About

About Me

Justin HeadshotMy name is Justin Petrillo and I am creating 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.

About This Website

While development of the FOI Assist software is underway, I will be publishing tips and guidance for institutions responsible for receiving and responding to FOI requests in accordance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).  The content on this site should be of greatest interest to ministries, agencies, boards, commissions, government-funded corporations and non-profits, municipalities, universities, colleges and hospitals who are subject to FIPPA or MFIPPA.  However, members of the public, including journalists, researchers, political parties, law firms, vendors and RFP respondents, may find the content interesting as well, both as an “inside look” on how FOI requests are processed by government institutions and as general guidance on how to prepare and prosecute FOI requests more effectively.