Patricia Kosseim brings to the IPC significant experience and a wealth of knowledge in the areas of privacy and access law, having worked in public, private and health sectors, and across various jurisdictions.
Prior to joining the IPC, Patricia was counsel in Osler’s Privacy and Data Management Group where she provided strategic advice to clients on matters of privacy, data governance, and access law. She also led a number of thought leadership initiatives as national co-leader of Osler’s AccessPrivacy knowledge platform.
For more than a decade, Patricia served as senior general counsel and director general at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in Ottawa. During that period, she was responsible for advancing a number of major cases before the federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada; advising on critical privacy investigations; appearing before parliamentary committees on significant legislative bills; developing national and international policies; leading a national research funding program; and, overseeing a technology analysis team and laboratory.
While holding executive positions at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Patricia developed and led national strategies for addressing legal, ethical, and social aspects of health research and genomics technologies. She began her career in Montreal practicing in the areas of health law, civil litigation, human rights, privacy, and labour and employment with a leading national law firm.
Patricia has published and spoken extensively on matters of privacy law, health law, and ethics. She has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and has held many professional appointments and board memberships, including as a member of the Board of Governors of the Ottawa Hospital; chair of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; vice-chair of the Research Integrity Committee of les Fonds de recherche du Quebec; member of the National DNA Databank Advisory Committee; and member of various expert working groups of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Patricia obtained her business and law degrees from McGill University in Montreal, and a Master’s Degree in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College, University of London. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, as well as the Barreau du Quebec, and is fluently bilingual in both official languages.
When she is not in the office — either physically or virtually — Patricia enjoys all-season, outdoor activities with her family and their dog Rocky.
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Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations
Eric Ward is Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
Eric recently joined the IPC from the Government of Canada where his career spanned law, policy, management, and strategic foresight. Eric practiced privacy and information law as counsel to Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, and also as Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice’s Centre for Information and Privacy Law. Eric also directed the machinery of government and legal operations teams at the Privy Council Office. Immediately prior to joining the IPC, Eric was the Senior Director at Policy Horizons Canada, the federal government’s centre for strategic foresight. Eric holds degrees in civil and common law from McGill University.
Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services
Edward Jason Arandjelovic, aka “Jason,” joined the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) in May 2021 as the new Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services.
Jason joined the IPC from the Ontario Public Service (OPS), where he started his career back in 1998. Over the course of his twenty-three-year career in the OPS, Jason worked at various OPS ministries in several different roles.
In 2016, he became the Finance Director at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), where he led MMAH’s strategic multi-year fiscal planning process and financial management framework, supporting government priorities in achieving program objectives, cost efficiencies, and program modernization.
In 2019, he took on another leadership role in MMAH as Acting Director of Corporate Services, where he supported MMAH’s policy agenda and implemented OPS corporate initiatives and ensured compliance with OPS directives and policies. In this role, Jason also led MMAH’s I&IT initiatives and digital strategies, freedom of information procedures, and facilities management.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from York University, and he is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant.
During his personal time, Jason enjoys the company of friends and family, and he is currently learning how to play the piano.
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