Patricia Kosseim is Ontario’s Next Privacy Commissioner

Patricia Kosseim

Patricia Kosseim has been appointed as the next Privacy Commissioner of Ontario effective July 1, 2020.  The current Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, will be retiring after 21 years with the Office, including the last 6 years as Commissioner.

Ms. Kosseim currently serves as Counsel in the Privacy and Data Management Group of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP and co-leads its AccessPrivacy knowledge platform.  Prior to Osler, Ms. Kosseim spent over ten years as Senior General Counsel and Director General at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Her appointment was unanimously recommended by an all-party panel of MPPs chaired by Speaker Ted Arnott and composed of the Hon. Paul Calandra (PC), Peggy Sattler (NDP), and Mike Schreiner (Green).

Warm congratulations to Patricia Kosseim, the next Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

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Legislative Assembly of Ontario, “Ontario announces appointment of Information and Privacy Commissioner“, April 14, 2020

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, “Ontario Legislature Appoints Patricia Kosseim as Next Commissioner“, April 14, 2020

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, “About the Commissioner

Osler, “Patricia Kosseim appointed as the new Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario“, April 14, 2020

Osler, “Patricia Kosseim Profile

AccessPrivacy by Osler


Published by Justin Petrillo

I have created the FOI Assist™ software to help Ontario’s provincial and municipal government institutions of all sizes track and respond to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. For most of my career I have been a lawyer, advising clients on commercial, intellectual property and FOI/privacy issues. From 2013 to 2015, I managed the FOI program for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee while serving as Legal Counsel to the Games. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I obtained a computer science degree and worked as a software developer at several well-known technology companies.

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