Our People

Meet the dedicated team behind IQ.

Samara Starkman

JD, LLM, CIPM, CIPP/C

MANAGING PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER

Samara is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of INQ IQ. She brings both practical and strategic advice to assist organizations with responsible, compliant innovation. Prior to founding IQ, Samara ran a consulting firm advising clients that included major Ontario hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, health-tech start-ups and multinational telecommunications companies. Previously, she led the privacy department at CancerCare Ontario (now Ontario Health).

Carole Piovesan

JD, MSc (Hons)

PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER

Carole is a co-founder and partner for INQ IQ. Prior to founding INQ, Carole was co-lead of the national Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group at McCarthy Tétrault. In 2018, she was appointed by the federal Minister of Innovation to serve as one of six Digital Leaders in the national data and digital transformation consultations. In this role, she led consultations with businesses, academics, civil society and industry associations to inform the first national Digital Charter. Announced on May 21, 2019, the Digital Charter has led to significant proposed reforms to Canada’s federal private sector privacy law.

Mary Jane Dykeman

BA, JD

PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER

Mary Jane Dykeman is a co-founder and partner at INQ IQ. Mary Jane applies a strategic, risk and innovation lens to data and emerging technologies. She helps clients identify the data they hold, understand how to use it within the law, and how to innovate responsibly.
 
Mary Jane regularly consults on large data initiatives and use of data for health research and quality purposes. Her consulting work extends to modernizing privacy legislation and digital societies, and she works with Boards, CEOs and CIOs on the emerging risks and trends in data. Mary Jane regularly speaks on AI, cyber risk and how to better engage and build trust with clients and customers whose data is at play. She is also a frequent speaker and writer on legal subjects in health and data.

David Goodis

BA, LLB

ADVISOR

David is an Advisor to INQ IQ. With more than 30 years of experience, David was the Assistant Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and has deep expertise in the application and enforcement of privacy and access laws.  Over his career, David has held the roles of assistant commissioner, director of legal services, and manager of adjudication with Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner. He is an experienced litigator, and has appeared before the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Tamara M. Adler

BA, MA, JD

ASSOCIATE

Tamara is an associate at INQ IQ where she focuses on data privacy. She applies her knowledge of privacy governance, policy, operational development and risk assessment to technology acquisitions and program implementations. Whereas her legal, policy and research experience inform her practical approach to identifying and mitigating privacy risk.

Ellen Xu

BHSc, JD, CIPP/E

ASSOCIATE

Ellen is an associate at INQ IQ. To our consultancy, she brings experience in privacy, health care, cyber readiness and data governance.  Ellen regularly consults clients on a wide range of matters related to privacy, data governance and various data protection. She also advises clients on regulatory compliance in the healthcare sector and assists on a number of corporate contracts.

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