2019 BC AWARE SPEAKER


Michael McEvoy, BC INFORMATION AND Privacy Commissioner

Michael McEvoy was appointed Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC by unanimous motion of the Legislative Assembly. He began his six-year term as an independent Officer of the Legislature on April 1, 2018.

Prior to his appointment, Michael served as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC). He played a key senior leadership role in the enforcement of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Michael was responsible for leading and managing systemic investigations and developing policy papers and guidance for organizations and public bodies. He also led BC’s efforts to collaborate with regulatory authorities throughout the Asia Pacific region.  Prior to accepting the role of Deputy Commissioner, Michael was the office’s Senior Adjudicator. 

A public school trustee for 12 years, including two terms as President of the British Columbia School Trustees' Association and one term as President of the Canadian School Boards' Association, Michael also served on numerous campaign committees of the Greater Victoria United Way and chaired its 2009 campaign.

Michael obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from the University of Winnipeg. He has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1986.