Patricia Kosseim

Chair, Board of Directors (appointed in 2013 until 2019)


Q: Why do you volunteer on the Board of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute?
A: Ever since my days working at CIHR and Genome Canada, I have always enjoyed working with health researchers -- from laboratory scientists and clinician-researchers, to those who plan health care services and study health trends across entire populations. Their hard work ethic, contagious enthusiasm for the cause, and tireless dedication to improving the lives of people like you and me are truly inspiring. As an OHRI Board member, I am honored to help enhance the health research endeavor by bringing complementary expertise and perspective to the table.

Patricia is Counsel with Osler's Privacy and Data Management Practice Group and also co-leads the firm's AccessPrivacy platform, an integrated suite of innovative information solutions, consulting services and thought leadership. For over a decade, Patricia served as Senior General Counsel at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) where she provided strategic legal and policy advice on a broad range of privacy issues, advised Parliament on privacy implications of legislative bills, led research initiatives on new and emerging information technologies, and advanced privacy law in major litigation cases before the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Previously, Patricia also worked at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where she developed and led national strategies to address ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology.

Called to the Barreau du Quebec in 1993, Patricia practiced in Montreal for over six years with another large national law firm. She has published and presented extensively on matters of health law, privacy and ethics and has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa, Law Faculty. She chairs the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and is Vice-Chair of the Research Integrity Committee of Les Fonds de recherche du Qu├ębec. From 2014-2018, Patricia also served as a Ministerial appointee on the National DNA Databank Advisory Committee.