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A thumbnail sketch of federal privacy commissoner nominee Daniel Therrien

OTTAWA - A sketch of federal privacy commissoner nominee Daniel Therrien:

CURRENT JOB: Assistant deputy attorney general for public safety, defence and immigration at Justice Department since 2005.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts and law degrees, University of Ottawa. Called to Quebec bar in 1981.

PAST ROLES: Began career as counsel to solicitor general's department, Correctional Service of Canada and National Parole Board. From 1990 to 2001, served as senior general counsel and director, Citizenship and Immigration legal services, at Justice. Later became director general, refugee policy, at Citizenship and Immigration. In 2002, took on the role with office of assistant deputy minister, Citizenship and Immigration portfolio, at Justice.

NOTABLE FILE: Co-led negotiating team responsible for privacy principles governing the sharing of information between Canada and the U.S. under the perimeter security pact.

(Source: Prime Minister's Office)

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