Partner, National Leader, Digital Privacy and Compliance, Forensic Services
KPMG in Canada
Sylvia is a Partner in the Risk Consulting practice at KPMG Canada, and the National Data Protection and Privacy Leader.
Sylvia has over 15 years’ experience providing strategic, privacy risk management and compliance advisory services, serving both the public and private sectors. She advises executive teams on data-driven digital strategies to support major business transformations in alignment with new regulations, policy and governance trends, having successfully deployed national health registries, analytics platforms and digital banking technologies.
Her specialty is transforming existing corporate compliance and privacy programs in response to internal audits, regulatory findings and exams. She often deals with banking regulators and Privacy Commissioners remediating compliance orders, and has advised on some of the largest, high-profile data breach investigations. Sylvia is a lawyer by training and often speaks on the intersection of emerging technologies, privacy and regulatory expectations, including breach response. Sylvia also previously held the position of interm Chief Privacy Officer for a Canadian non-for-profit organization with global health information management operations.
BA Honours, Sociology, York University
LLB, Business Law, University of Ottawa
Privacy by Design Certification
Law Society of Upper Canada (Called to Ontario Bar 2003)
Special Advisor to the International Council on Global Privacy and Security by Design, advising on the deployment of privacy and security enhancing technologies involving artificial intelligence, big data, robotics and machine learning initiatives.
Co-creator and Advisory Lead for the Privacy by Design Certification Program, launched in partnership with Ryerson’s Privacy Centre of Excellence for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).