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University of Alberta IAPP Certificate Program

The Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada continued its tangible support, this reporting year, for Canada’s only university-based, comprehensive, on-line, post-secondary level education program for access and privacy administrators. Located in the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, this award-winning course of study, begun in 2000, is known as the Information Access and Protection of Privacy (IAPP) Certificate Program. Courses are offered in English and French.

Beginning in 2003, this office began investing financial and intellectual capital in the program to facilitate the development of new courses and to enable course materials to be developed in the French language. In the Fall of 2004, one of this office’s legal counsel, Marc-Aurèle Racicot, was loaned to the University of Alberta to serve as manager of the IAPP Certificate Program and as an Assistant Adjunct Professor. This assignment came to an end on March 31, 2007, when Mr. Racicot returned to take up new challenges with this office.

This Commissioner looks forward to continued collaboration with the University of Alberta IAPP program. The program’s registrations are growing every year (X were registered in 2006-07), with students from all geographic areas of Canada and, increasingly, from other countries. New investigators in this office will continue to be required to have, or obtain, IAPP certification, and this Commissioner has encouraged the President of the Treasury Board to ensure that federal ATIP administrators have access to the kind of education which the University of Alberta IAPP certificate program provides.

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