Our external advisory committee is a group of senior policy makers, consultants, lawyers, and physicians who provide strategic advice to the Centre from an outside perspective.
David Sweanor (Chair)
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
David's primary policy involvement has been in spearheading the development of efforts to reduce cigarette smoking in Canada and globally. This has been done as legal counsel to health activist groups, an advisor to a wide range of entities and in numerous publications, media interviews and speeches. He has worked with such bodies as the World Health Organization, World Bank, Pan American Health Organization, International Union Against Cancer and numerous governments, foundations, law firms and non-governmental organizations. His efforts have encompassed taxation policy, advertising restrictions, package warnings, protection from environmental tobacco smoke, smoking cessation interventions, litigation, product regulation and harm reduction initiatives.
He has testified before parliamentary committees federally and provincially in Canada as well as in other countries, and before both Senate and House committees in the United States of America. He has also received various awards for his work, including a ‘Public Health Hero’ lifetime achievement award from the Pan-American Health Organization.
David lives in Ottawa, and engages in extensive volunteer and philanthropic work that is focused on an eclectic range of issues. But they are still dominated by an interest in public policy interventions that increase the length and quality of life.
A partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, Daniel is a key member of the firm's Advocacy Group. His practice focuses on health law and medical defence, including acting as counsel to the Canadian Medical Protective Association and the physicians. He also provides advice in matters of commercial litigation and constitutional linguistic issues.
Daniel has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. Daniel is a part-time professor, teaching evidence law and trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He also lectures on evidence law, advocacy skills and health law with various organizations.
Senior General Counsel and Director General
Legal Services, Policy, Research and Technology Analysis Branch
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)
Patricia provides strategic legal and policy advice on a broad range of privacy issues, oversees privacy research and analysis of emerging information technologies, and represents the Privacy Commissioner before courts and Parliamentary Committees.
Patricia has also worked at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where she developed and led national strategies to address ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology.
Prior to moving to Ottawa, Patricia practiced as a lawyer in Montreal for over six years with a large national law firm.
Patricia is currently a member of the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the National DNA Databank Advisory Committee, and the Research Integrity Committee of the Fonds de recherche du Québec.