David Loukidelis was British Columbia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner from 1999 to 2010, Registrar of Lobbyists from 2003 to 2010, and Deputy Attorney General from 2010 to 2012.
His involvement in privacy, information security and open government policy and practice goes back more than 20 years. As Commissioner, David was responsible for enforcement of British Columbia’s public sector Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and for regulation of private sector privacy practices under the Personal Information Protection Act. As Registrar of Lobbyists, he regulated lobbying under the Lobbyists Registration Act, providing transparency to lobbying activities in British Columbia.
During his two terms as Commissioner, David issued hundreds of binding appeal decisions, investigation reports, policy papers and guidance materials in the private and public sectors. He testified regularly to legislative committees examining access and privacy laws, including federal Parliamentary committees examining reforms to the federal Access to Information Act and Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
From 2004 to 2009, he participated in negotiation of the APEC Privacy Framework and in follow-up implementation work. He has been a member of numerous advisory committees and working groups, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Privacy Advisory Committee, and he chaired the Website Working Group of the International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners.
As Deputy Attorney General, David was, as co-executive with the Deputy Solicitor General, the most senior public servant in British Columbia’s justice ministry, with over 6,000 employees and a budget of more than $1 billion. In this lead executive role, he worked on major civil and criminal justice reform initiatives focused on improving outcomes while increasing efficiency. As a member of the Deputy Ministers’ Technology and Transformation Committee, he contributed to plans to improve public service delivery using technology and to open government and open data initiatives.
David clerked for Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada and has graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.
Now in private practice, David advises private sector organizations and governments on a wide range of legal and policy matters, including privacy law, lobbying law, conflict of interest issues, elections law, constitutional issues and local government matters.