Della Shea, Chief Data Governance & Privacy Officer, Symcor Inc.
Della Shea is the Chief Data Governance and Privacy Officer for Symcor Inc. and is a recognized authority on privacy, digital ethics and data operations. She is responsible for leading the organization’s data governance, data management, privacy, data protection, digital ethics and regulatory compliance functions. Under Della’s leadership, Symcor was recognized internationally with the Privacy Innovation Award presented by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (2010) and was named Canada’s Information Security Executive of the year (2013). Prior to joining Symcor, she was the Director of Privacy and Information Risk for the Royal Bank of Canada where she provided strategic direction that helped launch many of the Bank’s first digital initiatives.
Passionate about the human side of data and corporate responsibility, Della’s work has been featured in various publications and she frequently speaks at prestigious academic and industry conferences. She also appears in front of Canada’s House of Commons as an expert witness on privacy matters. Della holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business (York University) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University. She serves on several academic and industry boards including, the Analytics and AI Advisory Council (York University), Manning School of Business Advisory Board (Acadia University), Information Accountability Foundation Board of Directors, Council of Chief Analytics Officers Advisory Board (Conference Board) and the Council of Chief Privacy Officers Advisory Board (Conference Board). Della is also a former International Association of Privacy Professionals Advisory Board member (Canada) and conference chair.