About Joan Dunlop

With a powerful combination of privacy and information management expertise, Joan is an engaging speaker, dynamic motivator, and trusted advisor. Known for her infectious enthusiasm, Joan makes access and privacy legislation accessible, understandable and engaging. She is skilled at clarifying obligations, balancing protection of personal information with the need for transparency and access. A Partner with Cenera, Joan leads teams in Privacy and Information Management, a path inspired by her work administering the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act for a large public body. She provides advisory services, conducts Gaps and Privacy Impact Assessments, leads training and is a self-proclaimed policy geek. Joan’s background and experience also positioned her well to lead Cenera’s Workplace Investigations (WI) Practice. She created Cenera’s WI process, trains and supervises the Investigation Team, and leads workplace investigations for public and private sector organizations of all sizes. Joan holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Regina, a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and is a certified Master of the Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals. She is passionate about community work, frequently volunteering with Canadian Blood Services, The United Way of Calgary, Rotary International (Calgary South) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (Calgary Chapter).

5 Key Steps for a Proper Workplace Investigation

By |2021-04-17T04:04:41-06:00September 9th, 2019|Workplace Investigations|

Issues arise amongst employees every day, and it's your job, as the employer, to manage these differences and determine when further action is required. Issues may be brought to your attention by the affected employee, but you may also become aware when others report, or by merely observing workplace behaviour. Most office friction can be [...]

Make Your List and Then Think Twice: Smart Watches for Kids

By |2021-04-17T04:04:43-06:00December 5th, 2017|Privacy|

Thinking about buying your child a Smart Watch for Christmas? According to security experts, you might want to think twice… Wouldn’t it be great to be able to see exactly where little Susie is when she’s out playing with friends at the neighbourhood park? Or at the zoo with her class? Maybe even set a [...]

Privacy, security and peace of mind – you can have it all!

By |2021-04-17T04:04:45-06:00June 17th, 2014|Privacy|

We live in a mobile world.  That’s not likely going to change any time soon.  We have mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Some of these devices are for personal use, some for work and some are now in that crazy mixed use “Bring Your Own Device” category.   And in this mobile world we are all [...]

A Landmark Ruling on Random Drug and Alcohol Testing in Alberta: is the door completely closed?

By |2021-04-17T04:04:46-06:00April 2nd, 2014|Privacy|

Suncor Energy Inc., Oil Sands’ attempt to implement random alcohol and drug testing of safety-sensitive employees at Suncor oil sands operations was recently rejected by the Alberta Arbitration Board after hearing a grievance filed by Unifor, Local 707A, representing Suncor employees at its Fort McMurray operations. The Board found Suncor’s Policy to be an unreasonable [...]

When should you start thinking about Privacy Breaches?

By |2021-04-17T04:04:46-06:00February 10th, 2014|Information Management, Privacy|

It’s been quite a start to 2014 hearing all the news about recent privacy breaches in our province.  The biggest one involved the theft of a laptop containing personal health information of over 600,000 Albertans who attended Medicentres last year leaving us all asking, “How could this happen?” and “How could they have handled it [...]

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