Jennifer Stoddart was Privacy Commissioner of Canada from 2003 to 2013 . During her tenure the presence of social media, the digitalization of information and the use of big data became new norms.
Since then she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Genomics and Policy at the Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, a Mentor at the Trudeau Foundation and the Honorary Lt. Col. of a reserve combat engineering regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. She is a Director of the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and Genomics Quebec, and is also a Consultant with Nymity and the non-profit Information Accountability Association. She was Co-Chair of an OECD joint committee working on health and privacy standards.
For her contribution to data protection law and public policy she has been awarded a honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa and McGill University, the Order of Canada, the distinction of Advocate Emeritus from the Quebec Bar, as well as the Vanguard Award from the IAPP.