"I can recommend
Streamline Counsel to any organization that desires advice
upon privacy law that recognizes the practical benefits of the
efficient and ethical management of personal information.
assisted me in bringing the Authority's privacy program to the
level of excellence demanded by one of the top 10 airports in
the world. I was pleased with the practicality and ready customization
of the work to our stated requirements."
O'Brien, LL.B., Vice President, Strategic Planning and Legal
Services, and Corporate Secretary
Vancouver International Airport Authority
The Vancouver International
Airport Authority assumed the management and operation of the
Vancouver International Airport from Transport Canada in 1992.
The Vancouver International Airport is Canada 's second busiest
airport, and the second largest international passenger gateway
on the West Coast of North America .
"To prepare our
corporation for the new privacy laws, I attended a UBC School
of Business Executive Education seminar developed and led by
Janina Kon of Streamline Counsel I was impressed by her
expertise as well as her ability to make a complex area understandable
from a business perspective. We retained Streamline Counsel
to implement privacy compliance solutions for us, including
the training of key staff and the establishment of our legally
CA, Vice President, Finance and Strategic Initiatives,
of Canada Ltd.
a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Canada Ltd., based in
Vancouver, British Columbia, is a leader and innovator in the
$1 billion video game industry in Canada. Customers and employees
are located across the country.
"As a professional association
we take the protection and management of personal information
very seriously. Streamline Counsel has assisted us greatly
by advising us in setting up our organization-wide compliance
program. Streamline Counsel continues to act as a
valuable and effective advisor to us."
John Yu, M.Sc., CDP, FCGA, Vice President, Information Technology,
Chief Privacy Officer,
General Accountants Association of Canada
"CGA-Canada works closely with its provincial, territorial and offshore CGA affiliates to ensure that CGA is recognized as a leading national and international accounting designation. The CGA designation is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada. A rigorous, competency based program of professional assessment ensures that accountants with the highest level of professional and managerial expertise are certified. We retained Janina Kon to provide us with strategic advice on Canadian provincial and federal privacy and information access regulations. We were impressed with her ability to understand our organization and its processes, and her development of valuable and practical solutions for us."
- Nazir Nenshi, M.B.A., FCGA, Director, Assessment,
Certified General Accountants Association of Canada
The Certified General Accountants
Association of Canada is a national self-regulating association
of 62,000 Certified General Accountants and students. CGAs work
across Canada and elsewhere throughout the world.
"Streamline Counsel made the set-up of a compliance program easy. Their knowledge
and attention to detail is impressive. As a result of their
work, we have confidence in our employee privacy policies and
procedures, our customer privacy policies and procedures, and
our ability to provide specialized training to our key staff."
Janice Alexander, Corporate Privacy Officer and Corporate Legal
Harley-Davidson Canada Ltd.
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is the exclusive distributor
of Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycles, parts, accessories,
branded products and related services in Canada.
"As a public body in British Columbia, providing timely
access to information and adhering to privacy best practices
is important to us. Streamline Counsel carried out an access
to information and privacy law compliance audit for BCSA, and
has since advised us on a myriad of issues involving both employee
and client information collection, use, and access rights. We
were very impressed with Streamline Counsel's expertise
and practical approach in assessing risks and developing solutions
for us. We have since retained Streamline Counsel on an
ongoing basis to advise us on Freedom of Information and Protection
of Privacy Act matters, policy development, and on the handling
of complex access to information requests."
- Willa Choy, Leader, Operational Audit
British Columbia Safety Authority
The British Columbia Safety
Authority (BCSA) is the public body responsible for developing
and enforcing standards for regulated products, including elevators,
gondolas, gas and electrical systems, for the province of British
Columbia. BCSA is also responsible for the certification and
licencing of technicians to work on these products. BCSA has
over 200 employees working in locations across British Columbia.
"Janina M. Kon of Streamline Counsel helped us to get prepared
for the new privacy legislation, including the appropriate policy,
Privacy Officer briefing and needed processes and procedures.
Ms. Kon has subsequently acted as an expert resource for issues
raised by our Board of Directors, our employees and our clients."
Robert Foran, LLB., Vice President, Legal and General Counsel,
The UMA Group Ltd.
our legally required privacy program, we needed help with understanding
the components of privacy compliance and what it meant for our
organization, as well as with awareness and training for our
key managers. Janina Kon of Streamline Counsel advised
us in setting up our corporation-wide privacy program, and was
particularly appreciated for her ability to make the complex
legal language of privacy requirements understandable, as well
as for her ability to clarify for us the good business reasons
for the protection of personal information. Ms. Kon's advice
has assisted me greatly in carrying out my responsibilities
as Corporate Privacy Officer."
