IPC Strategic Advisory Council 2021-25

IPC Strategic Advisory Council

The purpose of the Strategic Advisory Council is to provide the IPC with independent, expert advice to help ensure a broader range of interests and perspectives are taken into consideration in advancing and implementing IPC’s strategic goals.

The responsibilities of the council are outlined in the Terms of Reference. The terms set out how we will engage the council on matters related to each of the four priority areas, leverage our accomplishments, and focus the IPC’s resources on areas where we can have the most positive impact.

David Arbuckle

As an accomplished and outcome-focused public sector leader, David brings a wealth of municipal, political, academic and private sector experience to the role of Executive Director with AMCTO. In his senior management roles with both the Town of Caledon and Region of Peel, David has built a reputation as a trusted problem solver and transparent collaborator who demonstrates highly developed partnership skills amongst diverse stakeholder groups. Before joining the municipal sector, David served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing where he helped lead several key municipal issues including the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review and new affordable housing investments. David has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brock University and a Masters of Public Administration in Local Government from Western University.

Lisa Austin

Lisa Austin is a Professor and Chair in Law and Technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She is a 2023-2024 Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Rebooting Social Media at the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard, and a past Associate Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society at the University of Toronto. In addition to her legal training, Lisa holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Professor Austin's research and teaching interests include privacy and data governance as well as private law theory, with an emphasis on the impacts of new technologies, the nature of the rule of law and the boundaries between what the law considers private and public. Her scholarship has also involved collaborations with scholars in computer science and engineering. Professor Austin's privacy work has been cited numerous times by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also been active in a number of public policy debates in Canada, most recently through her participation on the Canadian Council of Academies Expert Panel on Health Data Sharing, and is a past recipient of the University of Toronto’s President’s Impact Award.

Jane Bailey

Jane Bailey is a Full Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), where she teaches Technoprudence, Cyberfeminism and Contracts. She co-leads The eQuality Project, a 7-year SSHRC funded partnership initiative focused on young people’s experiences of privacy and equality in digitally networked environments.  Professor Bailey is also a Working Group Leader for the Autonomy Through Cyberjustice Technologies project, a 5-year SSHRC funded partnership initiative focused on the use of technology to improve access to justice. Her work explores the intersections between privacy and equality in areas such as technology-facilitated violence, education technologies, and access to justice. Included among her publications are the following co-edited collections: The Emerald International Handbook on Technology-facilitated Violence and Abuse, eGirls, eCitizens, and eAccess to Justice. In 2018 and 2022 she was lead counsel for the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in its interventions before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Jarvis and Downes voyeurism cases. Prior to joining uOttawa, she was a litigator at Torys LLP and before that served as law clerk to Mr. Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Keith Baybayon

Keith Baybayon, a catalyst for change in digital citizenship and youth advocacy, embarked on his impactful journey with our office through the Data Privacy Day 2022 webinar. As a panel speaker, Keith's involvement was rooted in his noteworthy contributions within Ontario's education system, notably as an Ontario Student Trustee and President of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association. This pivotal event led Keith to join the IPC Strategic Advisory Council, focusing on the IPC’s Children and Youth in a Digital World priority table. Since his appointment, he has attended Strategic Advisory Council meetings, advised on projects pertaining to youth, spoke in the InfoMatters Podcast, and helped to establish the IPC’s first-ever Youth Council.

As Chair of the Youth Advisory Council is focused on advocating for digital literacy education and youth digital rights. Leading impassioned discussions and steering advocacy efforts, he has empowered young minds across the province to voice their concerns and champion access to digital literacy education. Keith's multifaceted contributions extend beyond his leadership roles; as a Summer Student within the IPC's Corporate Services Division, he exhibited precision in managing archival tasks and provided vital administrative support. Additionally, his participation in Canada’s first-ever Youth Assembly on Digital Rights and Safety reinforced his commitment to shaping policies addressing critical digital rights issues faced by Canadian youth.

Keith Baybayon continues to embody unwavering dedication, driving forward the cause of digital citizenship and youth empowerment in an increasingly digital landscape.

