The Commissioner

Information Commissioner

Suzanne Legault was appointed as Information Commissioner of Canada June 30, 2010. She was the Interim Information Commissioner for the previous year. From June 18, 2007 until June 30, 2009, Ms. Legault was Assistant Commissioner for the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, responsible for the Policy, Communications and Operations Branch.

Picture of The Commissioner, Suzanne Legault

In 2006, she participated in the Federal Public Servant in Residence Program and worked with Dr. David Zussman, Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management at the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Legault began her career in the Public Service in 1996 at the Competition Bureau, where she held increasingly senior positions, including Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition.

She then served as Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice, before returning to the Competition Bureau where she was Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Legislative Affairs, then Deputy Commissioner, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs.

Prior to joining the Public Service, Ms. Legault practised law as a criminal defence lawyer from 1991 to 1996, as well as Crown prosecutor from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Legault holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill Law School, which she obtained in 1988.

Assistant Information Commissioner (Complaints Resolution and Compliance)

Emily McCarthy was appointed Assistant Information Commissioner in October 2012, having been Acting Assistant Information Commissioner since August 2011.  She is also General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada.

Emily McCarthy - A/Assistant Information Commissioner (Complaints Resolution and Compliance)

Emily brings to her role at the Information Commissioner’s Office eight years of experience with the Federal Court, where she held the positions of Executive Officer in the Office of the Chief Justice, Senior Counsel, and Acting Deputy Chief Administrator, Judicial Services.

From 1999 to 2003 Emily was Counsel at the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada.  She clerked for the Honourable Allan Lutfy of the Federal Court of Canada from 1998 to 1999.

Emily received her Bachelor of Civil and Common Laws from McGill University in 1998 and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.