House of Assembly
July 21, 2016

New Information and Privacy Commissioner Appointed

The Honourable Tom Osborne, Speaker of the House of Assembly, today announced the appointment of Donovan Molloy, Q.C. as Information and Privacy Commissioner, effective July 22, 2016.

“The Information and Privacy Commissioner provides an important leadership role in promoting and facilitating efficient and timely access to information and ensuring the protection of personal information,” said Speaker Osborne. "I wish Mr. Molloy well as he assumes his new role. I am confident that his leadership abilities, senior executive experience and extensive legal background will serve the office well.”

The appointment is subject to the approval of the House of Assembly, as per Section 85 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. Until that occurs, Mr. Molloy will exercise the full powers of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in an acting capacity under section 89 of the Act. The biography for Mr. Molloy is below.

Speaker Osborne extends sincere thanks to former Information and Privacy Commissioner, Mr. Ed Ring, who retired on June 23, 2016, and wishes him a healthy and happy retirement. Mr. Ring served as Commissioner from December 2007 until his retirement. During his tenure he implemented the oversight functions of the privacy provisions of ATIPPA and the Personal Health Information Act in the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner. He also provided significant input to the ATIPPA Review Commission which produced the Report of the 2014 Statutory Review of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy resulting in new legislation that came into effect June 1, 2015.

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Media contact:

Marie Keefe
Policy and Communications Officer
House of Assembly


Donovan F. Molloy, Q.C
Donovan F. Molloy, Q.C. was raised in Marystown. He received a Bachelor of Laws degree with distinction from the University of New Brunswick in 1992 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University in 1995. Mr. Molloy was called to the bar in 1993 and articled with Glen Picco, Q.C. where he practised until 1994. He then became a Crown Attorney at the Marystown Office of Public Prosecutions, where he practised until transferring to St. John’s in 2002. Mr. Molloy has appeared before all levels of court in the province. He has also worked as a prosecutor with Alberta Justice and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. His volunteer efforts have included Benchers, the National Criminal Law Program and the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest. Mr. Molloy most recently served as Director of Public Prosecutions and Assistant Deputy Minister (Criminal Operations) with the Department of Justice and Public Safety in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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