastwood
Professor Emeritus, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, UBC.
Richmond, BC

Terry EastwoodProfessor Eastwood was the founding professor of his school’s Master of Archival Studies Program, which he chaired from 1981-2000. Before he joined the faculty of UBC, Terry was an archivist in the BC Provincial Archives. Ever since, he has taken a keen interest in, and written acclaimed research about, the role public archival institutions play in preserving information about the conduct of government. Professor Eastwood is an Honorary Member of both the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Association of British Columbia, and is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He has taught, lectured, or spoken on archival subjects on all the world’s continents except Antarctica.


Sean Holman
Assistant Professor, Journalism, Mount Royal University
Calgary, AB

Sean HolmanSean Holman writes the Unknowable Country blog on freedom of information and transparency in Canada. He is also the founding editor of the pioneering British Columbia-based online investigative political news service Public Eye. Holman’s nine-year career covering public affairs issues also included stints as a syndicated columnist, a legislative reporter for 24 Hours and The Vancouver Sun, and a weekly talk show host on CFAX 1070. He joined Mount Royal in 2012, having previously taught journalism at the University of Victoria. A former government communications advisor, Holman’s reporting has regularly appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Tyee, the Times Colonist and Dow Jones News Service. His research interests include evaluating the state of accountability in Canada’s public and private institutions.


Tamir Israel
Staff Lawyer, CIPPIC, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Tamir IsraelThe staff lawyer with the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), Tamir Israel he leads CIPPIC’s privacy, net neutrality, electronic surveillance, and telecommunications regulation activities. His research and advocacy also includes electronic rights issues, including access to information, online jurisdiction, and Internet governance matters. His advocacy has included written and oral interventions in the Supreme Court of Canada and proceedings before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Tamir is also a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International and lectures on Internet regulation at the University of Ottawa.


Herb Lainchbury
Software Developer, Dynamic Solutions Inc
Victoria, BC

Herb is an expert in computing technology, information management, community building and open data. He is the founder of OpenDataBC and the president of the Open Data Society of BC. Herb is also a member of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Panel on Open Government and advisor on the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Definition Advisory Council.


Mike Larsen
Instructor, Criminology Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Surrey, BC

Mike Larsen’s research focuses on government secrecy, law of access to information and freedom of information, as well as the politics and practices of “high policing.” His recent published works include “Indefinitely Pending: Security Certificates and Permanent Temporariness” (2014, in Vosko, Preston, and Latham, Liberating Temporariness? Migration, Work, and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity, McGill-Queen’s University Press), Access in the Academy: Bringing ATI and FOI to Academic Research (2013, BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association), and Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada (2012, co-edited with Kevin Walby, UBC Press).


Philippa Lawson
Barrister & Solicitor
Whitehorse, YK

Philipa LawsonPhilippa Lawson is a Canadian lawyer with 19 years experience practising telecommunications, privacy, and consumer protection law from a public interest perspective. Before moving to Whitehorse, Yukon with her spouse in 2008, she was founding Executive Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), a technology law clinic based at the University of Ottawa. Under Philippa’s leadership, CIPPIC developed a national reputation for cutting-edge research and precedent-setting advocacy on legal and policy issues arising from the use of new technologies. She is a member of the recently-formed Civil Society Information Society Advisory Committee (CSISAC) of the OECD, and continues to work with civil society groups both individually and as an Associate of CIPPIC.


David Loukidelis, QC
Chair, Law Enforcement Review Board of Alberta
Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC, 1999-2010
Edmonton, AB

Dave LoukidelisDavid Loukidelis served as BC’s Information & Privacy Commissioner for 11 years. Prior to that, he was a founding member and board member of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA). As a member of FIPA’s Legislative Task Force, David was the main author of FIPA’s law reform report, Information Rights for British Columbia. That report – which contained 73 legislative recommendations – played a key role in the enactment of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in 1993. In the early years of the Act, David wrote reports on access and privacy issues and intervened in appeals to the Information and Privacy Commissioner before taking over the portfolio. In 1998, David was awarded FIPA’s Information Rights Award, in recognition of his “major contribution to information rights in Canada.”