Vass Bednar

Vass Bednar (@VassB) is the Executive Director of McMaster University’s Master of Public Policy in Digital Society, where she is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science. She is an interdisciplinary wonk focused on ensuring that we have the regulatory structures we need to embrace the future of work and new ways of living. As an enthusiastic and perpetual student of the policymaking process, she has held leadership roles at Delphia, Airbnb, Queen’s Park, the City of Toronto, and University of Toronto. Vass is recognized as a creative, data-driven thinker and was the Chair of the federal government’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment. A graduate of McMaster University’s Arts & Science Program, Vass holds her Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Toronto and successfully completed Action Canada and Civic Action DiverseCity Fellowships. Passionate about public dialogue, she was also the co-host of “Detangled,” a weekly pop-culture and public policy radio show and podcast that ran from 2016-2018. She currently writes a newsletter about Canadian startups and public policy called “regs to riches” and was recently recognized as an outstanding alum with a McMaster “Arch” award.

Vass engages with Canada’s policy community as a Public Policy Forum Fellow and a Senior Fellow at CIGI.

Sacha Bhatia

Dr. Bhatia is the Senior Vice President, Population Health and Value-based Health Systems, at Ontario Health. Previously, he was the FM Hill Chair in Health Systems Solutions, the Chief Medical Innovation Officer of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), as well as the Division Head of Cardiology at WCH. A scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (IC/ES) and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, he has been published in international peer reviewed journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Internal Medicine. In 2013, he founded the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) and served as its Director until 2019. He has been a commentator on Bloomberg News, CTV News and the CBC, and has been asked to give over 100 presentations internationally, nationally and regionally over the past 6 years.

He is a recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Echocardiography’s Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator Award, and most recently the Goldie Award for Quality and Innovation and the Louise Lemieux Charles Emerging Leader award at the University of Toronto. He is a trustee of DREAM Industrial REIT, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX.

Previously, he worked as a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Bhatia received his medical degree and MBA at McGill University and his internal medicine and cardiology training in Toronto.

Anthony Carabache

Anthony is currently a Staff Officer with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) in the Professional Development Department.  He serves as the Provincial Coordinator for OECTA’s Additional Qualifications Program. Much of his work to date has centered upon online course development and design. He also conducts talks provincially and in the US about modern teaching techniques and has won national awards for innovation with technology in the classroom.

In his role Anthony has focused and reported upon social media and its impact on socialization, division and profiteering. He is also the Association Lead on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the education sector.

Khaled El Emam

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Medical AI at the University of Ottawa, where he is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory, conducting research on privacy enhancing technologies to enable the sharing of health data for secondary purposes, including synthetic data generation and de-identification methods.

Khaled founded or co-founded six product and services companies involved with data management and data analytics, with some having successful exits. Prior to his academic roles, he was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He also served as the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement. He held the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa from 2005 to 2015. Khaled has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

John Elvidge

John Elvidge is the City Clerk for the City of Toronto.  He leads a team responsible for the many duties assigned to municipal clerks including the decision-making processes of City Council and its committees and boards, protocol and international relations, public appointments, as well as administrative supports to the Mayor, Councillors and the City’s four accountability officers. He is the chief electoral officer for North America’s fourth largest municipal election. He carries out the duties of head under MFIPPA with responsibilities for access to information, privacy, records & information management and the Toronto Archives. He also serves as Division Registrar for Toronto under the Vital Statistics and Marriage Acts.

A 30+ year veteran of the City of Toronto and the former Metro Toronto, his previous municipal posts include corporate policy, intergovernmental relations, ethics & integrity, machinery of government and cultural affairs.

John’s professional interests include strengthening and modernizing the machinery of local government. He continues to serve as a champion and advisor on openness in city government including open meetings, fair, open and accessible elections, privacy by design and routine disclosure.

John is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and is an active member of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), where he serves as a mentor and occasional instructor.

Robert Fay

Robert (Bob) Fay is the Managing Director of digital economy research at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) that assesses and provides policy recommendations for the complex global governance issues arising from digital technologies. He brings to this position extensive experience in macro- and micro-economic research and policy analysis. Prior to joining CIGI, Bob held several senior roles at the Bank of Canada (BoC), including Senior Director overseeing work to assess developments and implications arising from the digitization of the Canadian economy and Deputy Managing Director of the International Economics Department where he assessed global economic and financial developments and their implications for Canada. He has also led the BoC’s Canadian short-term forecasting team and set up and led its first research division related to structural analysis, focusing on labour markets, productivity, and exchange rate analysis. Bob was also Special Assistant to BoC Governor Mark Carney, serving as the Governor’s Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the BoC, Bob was an economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and worked on a range of economic and labour market issues.

