New year, new changes to the Board and Staff

New year, new changes to the Board and Staff

2017 is well under way, and is shaping up to be another great year for FIPA. After our Special General Meeting that was held on November 16, 2016, we have a couple of changes to our board and staff.
In January, our Program Director, Joyce Yan, joined FIPA full time. She comes from a background of social and environmental justice. She complete
d her B.A. at SFU in Political Science and International Studies with a focus on international development. She then
pursued this passion at Queen’s University where she earned her M.A. in Global Development Studies.

Having worked on an international scale for several years, Joyce has decided to focus on local social issues. Her experience working with non-profits and student communities has provided her with the tools and training to carry out the organization’s mandate and to help it grow in the future.


There have been a few changes to our board of directors as well!

We are pleased to introduce Mike Larsen as FIPA’s new President. He is an Instructor in the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic, where he chairs the Criminology Honours Program Committee and teaches courses on criminal justice, criminology theory, law & society, policing and police accountability, surveillance, and transparency. His research deals with access to information, privacy, and security practices, particularly as they involve the deprivation of liberty and contestations around government secrecy, public accountability, and the right to know. He is the author of our ground-breaking FOI resource Access in the Academy: Bringing ATI and FOI to Academic Research, and is co-editor (with Kevin Walby) of the edited volume Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada (UBC Press, 2012).

Taking on the role of Vice President is FIPA’s long-time board member and experienced FOI requester Keith Reynolds. He has worked for all three levels of government, including as the first FOI Coordinator for an Ontario school board. He has also worked for two unions and as a private consultant on issues such as governance, transparency, privatization and municipal finance. He is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance.

Another long-time board member, Bruno Godin, will continue to serve as FIPA’s Secretary. Bruno is a graduate in Computer Science and Law from UBC and currently works in Web Operations at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Bruno joined the board in 2010 and has served as secretary since 2011.

On behalf of FIPA, we would like to welcome Paul Holden back to the organization’s board of directors. He is a former Vice President of FIPA who has rejoined the board after going away to study law. He is a (non-practicing) New York attorney and works as a software developer. He has particular interest in the impact technology has on privacy.