Brenda McPhail
Director, Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Project, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Toronto, ON

BrendaMcPhailBrenda McPhail is currently developing a new program at the CCLA, focused on protecting privacy rights, creating connections between academics and advocates, and creating public awareness about the importance of privacy and the ways in which it is at risk in contemporary society. This builds on CCLA’s longstanding advocacy efforts in this area, and includes privacy in relation to national security and intelligence surveillance, privacy and information sharing practices and policies, and privacy in the social context of existing and emerging technologies. Prior to joining CCLA, her PhD. research focused on workplace surveillance, identity and accountability. She has published in the areas of identity performance; video surveillance; and the privacy implications of new technologies including connected cars and biometric identification.


Sharon Polsky, MAPP
Information and Privacy Consultant
President, Privacy and Access Council of Canada
President, AMINA Corp
Calgary, AB

Sharon holds Canada’s most senior professional privacy designation, Master Access and Privacy Professional (MAPP). Since 2001, Sharon has been an adjunct instructor at SAIT Polytechnic. She has taught at the University of Calgary and for Insurance Institutes across Canada, and was instrumental in defining the National Competency Standards and the Professional Certification requirements for information access and privacy professionals in Canada. Sharon is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Winston Report, the foremost quarterly journal devoted to information access, privacy protection and data governance in Canada. She is also a board member of the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association; a Member of the Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee; and a member of the PACC National Certification and Accreditation Advisory Board.


Jim QuailJim Quail
Partner, Quail Worth & Allevato Barristers and Solicitors
Vancouver, BC

Jim Quail is a partner in Quail Worth & Allevato and a Vancouver lawyer specializing in regulatory and labour law, including information and privacy and constitutional law. He is a past executive director of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre.


Alasdair S. Roberts
Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri
Boston, MA, USA

Alasdair RobertsThe Canadian-born (and Queens University graduate) Alasdair Roberts is a Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Law and an adjunct professorship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. Roberts is a renowned author of articles and books on public policy issues, especially administrative law, government secrecy, dissent, and the crisis in democracy. His acclaimed 2007 book, Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, quickly became a must-read for those interested in freedom of information, and received four major academic awards. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and co-editor of the scholarly journal Governance.


Kevin Scott
Charitable Sector Executive
Vancouver, BC

Kevin ScottKevin Scott has worked for two decades in senior management positions in non-profit organizations, most of them focused on environmental preservation. His experience includes developing government relations strategies. Kevin has developed and overseen fundraising strategies and programs in several organizations.


Valerie Steeves
Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Valerie SteevesProfessor Valerie Steeves’ main area of research is human rights and technology issues. She has written and spoken extensively on privacy from a human rights perspective, and is currently a researcher with the New Transparency project at Queen’s University, which is examining surveillance as a technology of governance. Valerie is also an active participant in the privacy policy making process and a frequent intervenor before parliamentary committees on technology and human rights issues. Among other public works, she is Chair of the National Privacy Coalition. Valerie is the author of a number of award-winning educational games designed to teach children how to protect their human rights in cyberspace. Professor Steeves was awarded the 2004 Labelle Lectureship at McMaster University.


Micheal Vonn
Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)
Vancouver, BC

Micheal VonnMicheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Policy Director of the BCCLA since 2004. Micheal has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies where she has taught civil liberties and information ethics. She was honoured as a recipient of the 2010 AccolAIDS award for social and political advocacy benefitting communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Micheal is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics including privacy, national security, policing, surveillance, and free speech. She is an Advisory Board Member of Privacy International.


Kevin Walby
Chancellor’s Research Chair in Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, MB

Walby 2Kevin Walby is Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Research Chair, Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg. He has published widely on surveillance, privacy, and freedom of information. Professor Walby has co-edited with RK Lippert Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation (2013, Routledge) and Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective (2014, Palgrave). He is co-author with RK Lippert of Municipal Corporate Security in International Context (2015, Routledge). Kevin has co-edited with J Brownlee Access to Information and Social Justice: Critical Research Strategies for Journalists, Scholars, and Activists (2015, Arbeiter Ring Publishing).


Reg Whitaker
Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, York University
Adjunct Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria
Victoria, BC

Reg WhitakerReg Whitaker is the author of many books on Canadian politics, security and intelligence, and the surveillance state. They include Cold War Canada: the Making of a National Insecurity State, and The End of Privacy: How Total Surveillance is Becoming a Reality. Most recently, Professor Whitaker co-author the prize-winning Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America. He is a member of the board of directors of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association.