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Sharon Polsky is president of AMINA Corp. and a Privacy by Design Ambassador with more than 30 years’ experience advising corporations, governments and organizations about privacy and access implications and unintended consequences of emerging laws, technologies and global trends. She is also president of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada, the nonpartisan national non‑profit association of privacy and access professionals in Canada’s private and public sectors. In 2007, Sharon founded The Winston Report, the foremost quarterly journal devoted to information access, privacy protection and data governance in Canada, and serves as its Editor‑in‑Chief.
Sharon is passionate about the importance of effective data protection and information risk management, and has extensive knowledge and demonstrated ability for researching, analyzing, and applying Canada’s privacy and access legislation, and for assessing relevant business and technical issues.
Ms. Polsky is frequently invited to write and speak about data governance and information security as well as the privacy implications and unintended consequences of emerging laws, technologies and global trends.
Sharon’s deep understanding of these complex issues is evident in her submissions before the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on privacy implications of proposed federal legislation (2007); submissions to the Information Commissioner of Canada addressing the modernization of federal privacy and access laws (2008); and submissions to the Alberta Legislative Standing Committee on Health about the privacy impacts of proposed provincial legislation (2009).
She is a frequent speaker and lecturer in the areas of data privacy, information security, cyberliability, and the privacy implications of emerging laws and technologies, and her insights are frequently sought by conference organizers and by media including CTV, CBC, the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Sun, iPolitics, Blacklock’s Reporter, Corus Entertainment, and professional journals including Canadian HR Reporter.
Since 2001, Sharon has been an adjunct instructor at SAIT Polytechnic (Calgary). She has taught at the University of Calgary and for Insurance Institutes across Canada, and co-develped the National Competency Standards and the Professional Certification requirements for information access and privacy professionals in Canada. Sharon was also a key contributor to the Canadian Professional Insurance Broker national certification program, and has authored numerous articles, white papers and submissions relating to data privacy and information risk management.
In 2010, Sharon was selected as a finalist for the EWF Women of Influence Award and, in 2012, was appointed by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario to be a Privacy by Design Ambassador.
Sharon holds Canada’s most senior professional privacy designation, Master Access and Privacy Professional (MAPP) and Government of Canada Security Clearance.
• Member, Advisory Board, Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies (2015)
• Member, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Privacy and Access Law Section (2006-2015)
• Member, National Certification and Accreditation Board, Privacy & Access Council of Canada (2008-2015)
• Director, Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association (2012-2015)
• Chair, Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association Privacy Committee (2012-2015)
• Member, CHIMA Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee (2012-2015)
• Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Privacy and Access Law Section (2010-2012)
• Policy Director (2006-2007) and National Chair (2007-2011) for the Canadian Association of Professional Access and Privacy Administrators
• Member, National Advisory Committee for the University of Alberta Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program (2007-2008).