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Patricia Kosseim

Patricia Kosseim

Patricia is Counsel with Osler’s Privacy and Data Management Practice Group and also co-leads the firm’s AccessPrivacy platform, an integrated suite of innovative information solutions, consulting services and thought leadership. For over a decade, Patricia served as Senior General Counsel at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) where she provided strategic legal and policy advice on a broad range of privacy issues, advised Parliament on privacy implications of legislative bills, led research initiatives on new and emerging information technologies, and advanced privacy law in major litigation cases before the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Previously, Patricia also worked at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where she developed and led national strategies to address ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology.
Called to the Barreau du Quebec in 1993, Patricia practiced in Montreal for over six years with another large national law firm. She has published and presented extensively on matters of health law, privacy and ethics and has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa, Law Faculty. She chairs the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and is Vice-Chair of the Research Integrity Committee of Les Fonds de recherche du Québec. From 2014-2018, Patricia also served as a Ministerial appointee on the National DNA Databank Advisory Committee.

Appointed in 2013 until 2019.