Heather Black

former Assistant Privacy Commissioner for Canada

Born and raised in Montreal, Heather Black is a graduate in English from Sir George Williams (now part of Concordia University) and in common law from McGill. Ms. Black was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976 and joined the Department of Justice that same year. She practised law with Justice specializing in commercial and information and privacy law until 2000 when she moved to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Ms. Black has extensive experience in information and privacy law beginning in 1982 when she worked on the implementation of the federal Access to Information and Privacy Acts. In the mid-nineties, she began work with Stephanie Perrin on the project that led to the drafting and passage of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in 2000. Ms. Black was appointed General Counsel at the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner in 2001 and subsequently appointed Assistant Commissioner with primary responsibility for private sector privacy. In that capacity, she was active in work at the OECD and APEC. Ms. Black retired in 2007 and undertakes consulting work. She is co-author with Perrin, Flaherty and Rankin of The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act: an Annotated Guide published in 2001 by Irwin Law. She lives in Ottawa with her Norwich terrier Rufus.