Sharon Polsky BIS MAPP is President of AMINAcorp.ca, President of the non‑profit Privacy and Access Council of Canada, and a Privacy by Design Ambassador with more than 30 years’ experience advising corporations, governments and organizations about privacy and access implications, and about the unintended consequences of emerging laws, technologies and global trends. She is also Editor‑in‑Chief of The Winston Report, the foremost quarterly journal of information access, privacy protection and data governance in Canada.
Sharon’s deep understanding of complex data governance issues is evident in her submissions before Senate and House of Commons Standing Committees, Legislative Committees, as well as Information and Privacy Commissioners addressing implications of proposed legislation. Her broad knowledge is also reflected in the national standard of competency for Data Protection, Privacy and Access Professionals, which she co-authored.
Her insights are frequently sought by conference organizers and by media including CTV, CBC, CPAC, Global News, Radio-Canada International, the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Sun, iPolitics, Blacklock’s Reporter, BellMedia, Rogers Media, Corus Radio and professional journals.
Sharon has served as a Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Privacy and Access Law Section, and on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association; on the National Advisory Committee for the University of Alberta IAPP Program, and the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies; was a member of the Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Privacy & Access Certification and Accreditation Advisory Board. She previously served as an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Privacy and Access Law Section and the National Advisory Committee for the University of Alberta IAPP Program, and was a finalist for the 2010 EWF Women of Influence Award.