Rebecca Finlay

Rebecca Finlay is CEO at Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society. As head of this global nonprofit, Rebecca brings together an international, multistakeholder community of over 100 partners in 16 countries to advance positive outcomes for people and society. With an influential career at the intersection of technology and society, Rebecca has held leadership roles in civil society, research and business. Most recently, Rebecca was Vice President at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. In this role, she founded the Institute’s global knowledge mobilization practice, led partnerships with governments worldwide, and launched one of the first international, multistakeholder initiatives on the impact of AI in society. Prior to joining CIFAR, Rebecca held leadership roles in research and civil society organizations including as Group Director, Public Affairs and Cancer Control for the Canadian Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute of Canada. She began her career in the private sector building strategic partnerships, notably as First Vice President, Financial Institution and Partnership Marketing for Bank One International. Rebecca is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Member of the OECD Expert Group on AI Futures, and the Strategic Advisory Council of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. She lives in Toronto and holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Cambridge.

Charles Finley

Charles is DTPR Advisory Governance Lead at Helpful Places, a social impact organization stewarding a global open-source communication standard created to increase transparency, legibility, and accountability for digital technology in public places. He also works in an advisory capacity on projects in the civic tech, digital transformation, and privacy space. Charles is also co-founder, Founding Chair and Board Member for Code for Canada, the country’s leading civic-tech organization. He was most recently Chief Experience Officer at Futurpreneur Canada, a national non-profit providing financing, mentorship, and resources to young Canadian entrepreneurs as well as Vice-Chair of the Digital Strategy Advisory Panel for Waterfront Toronto. Charles has led transformational strategic and digital change in global roles with IBI Group (now Arcadis), MaRS Discovery District, Thomson Reuters, and Critical Mass and is a former board member at Jane’s Walk, Toronto Distress Centres and the Civic Digital Network.

Keith Jansa

Keith Jansa is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Governance Council, formerly known as the CIO Strategy Council. He works with senior leaders from across Canada to address digital governance opportunities and challenges to safeguard Canadians in an increasingly digital world. His unparalleled acumen in devising strategies for responsible data and digital governance has earned the Digital Governance Council the distinction as preeminent technology leadership council globally. Keith is a provincially appointed member of the Ontario Health Data Council and Chair of its strategic working group on Data Governance and Data Stewardship. Keith is a specialist in the strategic application of standards. Keith was named one of the 10 most influential business leaders in 2023 by The Inc Magazine. Keith graduated with honors from the University of Ottawa with a degree in health sciences. He is married to Kayla and is the loving father of his three small children.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada’s center for digital media literacy. He is the author of many of MediaSmarts’ lessons, parent materials, and interactive resources and a lead on MediaSmarts’ research projects. Matthew is the architect of MediaSmarts’ Use, Understand, Engage: Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian K-12 Schools and the Media Literacy 101 and Digital Literacy 101 professional development programs. He has participated in and presented to parliamentary committees, academic conferences, and governments and organizations around the world. As a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Digital Health Task Force, he participated in the drafting of the CPS recommendations for children’s screen time, and also consulted with the Ontario Ministry of Education on revisions to the current Language and English curriculum.

Kwame McKenzie

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of Wellesley Institute, which works in research and policy to improve health and health equity in the Greater Toronto Area. A practicing psychiatrist, he also holds positions as a full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and as the Director of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

As an international expert on the social causes of illness and the development of equitable social policy and health systems, Dr. McKenzie has advised health, housing, education and social services ministers in Canada and the U.K. and has authored more than 260 peer reviewed papers and six books. He is Co-Chair of Canada’s Expert Task Force on Substance Use and he is a member of the National Advisory Council on Poverty. He has also worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization.

Provincially, Dr. McKenzie has served as a Commissioner of Human Rights, Co-Chair of the Ontario Black Health Plan, an advisor to Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Project and a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council to the Minister of Health. He is also a previous Member of the Executive and Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, U.K.

Dr. McKenzie’s research and collaborations have been shaping local, national and international social policy for more than three decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he convened a broad coalition of academics, clinicians and communities to draw attention to the inequitable impacts of the pandemic and the need for collection and use of sociodemographic data. This, along with his participation in local, provincial and national pandemic advisory groups, has been credited with changing pandemic strategies in Canada, and attracted international attention.

