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IAPP Program recipient of inaugural Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award

Ottawa, October 4, 2011 — The University of Alberta’s Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate Program (IAPP) is the recipient of the first Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award

The Award was introduced during last year’s Right to Know Week by federal, provincial and territorial access to information and privacy commissioners.  The IAPP, which is part of the Faculty of Extension, was nominated by the Canadian Access and Privacy Association.

The inaugural award was handed out last night at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, by Information Commissioner of Canada, Suzanne Legault, during the opening reception of the 7th International Conference of Information Commissioners.

“The IAPP Program has clearly made an exceptional contribution to the promotion and support of the principles of transparency, accountability and the public’s right to access information held by public institutions,” said Ms. Legault.  “I, along with my provincial and territorial counterparts, congratulate the IAPP Program,” she added.

“Receiving an award from leaders within the professional community that we serve indicates that the IAPP program at the University of Alberta is headed in the right direction,” said Wayne MacDonald, Government Studies Program Manager. “On behalf of the program, we thank the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada and all provincial and territorial commissioners from the bottom of our hearts for honouring us with this magnificent Grace-Pépin Award!”

Five well documented submissions were received and carefully evaluated by a selection committee of provincial information commissioners, academics, civil society, and public servants.

The Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award was created to acknowledge those who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of access to information principles. The Award is named in recognition of the contributions of John Grace, former Information Commissioner of Canada, and Marcel Pépin, president and founder of the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec.

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