Vancouver, February 12, 2020 – The beginning of BC FIPA’s fourth decade is an exciting time for the organization as we welcome Jason Woywada as the new Executive Director. After an extensive search process, the hiring committee was pleased to offer the position to Jason for his unique combination of skills, knowledge, and experience.
“Amongst a strong field of privacy and access professionals, we were very impressed by Jason’s formal communications training, his career in journalism, and his management experience in politics,” says Mike Larsen, FIPA’s President. “These experiences, rounded out by his privacy certifications and graduate studies, make him the ideal candidate.”
Jason began his career as a broadcast journalist in Manitoba during the 1990s. From 1999 to 2014, he worked in a variety of roles at the legislative assembly in Manitoba, including as the Director of Caucus Services for the New Democratic Party for over a decade. Once in British Columbia, he began work at One Feather as a Deputy Elections Officer expanding his understanding of First Nations communities, their members, and culture.
Most recently, Jason was a Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst within the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Ministry of Citizens’ Services in BC. This included work on the Annual Report on the Administration of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: 2017/18 & 2018/19, which gave him an inside glimpse into the mechanisms of FOI legislation.
Jason holds certification through the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional Canada (CIPP/C) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). He recently completed a Masters of Business Administration through the Australian Institute of Business.
“I look forward to advocating for the types of changes that empower BC citizens to have greater access to information and improve their privacy,” says Jason Woywada, BC FIPA’s new Executive Director.
Contact: Jason Woywada, Executive Director
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
Email: Jason (at) fipa.bc.ca