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Our People

Meet the dedicated team behind INQ.


Samara Starkman



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Samara is a Co-Founder and the Managing Principal of INQ Consulting. She brings both practical and strategic advice to assist organizations with responsible, compliant innovation. Prior to founding INQ, 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).

In addition to her consultancy, Samara has 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.


Insights & Recognition

  • Host, Practicing Privacy During a Pandemic and Beyond, October 2020

  • Co-presenter, PHIPA Conference 2019, “Consumer health applications - Practical tools for privacy officers to assess privacy risks within their organizations” (December 2019)

  • Co-presenter, IAPP Canada Symposium 2019, “Reduce privacy risk in health care: Integrating advances in AI/machine learning” (May 2019)

  • Panel member, OBA Health Law Institute 2019, “Privacy: From Guidelines to Best Practices” (February 2019)

  • Co-presenter: IAPP Canada Symposium 2018, “Leading a privacy management program within different sectors,” Toronto, Ontario (May 2018)

  • Presenter: The 2016 legal guide to privacy and information management in health care, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, “Using privacy impact assessments to identify and reduce organizational risks” (April 2016).

  • Presenter: IAPP Canada Symposium 2015, “Embedding privacy risk assessment: How to get your project manager on board,” Toronto, Ontario (May 2015)

  • Presenter: PHIPA Summit 2014, “A practical approach to embedding privacy risk assessment into projects,” Toronto, Ontario (December 2014)

  • Presenter: IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2014, “Implementing privacy accountability in a provincially funded agency,” Toronto, Ontario (May 2014)

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