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Talk to a Diplomat: Interview with Dr. Ann Cavoukian Part I

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Listen as I interview Dr. Ann Cavoukian. She is the Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University. Dr. Ann Cavoukian was the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario from 1997 to 2014. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University. Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada in 1997, Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner. There she created Privacy by Design (PbD), a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. Since then, Privacy by Design has been translated into 38 languages.

Dr. Cavoukian is ranked among the top 25 Women of Influence, recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy. She was also named one of the top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UBM Future Cities for her passionate advocacy of Privacy by Design. In addition, she was chosen as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business magazine for her tireless efforts as a privacy champion.

In addition, Dr. Cavoukian, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph. She was selected for Maclean’s Magazine’s ‘Power List’ of the top 50 Canadians, and most recently, she was picked as one of the top 10 women in data security, compliance, and privacy you should follow on Twitter. Listen as Dr. Cavoukian discusses the significance and impact of Privacy by Design.

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Interview with Dr. Ann Cavoukian

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Magdalena Surma
Magdalena Surma is currently Canada's NATO Program Contributor and Outreach Coordinator. Former Program Editor of Global Horizons, Magdalena completed a BA in Legal Studies (Honours) and a Masters in Public Service at the University of Waterloo. She also attended Harvard during two summers, where she completed courses in psychology, government, and law. In addition, she successfully completed Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program in Negotiation and Leadership. Magdalena is currently completing an LLB through University of London’s International Program. She is passionate about law, government, and charitable non-profit organizations. As an avid researcher, she hopes to extend her research to investigate women in security while examining society, culture, and international relations. In addition, Magdalena is also passionate about international business and economy. She is very excited about being involved with various projects at NATO, specifically engaging youth and society about international affairs. Apart from a love of politics, Magdalena enjoys fine art, ballet, and classical music.