Save the date! Our 2018 AGM is around the corner!

It’s that time of the year! Join us on Tuesday, June 19th at 6PM for our Annual General Meeting. Keep an eye on your inbox over the next few weeks as we finalize all the details for this year’s Annual General Meeting!

The AGM is your chance to hear about our work, elect BC FIPA board members, review updates to our bylaws, and talk about some of this year’s most important freedom of information and privacy issues.

Be sure that your membership is up to date so that you can vote at the meeting!

To check the status of your membership, to renew, or join FIPA, send an email to with your full name and email. You can also renew your membership online at


Welcome Sara Neuert, FIPA’s new Executive Director

Sara Neuert is the new Executive Director of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.  She has been working as a consultant for the past decade in community and grassroots initiatives between universities, industries, government and Indigenous communities where the focus was on strategic planning, project management and building relationships.

Sara is originally from Ontario where she held senior roles in non-profit, government and industry.  Protecting and promoting the rights of Indigenous communities and peoples.  Most notable was her work on Water Source Protection legislation, child welfare reform and the Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations.

Sara is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (Hons.) (Contemporary Studies) and Royal Roads University (Peace Studies).  Also Sara holds a diploma in Business Administration with Sheridan College.


Wishing Vincent all the best in his retirement!

After 8 years as FIPA’s Executive Director, we would like to wish Vincent Gogolek all the best in his retirement!

Our long-serving and much-celebrated Executive Director, Vincent Gogolek, retired in February. Vince served as FIPA’s Executive Director from 2011-2018, and as Program Director from 2008-2010. In his time with FIPA, and especially in his capacity as ED, Vince played the lead role in both the everyday work of the association and in FIPA’s numerous public engagements. He acted as the public face of the Association in the media, and in this capacity he frequently appeared on local, regional, and national media programs to discuss issues related to government transparency and privacy rights. He also prepared numerous briefs for parliamentary bodies and appeared before these bodies to make representations on behalf of FIPA.

During the time that I have been involved with FIPA, I have often heard us described as an organization that ‘punches above its weight’. I believe this to be true, and I believe that it is, in no small part, a reflection of Vince’s experience, vision, and leadership. He approached his work with a mix of energy (reflecting his deep personal and professional commitments to government transparency and accountability) and careful consideration (reflecting decades of experience and a deep understanding of government institutions and processes). He knew how and when to move quickly on emerging issues, and how and when to contribute to long-term law reform efforts. He was also adept at forming and participating in coalitions and campaigns that bring FIPA into partnership with other civil society associations and organizations.

In a fitting tribute to a career dedicated to the protection and extension of information and privacy rights, the Privacy & Access Council of Canada recently announced that Vince was one of two 2018 recipients of a PACC Fellowship, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Canadian FOI field.

FIPA grew in important ways during Vince’s tenure, and we remain well-positioned to continue and extend our research, advocacy, and public education efforts. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the FIPA Staff, and the Members of this Society, I thank Vince for the vision, leadership, and tenacity he brought to FIPA. We wish him all the best in his retirement. I invite you to join us at this year’s Annual General Meeting, when we will have the opportunity to celebrate Vince’s contributions.



Mike Larsen
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association

Also, in an interview with the Tyee, Vince looks back at his time with BC FIPA but also to the future. Here’s the interview with Vince and Andrew MacLeod at the Tyee.