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The Privacy
Officer Blueprint

Six weeks to thrive as a privacy officer anywhere in the world.


A 6-week virtual LIVE learning experience to learn the principles, frameworks, and skills to guide your creation of a privacy program and help you thrive as a privacy officer in any organization. 


INQ Consulting is a Digital Health Canada Continuing Education Provider

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Digital Health Canada Continuing Education Providers (CEPs) have met high standards for curriculum quality and value and are recognized as official sources of Continuing Education (CE) hours to be used towards Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential renewal (CPHIMS-CA signifies that a professional has the skills, knowledge and abilities to perform safely and effectively in a broad range of practice settings). 

A One of a Kind Resource
for Privacy Officers

Are You Ready to Thrive as a Privacy Officer?
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The Privacy Officer Blueprint is for you if you have been:

Who is this course for?

Looking for a course to teach you how to build and run a privacy program


Only found courses about privacy legislation in your jurisdiction


Feeling anxious about taking on the role of privacy officer, or progressing in your privacy career


Trying to get a job as a privacy officer but have no experience or education in the field

Ready to learn how to run your privacy program?

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In this course, you will learn how to implement each step in the Blueprint, when to move to the next step, and continuously improve your program over time. You will be provided with the tools and templates needed to bring what you learn back to your organization in a practical way while connecting with a community of like-minded peers to engage with along your journey to implementing the Privacy Officer Blueprint.









Ready for an innovative 
privacy course?

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Your Instructor

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Samara Starkman

Managing Principal &
Co-Founder, INQ Consulting
Parnter, INQ Law

Samara is Managing Principal and Co-Founder of INQ Consulting and Partner at INQ Law. She brings both practical and strategic advice to assist organizations with responsible, compliant innovation. Prior to founding INQ Consulting, Samara ran a consulting firm advising clients which include major hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, health-tech start-ups and multi-national telecommunications companies. Previously, she led the privacy department at CancerCare Ontario (now Ontario Health).

In addition to her consultancy, Samara taught privacy law at Windsor Law School and regularly speaks and writes on topics related to privacy and health law. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). Samara also holds a certificate in negotiating and drafting IT agreements from Osgoode Hall Law School.


What our Students are Saying 


"I would fully recommend Privacy Officer Blueprint to anyone new or existing in the field or crossing over from Security or Compliance to get a good, solid foundation in an easily consumable format which allows for discussion, learning and walking through situations for a real-time feel. The classes, the content and the training materials were all very easy to understand and then the discussions and guest speakers added deeper content to the information. GREAT CLASS and well worth it!"

"The informational resources on the platform were really helpful. It was also great to hear everyone's previous job experiences and how they relate to privacy risk management. The course provides practical advice and guidance on how to deliver a privacy program."

"[My favourite part of the course] Definitely hearing different points of view from individuals (some lawyers, some in tech, some in US, most in Canada).  Hearing experiences similar and different from my own.  Conversing on what worked what didn't. Also going through the exercises and putting down items that related to my experiences and organization's context."

"I thought working on practical problems in the class context was particularly useful as it is through the application of material that you learn whether you understand it sufficiently or not...I would recommend this program because it will certainly provide an individual with more information about what is required to run a successful privacy program."






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Dive Into the Privacy


Blueprint of the Blueprint


In this first week, we will give you an overall idea of what a good Privacy Officer really does to make a difference in an organization. You will also hear from successful CPOs about their experience.



A deep dive into assessment. What is the role of the privacy officer within your organization? How do you know whether your existing program is compliant?  What are the gaps in compliance and best practice? What is the vision for privacy in your organization?  You will explore these topics along with your peers and use the foundational tools we’ve developed to answer these questions for your organization.



You will learn to prioritize your activities based on risk factors and business needs. You will see privacy risks differently and use the tools provided to clarify when to mitigate identified privacy risks. We have made a conscious effort to make this course hands-on, so you will be exposed to different exercises to better understand the practical side of privacy.



Bring your privacy program to life as you understand how to implement the policies, processes, and governance structures you have created. You will learn how to gain buy-in and support across your organization as you work to create an accountable privacy program. You will understand the importance of creating a culture of privacy in your organization as a critical factor in having a successful privacy program.



In week five, you will define key risk indicators and identify mechanisms for measuring and monitoring the success of your privacy program. You will have the tools to measure and report to the executive on the highest risk items (not just breaches!) and reassess and revise as needed.

Putting the Pieces Together


In our final week, you will put all four steps of the Privacy Officer Blueprint together using a case study. This will help you better un