Senior Counsel and Manager of Legal Services - Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
Stream 2 - constitutional and legal aspects of anonymity
A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and Osgoode Hall Law School, Mary O’Donoghue’s practice is largely focused on administrative and employment law. Prior to arriving at the IPC in 1988, she was briefly engaged in private practice. In 1987, she worked on a series of multilingual family law seminars for ethno-cultural women that took place in 8 Ontario cities, funded by the federal Department of Justice and the Ontario Women’s Directorate. The conference materials were translated into 18 languages and distributed to over 5000 community centres throughout Ontario.
Mary has also acted for two years as Independent Legal Counsel to a discipline tribunal and has provided consulting services to the Ontario Integrated Justice Project on privacy issues.
She is a frequent writer and speaker to academic, legal and professional audiences on administrative law, employment law, privacy law and access to government information.
Active with the Ontario Bar Association, Ms. O’Donoghue is a former Executive member of Council; Past Chair and former Newsletter Editor of the Administrative Law Section; current Vice–Chair of the Constitutional and Civil Liberties section, and Executive member of the Privacy Law section. She is Chair of the OBA Archives Committee and also a member of the Canadian Bar Association Council.
Ms. O’Donoghue has also been involved as a volunteer in numerous community organizations, including Nellie’s Hostel, Homes First Society, Cottingham School, Central Toronto Community Legal Clinic and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
Read our interview with Mary O’Donoghue