David Berrington, CHRP, Director of Human Resources and Corporate
UMA Group Ltd.
UMA Group Ltd. is a consulting engineering firm with close to
1000 employees. UMA has professional services revenues of $100
million annually from over 900 corporate clients. Operations
and offices stretch across Canada.
“As an organization providing healthcare, and as an organization dedicated to improving the overall wellbeing of our First Nations clients, establishing an accountable privacy compliance program is critical. It is also critical that we establish contracts with service providers and staff that protect our clients and our organization. We retained Janina Kon to conduct a comprehensive review of our information management practices, identify key areas of risk for us, design our privacy compliance program, and develop and lead training sessions for all of our staff. Ms. Kon also reviewed the context of our external service provider relationships and prepared critical service provider contracts for us.
In addition to being an expert in privacy laws, Ms. Kon has a thorough knowledge of the unique healthcare context, as well as valuable knowledge of risks that arise in external service provider relationships and in managing the employment relationship. Ms. Kon’s work for us was outstanding. I was impressed with her ability to understand our organization and its processes, and how well she was able to develop valuable, cost effective, and practical solutions for us.”
Colleen LeBourdais R.N., B.S.N., Health Director,
Q'wemtsin Health Society
Q'wemtsin Health Society (QHS) is a registered non profit organization located in Kamloops British Columbia which provides a full range of medical and health care services to the First Nations Secwepemc communities. Services which QHS provides through its healthcare professionals include primary health care, public health services such as immunizations, dental care, home care, prenatal care, and addictions counselling.
"As a charity, following privacy best practices is extremely
important. Beyond reasons of legal requirement, following privacy
best practices is critical to client, donor, volunteer, and
employee relations. We found Janina M. Kon of Streamline Counsel to be very knowledgeable, thorough, and professional in
helping us revise our policies and procedures to meet privacy
best practices and legal obligations. Ms. Kon also provided
us with invaluable staff training in privacy requirements. "
Jon Stettner, M.B.A., Executive Director,
- The Children's Charity
Variety - The Children's
Charity is a charitable organization which, since 1965, has
raised over $100 million to benefit special needs children in
British Columbia. With more than 200 special events each year,
Variety works annually with over 10,000 volunteers in communities
across the province. The "Show of Hearts" Telethon
is one of Variety's major annual fund raising events.
"As a non-profit
association managing patient medical records and other confidential
information, understanding and implementing privacy requirements
is critical. We retained Janina Kon of Streamline Counsel
to train our staff in privacy requirements. In addition to being
an expert in privacy laws, Ms. Kon has a thorough knowledge
of the unique information management issues facing non profit
organizations. Following the training session, theft of computer
equipment from our clinic created an information security crisis
for us. Streamline Counsel gave us essential and cost-effective
guidance and advice in handling this situation, and in setting
up our organization-wide privacy program. I would recommend
Streamline Counsel without reservation to any organization
wishing to obtain practical, valuable, and cost-effective privacy
advice and training."
Bell, CA, Executive Director,
Community Health Center
Community Health Center is a registered non profit organization
which has been providing a full range of medical and health
care services to the community for over 30 years. REACH employs
physicians, dentists, counsellors, nutritionists, and pharmacists.
In addition to providing medical and health care services to
the public, REACH trains medical, dental, counselling, and pharmacy
students through practicum placements.
"Ms. Kon of Streamline Counsel is one of the leading
experts in the application of private sector privacy laws to
non-profit organizations in Canada. Her expertise is made even
more valuable by her teaching and training ability.
We retained Ms. Kon to
develop and oversee the delivery of a critical project for our
organization: privacy training workshops for non-profit associations
located across the province. The project was funded by the Law
Foundation of British Columbia and Van City Credit Union, with
Ms. Kon as Project Director. Her involvement was critical to
securing the funding. She developed the specialized implementation
materials, and led the workshops. The expertise and dedication
of Ms. Kon made the project an unqualified success. Beyond this
project, Ms. Kon of Streamline Counsel continues to be
an expert resource for our organization on private-sector privacy
Evans, Executive Director,
Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association ("FIPA")
is the leading non governmental organization in British Columbia
for public education, legal and policy research, and law reform
on freedom of information and privacy issues. FIPA has received
grants from federal
and provincial government agencies and has worked in partnership
with both levels of government on many conferences and other
projects and initiatives.