In addition to his academic, policy and clinical work, Dr. McKenzie has worked as a columnist for The Guardian and The Times and as a presenter for BBC Radio. He is regularly published in the Toronto Star.

Among his many honours, Dr. McKenzie is the recipient of an African Canadian Achievement Award for Science, a Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award and the Dominican of Distinction Award. He holds a medical degree from University of Southampton and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, U.K.

Brenda McPhail

Dr. Brenda McPhail is the Acting Executive Director of the Master in Public Policy in Digital Society program at McMaster University, a program designed to educate the next generation of digitally-savvy policy actors in Canada. As the former Director of the Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (on leave), her work has supported litigation at courts up to the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as legislative reform, and public education relating to the ways in which privacy rights are at risk in contemporary society. She has appeared as an expert witness before Parliamentary and Senate committees regarding privacy law, national security, and biometric data, and serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. She is a collaborator on several grant-funded research projects including studies on workplace surveillance applications, media governance and AI, facial recognition technology, privacy and consent, and virtual health care data privacy.  Brenda received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Information.

Micheal Miller

Micheal Miller, Executive Director of the Association of Native Child and Family Service Agencies of Ontario. He is an Oji-Cree from Mattagami First Nation is North Eastern Ontario. His 25-year career has focused on the social development of indigenous communities. He has served as the Executive Director at Aboriginal Legal Services, prior to joining ALS he has served as the Housing Director for the Cochrane District Social Services Administrative Board. He also served as the Executive Director at Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services and led the agency to become a mandated Children’s Aid Society for 11 First Nations. He has also spent the early part of his career in the Employment and Training field. He holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Solomon Owoo

Solomon Owoo was appointed as Interim CEO of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) in August 2023.

Prior to his appointment, Solomon was the Director of Finance and IT at OACAS for 2.5 years. In that capacity, he led the organization's finance and IT portfolios, as well as played a key role in many important sector initiatives including the Child Welfare Funding Formula, the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN), the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) project, and Shared Services. Solomon has professional designations as a Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

As a self-motivated, big picture business professional with over 20 years of progressive experience in finance, governance, strategic management performance management, financial management, auditing, internal controls, and investigations, Solomon uses his strong analytical abilities and strategic thinking, his keen eye for detail, and his desire for continuous improvement to achieve results.

Solomon has led various initiatives, including department restructuring, overseeing product warehouse and logistics, pioneering audit and business control functions, policy integration and implementation for mergers, financial planning and analysis, leading capital projects, and providing financial guidance to all levels of management and boards. Solomon's career has spanned 3 continents in healthcare, government, public practice, petroleum, information technology, seniors and the children’s services sectors. Solomon's leadership style is founded on his core values of respect, integrity and excellence.

Outside of work, Solomon is an active volunteer in his community, currently serving on the boards of directors of both Associated Youth Services of Peel and Our Place Peel. He previously served as a member of the board and Chair of the Finance Committee at Peel Children’s Aid Society.

Alison Paprica

Alison Paprica is a Professor (Adjunct) and a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Principal of the boutique consultancy Research Project Management. She is also a Senior Fellow at Massey College and a member of the International Advisory Board for Health Data Research UK.

Previously, Alison held executive roles with Health Data Research Network Canada and ICES and was the inaugural Vice President of Health Strategy and Partnerships at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Before that, Alison was the Director of the Planning, Research & Analysis Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Health, where she was responsible for up to $60 million annual applied health research investment and in-house knowledge translation activities to bring research findings into policy and practice. She is a chemist by training and started her career as a scientist and R&D manager at three different international pharmaceutical companies.

Alison holds an Honours Combined BSc in biochemistry and chemistry (McMaster) and a PhD in organic chemistry (Western University). She is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in the Philosophy program at McMaster University.

John Roberts

John Roberts is an Associate Deputy Minister with Ontario’s Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery, and the province’s Chief Digital and Data Officer Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario. He has over 30 years of experience ranging from operational, policy, and senior leadership roles to government information management and digital government initiatives. As Associate Deputy he leads the all-of-government work across the digital, data, access to information, privacy and recordkeeping functions. His extensive knowledge of information management has contributed to his numerous achievements in policy, strategy and legislative modernisation to support data and information practice in government. Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service in 2015 he worked in the New Zealand government, and since arriving in 2015 he has overseen the development of the OPS Recordkeeping, Access, and Privacy Transformation Strategy, led consultations on privacy modernisation, and been part of multi-ministry leadership on enterprise data integration and data governance work. He also served as acting Chief Information Security Officer from 2020-22.

Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson is a lawyer and senior research associate at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the intersection of law, policy, and technology, including transparency and accountability mechanisms relevant to companies and state agencies surrounding the use of personal information and surveillance systems. She has published writing on the treatment of artificial intelligence under criminal law, as well as human rights reports on the use of algorithmic policing technology in Canada’s justice system, and on legal responses to the proliferation of stalkerware technology. She has represented groups including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in privacy and digital rights cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. She draws on former experience as a law clerk for Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada, and subsequently, as a lawyer in Canada’s justice system.

Duncan Rozario, M.D., FRCSC, FACS

Duncan Rozario, M.D., FRCSC, FACS The current Chief of Surgery at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and a practising general surgeon for over 26 years, he brings a depth of experience in healthcare. A graduate of the Queen’s University School of Medicine, he completed general surgery training at the University of Ottawa and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. He serves on the province of Ontario’s Innovation Sub-Committee, Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine and has a depth of knowledge in virtual care. He founded the Oakville Virtual Care Program and has worked with the Ontario Medical Association, Ontario Health and the Ministry of Health in Ontario to advance the healthcare system. Dr. Rozario is on the physician advisory board of the Medical Post and is an accomplished author whose diverse writings can be found at www.duncanrozario.com.

As the current Chief Medical Officer of Sigma Healthtech Inc., he brings a depth of knowledge in both patient care and experience, as well as an understanding of modern software systems. He believes that we all have a right to greater quality healthcare on our terms so that we may live life to its highest potential.

Alana Saulnier

Dr. Saulnier is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. She is a criminologist committed to the evidence-based policing movement. She advocates for academic-police research partnerships as critical to advancing the quality and sophistication of Canadian policing. Dr. Saulnier specializes in experimental field studies with a focus on assessing the effects of technologies in policing (such as body-worn cameras, unpiloted aerial vehicles, and automated license plate readers, and associated practices such as the use of artificial intelligence) but places particular emphasis on community-police relations as an outcome, and how the acquisition of technologies affect community-police relations.

Dr. Saulnier maintains that data collection and management technologies can be useful to police in service to their communities, but that these technologies and the data they gather must be used in fair, accountable, and transparent ways with clear and standardized regulatory frameworks. She has held formal research partnerships with over 20 Canadian police services and actively engages with relevant partner agencies and associations such as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Her research is published in peer-reviewed venues such as Criminology & Public Policy, Canadian Public Policy, Policing: An International Journal of Strategies and Management, and Law and Human Behavior among others, as well as in practitioner magazines such as Blue Line.

Teresa Scassa

Dr. Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence and a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of numerous books including Artificial Intelligence and the Law in Canada, Digital Commerce in Canada, Law and the Sharing Economy, Canadian Trademark Law, Canadian Intellectual Property Lawand Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intellectual Property Law. Her research interests include: privacy law, data governance, intellectual property law, law and technology, law and artificial intelligence, and smart cities.

Jagtaran Singh

Jagtaran Singh is legal counsel at the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), where his work focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence and human rights as well as the public interest Inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service. He also advises on a number other strategic public interest and human rights matters.

Jagtaran was previously Advisor to then Chief Human Rights Commissioner (now Justice) Renu Mandhane, and before that to Attorney General and Government House Leader of Ontario, Hon. Yasir Naqvi. Jagtaran also spent time as a litigator at a national law firm in Toronto before completing his LL.M. in New York, where he also worked as an advisor to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations.

Jagtaran is admitted to the bar in Ontario and New York.

Colin Stairs BSc. ENG., MBA

Colin Stairs was appointed as the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Toronto Police Service on March 24, 2020.  In his role as CIO, Colin oversees the Information Management and Information Technology Services pillars and is responsible for furthering the organization’s goal of transforming operational capacity, efficiency and agility through the information and technology portfolios.

Prior to joining the Service, Colin led digital transformations as the CIO in private and public healthcare. He has worked in successively deeper organizational transformations addressing culture change and strategy in addition to information management, technology and automation.   Colin was also a founding member of start-ups in software development and management consultancy.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.  He has been a guest lecturer in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network.

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