Alec Campbell, CIPP/C, CIPT, FIP, MAPP

Principal Consultant

Alec Campbell is Excela's founder, president and principal consultant.  Alec has been involved in the administration of freedom of information and privacy legislation since 1993. He was among the first freedom of information and privacy coordinators for the Government of Alberta.  He held directorships with privacy responsibilities in both the Government of Alberta and Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. In the Commissioner’s office, he led the development of its privacy impact assessment standards.

Alec is known as the father of the University of Alberta's Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program, which he proposed in 1999.  He obtained support for the program from the university, provincial government and Information and Privacy Commissioner's office. He also secured the program's start-up funding and assisted the Faculty of Extension in its establishment and course development. The program has since graduated hundreds of students and won multiple awards for academic excellence.

From 2001 to 2006, Alec was responsible for information technology privacy in the Office the Chief Information Officer of the Government of Alberta (GoA). He was responsible for policy, procedures, and privacy impact assessments for information technology operations in the government. In that capacity he also led the development of a semi-automated privacy assessment toolset and a government-wide, award-winning privacy architecture.

Alec left the Government of Alberta to found Excela Associates Inc. in 2006.

Alec's privacy certifications include the following:

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP):

  • Cerified Information Privacy Professional, Canada (CIPP/C)

  • Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT)

  • Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP - lifetime achievement)

Privacy and Access Council of Canada (PACC):

  • Master Access and Privacy Professional (MAPP - lifetime achievement)


Excela is associated with other companies and individual consultants who can supplement Excela's services on an as-needed basis. Excela does the same for them. Some of Excela's associates are the following:

Mike Gurski

Mike Gurski brings over 15 years of senior privacy experience. With more than five years as the Senior Technology and Policy Advisor to Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, plus more than six years leading Bell Canada’s privacy practice (Bell Privacy Centre of Excellence), Mike has been immersed in the legislative, technology, governance and privacy risk issues of multiple technologies. He has provided practical guidance in managing privacy in high-tech environments to many government departments, eHealth organizations, universities and colleges.

EWA Canada

EWA Canada is one of Canada's premier information security firms.  Excela partners with EWA for projects requiring in-depth privacy and security expertise, including but not limited to combined privacy and threat risk assessments, e.g., combined PIA/TRA projects. 

Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton is a seasoned expert in access and privacy compliance, with over 15 years' experience.  Formerly the Director of Compliance and Special Investigations in Alberta's Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, he is a recognized expert in privacy impact assessment, health informatics privacy, incident response and privacy breach investigation.  Brian can provide advice on all aspects of the application of access and privacy legislation, information technology and information security. He is a certified information security professional and information systems auditor.

Jean Eaton

Jean offers privacy and security consulting services with strong experience in the health sector.  She has held information management, administrative, analytical and management positions in physician offices, hospitals, health authorities, professional associations and the provincial government in Alberta.  She is one of the province's most experienced healthcare privacy experts.

Robert Doherty

Bob Doherty became Nova Scotia’s first Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Coordinator in 1996. He has advised the government on legislative amendments to the N.S. FOIPOP Act and assisted in the development of the Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act (PIIDPA), a key law in the international personal protection legislative landscape. Currently he provides privacy compliance consulting services to a variety of  organizations and  is an adjunct instructor in the Dalhousie University Continuing Education Department’s Local Government Program.  He is also a lawyer, specializing in information access and privacy law. 

Tom Smith

 Thomas (Tom) Smith has 20 years of information security management experiences within his 38+ years working in the field of information technology and communications. Tom is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is also certified ISO 27001 Implementation Specialist. Tom has been a senior security advisor and risk assessor to large telecommunications companies such as Bell and Telus and provided guidance and assistance with designing and implementing security management frameworks and practices including privacy and risk management processes around ISO 27001, 27002, 27017 and 27018.

Become an Associate

If you are a highly experienced privacy or information security professional and would like to partner with us, fill out the form below and we will get back to you.  Please note that all of Excela's associates are independent contractors who work with us on a project-by-project basis.  We are not hiring employees at this time.

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