Evelyn Jacks

Photography by Joel Ross


Co-Founded the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum


Appointed by the federal finance minister to the 2010 Task Force on Financial Literacy

Recently completed her 51st book on personal taxation and tax-efficient wealth


Terri Williams, Toronto-based Vice-President, Marketing and Brand Management, Global Wealth Management and Insurance and Commercial Banking, Scotiabank

From Terri Williams

As told to Astrid Van Den Broek

I was a business writer at the Toronto Sun in the late 1980s when I met Evelyn Jacks—she was Evelyn Jacks of “Jacks on Tax” and doing lots of educational inter­views and appearances to help Canadians understand how to make the most of their tax returns. She was very easy to understand for a young journalist starting out—she’d put tips for readers into plain language so they were relevant and understandable, which is key to financial literacy. And that’s what she’s all about: promoting financial literacy.

I think earlier in her career she was actual­ly preparing taxes and probably saw how proper tax guidance can impact our lives, but that people were not getting the best advice. She’s a very caring and passionate person and she’s taken that into the financial services industry.She saw that people weren’t as informed and educated about their personal finances as they could be and wanted to do something about it.

Her success also comes from being an engaging personality: she connects with everyone. She consistently and constantly reaches out to the Canadian public through media and she uses multimedia to get the educational messages out there. It helps that she’s also so knowledgeable and ar­ticulate, which is how she’s become so well respected in her field.

You can see at her annual Distinguished Advisor Conference [a continuing educa­tion conference for financial advisors] when she’s up there and talking to advisors who have paid their own good money to hear from these speakers, you can hear the passion in her voice around doing the right thing.

It’s easy to see how hard she works. She went through a period about three years ago where she had numerous deaths in her family. I was very much in touch with her at that time and she stayed focused on her business and her family and it was astounding to see how strong she remained through all of that.

All of this has helped her become one of a number of women in this country in the financial services industry who have broken out from the rest of the personal finance professionals. And with Evelyn, it’s really about relationships and a personal passion for her end goal.

In the end, she is still a business­woman—she has a bottom line to reach. But getting there is always within the context of “is this the right thing to do?” So her integrity and ethics are incredible. She cares that people get the best advice and do the best things for their individual circumstances.

Dr. Eve Tsai, Neurosurgeon The Ottawa Hospital and Scientist

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Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner


Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Ann Cavoukian has risen to the top of her field.  Frequently called to speak at major forums around the globe, Dr. Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world.  A published author on ground breaking privacy issues, a brain tumor survivor and advocate of spreading one’s influence, Dr. Cavoukian shares her passion and how that’s enabled her to defy the odds in her career and life.

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Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in protecting privacy, Dr. Cavoukian’s leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure privacy is protected in Ontario – and around the globe.

Dr. Cavoukian is Ontario’s first Information and Privacy Commissioner to be re-appointed for a second term. Initially appointed in 1997, her role in overseeing the operations of the freedom of information and privacy laws in Canada’s most populous province was extended to 2009. Like the provincial auditor, she serves as an officer of the legislature, independent of the government of the day.

Businesses across North America and Europe regularly seek Dr. Cavoukian’s advice and guidance on privacy and data protection issues. She has been involved in a number of international committees focused on privacy, technology and business. Her groundbreaking 1995 paper with the Netherlands Data Protection Authority on advancing privacy protection through the pursuit of privacy-enhancing technologies or PETs is now part of the industry lexicon.

Whenever a privacy, security or access issue hits the news, Dr. Cavoukian is one of the first experts called in by the media to try and make sense of it. She often serves the role of “translator” – breaking down complex issues into understandable terms and concepts. She is also frequently called upon to speak at leading international forums.

In October 2005, Commissioner Cavoukian was presented with the “Privacy Innovation Award” at the largest-ever gathering of privacy professionals — the conference held by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Dr. Cavoukian and the IPC were recognized for the development of the ground breaking Privacy Short Notices – a concise and easily understood Notice informing individuals of how their personal information is being used under PHIPA. Commissioner Cavoukian was honoured to accept the award stating that, “To have my office recognized for its innovative work in this field is truly gratifying. I have always believed that a practical approach advances privacy the most. Creating privacy notices that are short and easily understood maximizes our effectiveness in reaching the public.”

Further, in November 2005, The European Biometrics Forum (EBF) announced the establishment of The International Biometric Advisory Council (IBAC) and named Dr. Ann Cavoukian as a member of the Council. Dr. Cavoukian, a world reknowned expert on privacy, will provide advice and expert opinion to the EBF, its members and partners, on the most pertinent issues facing biometrics around the world today.

A leading privacy publication recently announced that it had selected Dr. Cavoukian as The Privacy Manager of the Year for 2003. “Many privacy leaders from around the world were nominated as The Privacy Manager of the Year,” said Publisher Robert Vinet, when making the announcement. “But the one name that kept coming up was that of Dr. Cavoukian … We looked at all the nominees, and the one person who was head and shoulders above the rest was Dr. Cavoukian.”

Dr. Cavoukian is also the published author of two groundbreaking books on privacy – Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World (1997), written with Don Tapscott, and The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust (2002), written with Tyler Hamilton. The books look at the personal and financial risks that arise in the absence of safeguarding personal and customer data. Dr. Cavoukian is a pioneer in advancing the bottom-line business need for companies, large and small, to have strong privacy practices.

Dr. Cavoukian joined the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in 1987, during its start-up phase, as its first Director of Compliance. In 1990, she was appointed Assistant Commissioner. Prior to joining the IPC, Dr. Cavoukian headed the Research Services Branch for the provincial Attorney General. Dr. Cavoukian received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in criminology and law, and lectured on psychology and the criminal justice system.