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Presenter Profiles: Nancy Bains and Jill Clayton | Privacy

Nancy Bains is Tribunal Counsel and Privacy Officer at the Law Society of Alberta. She has been overseeing the Law Society’s privacy program since January 2015. In that role, she has coordinated the development of up-to-date processes, policies, and training.

Nancy was in private practice for years prior to joining the Law Society. She graduated from the faculty of law at the University of New Brunswick in 2002 and had previously obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Jill Clayton was sworn in as Alberta’s third Information and Privacy Commissioner on February 1, 2012. In February 2017, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor in Council reappointed Jill Clayton as Information and Privacy Commissioner for a term to expire on January 31, 2022.

Jill began her career with Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) in 2004 as a portfolio officer with the team responsible for ensuring oversight and compliance with Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). She served as acting director, PIPA, from 2007 to 2008 and director, PIPA, from 2008 to 2011. In June of 2010 Jill was appointed Assistant Commissioner, responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of amendments to PIPA, particularly mandatory breach notification requirements.

Prior to her service with the OIPC Jill worked as a privacy consultant, providing services to public- and private-sector clients, primarily in the health care, oil and gas, telecommunications and non-profit sectors. She also worked for the Bethany Care Society as manager, planning and performance measurement, from 2001 to 2002 and records management co-ordinator from 1998 to 2000.

Nancy joined Jill to iterate the value of a solid privacy management framework to help navigate challenges when they arise in our on-demand program, Privacy as part of our 2021 Alberta Legal Technology Conference. Consider the obligations lawyers have in protecting the information they hold of clients and the various considerations that go into such things as working from home, virtual technologies, and safeguarding for privacy breaches.