Daniel Therrien

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Daniel Therrien was appointed federal Privacy Commissioner on June 5, 2014. Prior to his appointment, he practised law at the Department of Justice since being called to the Quebec Bar in 1981.

Commissioner Therrien began his career practising correctional law for the Department of the Solicitor General, the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board. He then practised immigration law, serving as Senior General Counsel and Director, Citizenship and Immigration Legal Services, at the Department of Justice from 1990 to 2001.  In that capacity, he played a key role in the development of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. He also served as Director General, Refugee Policy, at Citizenship and Immigration Canada from 2001 to 2002.

In 2002, he joined the office of the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Citizenship and Immigration Portfolio, at the Department of Justice and became Assistant Deputy Minister in 2005.  He held that position, renamed Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio, until his nomination as Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

As Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio, Mr. Therrien co-led the negotiating team responsible for the adoption of privacy principles governing the sharing of information between Canada and the U.S. under the Beyond the Border accord.

Commissioner Therrien holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Licence en droit from the University of Ottawa.