Mark Sward, CIPP/C/E, CIPM

Vice President and Global Head of Privacy, Sterling

Mark Sward is Sterling’s Vice President and Global Head of Privacy. He leads Sterling’s global privacy team, which oversees Sterling’s privacy program, supports internal data protection compliance initiatives around the world, provides information and best practice guidance to Sterling’s clients through webinars, whitepapers and other documentation, and plays an active role in thought leadership and advocacy around privacy matters in the background screening industry. With eleven years of experience in the industry, he has been responsible for Sterling’s privacy program in Canada since 2013 and globally since 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University and a certificate in law from the Université de Montréal, and is recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Canada and Europe) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager. Mark is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

My Sessions

Canada’s Proposed Updated Federal Privacy Law: What You Need to Know (Sponsored by Helios Data)

On November 17th, 2020, the Canadian Minister of Information, Science and Economic Development introduced Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act (DCIA). This update aims to amend the law to maintain its EU adequacy determination with the EU after the Schrems II decision in July 2020.

This panel session will look at the several existing pieces of legislation they intend to amend,  Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) into the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) and what this means for organisations.

  • Luk Arbuckle, Chief Methodologist at Privacy Analytics | Author of Building an Anonymization Pipeline
  • Mark Sward, Director of Privacy, SterlingBackcheck
  • Ann Cavoukian, Creator of Global Privacy & Security by Design and Former DataProtection Commissioner for Canada