Sylvia Klasovec Kingsmill

Global Cyber Privacy Leader and Partner

KPMG in Canada

Sylvia is the Global Cyber Privacy Leader with over 20 years of experience in risk management for both public and private sectors. She is based in Toronto, Canada, and helps executive teams implement data-driven and AI strategies into their business transformations while ensuring adherence to privacy regulations, policies and AI governance trends. Sylvia specializes in privacy tech enablement and automation, helping clients integrate holistic privacy solutions throughout their operating environments and functions.

Sylvia is a lawyer by training and began her privacy career at the Information Privacy Commissioner's Office in Canada. In 2022, she was recognized as one of the top 10 Canadian privacy leaders by a leading Canadian law firm and was nominated for the Women of Influence Trailblazer Award in 2019 for launching an ISO 31700 Privacy by Design Certification Program to assess emerging tech and demonstrate compliance with international data protection laws and privacy best practices. Sylvia has advised on some of the largest multi-jurisdictional data breaches and has extensive experience transforming corporate compliance and privacy programs in response to internal audits, regulatory findings and compliance orders.

Professional and Industry Experience - Highlights

  • Special Advisor to the International Council on Global Privacy and Security by Design, advising on the deployment of privacy enhancing technologies involving AI, Big Data and Ethics by Design
  • Canadian Chair, ISO PC/317 (31700) Consumer Protection: Privacy by Design for Consumer Goods and Services
  • Advisor, CIO Strategy Council, CICSO 101:2019 Automated Decision Systems using Machine Learning, Ethics by Design and Ethical Use
  • Advisor to federal government for Canada’s National Digital Strategy 
  • Interim Chief Privacy Officer, LifeLabs
  • Co-Chair of Osgoode Hall Law School Privacy and Cyber Security Professional Development Program
  • Cyber security
  • Data privacy
  • Digital-driven transformation
  • Emerging Technology
  • Public Policy and Regulatory Change
  • Risk Management
  • Transformation
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (Called to Ontario Bar in 2003)

  • LLB, University of Ottawa

  • BA Honours in Sociology, York University

  • CIO Strategy Council, Advisory Member

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member

  • International Women of Risk Community, Canadian Chair, KPMG Canada