PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER
The principal and founder of Streamline Counsel Janina M. Kon, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B, CIPP/C is a practicing lawyer, senior privacy and access to information consultant, and a Faculty member for a number of years at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Kon has designed and implemented privacy and access to information compliance and privacy risk management programs for a broad spectrum of leading Canadian corporations such as Nintendo of Canada Ltd., transportation authorities such as the Vancouver International Airport Authority, public bodies such as the British Columbia Safety Authority and a large provincial health authority, professional and industry associations such as the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, and charities such as The Variety Club. She has many years of experience in corporate policy development, legal compliance audits, the development of compliance training programs, preparing information sharing and data access agreements, conducting privacy impact assessments, and in advising private and public sector organizations on a full range of privacy and access to information issues.
Ms. Kon advises on complex privacy issues in the health care context, including in the areas of electronic health records, outsourcing of services, health research, and in the development of policies and procedures for protecting clinical data.
Ms. Kon was involved in consultations with the Government of British Columbia with respect to development of the province's private sector privacy legislation and is part of a working group of legal experts asked by the Government to review and comment on proposed amendments to public sector access and privacy legislation. Ms. Kon was the Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section from 2006 – 2010 and is currently on the Executive.
Ms. Kon has developed and led numerous courses and corporate training sessions on the full range of privacy risk management and privacy compliance issues. Ms. Kon developed and led the first private sector privacy course offered at an academic institution in British Columbia- the New Privacy Laws course in the Executive Education program at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. She has also developed and led privacy courses for professional associations such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, and the Certified Management Accountants Association. In addition to privacy, Ms. Kon has experience developing and leading courses in access to information law, employment law, and human rights law.
Ms. Kon's professional and business experience extends beyond the practice of privacy and access to information law – she has practiced administrative, municipal, general litigation, and labour and employment law, and has been an in-house advisor in human resources and in labour relations in the largest private sector corporation in British Columbia.
Beyond business, legal practice, and teaching experience, Ms. Kon also has experience in judicial decision-making. She served, through appointment by the Minister of Labour for the Province of British Columbia, as an adjudicator on the Employment and Income Assistance Appeal Tribunal.