Teresa Scassa named Chair of new Statistics Canada Advisory Council

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, announced recently that Common Law’s Dr. Teresa Scassa has been named Chair of the new Statistics Canada Advisory Council.  This council will play a key role in the government’s new Digital Charter, designed to build trust in Canadians as Canada adapts to the evolving demands of the digital sphere.

As the digital era ushers in new ways of gathering and analyzing data to produce statistics, the government must remain transparent and demonstrate a commitment to Canadians’ privacy in order to maintain public trust. The new Advisory Council will play a crucial role in this process by providing advice to the Minister on the overall quality of Canada’s statistical system, including the relevance, accuracy, accessibility and timeliness of its data. It will also produce an annual public report on the state of the national statistical system.

As Chair of the Council, Dr. Scassa will help to lay the foundation for modernizing the rules that govern Canada’s approach to statistics within the Big Data environment, and will ultimately contribute to building Canadians’ trust in how the nation adapts to the changing digital landscape.

Dr. Scassa was also recently appointed to another branch of the government’s digital strategy, the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence. Along with her Common Law colleague Dr. Ian Kerr, she is part of a prestigious group of leading Canadian researchers and business executives who will provide advice on how Canada can become a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) advancements while ensuring that AI policy and practice reflect Canadian values.

Dr. Scassa holds the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy. Her contributions to the fields of intellectual property, privacy, and law and technology are innovative, wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary and increasingly recognized around the world. Her work explores issues at the intersection of established laws, evolving technologies and global preoccupations over information and its governance.

Dr. Scassa is also a member of the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society.

View the full press release, including the complete list of members of the advisory council.

Congratulations to Dr. Scassa! 

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